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Redskins #Authentic Fan NFL Draft Bracket: First Round Results

Redskins #Authentic Fan NFL Draft Bracket: First Round Results

March is the unofficial month of brackets.

With the 2018 NFL Draft approaching and with the Redskins obtaining the No. 13 pick in the Draft, NBC Sports Washington is asking you, the #AuthenticFan to weigh in and vote from a field of 16 to determine who the Redskins should take in the first round.

The first round begins on Monday, Feb. 26, with matchups being opened for voting every Monday and Thursday for three-day voting periods.

To vote, click on the embedded Twitter links and follow the instructions.

Should the Redskins draft a wide receiver or a lineman in the first round? Should they look to bolster the offense or defense? Should the Redskins tap back into the Alabama pool? It's up to you to decide.

Vote in the NBC Sports Washington Redskins #AuthenticFan Draft Bracket first round.

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Redskins #AuthenticFan Draft Bracket: First Round

ROQUAN SMITH (Georgia) VS CALVIN RIDLEY (Alabama)

Voting Period: Mon. 2/26 7am - Thurs. 3/1 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Roquan Smith is a 6-1, 225-pound Georgia linebacker who could very well be the defensive boost that the Redskins need coming into next season.

As a projected first-round draft pick, the SEC standout has been turning heads with his explosive athleticism and exceptionally disciplined awareness on the field. In Smith's last season as a Bulldog, he recorded over 10 tackles in the Rose Bowl, SEC Championship, and the National Championship combined.

The Redskins could also play their cards right with the projected first round wideout in Calvin Ridley. The 6-1, 190-pound Alabama wide receiver has been lauded for his unmatched speed after catches and amazing route running ability. 

Voting Results: Roquan Smith def. Calvin Ridley, 125-71.

 

JOSH JACKSON (Iowa) VS MAURICE HURST (Michigan)

Voting Period: Thurs. 3/1 11am - Mon. 3/5 6:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Josh Jackson has truly established himself as a lockdown artist on the field. The 6-1, 192-pound cornerback out of Iowa led the FBS in interceptions with 8 and finished No. 1 in pass coverage with 18 pass breakups and 24 forced incompletions.

On the other hand, Michigan lineman Maurice Hurst is a force on the defensive line with quick feet and shockingly fast speed after the ball is snapped.

The 6-2, 282-pound first-round prospect was an All-Big Ten first team selction and winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

Voting Results: Maurice Hurst def. Josh Jackson, 57-26

 

BILLY PRICE (Ohio State) VS DA'RON PAYNE (Alabama)

Voting Period: Mon. 3/5 7am - Thurs. 3/8 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Ohio State center Billy Price has proven to be powerful blocker and versatile in the face of defensive rushes and blitzes. His 6-4, 312-pound frame can be just the right addition to the Redskins offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, Da'Ron Payne, a highly touted prospect and one of the most respected leaders on both sides of the ball at Alabama, has tremendous natural strength and is known to suffocate the offensive line with his rushing ability. 

Voting Results: Da'Ron Payne def. Billy Price, 124-20

 

JAMES WASHINGTON (Oklahoma State) VS TAVEN BRYAN (Florida)

Voting Period: Thurs. 3/8 11am - Mon. 3/13 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: Wide receiver James Washington has been giving cornerbacks problems since he landed at Oklahoma State with his build up speed and nose for the ball wherever it's thrown. The 6-0 senior ranks nationally among the best, with 1,549 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns and both All-American and All-Conference honors.

Florida's Taven Bryan is an explosive defensive tackle gifted with natural athletic ability and great lateral quickness. Many scouts project him to be a long-term starter and he has drawn comparisons to Cam Jordan.

Voting Results: Taven Bryan def. James Washington, 80-27 

 

TREMAINE EDMUNDS (Virginia Tech) VS MARCUS DAVENPORT (Texas-San Antonio)

Voting Period: Mon. 3/12 7am - Thurs. 3/15 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Tremaine Edmunds has a unique (and constantly growing) body type that makes him a nightmare of a linebacker on the defensive end and a first round dream for NFL scouts.

