Using On the Clock Draft Simulator Live (which is updated with every trade and pick) I decided to do a Redskins scenario for how the rest of their draft could play out. I wasn’t really considering a trade up into the 2nd round because it would cost at least both 3rd round picks if not more. In fact I made a small trade back in the 3rd to pick up an extra pick. Outside of that the mentality was to hit on the team needs and fill out the roster.
As always you can follow along here: https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/live/sharedraft.php?d=pzstkv
15: QB DWAYNE HASKINS, OHIO STATE
26: EDGE MONTEZ SWEAT, MISSISSIPPI STATE
-Not doing write-ups on the first two picks since they are locked in. I will just say that the Redskins hit a homerun with both picks. Fantastic move by the team.
85: WR RILEY RIDLEY, GEORGIA
-Ridley is a very safe receiver prospect who has a skill set similar to Pierre Garcon. He’s a sure handed chain mover, who is impressive in his body positioning and catching the football. He won’t threaten teams deep or break corners ankles on shorter routes, but he offers a high floor and the ability to contribute as a rookie. He definitely doesn’t have the highest upside of the group of options left on the board, but he’s probably the safest.
96: G MICHAEL JORDAN, OHIO STATE
-Jordan is a guy I’ve mentioned before at this spot and he makes a ton of sense for the Redskins. Not only is he a familiar face to your new quarterback, but he’s a versatile interior lineman who should push for the starting LG job as a rookie. He reminds me of Mason Cole a year ago who got drafted late 3rd round and became a solid starter as a rookie.
127: CB KENDALL SHEFFIELD, OHIO STATE
-Sheffield is a steal at this spot for me. Yes he is coming off an injury at the Combine, but his speed and athletic ability are real weapons. He needs to develop as a cover guy, but the Redskins can be a little patient with him this season. He could challenge for the 4th corner role this season, and if he develops he could be a starter come 2020.
153: S SHELDRICK REDWINE, MIAMI (FL)
-Redwine is a converted corner with good size and impressive athleticism. He’s not as sticky as you’d like him to be in man coverage and he relies too much on his make-up speed in zone, but generally he has solid coverage/ball skills. He’s got the versatility to play either safety spot, but he’s probably not an early starter in his career. There is some potential and he can contribute on defense (as well as special teams) as a rookie.
173: LB BEN BURR-KIRVEN, WASHINGTON
-Checks the boxes from an athletic, leadership, toughness and instinct stand point, but will get knocked due to his size and physicality. When you watch him he is flying around the field making plays, that gives you the impression that at a minimum he’s a core special teams player and solid back-up. His size limitations are a concern, but the Redskins don’t need him to become a starter.
206: G PHIL HAYNES, WAKE FOREST
-Big powerful guard who was a four year starter in college at both guard a tackle. Guard is his clear best position, but he has the size and skill set to back-up center and right tackle if need be. Plays with good hand usage and solid footwork that he could develop over time. Safe floor that he should be able to make the roster as a back-up OL.
227: WR GREG DORTCH, WAKE FOREST
-Dortch is an undersized slot receiver with good quickness and speed. He was inconsistent at times in college, but he also flashed some big play ability. He’s also a capable return man and he could team with Trey Quinn to try to replace Crowder in the slot and on special teams.
253: DL RICKY WALKER, VIRGINIA TECH
-Just looking for intriguing depth here. Walker is a local guy who fits the mold of a 1 gap 5 tech or 3 tech lineman. He lacks elite size or athletic ability, but he still consistently makes plays in the backfield. He maxes out as a rotational guy at the next level, but he could be the team’s 6th DL next year or spend a year on the practice squad.
I like the idea of trading back from the first 3rd round pick if possible as the draft is deep enough at WR to get one later. That was the case in this simulation and picking up a mid-4th rounder is a nice value.
I believe Ridley and Jordan can be starters as rookies and long term options at their respective positions. Both will give Haskins some talent to grow with him, and are very safe at their respective positions. Adding Haynes and Dortch late are solid depth picks who should both make the roster. Haynes has a little future potential, and Dortch gives them some insurance if Quinn falters or gets hurt. He could also be the teams top return man as well.
Defensively Sheffield, Redwine and Burr-Kirven are all highly athletic talents who have the potential to grow into larger roles. As rookies I see all playing as key back-ups and special teamers, with Redwine potentially getting the biggest role since FS is the weakest position group. Sheffield has long term starting potential and is an interesting guy to groom going forward.
What do you think? How do you hope tonight’s draft plays out?
And don’t forget On the Clock Live will be updated throughout the night so you can keep testing scenarios as the draft is playing out.