Day two of the NFL draft features both the 2nd and 3rd rounds. The Redskins currently only have one selection, coming at number 44 overall in round two.
With the selection of Alabama nose tackle Da’Ron Payne with pick number 13 during Thursday night’s opening round, Washington addressed the elephant in the room.. defending the run.
With only one pick of the next 76 selections, the ‘Skins obviously need to make it count. So which direction do they go? With six draft picks during the final five rounds on Saturday, plenty of quantity remains, but Friday’s choice is quality, or needs to be.
Let’s take a look at the team needs, one of which will be addressed with the 12th pick of the second round, the others during rounds four through seven on Saturday. Although the Redskins have seven picks remaining, we have identified eight positions of need, adding slight flexibility in targeting. (Suggested round in parenthesis)
Given the needs, the team cannot afford a “luxury” pick. Solid running backs always fall to day three and that is where priority should be given. Samaje Perine is as good in between the tackles as any player left on the board and Chris Thompson is one of the ‘Skins major weapons.
Beyond Brian Quick, the team’s fourth receiver, are major question marks. A flyer with one of the team’s two seventh round picks, seems appropriate. Another look at remaining free agents may be another option.
Due in large part to injury concerns surrounding Jordan Reed, the Redskins should consider spending their other seventh rounder on a developmental tight end.
One of the teams strengths are offensive tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses. An aging swing tackle is the only backup to the two stars who were banged up for much of the 2017 season. Fifth or sixth round may be a good range to target a tackle who can assume the backup role, hopefully with some upside.
Brandon Scherff will be seeking a big contract soon and there is no existing roster player designated to start opposite him at left guard. There are several top guard prospects still on the board, then a major drop off. Strong consideration should be given at guard with Friday nights selection in the second round.
–Edge rusher (OLB)
Ryan Anderson, last seasons second round selection, is the only backup at outside linebacker entering the 2018 season. With Preston Smith also due a big contract a year from now, the position should be given day three priority in either the fourth or fifth round.
If the Redskins do not select a guard in round two, they should take a long hard look at their big board for a potential future starter. Two of the three top corners from 2017 are gone and Josh Norman may be a cap casualty following the season. Give corner a slight edge in priority over guard, one in the second round, the other with the early fourth round selection.
With Sua Cravens traded to Denver and DeAngelo Hall’s retirement, Washington needs to draft a safety to develop as part of the rotation. Montae Nicholson was a “find” a year ago, but there is concern about his injury shortened season. With little depth and DJ Swearinger more like a linebacker, safety is a need early on day three.
Who was left waiting in the green room? Invited but not selected….
Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Connor Williams, OT, Texas
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Rounds two and three begin at 7 PM on Friday night Live coverage on FOX, ESPN and the NFL Network!