Coming out of Virginia Tech, he has proven to be a disruptive rusher and highly efficient tackler from anywhere on the field.

Yet another potential first rounder, Marcus Davenport, can be a true X-factor for the Redskins defense.  With his 6-6, 255-pound build, he is known to consistetnly disorient offensive lineman and can move exceptionally well laterally. 

Voting Results: Tremaine Edmunds def. Marcus Davenport, 63-17

 

ARDEN KEY (LSU) VS DERRIUS GUICE (LSU)

Voting Period: Thurs. 3/15 11am - Mon. 3/19 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: As a projected first-round pick, LSU's Arden Key possesses an unorthodox way of moving on the field that allows him to slip past blockers with ease and do a great deal of damage defensively. At 6-6, his length could be very scary for offenses down the line of his NFL career. 

LSU unning back Derrius Guice has tremendous field vision, athleticsm and amazing footwork that will allow him to break tackles consistently at the next level. 

Voting Results: https://twitter.com/NBCSRedskins/status/974299355938246656

 

MIKE HUGHES (UCF) VS RASHAAN EVANS (Alabama)

Voting Period: Mon. 3/19 7am - Thurs. 3/22 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Mike Hughes is the small but mighty cornerback out of UCF who has a high level of aggresiveness that halts wide receivers in the beginning of their routes and ridiculous chase down speed. His stout body frame may place him as a projected second-round pick, but he may be a sleeper choice nonetheless.

Projected first-round pick Rashaan Evans possesses the skills and body type of the ideal NFL linebacker. Between his explosiveness, raw agility, and range, not too many teams will no what to do with the Alabama linebacker at the next level offensively. 

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DERWIN JAMES (Florida State) VS VITA VEA (Washington)

Voting Period: Thurs. 3/22 11am - Mon. 3/26 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: Florida State safety Derwin James is the complete package in the locker room and on the field. After delivering 84 total tackles and 11 deflections in 2017, James has made a name for himself very quickly amid scout conversations.

Vita Vea, a strong defensive tackle out of Washington, poses as a power heavy threat on the defensive end, with a lot more untapped potential in his package. At 6-4, 344 pounds, Vea uses his momentum effectively and his violent hands make him pass rush machine. Vea is projected to be chosen in the first round.

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10 Training Camp questions: Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

10 Training Camp questions: Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

Josh Norman will lock up one of the Redskins starting cornerback positions. Quinton Dunbar will hold the other. Landon Collins will run the secondary from one of the safety spots, and the Redskins better hope Montae Nicholson can command the other side of the deep field. 

In the base 3-4 defense, those four guys will make up the Redskins secondary. But Greg Manusky deploys Washington defense in their 3-4 base less than 40 percent of the time, and that usually means there is a fifth secondary man on the field, usually another cornerback in the nickle package. 

Last year, that was Fabian Moreau. In 2018, he played all 16 games, made 58 tackles and grabbed one interception. He wasn't great, but he was good, and the league noticed. 

For Moreau though, a rangy corner taken in the 3rd round in 2017, he might be best suited to play on the outside. Unfortunately for him, Norman and Dunbar have those roles locked up, and that means Moreau has to keep battling smaller, quicker receivers on the inside rather than using his length and speed on the outside. 

Outside of a devastating, and incorrect, pass interference call against Moreau late in a Week 16 loss against the Titans, the corner played well in his first significant NFL action. But what happens if another player is better suited for the slot corner role?

That player could be seventh-round pick Jimmy Moreland.

The Redskins drafted two players in the first round this year, and somehow, Moreland might have gotten more attention than both during minicamp. He's undersized at 5-foot-11 and 180 lbs, and he played locally at FCS James Madison in college, but none of that has mattered so far.

He grabbed five interceptions during minicamp and was talked about by coaches and players every day. 

"He’s always around the ball, excellent ball skills, that’s what drew us to him and he’s proven to be quite the athlete," Washington coach Jay Gruden said during the offseason practice sessions. "He’s picked up the system very well. He's playing inside and outside. I’ve been very impressed with him."

