Skin Deep – Satisfying Draft for the Redskins?

After an off-season to forget for Washington, aka the Scot McCloughan saga, it was a return to real business for the Draft 2017 and Christian Burt thinks the Nation’s Capital team have hit a few home run picks…

Last week I got real lucky with a quality item being available at a price that was staggeringly low for the goodness on offer. That’s right – the time of year, Post Easter, that Creme Eggs are suddenly on the shelves for just 14 pence. For the record I purchased ten of this sweet chocolate heaven, and although that led to a queasy stomach, I doubt many Redskins fans were feeling anything other than pretty satisfied with this draft of 2017.

Mouth wateringly falling to #17 on the board was the name of Alabama D-Linemen Jonathan Allen – and like my local supermarket buying, it was an opportunity greedily gobbled up by the Washington Front Office. Leading into any draft is the Best Player Available vs Need argument – and with the pick of Allen, the Skins have likely hit both those categories.

I’ll not kid anyone that I know College football, but I am aware that most knowledgeable NFL dudes had Allen as top 5, with explosiveness and versatility being the words that jumped out. So, why did he drop to 17? Shoulder arthritic problems in the long term seems the main reasoning, but the DC medical staff had no major concerns – and all points to the Skins not having injury egg on their faces with this likely near-Elite pick. Oh man – I also forgot he is a Washington Native just for extra added value.

And let Sweet Home Alabama ring out across the FedEx – for in the second round the Redskins drafted Allen’s team mate Ryan Anderson. By all accounts, this jumps out as the most “Scot McCloughan board still being in operation” pick: Anderson is not a supreme combine athlete, he would appear to be a motor guy and, dare I say it, Football Player. I’d guess Redskins football will be a whole lotta fun with Ryan on the roster.

This addition may even generate some welcome pressure on Preston Smith that many feel is needed to take his game to the level #94 isn’t quite reaching to match his athletic nature and talent – a sophomore slump reversal by Preston could go a long way to getting Washington back into play off contention.

In Round 3 the Skins made a potential sneaky great pick up in Fabian Moreau at the Cornerback position. Fabian was expected to break into the top 32, or go high in the second, until a torn pec on his pro day bench-pressing led to a slide into the third. The highly respected Mike Mayock applauds his speed, length and ball skills and this pick at 81 could be a steal.

Running back will now be a real competition in training with the Redskins taking Samaje Perine at 114th overall. Projected to go in the 3rd, this again, is a good value pick by the DC Front Office. Fitting firmly into the bruising rather than flair/speed category, Samaje is the kind of RB that Jay Gruden would like to make an immediate impact – especially in 1st and goal situations that were a real headache for the burgundy and gold last season.

Overall: the Redskins have had a very decent draft that can at least alleviate some of the dreadful PR in the off season. No QB was taken despite the Kirk Cousins contract saga remaining unresolved, Nose Tackle also wasn’t addressed, but you’d have to say the guys in the Skins War Room have had, at the very least, a draft that seems to have added much needed D-Line vitality.

Christian Burt

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Christian Burt
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