With the rumors swirling about Trent Williams possibly going to Minnesota I wanted to take a look at a possible scenario and how that could impact the Redskins draft. For this On the Clock scenario the Redskins receive the Vikings late 3rd and mid 5th round picks (possibly Riley Reiff as well). I also made another small trade moving back in the 4th.
You can follow along with the draft here!
2: EDGE CHASE YOUNG, OHIO STATE
-No more debate about this pick, Skins got the best non-QB player in this class. With Young the Redskins front 4 is comparable to any unit in the league.
66: CB JAYLON JOHNSON, UTAH
-After the first round of the draft the Redskins probably have the weakest corner group in the league. To make matters worse the Cowboys and Eagles both added a premier receiver in this draft. Jaylon Johnson is a nice value pick at this spot, offering nice size and athletic ability. He’s at his best as a press corner, but can play a variety of techniques. He should push for a day 1 starting job.
105: WR ANTONIO GANDY-GOLDEN, LIBERTY
-The Redskins lack weapons outside of Terry McLaurin and could utilize this extra pick to land Haskins a weapon. Gandy-Golden dominated versus weaker competition, but held his own at the Senior Bowl and showed off his impressive size and speed combo. He’s got good hands and makes circus catches look easy.
116: S KVON WALLACE, CLEMSON
-Wallace is a versatile player who was too good to pass up at this point. He’s a hybrid corner/safety, who can play nickle, SS or FS. He’s not a traditional centerfield safety in single high, but he does have the athleticism to handle the role. Wallace was just a playmaker and a guy who defensive coordinators will find a role for. He should also be a core special teams player for the Redskins.
140: OT JACK DRISCOLL, AUBURN
-Driscoll isn’t likely to be the answer for the Redskins at LT, as he projects more as a RT or a guy who kicks inside to guard. He started his career at UMass, but transferred and started the last 2 years at RT for Auburn. He played really well versus some key match-ups and profiles for me as a high floor player. At worst he can be a key back-up, and at best he could replace Morgan Moses at RT or the LG role in a year or two.
142: LB DAVION TAYLOR, COLORADO
-This is one of my favorite value picks as Taylor is an incredible athlete who will slide due to the fact that he’s still learning organized football. His athletic skill set helps profile him as a cover linebacker in today’s NFL. He probably needs a year or two to develop, but the Redskins added a number of stop gap LBs this offseason.
155: TE THADDEUS MOSS, LSU
-Thaddeus is not going to be the dynamic playmaker his father was, but he does fit what the Redskins are looking for as a blocking TE with H-Back/FB versatility. He can contribute as a short area pass catcher as well, just don’t expect him to fill the Jordan Reed/Vernon Davis field stretcher role. He’s a good solid 5th round pick, who should give the Redskins a number of snaps.
162: WR JAMES PROCHE, SMU
-Proche is a high floor/low ceiling guy who should have a long career in the league as a 4th receiver type. He can play both inside and outside and has a lot of advanced receiver traits that coaches will love. He’s not a dynamic athlete, which limits the upside but he can play at the next level.
229: CB REGGIE ROBINSON II, TULSA
-Robinson is an under the radar guy who honestly could go a round or two earlier. He’s got good size and speed, and showed well during the Senior Bowl. Robinson is very inconsistent in coverage and is very much developmental in this area. He’s much better when he can read and react in zone coverage. This could limit his upside, but he’s a solid option this late in the draft.
What do you think?
Hopefully Reiff would be part of any Vikings trade, because as you can see the team can’t rely on the 3rd round pick being an option. Even if there is one worth drafting there they might not be ready to play day 1.
I do like how this draft added another defensive starter in Johnson and two other defenders who can contribute early in Wallace and Taylor. Add in Chase Young and that is an impressive defensive draft.
I didn’t end up getting too much help for Haskins on offense. Gandy-Golden has the upside to be a good starter, but I’d expect some developmental time. He still might end up the team’s number 2 option. Proche could push for the slot role (I could also see Harmon playing some slot with Gandy-Golden on the outside), and at worst is a solid 4th-5th WR. I see Moss actually seeing the field alot as a blocker, but he won’t be a major cog in the offense. Driscoll has some nice potential, but he doesn’t do much to help the OL woes right now.