Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Review

1st/17 Jonathan Allen, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 286 School: Alabama

Hoping to find an impact playmaker along the interior defensive line the Redskins stopped the fall of Jonathan Allen who was considered to be one of the five best players in the draft. Reports of two arthritic shoulders scared some teams off but Allen’s 44.5 career tackles for loss illustrates his ability to penetrate and make plays in the backfield. The addition of Allen should only help take pressure off Washington’s talented edge rushers.

 

2nd/49 Ryan Anderson, OLB

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 253 School: Alabama

One of the more underrated prospects in this draft, Anderson is not going to blow you away with any workout numbers but all he does is make plays on the field. The base of Anderson’s game is his power. He uses it to take on blocks and set the edge while rushing the passer he can get underneath tackles to get them off balance before shooting past them.

 

3rd/81 Fabian Moreau, CB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 206 School: UCLA

A pectoral injury doing the bench press at his Pro Day caused him to slide as he may not be ready when the season starts but with Josh Norman and Bashuad Breeland the Reskins were able to take a calculated risk on this talented player. Moreau uses his length well to disrupt receivers and then his quick hips to turn and run with the receivers.

 

4th/114 Samaje Perine, RB

Ht: 5-11 Wt.: 233 School: Oklahoma

Perine was often overlooked with teammate Joe Mixcon getting the headlines but people often forget that it was Perine that now holds the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a single game. A physical runner Perine excels between the tackles and his no nonsense rushing attack could land him the starting role by seasons ends.

 

4th/123 Montae Nicholson, S

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 212 School: Michigan State

Big and fast Nicholson is your prototypical strong safety who’s willing to come down into the box to help in run support while having enough speed and range to play deep half or underneath coverage. With Su’a Cravens moving to safety he could fill Cravens role as a dime linebacker.

 

5th/154 Jeremy Sprinkle, TE

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 252 School: Arkansas

In the age of move tight ends lining up in the slot, Sprinkle is a throwback inline tight end that can be a factor in the run game and provide the quarterback with a safety valve over the middle. With Jordan Reed as their top tight end Sprinkle will be the perfect compliment.

 

6th/199 Chase Roullier, C

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 312 School: Wyoming

Experience playing both guard and center will be huge for Roullier as position flexibility will allow him a better shot at making the team. Roullier can fill a role as a backup initially but with Shawn Lauvao entering a contact year he could be an option to replace him.

 

6th/209 Robert Davis, WR

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 219 School: Georgia State

A raw route runner Davis is attractive at this point in the draft because he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the Combine at 6-3. A big play threat Davis lead all Sun Belt Conference receivers with 16.1 yards per catch and is a developmental option.

 

7th/230 Josh Harvey-Clemons, S

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 217 School: Louisville

With Su’a Cravens moving back to strong safety and out of the dime linebacker role he played the Redskins need to fill the important sub package role. Harvey-Clemons is a massive safety who struggles in coverage is a much better run defender played well within the box.

 

7th/235 Josh Holsey, CB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt: 190 School: Auburn

A quick twitch athlete Hosley projects inside to the slot where he can match up with the slot receivers running option routes that is taking over the game. With Washington having so many bigger press corners Hosley has a good shot to make the team.

 

Best Pick

Allen (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Holsey (seven round)

 

Overall Thoughts

Without a lot of attention, the Redskins ended up having a high quality draft. Letting the talent come to them they got impact players and didn’t reach on a single pick. Jonathan Allen is likely to be the only one to start right away several prospects have future paths to starting and are poised to make big impacts as role players.

Grade: A

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