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Redskins Draft Recap: Breaking down the late-round picks

Redskins Draft Recap: Breaking down the late-round picks

 The Redskins had a strong first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

The team identified a need and were able to land a major talent in the first round with Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen at No. 17.

On Day 2 The team went defensively again in the second round, drafting OLB Ryan Anderson at No. 49, a teammate of Allen's at Alabama. The Redskins' final pick of Day 2 was once again a defensive pick, with UCLA CB Fabian Moreau at No. 81.

So how did the Redskins do on the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft?

Here's a breakdown of the Redskins' draft picks from Round 4 to Round 7.

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT LATE ROUND TRACKER

— Round 4, No. 7 (No. 114 Overall): RB Semaje Perine, Oklahoma

The 5-11, 233-pound running back has a strong build and is a heavy-hitter in-between the tackles. His best asset will be what he can do around the goal line.

He doesn't have a diverse set of movements, instead relying on force and pad level. He seet a then-NCAA record with 427 yards and five touchdowns against Kansas as a freshman.

3 REASONS WHY SEMAJE PERINE PICK MAKES SENSE

 

— Round 4, No. 17 (No. 123): S Montae Nicholson, Michigan State

The Redskins needed to address their need at safety, and they did that with Nicholson. But was he the right choice?

At 6-2 and 212 pounds, he has good size, but a lack of production turned scouts off. He is also dealing with a shoulder injury but expects to be ready to play at some point during training camp

WHY DRAFTING NICHOLSON IS A HEAD-SCRATCHER

 

— Round 5, No. 10 (No. 154): TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas

Great size and athleticism at 6-5 252 pounds, Sprinkle has great value because he can catch and block.

He has above-average red zone effectiveness and the physical build to handle a heavy work load. Has to overcome the red flag attached to him. Was popped for shoplifting during the Razorbacks' Belk Bowl shopping spree.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JEREMY SPRINKLE
 

— Round 6, No. 15 (No. 199): C Chase Roullier, Wyoming

The Redskins traded up two picks to draft the 6-4, 312-pound Mountain West standout. Roullier has good size and has good durabillity, but concerns over his arm length and snap-to-snap movement decreased his draft rating.

Also, his strength is less than ideal. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times. By comparison, Semaje Perine put up 225 pounds 30 times.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CHASE ROULLIER

 

— Round 6, No. 25 (No. 209): WR Robert Davis, Georgia State

At 6-3, 219 pounds, the small-college standout has the size of the receiver type the Redskins have looked to add, what with the signings of Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick.

Davis finished his colelge career as Gerogia State's all-time leader in receptions. He has a large catch radius and strong hands, but his route running will need work. He looks to be in the mix with Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant as backup wide receivers. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ROBERT DAVIS

 

— Round 7, No. 12 (No. 230): S Josh Harvey-Clemmons, Louisville

Harvey-Clemmons was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but two failed drug tests led to his dismissal from Georgia. At Louisville he was an honorable mention All-ACC selection, thanks to his voracious tackling and ballhawking skills. He still needs to imoprove his field awarness and can improve positioning in team defense. Racked up several off-the-field issues.  

 

— Round 7, No. 17 (No. 235): DB Joshua Holsey, Auburn

The Redskins spent their final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft on 5-11, 195-pound defensive back Joshua Holsey. He finished the 2016 season with three interceptions and earned a spot on the third team All-SEC after tearing his ACL a year prior. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the Auburn Pro Day.

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Junkies' call Mel Kiper's stance of the Redskins taking Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young 'preposterous'

Junkies' call Mel Kiper's stance of the Redskins taking Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young 'preposterous'

What should the Redskins do with the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? 

Some believe Washington has an easy choice and should take Chase Young. Some think they should consider taking Tua Tagovailoa despite drafting Dwayne Haskins a year ago. ESPN's Mel Kiper is a proponent of both.

"You can have all the Chase Young's you want," Kiper said Thursday. "This is a quarterback league all the way.

