Among all the craziness that was the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins quietly had one of the best drafts of anybody. Not only did they get their franchise quarterback they gave him some weapons and added pieces to both sides of the ball. Our Washington Redskins 2019 NFL Draft Review looks at each of the Redskins picks while providing an overall grade and superlatives.
1st Round, Pick #15: Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
After seeing the Giants reach big time for Daniel Jones with the 6th pick the Redskins fans have to be excited that they were able to stay put at fifteen and have Dwayne Haskins fall right into their lap. Here they get the top rated quarterback in our rankings and a player that has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback. Heck Washington has the offensive line that can allow Haskins to sit in the pocket and if they’re able to add a weapon at receiver in round two or three, this offense could really break out next year.
1st Round, Pick #26: Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
Concerns about his heart condition had to be the reason that Sweat fell out of the top 10 discussion and to the bottom of the first round. But it sounds like there might have been a misdiagnoses of the condition but we also did see Sweat cleared to compete at the combine. If he is ok the Redskins get a potential steal here adding a freak height, weight, speed athlete who has production in the toughest conference of college football.
3rd Round, Pick #76: Terry McLaurin WR Ohio State
After finding their future quarterback it’s only fitting that they went out and added one of Haskins main targets from Ohio State. McLaurin has good speed and can create separation in and out of his breaks. While he may not ever be the Redskins number one receiver but he can be an effective number two whose able to compliment some of their bigger receivers. And to get him in the third round over some of the receivers who had already gone was a pretty good value.
4th Round, Pick #112: Bryce Love RB Stanford
After an impressive junior year Bryce Love’s stock was sky high, but an ACL injury during his senior year along with poor offensive line lead to struggles and Love falling to day three. Love excels with burst and change of direction ability allow him to navigate through traffic and reel of chunk runs. If he’s able to return to 100% along with Derrius Guice the Redskins can have a dynamic one, two punch.
4th Round, Pick #131: Wes Martin G Indiana
Needing help with the interior the Redskins targeted Martin who has a strong upper body but struggles with consistency. Martin lacks ideal size or length but he lacks up for it with a mean streak and toughness. Martin should battle it out with Ereck Flowers at left guard.
5th Round, Pick #153: Ross Pierschbacher G Alabama
With experience at both center and guard Pierschbacher gives some flexibility to the Redskins. Pierschbacher isn’t a great athlete but understands how to use his size and upper body strength to steer and seal off defenders. A top 102 prospect on our boards the Redskins got good value here with someone who should challenge at left guard but will be a good backup interior lineman at worst.
5th Round, Pick #173: Cole Holcomb LB North Carolina
Washington has invested a lot in their inside linebackers the past couple of years bringing in Reuben Foster while drafting both Shaun Dion Hamilton and Josh Harvey-Clemons. But there is upside with Holcomb who is a good athlete with sideline to sideline speed but a lack of size and length can give him issues when taking on blocks. Holcomb could become a core special teams player.
6th Round, Pick #206: Kelvin Harmon WR North Carolina State
We’ve seen a trend over the last couple of years with big, stiff receivers tend to fall in the draft and go later than expected. Harmon lacks good burst but can build up speed that has allowed him to make plays down the field. Harmon shows good body control and catching radius that allowed him to make some tough catches with defenders on him. If he’s able to show that he can run routes with good leverage and still make tough catches he could easily find himself carving out a good role in the offense. Especially with former first round pick Josh Doctson failing to really make an impact.
7th Round, Pick #227: Jimmy Moreland CB James Madison
While undersized for the cornerback position Moreland can play with good burst and speed with exceptional ball skills. He’ll have to fight it out as the slot cornerback but if his six pick sixes are any indication, he knows how to make plays.
7th Round, Pick #253: Jordan Brailford DE Oklahoma State
Getting after the passer was a big reason that the Redskins moved back up into the first round to get Montez Sweat and they’re hoping they can find a gem late in the draft here with Brailford. A pure speed rusher Brailford uses his burst off the line and bend to attack tackles. Brailford has a shot to make the team because they really lack speed off the edge, so he has a shot but needs to capitalize.
Overall Grade: A
Best Pick: Dwayne Haskins
Biggest Value: Terry McLaurin
Biggest Reach: Wes Martin