We are halfway through the NFL season and 69%-75% through the college football season depending on your team’s schedule. The upcoming draft will be a departure from what we have seen the past few seasons especially in the 1st round. The past few years we have become accustomed to seeing 3-5 first round QBs, a good amount of first round RBs and WRs, and a few potentially elite offensive linemen all off the board early. This year is already shaping up to be much different. This draft will seemingly feature a good number of EDGE, DL, and DBs with first round potential in other words if you need a defensive player in the first round you are in for a treat.
Sure Things = These are Seniors, without injury or other circumstance they should be considered 1st rounders based on their production and tape.
Probably Will Declare = These are underclassmen who probably will forfeit their remaining eligibility due to favorable position depth, nothing left to accomplish in their collegiate career, etc.
Could Stay, Could Go = These are underclassmen largely mentioned in 1st round conversations but could return to school to further develop, make a playoff / championship run etc.
Wildcards = These are players who could sneak into the 1st round based on what they do with the rest of the college season. Alternatively some of these guys could be 2nd or 3rd round picks due to position depth or their production the rest of the year while other prospects rise.
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
Probably Will Declare
Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Clelin Ferrell, DL, Clemson
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Could Stay, Could Go
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Ben Powers, OG, Oklahoma
Dalton Risner, OG, Kansas State
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
Zach Allen, DL, Boston College
Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The top 10 prospects I think the Redskins should go after
Drew Lock, QB
Lock has the size and arm strength you want out of a franchise QB. The kid can sling it but is not ready to start because of his accuracy issues (60.6% in his career), like most star QBs he needs to learn he doesnt need to do it all by himself, and because of his spotty record against top defenses this year (Alabama and Kentucky). With all that said I think Lock would be a solid pick even in the 1st round to sit for a year or two behind Smith and learn the nuances of the game.
Deandre Baker, CB
Baker is the top zone corner in the draft without question. He has decent size and even better coverage, ball, and anticipatory skills. He’s pretty much a lockdown corner in college and baits QBs into throwing his way before he closes. I think he fits the Redskins scheme a lot better than say Greedy Williams who is more of a man corner but Baker could come in and start right away opposite Dunbar/Norman.
Josh Allen, EDGE
There are a handful of solid EDGE options in the draft and I think Allen is the best among them not named Bosa. Allen is showing out this year and his combination of size, speed, length, production, and nose for the ball should make him an all but certain top 10 pick.
Montez Sweat, EDGE
Like his fellow alumni Preston Smith I think Sweat has the skills along the height/weight/power/speed to make an impact off the edge as an OLB in a 3-4. He’s redefined his career after transferring from Michigan State to Mississippi State and has put up impressive production. Sweat is a better athlete than Smith and a bit lighter which probably makes him a slightly more promising pass rushing option in the pro’s at least in theory. If Josh Allen is not there which he probably won’t be Sweat would not be a bad option.
Isaiah Buggs, DL
Buggs is having a monster year rushing the passer. He has 8 sacks on the year from the DE position and like most Bama DL the constant question that is thrown out is “Is he benefiting from the talent around him?”. The answer is of course! He is playing with Quinnen Williams and Raekwon Davis next to him but they all are really good in their own right as we have seen with our Alabama turned Redskin players. Some might think the DL position is getting a bit full but trust me there is room to replace Stacy McGee and Caleb Brantley.
Deionte Thompson, S
Thompson has already drawn comparisons to Ed Reed and Sean Taylor by former NFL players Shannon Sharpe and Torry Holt. He simply is the best safety in the class and could play both positions if you wanted him to but you really want him to play FS like the aforementioned stars so he can show off his coverage and ball skills and lay wood to receivers coming into his area. Depending on how this draft goes he could he could go top 5 but he definitely is likely going top 10.
Jeffery Simmons, DL
There is the possibility that the Redskins do something crazy and don’t draft a Bama boy for the DL. They could look elsewhere in the SEC and Simmons would not be a bad choice at all. Simmons is a dominant run defender and consistently blows up opposing offensive lines to make stops in the backfield. If you have not seen him and Sweat play together this year you are missing out.
Dwayne Haskins, QB
Haskins if he declares is likely the second QB off the board (probably top 10) behind Justin Herbert (if he declares). Haskins has been excellent this year and may decide to jump to the NFL depending on Ohio State’s finish in the playoff. With only 1 year as a starter on tape though he may decide to go back and play another year or two as he is only a RS Sophomore. Haskins has arm strength and accuracy and only needs to hone his craft and cut down on some of the young mistakes. He definitely has the tools to be a franchise QB.
Quinnen Williams, DL
Williams isn’t blowing up the stat sheet like his teammate Buggs but his impact and presence is certainly felt. Williams plays the other DE spot opposite of Buggs and is a consistent and constant disruptor. He reminds be a bit of Daron Payne though their positions and roles where different. If you are looking for sacks to prove his worth you will be disappointed and you probably will not regret drafting him to see his skillset flourish in the NFL.
Julian Love, CB
It is certainly up for debate but I think Love is the clear CB3 behind Williams and Baker. Love is another zone corner who I think could fit well into the Redskins system. He is a great coverage corner and like Baker baits the QB into throwing his way. I think Love could be a bit better in run support but his coverage skills shouldn’t be questioned at this point in his career. He’s posted impressive production so far this season and I still think he is a little bit underrated if he declares it could really bring solid depth for teams needing 1st round corners next year.
The prospects from that list I think the Redskins have an actual shot at (#15-#32)
Drew Lock, QB - Especially if Herbert and Haskins declare.
Montez Sweat, EDGE - I think he might be there if the above QBs declare, Bosa and Allen go before him and I’m anticipating an early run on DL as well as considering his fit in a 3-4 to make him last a bit longer potentially.
Jeffery Simmons, DL - This is crazy but Simmons with all his talent could be the 8th or 9th DL selected in the 1st round a testament to the depth of the group this year.
Julian Love, CB - As I mentioned above assuming Greedy Williams enters I think Love is the 3rd corner to be taken - just looking at past draft trends this usually happens in the early teens to low 20s range.
This exercise of course is speculative and a bit bittersweet there is a ton of talent his year especially with defensive lineman. There are some top tier EDGE and corner prospects as well a lot of which I like but most of which I don’t think the Redskins will have a shot at if they keep winning. It will be interesting to look back on this and see just how wrong I will be. Let me know what you guys think of my assessment in the comments!
Which position should the Redskins target in the 1st round of the NFL draft?
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Of Potential 1st Round DL Which Is Your Favorite?
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Of the potential 1st round corners which is your favorite?
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Of the potential 1st round EDGE prospects which is your favorite?
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