Could Moreland really push Moreau for his job? Richmond will be the scene for one of the more interesting position battles in a while. 

One thing to keep in mind is that Moreland's highlights came before players had pads on. He's undersized, and the physicality of the NFL could be a major surprise, especially against the run. Moreau proved he would do his part against the run, which isn't always about making a tackle, but occupying space on the second level. 

Moreland was a great story in OTAs, but training camp is a different beast. It will be fun to see is he's ready for the next level, or if Moreau maintains his spot. 

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Why Dwayne Haskins could be the first Ohio State QB to find real success in the NFL

Why Dwayne Haskins could be the first Ohio State QB to find real success in the NFL

The Ohio State University has one of the most prestigious football programs in all of college football.

Year in and year out, the Buckeyes are National Championship contenders, and also produce some of the best NFL players of any school. Ohio State has produced 81 first-round NFL Draft picks in their program history, tied with the University of Southern California for the most of any school.

But for whatever reason, quarterbacks that hail from the Columbus-based university don't tend to usually find success at the next level. The Redskins need this trend to end now. The Burgundy and Gold invested a first-round pick on former Buckeye Dwayne Haskins, who they expect to be their franchise quarterback for the next several years.

The Redskins Talk podcast sat down with Ohio State football beat reporter Bill Rabinowitz last week to discuss Haskins' lone season as the Buckeyes' starter, his leadership qualities, how he's different from past Ohio State quarterbacks and why he might be the first former Buckeye QB to experience real NFL success.

Despite only spending one year as the Buckeyes starter, Haskins turned in the best statistical season of any Ohio State quarterback in program history.  

He shattered the Big Ten record for most passing yards in a season, throwing for more than 1,000 yards more than the previous record holder. He also broke Drew Brees' Big Ten record for most passing touchdowns in a single-season, tossing 50 in 2018, compared to Brees' 39.

"Maybe the most impressive single season by any Ohio State quarterback," Rabinowitz said on Haskins' 2018 season.

Over the past couple of decades, the Buckeyes have had some very successful college quarterbacks, they just were unable to translate it to the next level.

"Ohio State's history at every other position is pretty impressive in the NFL," Rabinowitz said. "Probably the best quarterback they've every produced is Mike Tomzack in terms of a pro career. He was undrafted. Troy Smith looked like he had the chance to do that, but never really panned out in the pros."

Before Haskins, the previous two Buckeye quarterbacks, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, combined to win a National Championship for Ohio State. Neither one has been able to establish themselves in the NFL. Other recent examples include Terrelle Pryor and Braxton Miller, who both had spectacular careers as Buckeye QBs before switching to wide receiver in the NFL.

But Rabinowitz says Haskins is "on a different level than those guys as a passer." Unlike many of the past Ohio State quarterbacks, Haskins relies on his arm a lot more than his legs. 

Some draft experts were skeptical of Haskins because of the type of offense Ohio State ran, which included a lot of short, quick passes. But Rabinowitz believes Haskins' arm will allow him to be successful in the NFL.

"Sure there were some shovel passes, but [Haskins] made some deep throws that were just spot on," he said. "Just beautiful, majestic throws. Even from high in the press box, you just went 'wow.' There should be no question about Dwayne Haskins ability to make every throw."

Of course, Rabinowitz was asked by the podcast crew the question that will dominate training camp headlines: Should Haskins start Week 1?

While Rabinowitz admitted that he was not too familiar with the Redskins' QB situation, he did say that because of Haskins' lack of experience, "it may be best not to throw him in with the wolves right away."

"I covered Tim Couch with the Browns in 1999, we saw what happened with him," Rabinowitz said. "Carson Palmer with the Bengals, he didn't play at all his first year, and he was a Heisman Trophy winner. I see the benefits. I know it's tempting to have a first-round pick and want to play him, and if he's their best option, maybe he should play. [Haskins] will do everything in his power to be as ready as he can be, but the NFL is different than the college game."

Training camp and the preseason will be telling for Haskins as to how soon Redskins' fans can expect him to be on the field.

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