With On the Clock Updated for Day 2 I wanted to take a look at what the Redskins could look to do with the rest of their picks. Landing a stud Defensive lineman like Jonathan Allen was a great way to start the draft, but returning value from picks in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round especially are what can separate the great teams from the rest of the pack. For this Scenario I used the latest CBS big board, and wanted to keep my self at just making one trade back in the 2nd round. Given how the board is shaping up I think this is a good opportunity for the Redskins to move back and still land a quality defensive player.
Follow along with the simulation here!
58: R2P26 EDGE TIM WILLIAMS ALABAMA
-Williams has elite potential as a right side EDGE rusher, but is sliding in the draft due to some off the field concerns. Williams also gets dinged some because he’s not great versus the run and it’s likely early in his career he will be utilized as more of a pass rush specialist than a full-time player. That is okay though for the Redskins as they have Trent Murphy and Preston Smith this year able to handle the early down work. What Williams brings to the table though is a unique ability to pressure the EDGE from the right side on a consistent basis. It’s an area the Redskins have been lacking, and adding Williams to his former college teammate Jonathan Allen could really bolster the Redskins pass rush this year.
81: R3P17 CB CORDREA TANKERSLEY CLEMSON
-Long corner with big speed, Tankersley has been highly productive these past two years for the Tigers defense. He’s not the most fluid of corners, but he’s a very capable starter on the outside. With Breeland’s contract in the final year the Redskins could look to replace him with another Clemson Tiger. The Redskins could also look to move Breeland into more of a slot role, if Fuller continues to struggle opening up an outside starting corner role for Tankersley.
106: R3P42 S JUSTIN EVANS TEXAS A&M
-Evans gets overlooked some, but I think he’s got the upside to be a good starter at the next level. He’s a hard-hitting, versatile safety, capable of playing back or in the box. He isn’t a pure FS or a pure box safety, but that is fine for what the Redskins could be looking at. They need more versatile options in their secondary and Evans provides that.
114: R4P7 DL EDDIE VANDERDOES UCLA
-Allen was a great start to fixing the defensive line, but the Redskins can use more help, particularly from a guy who is capable of handling the NT position. Vanderdoes has that versatility and he could even compete for the starting role on early downs as a rookie. He’s more than just a run stopper though, as he has the potential to develop into a full time starter down the road, with both pass rush and run defense capabilities. This would be an ideal value pick in the 4th round for the Redskins.
123: R4P16 WR CARLOS HENDERSON LOUISIANA TECH
-Receiver isn’t as big of a priority as some other positions, but there could be a lot of value in the 4th-5th round range, leading the Redskins to find some steals. Henderson is that type of guy, as his speed, agility and run after the catch ability are all very intriguing. He can help as a rookie as a deep threat option/return man off the bench and if Pyror and Quick aren’t retained he can develop into a larger role next season.
154: R5P10 RB WAYNE GALLMAN CLEMSON
-Gallman is a nice RB option at this spot to give the Redskins some competition with Rob Kelley. Gallman is a strong physical runner, who knows how to finish and is really good at fighting for extra yards. He doesn’t profile as a true feature back, as he lacks breakaway speed, but he can be someone who splits carries this year and then continues to grow his role in future seasons.
201: R6P17 G COLLIN BUCHANAN MIAMI (OHIO)
-3 year starting RT who profiles more as a guard at the NFL level, while still offering some depth ability as a RT. Buchanan will probably need a year or two to make the transition inside, but he has a little potential to compete for a starting role when he masters the position.
209: R6P25 S TEDRIC THOMPSON COLORADO
-Another cover safety and a guy who shows some starting promise as a free safety. The Redskins won’t need that as a rookie or maybe even year two, but that kind of depth and future potential is nice to have. Safety is a thin spot for the Redskins and taking advantage of this deep class with two quality options makes sense.
220: R7P2 TE MICHAEL ROBERTS TOLEDO
-Roberts is a big physical in-line TE, who has big hands and is a solid receiver. He’s not going to be a dynamic play-maker at the position who can line-up anywhere, but he can still be effective given his size and hands as a target. Roberts real value can come as a blocker, where he is very effective given his 6’4”, 270 lbs size. Roberts will primarily be an extra blocker on short yardage situations and play Special Teams as a rookie, but he can be the number 2 TE on a good team.
235: R7P17 LB JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN TENNESSEE
-Reeves-Maybin entered the year as a potential top 100 prospect, as a solid cover linebacker, with versatility and instincts. Unfortunately an injury set him back this season and de-railed his draft stock. He’s a smaller linebacker so injuries are going to be a concern, but he’s an intriguing prospect who given the Redskins current state of not needing immediate help at ILB could be a fit here. The Redskins could be patient with him and IR him for the year allowing him to recover fully, with the hopes that in 2018 he can offer more overall value.
What do you think? Does this defensive focus draft make sense or should the Redskins push for a RB and/or OG earlier in the draft? Would you take Tim Williams in the 2nd round? Let me know your thoughts below.