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2016 NFL Draft Grades: The Washington Redskins Draft Receives High Grades

Scot McCloughan is getting a lot of love for his first 3 picks

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Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

For The Win

This move will make it easier for Washington to move on from either Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson next offseason, which will free up money to give Kirk Cousins a long-term deal. Doctson is a smooth route-runner who will make contested catches downfield — traits that point to a true No. 1 receiver. Defensive line is still a huge need, but the offense is now loaded with weapons. Grade: A

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Taking the receiver some thought the Texans should have taken, the Redskins add a pick and get a competitive bigger wideout to add to their till. Kirk Cousins now has a middle-of-the-field playmaker whose leaping ability will help with some of the off-target throws the Redskins have lived with. Doctson and Jordan Reed can work the middle, and DeSean Jackson has ownership on the deep routes. The Redskins' offense is evolving. Grade: B+

Walter Football

The wide receivers in this class were pretty much like ice cream flavors. Everyone seemed to have a favorite one. Laquon Treadwell was No. 1 according to the media, but some teams had Corey Coleman, or William Fuller, or Josh Doctson atop their positional rankings. Doctson may not be a logical choice in terms of need for the Redskins, given that they have DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but the former happens to be an impending free agent following the 2016 campaign. Doctson will likely be Washington's top receiver in 2017, so I have a feeling this pick will pan out. Grade: B+


The run on wide receivers continued with a surprise pick of Doctson. Most thought Washington was going to go front seven on defense, but threw a curve ball by picking the talented TCU receiver. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson entering contract years, the need was there for an outside receiver of the future. Grade: B

Su' Cravens, S/LB, USC

Sports Illustrated

The Redskins just got their own Deone Bucannon, and defensive coordinator Joe Barry will have a field day moving him around. Some teams didn't know whether Cravens was a linebacker or safety in college, but the truth is, he's both—and he'll be a great asset to Washington's defense, especially with Josh Norman now in the fold.​ Grade: A

Pro Football Focus

Cravens has put together two strong years of grading in our system, ranking third among safeties last year at +23.9. He knows how to defeat blocks in the running game, ranking fourth in run stop percentage at 6.9 percent while also grading positively in coverage and as a pass rusher. He is one of the many players being looked at as a nickel linebacker option. Grade: B+

Walter Football

It'll be interesting to see where the Redskins use Su'a Cravens. He can fill both of their voids at safety and linebacker, and I'm sure the Redskins won't be scared to use Cravens in both roles as a hybrid safety-linebacker to cover tight ends. I had Cravens in the first round of my mock a couple of months ago (I since moved him down to No. 62), so I think the range is right to take him at this spot. Grade: B+

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It's understandable why GM Scot McCloughan would be attracted to Cravens, who is a far better football player than a tester athletically. But is he quick enough to be a strong safety? The Redskins don't have a clear option otherwise right now, and no matter what Cravens will spend a lot of time in the box, where he's most effective. Grade: B

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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We actually heard that the Redskins liked Fuller a lot and were going to consider him in Round 2 before the Josh Norman signing. Washington still liked him enough to pass on him at this juncture, though. The team is making a great pick, as Fuller would've been a first-round choice if it wasn't for his injury concerns. Grade: A+

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His meniscus injury and microfracture surgery could keep him on the mend for a bit, and it likely caused his fall, much like it did for UCLA's Myles Jack. But Fuller has a chance to be the best of in family, which includes three NFL brothers. His instincts and ball skills are very good, and he has a great football temperament and pedigree. Grade: B

Pro Football Focus

Fuller missed most of 2015 due to injury, but there was not much to like on tape. He has good length and ball skills, but he was beaten far too often on his way to a -1.6 coverage grade. Fellow analyst Sam Monson sees him as more of a zone corner at the next level. Grade: C

Overall Grades

Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: A
Overall grade: A

The skinny: Kirk Cousins needs as many weapons as he can get. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon won't be around forever, so Doctson is a very good investment as a downfield threat. Washington met needs on defense on DAy 2, selecting an outstanding football players in Cravens (whether he's a safety or linebacker in their system) and taking advantage of Fuller's drop due to injury.

DAY 2 Picks

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Everyone is looking for another Deone Bucannon, and Washington got that with Su'a Cravens. He's a true hybrid safety/linebacker who can match up with tight end, drop into deep coverage, come up against the run and even rush the passer. At USC he was probably asked to do too much, so he never really stood out in one area. If Washington can use him smartly, he can make a big impact.

Washington followed that pick by taking cornerback Kendall Fuller at No. 84 overall. Had Fuller not injured his knee last season, he potentially would have been a first-round pick. Fuller has starting skills thanks to his instincts. If his knee is healthy, Washington got a steal.

Overall grade: A-