Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.
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LE: Matt Ioannidis
RE: Jonathan Allen
NT: Daron Payne
ROLB: Ryan Anderson
LOLB: Ryan Kerrigan
ILB: Mason Foster
ILB: Josh Harvey-Clemons
LCB: Josh Norman
RCB: Quinton Dunbar
SCB: Fabian Moreau
FS: Montae Nicholson
SS: Landon Collins
Quarterback: Alex Smith’s career is threatened by his Theismannian leg injury, and 32-year-old backup Colt McCoy is also coming off a broken leg. Keenum is a one-year stopgap at best. The Redskins need to seriously consider the idea of drafting a future franchise quarterback or trading for Josh Rosen.
Pass Catcher: Doctson has plateaued as a one-trick jump-ball/fade receiver lacking run-after-catch skills. Jamison Crowder (Jets) and Maurice Harris (Patriots) left in free agency, and Russell Wilson creation Richardson was a 2018 free agent dud. Reed can’t stay healthy. Washington needs multiple pass-catching additions; ideally a field stretcher and a high-percentage interior option to set the table for their to-be-determined quarterback of the future.
Edge Rusher: Washington’s needs list is lengthy. There is a gaping hole at left guard, and uncertainty at both inside linebacker spots and at least one cornerback job. Outside pass rush still takes precedence with Preston Smith gone to Green Bay and in-house fallback option Anderson having shown next to nothing so far.
Redskins 2019 Draft Picks
1 (15). WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss - Washington’s offensive identity last year was to create positive game script with good defense and run the ball. Part of that was due to Alex Smith operating at quarterback, and part of it was injuries across the offense. Still, creating big plays is a pillar of winning football. Many believe Metcalf is the top receiver in this class, and he offers vertical explosiveness on every snap.
2 (46). Trade - I’m going to try something different here and instead of projecting a player, I’m projecting a trade. I think Washington sends this pick, plus a later pick in 2020 to Arizona for Josh Rosen. If healthy, the Redskins offensive line is far superior to the Cardinals. That is critical for Rosen to approach his peak, and when afforded structure Rosen can make a number of very impressive throws.
3 (76). EDGE Christian Miller, Alabama - If Miller’s pre-draft process was clean (hamstring injury), he would be a top-64 pick. He still might end up there, but I would be stunned if he lasts until the third day. The bend and flexibility he offers while working around the corner as a pass rusher is difficult to find.
3 (96). LB Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame - The linebacker group falls off a cliff after the two Devins at the top. Coney is more of a hammer, as he sifts through trash and hits with force near the line of scrimmage. Or the team could look for a more athletic off-ball linebacker.
5 (153). OL Tyler Jones, NC State - A longtime starter on the left side, Jones likely shifts inside to guard in the NFL. That’s where he lined up during East-West Shrine week.
5 (173). CB Hamp Cheevers, Boston College - Cheevers played a number of snaps on the outside at BC, but a number of evaluators feel his best NFL role is in the slot.
6 (206). TE Dax Raymond, Utah State - There are a number of snaps where Raymond looks super smooth and fluid as a receiver, eating up ground against safeties or putting linebackers in a blender. Plus, he shows willingness as a blocker to seal the edge and create big gains.
7 (227). EDGE/DL Kyle Phillips, Tennessee - An effort edge rusher with some first step explosion. He might bulk up a bit and play a tighter alignment in a multiple front.
7 (253). WR Ryan Davis, Auburn - Davis was used often as an H-back and near the line of scrimmage. He was able to stretch the field a bit more during Shrine week, but Davis’ best role is likely in the slot.