5 Landon Collins S
It’s possible that Collins is ranked higher by us than NFL teams, who may think his name is bigger than his all-around game. He’s at his best near the line of scrimmage, but to be a truly great safety, Collins must also excel in coverage.
In 2018, the Cardinals jumped from 15 to 10 to grab quarterback Josh Rosen by packaging picks 15, 79 and 152. The Redskins have 10 selections overall including two in the third. They also now have two veterans for next season in Keenum and Colt McCoy. Neither is a long-term solution or under contract after 2019.
In Year 4, Brown broke out as one of the top wideouts in the league with a 1,499-yard campaign. From 2013 to ‘16, Brown averaged -- averaged -- 120 catches, 1,578 yards and 11 touchdowns per season. Because he was under contract through the end of the 2017 season, though, the Steelers were able to pay Brown just $28.8 million over that four-year span, which is a little more than the annual average salary guys such as Robert Meachem and Laurent Robinson were getting in free agency. Former Steelers teammate Mike Wallacehit free agency and netted a five-year, $60 million deal with the Dolphins that paid him $36.9 million over three seasons before he was cut after 2015.
How it started: The hysteria began long before he officially joined the Redskins. Less than a month before the draft at a card show in northern Virginia, 15 minutes from Redskins Park, Griffin sat inside an expo center, signing autographs and meeting fans for more than four hours. Hundreds of people lined up, some in shirts that read “RG3 in DC.” Others wore a shirt with Griffin’s face on the “Hope” T-shirt that had been used for President Obama.
Practically all the teams loaded with salary-cap space (like the Colts, Jets, et al.) need receivers, but there aren’t many front-line guys on the market. That should benefit the likes of Tyrell Williams, who spent the last two seasons fighting for targets on a talented Chargers team (69 targets, 16.9 yards per catch in 2017; 65 targets, 15.9 yards per catch in ‘18) and now appears headed for top-20 receiver money: $11 million to $12 million a year, if not more. Some slot guys are likely to get paid, too, and not just veteran Golden Tate. Jamison Crowder (most recently with the Redskins) and Adam Humphries(Buccaneers), both 25 years old, could get $9 million to $11 million. Cole Beasley (Cowboys) turns 30 next month, but he might end up in a similar range.