Overall this feels like a good solid draft (which is a pretty big improvement in DC), but not the home run draft that some were hoping for.
Best move: Focusing on the offensive line. While edge rusher was a big need -- and they did add another outside linebacker in Preston Smith -- the Redskins needed more competition along the offensive line. They found a Day 1 starter in Brandon Scherff; they view him as a right tackle.
Since we don't know how the careers of the players picked by the Redskins yesterday will turn out we have to dig in a little more to come up with a grade for Scot McCloughan's first draft with the team. Here's my assessment, feel free to leave yours in the comments.
Shortly after the Redskins made their 10th—and final selection—in the 2015 draft, Coach Jay Gruden met with reporters to discuss the team's Day 3 picks. Here are some of the highlights:
-Gruden said he can envision WR Jamison Crowder, the fourth round pick out of Duke, as a punt returner.
Here is a quick assessment of what the role of each of the Redskins' draft picks might be in the coming season.
OL Brandon Scherff—He will be plugged in at right tackle and over the course of the season we will see if he is more suited to playing guard or tackle in the NFL.
Scot McCloughan's first Washington Redskins draft will be remembered as the class that got the needle moving in the right direction again. Hopefully. For everyone's sake.
The Redskins took three offensive linemen, two wide receivers, a running back, two defensive backs, an edge defender and an inside linebacker for the organization's ten picks.
McCloughan said he wanted "ten-plus" picks in his first draft and he got to his minimum threshold.
Only time will reveal whether the first cadre of Washington Redskins drafted by General Manager Scot McCloughan will form the core of a contender, if they can help reverse a woebegone franchise's track. The question that matters: Are these guys any good? The only honest answer: Who knows? Wait and find out.
But McLoughan's first draft showed something more vital. In McCloughan, the Redskins have a man in charge who knows what he wants to do and has the discipline and wherewithal to do it.