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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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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Defensive line

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Defensive line

Redskins 2018 position outlook: Defensive line

Training camp opens next week, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope. Over the coming week, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Defensive line

Additions: Daron Payne (drafted in first round), Tim Settle (drafted in fifth round)
Departures: Terrell McClain (released)

Starters: Payne (NT), Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis
Other roster locks: Stacy McGee, Anthony Lanier, Settle
On the bubble: Ziggy Hood, Phil Taylor

How the defensive line compares

To the rest of the NFL: We are going to have to see about this. Over the last couple of years the D-line has been transformed from an aging group into one where youth is in good supply. Ioannidis is the oldest of the starters at age 24. Allen is 23 and Payne just turned 21 in May. It looks like there is great potential there but we haven’t seen enough of it on the field to make solid comparisons to other lines around the league. Allen missed 10 games of his rookie year with an injury and Ioannidis missed two and was hampered in a few more with a broken hand. Payne, of course, is a rookie. Let’s check back in late October and see how things are going then. 

To the 2017 Redskins:  The primary reason that the line should be significantly better this year is the presence of Payne and Settle on the roster. That means that it is very unlikely that Hood will have to play nose tackle. He has been the starter there for the past two years, forced there by injuries. Jim Tomsula that Hood is not well suited to play the nose. So they have an improvement there. If they get a mostly healthy season out of Allen and if Ioannidis continue to improve this will be the best defensive line they have had since moving to the 3-4 defensive in 2010. 

2018 outlook

Biggest upside: As noted, Payne just turned 21. He seems to have a rare understanding of the game for a rookie. You often see rookies just trying to survive on physical ability early one. Payne has plenty of that, but he also seems to realize that strength and ability alone won’t let him thrive at this level. He pays close attention to his technique during drills, making sure he does things the right way the first time. If he builds on this for the next year or so the Redskins could have a legitimate star. 

Most to prove: Since so many Redskins fans are accustomed to seeing veteran defensive linemen the team signs as free agents play poorly, they automatically put McGee in the “bust” category. But many of his teammates said he was the most consistent player on the line last year. It’s safe to say that he played better than the popular perception. Next year, he will carry a $4.8 million salary cap number and like most players who are not starters but making good salaries, he will need to play well enough to justify that cap number.  

Rookie watch: The Redskins did not expect Settle to be available in the fifth round and he was too good to pass up when he was still on the board. He should get some opportunity as a rookie. He is likely to be the only other nose tackle on the roster besides Payne (sorry, but the numbers make it unlikely that Phil Taylor will make the roster). That could have him active on many game days and that usually means getting some snaps in the rotation. We will see what he can do with his chances. 

Bottom line: The Redskins were last in the league in rushing defense in 2017. It wasn’t all on the line—in particular, injuries to the inside linebackers hurt a lot—but the simple fact is that the organization long neglected the line. The philosophy was to create a patchwork unit from aging free agents. That has changed now with three homegrown players set to start and Settle and 2016 undrafted free agent find Anthony Lanier providing reserve help. It’s going to be a better unit, no question. But improvement over the last several years is a low bar and we’ll find out if this develops into a quality line over the next few months. 

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Greg Manusky on Payne:

Payne is doing a great job. He’s trying to get acclimated to some of the calls, hasn’t had a lot of mental errors. He’s done a great job. Physical player.

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10 Questions in 10 days: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart

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10 Questions in 10 days: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart

The Redskins top two linebackers rank among the most productive units in the NFL. When healthy, Mason Foster and Zach Brown are highly efficient tacklers. In fact, Brown led the league in tackles for most of 2017 before his season ended with a foot injury. 

The healthy part is the trick. 

Last year, Foster separated his shoulder against the Rams in Week 2 and was shut down for the season by October. Brown played through nagging injuries all year before shutting things down in December. 

When both players were on the field, the Redskins defense excelled. In just four starts, Foster made 30 tackles to go with an interception, a fumble recovery and half a sack. Brown logged double-digit tackles in nine games last season, and probably would have more without the foot trouble. 

Foster and Brown are very good in the Redskins scheme, and both players are expected to be fully healthy for the start of training camp. Their injuries from last season are not the type that suggest durability concerns, and both players posted full 16-game seasons in 2016.

Foster and Brown aren't the question. The depth chart after Foster and Brown are the question. 

Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight, Josh Harvey-Clemons and rookie Shaun Dion Hamilton are competing for two or possibly three roster spots. 

Spaight is the most recognizable name in the group. He's been a good special teams player for Washington, and is well liked in the locker room. By last December, however, Vigil was playing better football. 

More telling for both Vigil and Spaight was that Harvey-Clemons took the starter reps alongside Foster when Brown was absent during OTAs. The second-year man out of Louisville has more physical gifts than either Vigil or Spaight, and now given a full year to learn to play linebacker, Harvey-Clemons could make inroads.

A safety in college, Harvey-Clemons can run. He was a bit of a surprise last season making the 53-man roster out of camp, so expect him to definitely have a shot this year. 

Hamilton will be the wild card. An ultra-talented player out of Alabama, he dealt with a number of injuries in college. Redskins VP Doug Williams talked gushingly about Hamilton after the draft, and if the former 5-Star recruit can stay healthy, he could certainly push for a spot as well. 

Prior to 2017, the Redskins kept four inside linebackers on their final 53 roster. In 2017, the team kept five: Brown, Foster, Spaight, Will Compton and Harvey-Clemons. Compton left via free agency and is now playing in Nashville. 

Foster and Brown are roster locks, and it seems like Harvey-Clemons gets the third nod. 

Spaight, Vigil and Hamilton better be ready for serious competition in Richmond. 

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