100 selections have been made in the NFL draft, and — thanks to an unexpected trade-back in the second round — the ‘Skins have made three picks. The ‘big uglies’ have figured prominently yet again for the Redskins, as the front office has taken 300-pound linemen on both sides of the ball, as well as the biggest ‘slide’ story of the draft in running back Derrius Guice.
The Friday picks
After passing on Trumaine Edmunds and Derwin James to take Da’Ron Payne in the first round, it appeared as though the Redskins were prepared to walk away from Derrius Guice when they traded the 44th pick (and, effectively, Su’a Cravens) for the 59th and 74th picks from the 49ers. Not many people outside of NFL War Rooms were expecting that Guice would continue his surprising slide to be available when that 59th pick came ‘round.
But he did, and he was.
With the 59th pick in the 2018 draft, the Redskins took Derrius Guice, running back from LSU.
When it turned out that Guice’s slide was due to character concerns stemming from reports that he had an “altercation” during his visit to Philadelphia, sources say that the Redskin war room erupted in laughter and said that “in that case, it was probably a mistake not taking him with the 13th overall pick!!” Around here, fighting with the Eagles is a good way to earn bonus money.
Redskin running backs
Guice should now replace Samaje Perine, who replaced Rob Kelly, who replaced Matt Jones, who replaced Alfred Morris as the Redskins’ future as the lead running back. Expectations are that he will assume the duties of lining up behind Alex Smith on 1st down and 2nd & not long, while Chris Thompson will come on the field on passing downs.
The rest of the Redskin plan at running back may be flexible during the pre-season, but there certainly won’t be room for all the running backs the team has under contract. After Guice and Thompson, the depth chart probably looks something like:
- Samaje Perine
- Rob Kelley
- Mack Brown
- Kapri Bibbs
- Keith Marshall
- Byron Maxwell
The team should have plenty of training camp depth, but — absent serious injury in the pre-season (wouldn’t that be nice!?) — there will be some tough cuts to be made ahead of the season opener against Arizona, as — despite the depth — none of the presumed backups, aside from Perine, likely has any trade value.
Welcome to the Redskins Derrius Guice! Hopefully you bring a good attitude and not much baggage with you to our nation’s capital!
The unexpected 3rd round selection
The Redskins ended up with a third round pick (#74 overall) as a result of the trade down with the 49ers, helping to replace the draft pick that had gone to Kansas City to help acquire starting quarterback Alex Smith.
With the 74th pick, the Redskins chose ... wait for it... Geron Christian.
Yeah... I’d never heard of him either.
Since the Redskins had traded away their 3rd round pick and hadn’t replaced it before Friday, I guess it’s not surprising that none of the entrants put Geron Christian’s name in their Pick-3 contest entries.
Still, the 32 entries contained the names of over 200 players in a draft that will see only 256 players’ names called. You might’ve expected at least one of the 32 entrants to accidentally put Christian on his entry; you know, an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters for an infinite number of years, and all that.
Not that I’m suggesting any of the contest entrants are monkeys...
But the truly telling evidence that Geron Christian was flying under the radar is that when I went looking for a draft profile for the guy written by Cadillactica... I couldn’t find one! My feelings at that moment must’ve been akin to the way Dorothy felt when she got the peek behind the curtain and found out that the Wizard of Oz was human after all.
What I did find about Geron Christian when I went looking was this quote that I read on his NFL.com draft profile:
“This is one of the most interesting tackles because he has potential. Some of these tackles like the UCLA kid (Kolton Miller) they aren’t going to get much better. This kid just needs more experience and coaching and I think he will be a starter down the road.” -- NFC team offensive line coach
Sounds like the perfect fit for a team with both starting tackles returning from injury, whose franchise left tackle is nearly 30 years old, with a ton of wear & tear, and 3 years left on his contract.
When you factor in the possibility that the current swing tackle, Ty Nsekhe, is on a one-year contract and may very well get preseason work at Left Guard, well, having a raw-but-talented OT with all the measurables seems like the perfect gift under the tree from Santa, made all the sweeter by the fact that the Skins didn’t have a 3rd round pick when the Friday session of the draft started. It was like the Redskin front office sprinkled a little fairy dust, wished upon a star, and were rewarded with a magical 3rd round pick that turned into an offensive lineman that the franchise needed.
