Expect the unexpected from Redskins in first round

April 24, 2019 - 2:00 pm
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By Pete Medhurst

The first round of the NFL Draft almost never goes as planned.

Take for instance this week, when Doug Williams, Senior VP of Player Personnel, surmised the Redskins weren't even thinking Jonathan Allen, until all of a sudden he was there at their pick.

When Grant Paulsen and I join you from The Anthem Thursday night at 6:30, one wonders where the Redskins will actually make a pick. Williams certainly hinted they would be interested in moving down, if it made sense. However, if the right guy falls to you from your board, you run the card up to the podium like they did with Allen.

Our coverage will include Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman live at Redskins Park, while Chris Russell will join in with analysis and opinion from the 106.7 The Fan studios.

The Redskins have run into unlucky salary cap issues after Alex Smith's injury. Draft picks are especially important now, because they fill your roster at bargain prices.

So just what might be there when the Redskins pick, and what looks like a competent draft for a team with a solid nine picks overall (thanks to four compensatory selections)?

If they stay at 15, clearly QB, edge rusher and offensive lineman come into play.

Realistically, Florida Sate pass rusher Brian Burns, who is rising in most scouts' eyes, may be gone. That puts the likes of Clelin Ferrell of Clemson in play here. While he lacks initial explosion off the snap, he is healthy. Montez Sweat of Mississippi State has a heart condition that scares some, and Jeffery Simmons had an ACL tear in February. If Burns falls, you run the card up. You need to get Kerrigan some more help.

If Drew Lock falls here, that’s also a no-brainer. He makes all the throws, and his completion percentage increased in an NFL-style offense with Derek Dooley calling plays at Missouri last year.

If they trade down, put Jonah Williams in play from Alabama. Plug him in at left guard and you're all set. Dominant run blocker as a tackle at Alabama, but likely lacks the length to play tackle at the NFL level. Solve this left guard issue finally. Oklahoma's Cody Ford is also a player if they trade down for the same need.

Want to go DB? Maryland safety Darnell Savage has skyrocketed up the boards, and corners Deandre Baker, Greedy Williams, and Byron Murphy could all be there.

If the Redskins don't go QB in the first round, I am all in on Will Grier in the second. However, there is no shot he lasts to No. 46. They could trade up here, which would cost them less than moving up in the first round and it would be more value. Grier is older, just turning 24 on April 3, and he has a kid. Maturity found him and he is not afraid to make a big throw. Will it end up in the opponent's grasp at times? Yes. I'd rather have a guy not afraid to win the game than hoping he wins the game.

If WR is your need, Deebo Samuel of South Carolina, could still be on the board. I also like the size and separation ability of Stanford's J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who will win most physical battles and has elite ability in separating off the line of scrimmage. His production at Stanford without a top-level QB was impressive and a testament to his ability.

We will preview Day 2 and Day 3 in full once we know who's on the board. Stocks rise and fall and good value can be found. With nine picks, the Redskins have the pieces to move for value and need, while also filling a roster cheaply, which is a necessary evil right now.

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