Continuing to be on the fringe of the playoff picture the Redskins moved on from Kirk Cousins and made a trade to get Alex Smith this offseason. The draft was big for the Redskins hoping to get the final pieces to contend for the division. The Washington Redskins 2018 NFL Draft Review highlights every single Redskins pick looking at both scheme fit and value.
Washington Redskins 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #13: Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama
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When you have the worst rushing defense in the NFL you probably need to target one of the two elite defensive tackles in this class. Payne has experience playing the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense and uses his strength and size to overwhelm offensive guard to not only stack and shed but also penetrate and disrupt the backfield. Now the Redskins have both former Alabama teammates in Jonathan Allen and Payne to build their defense around.
2nd Round, Pick #27: Derrius Guice RB LSU
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Off the field issues are likely the reason why Guice fell this far but he is much better than the seventh running back to be taken in the draft. Washington has to be excited that Guice fell to them in the draft to be their foundational back that they can build their running game around. When healthy Guice is a dynamic between the tackle runner who can carry an offense on his back.
3rd Round, Pick #10: Geron Christian OT Louisville
Tackle isn’t a huge area of need for the Redskins but the depth behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses is very thin. Christian isn’t a tremendous athlete but has the lateral quickness and length to play the position. Look for him to be the swing tackle who could end up starting at right tackle down the line.
4th Round, Pick #9: Troy Apke S Penn State
The star of the NFL Scouting Combine Apke’s performance forced many people to go back and see what type of a player he is. Apke comes to the Redskins with the ability to play either safety position which helps the depth at safety.
5th Round, Pick #26: Tim Settle DT Virginia Tech
Settle is a big run stuffer that can take on blocks to clog the lane and provide a little bit of burst to disrupt. Washington desperately needs to improve their run defense and they are hoping that with Da’Ron Payne assuming the starting role and Settle providing backup that will go a long way to helping out. However, Settle isn’t worth this high of a pick and they could have got him later on in the draft.
6th Round, Pick #23: Shaun Dion Hamilton LB Alabama
When healthy Shaun Dion Hamilton has the speed and athletic ability to be a sideline to sideline run and chase linebacker who has experience in a versatile 3-4 defense. But that big question is whether he can stay healthy as he hasn’t play a full season in two years. Hamilton should provide help on special teams but there is isn’t much standing in the way from earning a starting role.
7th Round, Pick #23: Greg Stroman CB Virginia Tech
Stroman lacks elite physical traits but he makes up for those limitations with good technique that puts him in a great position to make plays. He joins a Redskins team that has four corners with success in the NFL, so he’ll need to try to earn a spot on special teams to earn a roster spot.
7th Round, Pick #38: Trey Quinn WR SMU
Your typical slot receiver is a great way to describe Quinn who is small but quick and thrives working out of the slot running option routes to separate from defenders. The receiving group for the Redskins has talent, but still have room to make an impact. Quinn will be working against a bunch of undrafted free agents to try and win the backup job to Jamison Crowder.
Draft Grade: A-
Best Pick: Derrius Guice
Biggest Reach: Tim Settle