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.
2019 NFL Draft | Team Grades— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) April 29, 2019
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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 Post: A 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.
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