Here’s one more quote from that NFL.com profile to whet your appetite for our newest offensive lineman, Geron Christian:
Three-year starter with experience taking snaps at both tackle spots, Christian possesses good overall athleticism and foot quickness with the arm length NFL evaluators covet. He needs to improve his upper body strength in order make better use of his length in pass protection and to help with redirect blocks. If Christian can improve his anchor and functional power, he could become an average starter, but if not, he will be a swing tackle trying to hold off competition for his job.
With the Friday night’s draft action in the books, here are the standings at the top of the Pick-3 board, with 5 draft selections still to come for the Redskins (one in each round until the 7th, when the Redskins have 2 picks):
Twenty-two out of thirty-two entrants have scored, with eight of them having named both Payne and Guice.
Three entrants, Anubis31, SkinsStigall42, and Eboracum, are tied at the top of the leaderboard by virtue of having correctly predicted the Redskins’ first and second round selections.
It’s gets harder to make accurate predictions as the draft progresses, but the rewards for correct
guesses predictions get increasingly higher, so all 32 entrants are still very much in the running for the win; after all, a correct prediction in the final 2 rounds is rewarded with 20 or 25 points, so a single correct late-round projection can vault a player to first place and victory.
Points for the correct player in the correct round:
- Round 1 = 6 points
- Round 2 = 8 points
- Round 4 = 13 points
- Round 5 = 16 points
- Round 6 = 20 points
- Round 7 = 25 points
If a player on the entrant’s list is selected in a different round than predicted, the entrant will earn 5 points, regardless of which round the player is drafted in, and regardless of the reason for the difference in round.
Barring any further trades, the Redskins have 5 picks remaining on Saturday.
Having traded away pick #142, this is what the Redskins draft now looks like:
Round 1, Pick 13 (No. 13 overall): Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Round 2 Pick 27 (No. 59 overall): Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Round 3, Pick 10 (74th overall): Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
Round 4, Pick 9 (No. 109 overall)
Round 5, Pick 26 (No. 163 overall)
Round 6, Pick 31 (No. 205 overall)
Round 7, Pick 13 (No. 231 overall)
Round 7, Pick 23 (No. 241 overall)
According to SB Nation, these are the players still remaining from their initial top 140 players. (Note that Maurice Hurst is the player who left the Scouting Combine due to a medical red flag about his heart; he may not be on any team’s draft board at this point):
17. Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
47. Tim Settle, DL, Virginia Tech
56. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
63. Jaylen Samuels, TE/WR/RB/FB, North Carolina State
73. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
74. Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
75. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
78. Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama
79. Duke Ejiofor, Edge, Wake Forest
82. DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
83. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
84. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
85. Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
86. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
87. Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
89. Hercules Mata’afa, Edge, Washington State
90. Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State
91. Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
95. Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State
96. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
99. Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
101. John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
103. Holton Hill, CB, Texas
104. Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
105. Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State
106. Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
107. Jeff Holland, Edge, Auburn
108. Poona Ford, DL, Texas
109. Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
110. Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
111. Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
112. Kentavius Street, Edge, North Carolina State
113. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
114. Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami
115. Andrew Brown, DT/DE, Virginia
117. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
118. Taylor Hearn, G, Clemson
120. Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
121. Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
122. Mark Walton, RB, Miami
123. J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
125. Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
126. Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
128. Dorance Armstrong, Edge, Kansas
129. Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
130. Mike McCray, LB, Michigan
133. Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
134. Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
135. Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
136. Michael Dickson, P, Texas
137. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
138. Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
139. Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
140. Trey Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
Day 3: Rounds 4 through 7
When: Saturday April 28th at 12 p.m. Eastern
Time per pick: 5 minutes for rounds 4-6; 4 minutes for round 7
TV channels: ESPN, ABC, & NFL Network
Online: NFL and ESPN
Radio: SiriusXM NFL Radio
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