"If the medical staff clears [Tagovailoa], and the medical staff is going to be key to this," he continued. "If they sign off, you take Tua at No. 2. You don't trade the pick, you don't take Chase Young. And if Haskins turns out to better, than great then we can trade Tua."

This goes against what Kiper said just a month ago. In a mock draft from January 24, Kiper wrote, "If you scanned Washington's depth chart, you probably wouldn't pick out an edge rusher as its top need. It might not even be in the top three. And yet, the Redskins absolutely can't pass on Young -- unless they get bowled over with an offer from a team trading up."

Anyway, The Sports Junkies took time to react to Kiper's comments on their Friday show. Eric Bickel, J.P. Flaim and Jason Bishop had particularly interesting takes on whether the Redskins should consider drafting a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back years.

That's preposterous," Bickel said. "That's the part where it falls apart."

"You can't draft quarterbacks back to back in the first round and have them battle it out," Bishop said. 

"It would be just like what happened in Arizona," Bickel said in response. "They'd have to unload Haskins and get what they could."

The Cardinals did exactly what Kiper is proposing for the Redskins last season when they took Kyler Murray with the first pick despite drafting Josh Rosen in the top-10 the year prior. Arizona, similar to the Redskins this year, hired a new head coach after taking Rosen. 

The Cardinals then traded Rosen to the Dolphins on Day 2 of the draft last year in exchange for a second-round pick (Andy Isabella) and a 2020 fifth-round pick. Murray went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and Rosen only made three starts for the Dolphins in 2019. 

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and if the Redskins believe Tagovailoa gives them a better chance to compete for a Super Bowl than Dwayne Haskins, then they shouldn't worry about taking a quarterback in back-to-back drafts. It's certainly worked out for the Cardinals so far. But there are no certainties in the draft, as Flaim points out. 

"I think [Kiper's] just saying that," Flaim said. "The reality is if you really believe Tua is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Like, if you're evaluation is Tua's going to be a Russell Wilson, he's going to be an Aaron Rodgers, he's going to be an elite quarterback in the league, and Haskins is just going to be a guy, he could be a starter, then you take Tua. But it's so inexact you have no idea."

Washington's interest in Tagovailoa is unknown at this point, though they will be meeting with him and Joe Burrow prior to the draft. Head coach Ron Rivera did say however, the Redskins are, 'just doing our due diligence,' in meeting with the top two quarterbacks in this year's draft. 

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Report: NFL teams haven't contacted the Redskins about a Trent Williams trade

Report: NFL teams haven't contacted the Redskins about a Trent Williams trade

Trent Williams reportedly made his demands clear. He either wants a new contract or he wants to be traded, according to a report from NFL Network on Thursday. 

As the situation for the disgruntled left tackle continues to play out, the Redskins haven't received any trade inquiries about Williams, according to Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver.

"Has there been any trade interest around the league? So far, no," Silver said on an NFL Network appearance Friday. "Nobody has called Washington saying 'We'd like to talk about coming and getting Trent Williams.' Maybe that'll change."

Following up on earlier reports, Silver acknowledged that there has been a line of communication between Williams and new head coach Ron Rivera after changes to the medical staff — the root cause of the offensive lineman's original rife and distrust with the team. 

Rivera is widely regarded as a coach that players can trust and enjoy playing for. Silver commented on how that may impact Washington's direction with Williams' future.

"I think organizationally the feeling is 'Look, if Trent Williams doesn't feel comfortable with this situation, and doesn't want to be there for Ron Rivera, we're not going to spend a lot of time trying to appease him," Silver said.

After sitting out for the entirety of the 2019 season, Williams has one year remaining on his contract with a salary-cap hit of $14.5 million, none of which is guaranteed.

When Williams signed the deal in 2015, he set an NFL record for the highest-paid offensive tackle in league history. But as value has increased, the seven-time Pro Bowler has slid further down the list of highest-paid tackles, currently ranking eighth in highest average salary, according to Over the Cap.

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