The new league year and free agency began just a few short days ago, but already a tremendous amount of action - including the Redskins bolstering depth across the roster - has taken place. What free agency has made clear to me so far is that Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith believe that reasonably-priced vets should be used to elevate the floor of the team’s performance. I suspect the next phase is using the draft to take the best players available to raise its ceiling. This draft is executed under that philosophy.
My prior three drafts can be found below:
As in my previous drafts, I remained true to my trade back philosophy, sending #2 to the Dolphins for #5, #18, and Round 2, pick 24. This draft I went essentially pure BPA, per the actual Kyle Smith’s recently stated preference.
A link to the draft can be found here.
Round 1, Pick 5
Jeff Okudah (CB) - Okudah is one of the top 3 defensive talents in the draft, and he was the only one of them left when I picked, with the Dolphins taking Chase Young when they moved up, as opposed to a QB (which is far more likely if they were to move up in real life). No mind, the Redskins secondary is in bad need of a CB1, particularly if things continue to go sideways with Quinton Dunbar this offseason [update: They have]. He’s a Day 1 starter.
Round 1, Pick 18
Jedrick Wills (OT) - Somehow Wills slipped to pick 18, but every year a player or two no one predicted to, slips into the middle of the first round or beyond. Hopefully the saga with Trent Williams will be over before the draft comes around, but even if it isn’t, we need a tackle. Wills becomes the projected starter at LT with Cornelius Lucas battling it out with Morgan Moses for the starting RT job.
Round 2, Pick 24
Jordyn Brooks (LB) - Brooks is no Isaiah Simmons, but he was the best player available at a position of need. Brooks was all Big 12 each of his 4 years (leading the team in tackles 3 of those years) at Texas Tech and joins a suddenly crowded linebacking room to compete for a starting spot.
Round 3, Pick 9 (I traded back to here from R3P2 and also received R4P10)
Adam Trautman (TE) - I’ll confess, I reached a little here. Trautman remained after my initial trade back, but he wasn’t going to be there if I traded back again. Once LT was taken care of, TE was the highest remaining position of need. A slight reach here for a player considered by some to be the best TE in the draft made sense.
Round 4, Pick 2
Jeremy Chinn (S) - Chinn played at Southern Illinois, where he had 13 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles in his four years at the school. He’s a versatile player who can play safety, nickel, or cover linebacker. He’s fast, athletic, and a solid tackler, but his weaknesses may be similar to those of the team’s current free safety - Montae Nicholson.
Round 4, Pick 10
Tyler Biadasz (C) - Biadasz won the award for the country’s top center and was an Outland Trophy finalist. He’s a smart interior lineman trained at Wisconsin whose strength is winning in the run game. I like that. He’s interior line depth and a potential successor to Chase Roullier.
Round 4, Pick 36
AJ Dillon (RB) - We didn’t really need an RB, but Dillon was BPA and he is an absolute beast. He is a power runner who Lance Zierlein comps to James Connor and describes as “built like a minibus.” He becomes a power back who adds depth to a talented, but potentially injury prone, backfield.
Round 5, Pick 2
Quintez Cephus (WR) - Cephus is a possession receiver who led Wisconsin in most of their receiving categories in 2019. He has good hands and isn’t afraid of physical play. He becomes competition for Kelvin Harmon in the WR3/WR4 role.
Round 7, Pick 2
Binjimin Victor (WR) - Victor is the big WR (6’4”) that Rivera is looking for. He played with Haskins at OSU, catching 4 TDs from him in 2018. He was rated as one of the top WR prospects in the country coming out of high school but never really lived up to the hype at the college level. Perhaps he can be further groomed. Victor was a standout in the Shrine Bowl, with 2 catches for 50 yards and a TD.
Round 7, Pick 15
Khalil Tate (QB) - This is a bit of a luxury pick, but I’m enamored with Tate. Is he a long term answer at QB? Probably not, but he’s a dual threat weapon who had over 1,400 yards rushing in his sophomore year. Scott Turner can figure out where to plug him into the offense.
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