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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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10 Questions for Training Camp: Want better offense? Get better play from the tight ends

10 Questions for Training Camp: Want better offense? Get better play from the tight ends

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?

Over-simplification can be dangerous, but at the same time, some problems boil down to a root cause. 

The Redskins play-action pass game looked bad in 2018, and if you listen to head coach Jay Gruden, much of that might have hinged on the ability of his tight ends to run block. 

Back in March Gruden opened up about some of his team's offensive struggles in 2018 and the coach pointed out that his tight end rotation varied greatly on if the team was going to run or pass. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis tended to come off the field in clear run situations, while Jeremy Sprinkle didn't get many snaps on pass plays. 

As the season went on, that became obvious for opposing defense. 

"Your tendencies are probably through the roof when you throw, that's what we're trying to guard against," Gruden said at the NFL League Meetings. "We got to figure out ways to be balanced in all personnel group settings and make sure that's really what we're studying in the offseason and moving forward how we can adapt our running game to make sure we have the equal amount of runs in each personnel group with each person in that group."

Sure those quotes are a few months old now, but nothing has been done to change the personnel. Reed, Davis and Sprinkle populate the tight end depth chart, and it doesn't seem likely there will be significant change to any of the three player's game. 

Based on that, something else must change. 

The Redskins either need to adapt their run style to something where Reed and/or Davis can be on the field. Or use Sprinkle more in the pass game.

Neither of those options seem particularly likely. 

What could happen is less two tight sets for the Washington offense, and less dependency on that look. 

In his remarks from March, Gruden hinted that the Redskins could deploy their 11 personnel more often, going with three wideouts and one tight, instead of two tight ends on the field. That would require health and productivity from the Redskins wideouts, which hasn't happened in the last two seasons. 

In a way, the discussion of a blocking tight end is very much an oversimplification of the Redskins 2018 offensive woes. The team ranked 29th in the NFL in points scored, and obviously, that lack of production did not stem from one position. 

At the same time, however, the lack of a tight end that can run block and show up in the pass game creates a series of other problems. The team can't always run with their best receiving threats on the field, they can't pull off play-action because the run threat doesn't always emerge, and all of that snowballs. 

The little things add up in the NFL. Just ask Jay Gruden. 

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Derrius Guice shares workout video amid reports swirling about his health

Derrius Guice shares workout video amid reports swirling about his health

Many Redskins' fans became increasingly worried over the weekend about the health of running back Derrius Guice after a report came out that he suffered a hamstring injury during his rehab process from an ACL injury he suffered last August.

The report questioned Guice's availability for the start of Redskins' training camp, which begins on July 25.

In response to the report, Guice tweeted: "I don’t listen to the noise. I know what’s going on with me." He has since deleted his Twitter account.

But Guice is still an active user on Snapchat, and took to the platform on Monday to share footage of himself working out. The second-year running back shared video taken of him performing a number of drills, many of which required him to change direction quickly and test his hamstring, as well as his knee.

Guice even captioned one of the videos "Hamstring who," with several eyes emojis attached to the caption. Based on his caption, Guice does not appear to seem concerned that this latest report will affect his status for the upcoming season.

Prior to his ACL injury last August, Guice showed plenty of promise during training camp and the preseason. 

At this point, Redskins fans just want Guice to be healthy and ready for Week 1 and showcase the talent that earned him an All-SEC honor at LSU.

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