When Thompson enters the game, defenses almost always are in a sub package. With McCaffrey, the Redskins could regulate a defense, keeping it in a base look by using a two-tight end, two-receiver set. They could then create mismatches in the passing game with these targets: McCaffrey, tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and receivers Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor (or Josh Doctson).
The Redskins' first two picks were guards Mark May (first round) and Hall of Famer Russ Grimm (third round), part of the famous offensive line group affectionately known as "The Hogs." They also used their fifth-round pick on DE Dexter Manley, who remains the Redskins' all-time sack leader, and their eighth-round pick on wide receiver Charlie Brown. This draft helped Washington win a Super Bowl the following season, and players from this class remained with the Redskins through 1991 and two other championship seasons.
Even though Washington just signed inside linebacker Zach Brown they still will be on the lookout for players at the position throughout the draft. The Redskins’ top three players at ILB, Brown, Mason Foster, and Will Compton, all have contracts that expire at the end of the season. The team will not want to start over again in 2018. And they are short on dynamic playmakers and explosive quick-twitch athletes on defense.
After signing linebacker Zach Brown earlier this week, the Redskins only have about $9 million left under the salary cap. Remember too that the team needs around $2 million in cap space to sign their 10 draft picks later this month.
Running back, $30—If Christian McCaffrey is still on the board at No. 17 I don’t think that they bypass him. The offense needs a focal point who is going to be here in 2018 if Kirk Cousins is gone. And if Cousins ends up staying the offense could be nearly unstoppable. Taking a quarterback here is risky (although I’m not ruling it out entirely) so a versatile running back like McCaffrey could be the way to go.
No coaches have spoken to the media since Brown was signed as a free agent last Monday so this is highly unofficial. Brown and Foster both have called defensive signals from time to time but the coaches are more likely to be comfortable with Compton calling the defense. That makes Brown the starter alongside Compton and Foster playing the nickel role.