It’s time to talk draft Washington Redskins fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 20, 2019
There is no storyline that looms larger over Washington’s 2019 season than that of the quarterback position. Alex Smith broke his leg 33-years to-the-day that Joe Theismann sustained his career-ending injury. At the Senior Bowl, team President Bruce Allen confirmed that Smith has had five surgeries so far. Prayers go out to Smith and his family. For Washington, the situation turned worse, when back-up Colt McCoy suffered a fractured right fibula during the second quarter of the December 3rd Philadelphia Eagles game. The just traded for Denver QB Case Keenum, so they at least have a healthy starting caliber quarterback on the roster. But don’t be surprised if they use a high pick on a quarterback.
2019 draft picks
Washington used their sixth round selection to add Virgina Tech DB Adonis Alexander via the supplemental draft. They have four Compensatory Picks.
- Wide Receiver
- Offensive Tackle
- Offensive Guard
- Inside Linebacker
- Defensive End
There’s a definite need to address the uncertain quarterback position, be it via free agency, the draft, or both. Washington could stand to add a wide receiver, a speedster like Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin might be a nice addition. On the offensive line, one might be inclined to think they need a complete overhaul, losing two QB’s in one season as they did. However, an offensive guard would seem to be priority.
On defense, an edge rusher would be a welcomed addition, and picking at twelve, they will probably have a few to look at. Florida State’s DE Brian Burns, Florida’s DE Jachai Polite, and Mississippi State’s DT Jeffery Simmons or DE Montez Sweat would be all be good options. They could use an inside linebacker and an upgrade an cornerback.
Prospects to watch
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
Florida State’s Brian Burns excels when he can pin his ears back and just fly to the quarterback. He might not be an every down player right off the bat, but he would be fire in the bottle on third and long. He tall and lanky; has long arms and a variety of moves; and possesses a cat-quick first step. According to PFF, Burns leads the nation in quarterback pressures with 46 on the season.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Grier brings swag to the quarterback position. He’s flashy, he likes to take shots down the field, and he’s crazy competitive. He was a Walter Camp finalist, a Johnny Unitas finalist, and a Maxwell Award finalist. In 2018, Grier had career highs with 3,864 passing yards, 37 touchdowns (to only eight interceptions), and a 175.5 QB rating.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Possibly, no player raised his draft stock more during Senior Bowl week than Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin. He ran good routes and used his excellent speed and twitchy-moves to blow past defenders. As a bonus, he can return punts, and was a solid gunner for the Buckeyes.
Players to Watch: ILB Blake Cashman, Minnesota; QB Ryan Finley, NC State; TE Foster Moreau, LSU; OT Ryan Pope, San Diego State; DT Chris Slayton, Syracuse; and WR David Sills, West Virginia.
President: Bruce Allen | Head Coach: Jay Gruden | Offensive Coordinator: Kevin O’Connell | Defensive Coordinator: Greg Manusky
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Da’Ron Payne DT | R2 Derrius Guice RB
2017: R1 Jonathan Allen DT | R2 Ryan Anderson LB
2016: R1 Josh Doctson WR | R3 Su’a Cravens S
2015: R1 Brandon Scherff OT | R2 Preston Smith LB