Now that the 2018 NFL Draft is over, it’s time to consider how the players selected will affect the roster that finally takes the field for real games in early September. For a quick refresher on who the Skins added in the Draft, see THIS and THIS.
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy, Kevin Hogan
No quarterbacks taken, which is whatI expected. I think the Skins like Kevin Hogan, whom they recently acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. I suspect the Skins believe that by 2019 Hogan can be ready to take over the backup QB spot from Colt McCoy.
RUNNING BACK (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelly
Guice obviously shuffles everything. Once Head Coach Jay Gruden gets Guice into the game he will never want to take him out. Nevertheless, expect to see plenty of Chris Thompson on obvious passing downs. Kelly could be a casualty if the Skins go with a fourth running back who can provide more help on special teams.
TIGHT END (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
I thought the Skins might address this position in the Draft, but they did not, forcing the team to once again roll the dice on Reed’s health. His return from last year’s injury seems to be taking a long time. Surprise, surprise.
WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Robert Davis, Maurice Harris, Trey Quinn.
I have Quinn over Brian Quick in a mild surprise. I have a feeling about Quinn that his route-running ability, great hands, and fearlessness will earn him a spot on the roster despite being Mister Irrelevant. Quinn is also the only other slot receiver in this group.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
Trent Williams, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Arie Kouandjio, Tyler Catalina, Veteran To Be Named Later.
Okay, I sort of punted on this one. Since I have no idea who the starting left guard will be, I gave the job to Ty Nsekhe, rationalizing that maybe he will move inside, with Geron Christian taking the backup swing tackle job. The team needs a backup center, too, and I’m sort of assuming the Skins will sign a veteran guard-center before the opening of training camp.
DEFENSIVE LINE (6)
Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, Stacy McGee.
The Redskins rid themselves of Terrell McClain and A.J. Francis earlier today and I predict much-loved veteran Ziggy Hood will also be moving on, though not without a stout battle in training camp and preseason. This position has been massively upgraded.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (4)
Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Pernell McPhee, Ryan Anderson.
INSIDE LINEBACKER (5)
Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Zach Vigil, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Shaun Dion Hamilton.
It’s possible Hamilton gets stashed on the practice squad if he isn’t healthy, opening up a roster spot for Martrell Spaight. Hamilton has a higher upside than any of these players, apart from Zach Brown, so I think the Skins try to keep him. Vigil played very well last year and the team is high on him, even though many fans appear to be only vaguely aware he even exists.
Josh Norman, Fabian Moreau, Quinton Dunbar, Josh Holsey, Orlando Scandrick, Greg Stroman.
I see Moreau winning the starting job opposite Norman and then possibly sliding inside when Dunbar comes in in nickel situations. Stroman makes it as a special teams player and possible punt returner.
Montae Nicholson, D.J. Swearinger, DeShazor Everett, Troy Apke.
This unit is much better than you might think as long as Nicholson is healthy. It’s a sizable dropoff if he’s injured again, though. Everett is a big-time special teams player and I believe Apke will be, as well.
K – Dustin Hopkins
P – Tress Way
LS – Nick Sundberg