ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins entered the draft hoping to add picks and continue finding good players -- even if they didn't fill an immediate need. They did add picks (next year) and the other half of the equation will be answered in the future.
ASHBURN, Virginia -- The Washington Redskins needed another running back as Matt Jones and Chris Thompson are the only ones on the roster with NFL experience. They will still consider re-signing Pierre Thomas now that the draft is over.
My take: Marshall provides the Redskins with something unique: speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in a combine-best 4.31 seconds. "There's no substitute for speed," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Very explosive." Marshall said: "They said they're looking for a fast, explosive player and I can fit that role for them. I believe I'm an every down running back."
ASHBURN, Virginia -- The Washington Redskins' first pick in the seventh round was linebacker Steven Daniels, who joins a group that will have decent competition to earn backup jobs.
My take: The Redskins continue to add players who were either captains or considered leaders, which is what Daniels was for Boston College's defense last season. Daniels gives them a player who could be fun watching develop over the next couple years; he's already considered a strong run defender and big-time hitter. If nothing else, he can provide help on special teams -- similar to what they hoped from last year's sixth-round linebacker Martrell Spaight.
The Washington Redskins selected their first quarterback since drafting Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in 2012, opting for Indiana's Nate Sudfeld in the sixth round. If Sudfeld develops he could be a solid backup or trade bait down the line.
Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan mentioned that he wanted 12 picks in this year's NFL Draft. He didn't come close to that. But the Redskins still looked ahead — just a bit farther ahead.
They entered with eight picks but ended up making seven selections over the past three days, collecting some assets that could help either immediately, in the form of prospects, or down the road, in the form of future selections.
Welcome to the era of "What the hell?" team building.
That's often going to be your initial reaction to draft picks made by Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan because, even though he preaches about selecting the best talent over the greatest need, the normal brain isn't built to think this way. You're programmed to set expectations based on a team achieving ideal roster balance — create strengths, eliminate weaknesses — but McCloughan comes from a very successful scouting tradition that adds a wrinkle to the approach.
For the first time in years, the Washington Redskins will enter a football season without a pressing need to fill a key position with an unproven rookie.
The team over the course of the last three days added to its ranks seven prospects at positions of varying levels of need.
Before I get into the actual picks one thing that surprised me and to me is somewhat clear is the fact that Scot McCloughan probably wasn't very high on the draft talent this year. While he stayed true to his word about only moving back and not forward, his trades were for future assets not extra picks this year. In fact McCloughan ended up essentially trading away a 4th round pick this year for a 4th and 5th next year (in addition to the extra 6th next year they picked up), reducing his number of selections in this class. Whether this was the right move or not remains to be seen, but it does strike me as a surprise.