Day 2 of the NFL draft is over and the instareaction grades are here. The Redskins were declared early winners of the 1st round for their selections of QB Dwayne Haskins and OLB Montez Sweat. On the second day of the draft they granted Haskins wish, and got him one of his wide receivers from Ohio State. WR Terry McLaurin joins a depleted Redskins receving corps. How did this pick grade out compared to the Day 1 picks?
Haskins’ arm and McLaurin’s speed will team up to make big plays in Washington as they did in Columbus. The Redskins have several picks Saturday to address the offensive line and various spots on defense.
Great value pick for the Washington Redskins, pairing Dwayne Haskins with his college teammate. Terry McLaurin isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime athlete or anything, but he’s a great player that can come in and be a reliable pass-catcher with big-play ability.
The Redskins keep making smart picks. McLaurin will be 23 years old and likely doesn’t have a high ceiling. But he’s an exceptional special teamer who also managed to stand out last season in a loaded Buckeyes receiver corps with 11 touchdowns. He also had a banner week at the Senior Bowl practices, where he stood out with his maturity, body control and competitiveness. A smart, high-character addition in Washington who clearly has the trust of Dwayne Haskins already.
The Redskins were absolutely desperate for receiving help, so this pick makes a ton of sense from a needs perspective, and also as far as the range is concerned; Terry McLaurin was expected to be a third-round pick. McLaurin, who had a great Senior Bowl performance, has great character traits and will be able to be a big-time contributor on special teams at the very least.
Terry McLaurin is a professional route-runner who flashed during Senior Bowl practices. He’s got long speed, but he’s not great in contested catch scenarios. The Redskins likely see him as a replacement for Jamison Crowder.
It’s not often that a rookie QB enters the NFL with a familiar target, but that’s what McLaurin gives Dwayne Haskins after both played together at Ohio State. Washington does as good as job as almost any team at creating opportunities for receivers through design.
Dwayne Haskins needs more playmakers, especially after Washington lost Jamison Crowder to free agency. McLaurin might be the best technician in this year’s deep receiver class.
He is raw, but he can run. He had an impressive senior bowl that elevated him in scouts’ eyes. He fills a major need and he knows Dwayne Haskins well.
McLaurin was impossible to cover during Senior Bowl practices. A well-respected team leader and special teams standout, McLaurin sounded like a cross between an offensive coordinator and a city councilman in media interviews. Then he burnt a 4.35-second 40 at the combine. Based on January through March, McLaurin was a potential first-round pick. But on tape, he was just a one-dimensional burner in a crowded receiving corps for the Buckeyes.
McLaurin reminds me of Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was overdrafted as the seventh overall pick by the speed-obsessed Raiders a decade ago but had some productive years before he settled in as the Steelers’ longtime special teams captain.
I really like McLaurin, but the Washington receiving corps consists of him, Josh Doctson (draftnik binky vaporware), Paul Richardson (frail speedster), Brian Quick (draftnik binky vaporware, 2012 edition), Tre McBride (10 career receptions, about 20 career transactions), Jehu Chesson (possibly a made-up person) and Darvin Kidsy (almost certainly a made-up person).
If McLaurin didn’t really elevate his game after his college career ended, he could be just another predraft superstar who maxes out as a third-to-fifth receiver.
Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, for speeding to big arms. Campbell and McLaurin matched each other in going from making big plays for Ohio State into running extremely fast 40-yard dashes at the Combine. Now they get further rewarded, as Campbell stays on the fast track of Indy to play with Andrew Luck, while McLaurin requires no adjustment to a new quarterback, getting a quick reunion with Dwayne Haskins. They are fast-tracked to NFL success.