Redskins

Quick Links

What team aced their 2019 NFL Draft grades? The Redskins, according to experts

What team aced their 2019 NFL Draft grades? The Redskins, according to experts

The NFL Draft went as well as it could have for the Redskins. After adding 10 players during the three-day draft, the Redskins 2019 draft class is now complete.

The Redskins made headlines during the first round on Thursday night, when one of the best quarterback prospects fell into their lap at pick No. 15 in Dwayne Haskins.  The Redskins weren't done for the evening, as they traded up to the No. 26 overall pick to snag edge rusher Montez Sweat, who was once projected to be a Top-10 pick.

Washington earned high praise for their efforts on Thursday night, landing two top prospects at selections many experts didn't think Haskins (No. 15) and Sweat (No. 26) would be available at.

Their strong draft continued throughout the weekend. The Redskins added two wide receivers -- Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon -- that will help sure up the position group. After suffering multiple injuries on the offensive line a season ago, Washington added two interior lineman -- Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher -- that will compete with Ereck Flowers for the starting left guard spot. Additionally, they grabbed Stanford running back Bryce Love in the fourth round, a player who would have likely been a first-rounder had he come out a year earlier.

In a chart that compiles the overall draft grades from many experts, the Redskins graded out higher than any NFL team.

The grades come from 18 different NFL writers. The Redskins earned A+ grades from four different publications: The New York Post, USA Today's The Draft Wire, Bleacher Report, and Rotoworld.

Out of the 18 total writers, 14 of them gave the Redskins an A- grade or higher. Should we calculate their draft grades like a college class, the Redskins combined grade-point-average (GPA) was a 3.74, tied with the New England Patriots for best in the NFL. That's very darn good.

So what did some of these sites have to say about the Redskins draft?

SB Nation"Sometimes the draft is about getting lucky. That was the case when quarterback Dwayne Haskinsslipped to No. 15. To fill the need at pass rusher, Washington jumped back into the first round to get another player in free fall with Montez Sweat. He can stand up and rush the edge. Washington paired Haskins with Ohio State teammate Terry McLaurin, a speedy receiver who does all the small things."

Bleacher Report: "The Redskins wanted Dwayne Haskins all along, and they didn't have to trade up to get their quarterback of the future. The Maryland native will come into his rookie season with a huge chip on his shoulder after not being selected by the New York Giants with the No. 6 pick. Haskins threw 50 touchdown passes for the Ohio State Buckeyes last season and has a powerful arm with touch. If Montez Sweat is healthy, the Redskins will have a game-changing pass-rusher."

New York PostA franchise quarterback (Haskins) and arguably the second-best edge rusher (Sweat) — who fell because of a misdiagnosed heart — to replace Preston Smith after trading back into Round 1. McLaurin can be the deep threat Josh Docston was supposed to be and a gunner on special teams. RB Bryce Love is a home-run threat behind Derrius Guice once Guice recovers from torn ACL.

ESPN: "Once the Redskins opted to trade for veteran Case Keenum as a stopgap option, we knew the first round as a possibility for owner Daniel Snyder and GM Bruce Allen to target a quarterback. So it's funny that all of the talk was about trading up and Dwayne Haskins fell right into their laps at No. 15. As I wrote on Thursday night, I love the fit here. Haskins has a chip in his shoulder, and he's a gamer. The Redskins then traded back into Round 1, surrendering the No. 46 pick and a second-round pick in next year's draft to move up to No. 26 for pass-rusher Montez Sweat, who was ranked No. 12 overall on my board. Yes, that's a lot to give up, but I really like Sweat, who could have been a top-10 pick if not for a heart condition that caused him to drop. After a turbulent end to the season, this team is back on track. Haskins and Sweat, two top-12 prospects on my board, push this class over the top."

SB Nation: "They showed atypical patience and potentially walked away with two first-round blue chippers in QB Dwayne Haskins and OLB Montez Sweat. Even late picks like fifth-round C Ross Pierschbacher and sixth-round WR Kelvin Harmon could contribute early and often."

Washington Post: "There’s plenty to like here. It’s all so un-Redskins-like. They resisted the urge to move up or trade for Josh Rosen, stayed put at No. 15 and got the QB they wanted in Dwayne Haskins. Pass rusher Montez Sweat will turn out to be a steal at No. 26 if his health-related concerns indeed arose from a misdiagnosis. Getting speedy WR Terry McLaurin in the third round helps, and using a fourth-round choice on RB Bryce Love is intriguing."

