Our Redskins guy Christian Burt goes Skin Deep on the Redskins collecting both an exciting Quarterback prospect and help on the outside at Edge
The standard default starting position for fans of the Washington Redskins, in what has been a double down decade of limited success, can only be caution.
Last night, however, the Redskins wisely stuck to their draft board and generated an air of excitement when they selected the physical pocket passer, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, at #15 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
With only a limited (albeit hugely promising) sample of college football behind him, this is undoubtedly a high ceiling pick and I’d expect a three-way camp competition between Haskins, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy for the starting job under centre. Whilst there is pressure for a fifteenth pick to be pro ready, I’d hope, and guess, that Washington will be sensible and let him grow and learn how to read an NFL defense for a minimum of a season.
Haskins in his spectacular 2018 college season demonstrated tremendous arm strength & accuracy and this was combined with a high football IQ to dissect a backfield.
Any pre-draft report will detail weaknesses (mobility is an issue) and with limited film to work through there is no guarantee that Haskins will become the franchise QB saviour in D.C. It would be stating the obvious to remind the Skins fan base that the patience required for the smart & measured development of a QB has not always been on display in Washington during the Dan Snyder era.
Ultimately, however, this was a no-brainer pick for a franchise whose expensive veteran QB Alex Smith might never throw another football in the NFL after his horrific broken fibula and tibia injury vs the Texans in 2018. Case Keenum was a smart stop-gap pick up from Denver in free agency and for very limited pick collateral.
My guess is Haskins will be watching Keenum from the side line in 2019, but with plenty of experience and mentoring surrounding the Maryland school native there is every hope he might succeed where others have failed. Draft grade on Dwayne Haskins is a B from me.
Washington were surprisingly not done in the first round and made an unexpected trade with the Colts, by sending their second round picks for this year and next to Indianapolis in exchange for the 26th pick.
And like Haskins, the name read out might have also have expected to hear his call a bit earlier. With the departure of free agent Preston Smith to the Green Bay Packers, the Redskins are short at Edge and with #26 took Montez Sweat.
Montez started out his football journey at Tight-End, but with his 6ft6 frame, Sweat is another predicted high ceiling prospect who can be coached up and develop the necessary violent hands required as an NFL starter.
Pre-draft reports indicate the kind of edge setting OLB that Washington crave in a strong rushing NFC East and there were suggestions that the Redskins even had Sweat as high as #15 if Haskins had already been taken.
The front 7 for the Redskins is now loaded with first round talent. Jon Allen and Daron Payne arrived in 2017 and 2018 respectively and built the Alabama Wall, with the consistent Ryan Kerrigan taken at #16 in 2011 and, for building on that strength; the pick of Sweat gets an A- from me.
Washington will pick next in the third round at #76 and #96. My guess is that they’ll be looking at Free Safety, Guard or a WR unless a real surprise drop is available.