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 Washington Redskins Draft Review



Team Needs: DE, WR, OL





Selections:


Rd 1. 22 Josh Doctson WR TCU

Rd 2. 53 Su’a Cravens SS USC

Rd 3. 84 Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech

Rd 5. 152 Matthew Ioannidis DT Temple

Rd 6. 187 Nate Sudfield QB Indiana

Rd 7. 232 Steven Daniels ILB Boston COllege

Rd 7. 242 Keith Marshall RB Georgia



Recap:

If Dan Snyder can stay out of McCloughan’s way - and that’s a big if - then Washington should find itself with a talented roster in a few years time, if history is any indicator of success. Josh Doctson was a value pick by the team given that they still have their starting receivers in place. Doctson was not the highest rated receiver available at the time on my board, but his skill set is unique with respect to the other receivers and he will get a year of playing in specific packages before having any real pressure on him. Su’a Cravens was a great value in the late second round and might be the steal of the draft. Cravens is physically imposing and plays with an incredible motor. He is one of the few impact defenders that was available outside of the top ten. Kendall Fuller was another great value in the 3rd round. Fuller has an excellent family pedigree - his older brother plays for the Bears - but he needs to prove that he can stay healthy over an NFL season and remove some of the mental lapses that plagued him in college. Fuller could be the team’s third cornerback by the start of the season.  Matthew Ioannidis is a lunch pail like defensive lineman who is stout against the run. He won’t get a ton of pressure on the quarterback but he won’t get pushed around by offensive linemen either. Nate Sudfield has good size and just enough of everything but he appears to be best suited as a long term backup for the Redskins. Steven Daniels should not be ignored given his physical style of play and McColughan’s affinity for the inside linebacker position. He’s a 2 down linebacker only but the team has a clear need for a more physical front 7. Keith Marshall has had injury concerns at Georgia and was never able to win the starting job outright. He had the fastest 40 yard dash time at the combine and has flashed big play potential though. He’s well worth a late round flier.

Analysis:

  1. Getting 2 starters out of a draft is typically considered a good haul. The Redskins might have gotten 5, if you wait a few years. Doctson, Fuller, Ioannidis, and Daniels could all develop into starters in a year or two while Cravens should start immediately. The team did a nice job adding depth and competition to all areas of its defense with this draft.

  2. Taking a receiver in the first round was not simply a need pick. The team could have gotten more immediate production from several other receivers or at other positions of need at 22. Instead they stayed true to their board and took a talented, but raw, prospect. It was  a confident selection.

  3. Don’t sleep on Keith Marshall. The Georgia product has incredible speed and big play ability and Jay Gruden will almost certainly look to capitalize on it. McCloughan has a better track record with both running backs and late round draft picks than many of his peers.

Grade: A-


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