Say what you want about the Redskins, but they had an excellent draft, for now. It's now time for these players to produce on the field.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS:

Quick Links

Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a month away, meaning the rumors surrounding the Redskins and what they'll do with the No. 2 overall selection are only going to intensify over the next few weeks.

Many expect the Burgundy and Gold to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second pick, and it makes sense. He's been pegged as a generational talent by many experts and would make an immediate impact for the Redskins defense.

But coming off a 3-13 season, the Redskins still have plenty of holes on their roster. Arguably the best way to expedite a rebuild of any franchise is by building through the draft, and the Redskins potentially have the opportunity to acquire multiple first-round picks by trading down from the second overall selection. 

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the team is warming up to exactly that idea.

"I continue to hear that they are increasingly open to trading out," la Canfora said. "I think there's a distinct possibility."

When the Redskins moved up to No. 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Robert Griffin III, they shipped three first-round picks to the Rams. It likely would take a deal similar to that for the Redskins to move out of their current draft position.

The Dolphins currently sit at No. 5 and have three first-round picks in this year's draft. They're also desperate for a quarterback. With Miami having the draft capital to strike a deal, they seem like the most likely team to trade up to No. 2. 

Should Washington move down to No. 5, the Redskins would potentially have the chance to select another player La Canfora says they have a high draft grade on: Clemson's Isaiah Simmons.

"If they do drop back a few spots, I believe strongly they would target Isaiah Simmons," La Canfora said. "That's another player I'm told they are super high on their draft board. They feel like he's such a rotational chess piece you can put all over the place. They are very intrigued by that possibility if they were to move down."

Simmons is arguably the most versatile defensive player in this year's draft. Listed as a linebacker, Simmons has lined up as a cornerback, safety and pass rusher, too. Simmons's measurables -- 6-foot-4, 239 pounds -- are off the charts, and the Clemson standout raised his stock even higher this past February with an outstanding performance at the Scouting Combine.

Throughout free agency, the Redskins have not made a splashy move. But one common trait between many of the players Ron Rivera has brought in to Washington is their versatility. Simmons fits exactly that mold. The only question remains if he would still be available by the time the Redskins were on the clock, as both the Lions and Giants would have the chance to take him before Washington.

If Young is considered the best defensive player in the draft, Simmons is right behind him. La Canfora explained that if Washington has the opportunity to trade back and still nab Simmons, that's something they should absolutely consider.

"If you take Chase Young, and he ends up being [Lawrence Taylor], then I get it. You call it a day," he said. "But if he's less than that, and you have the opportunity to trade off of him, as if he were a quarterback, to get quarterback value for the pick because the other team moving up is taking a quarterback, then I don't know how you don't strongly consider it."

La Canfora explained what many assume will be the deciding factor on whether the Redskins trade down or not -- will they get enough in return for the pick?

"It will be mostly tied to the value and trade for the pick," Canfora said. "Do they feel there is enough opportunity to throw three, four, five darts at premium positions on the draft board over the next couple of years that would allow them to hasten their rebuild?"

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS

Quick Links

Quinton Dunbar had a reaction to the Redskins signing Ronald Darby, and it wasn't positive

Quinton Dunbar had a reaction to the Redskins signing Ronald Darby, and it wasn't positive

Soon after the Redskins signed Ronald Darby on Sunday, that news made it to the corner Darby will largely be asked to replace in Washington.

On a popular Burgundy and Gold Instagram fan page, Quinton Dunbar dropped a few comments on a post that announced the Darby move. They weren't of the positive variety, though.

Here's the post:

Initially, Dunbar wrote, "Great signing but I wasn't worth the extra mill 😂joke." There, the now-Seahawk is referring to how his former club wouldn't bump up his 2020 salary, which will total $3.25 million (none of which is guaranteed).

Then, in that same thread, Dunbar added that he's "happy" to be in Seattle, called Washington an organization that "lies" and makes excuses and concluded that he won't be talking about them again.

The two NFC squads will meet at some point in 2020 at FedEx Field. That'll be a fun one!

MORE REDSKINS NEWS