Grading the Draft - Washington Redskins

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

For the second straight season, Washington addressed its need along the defensive line. The team also may have struck gold at the end of the second round.

Round 1 (No. 13 overall): Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Round 2 (No. 59): Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Round 3 (No. 74): Geron Christian, OT, Louisville

Round 4 (No. 109): Troy Apke, S, Penn State

Round 5 (No. 163): Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

Round 6 (No. 197): Shaun Hamilton, LB, Alabama

Round 7 (No. 241): Gregory Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech

Round 7 (No. 256): Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

UDFA: Quin Blanding, S, Virginia; Martez Carter, RB, Grambling State; Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana; Vontae Diggs, LB, UConn; Casey Dunn, OL, Auburn; Jerod Fernandez, LB, NC State; Shay Fields, WR, Colorado; Matt Flanagan, TE, Pittsburgh; Danny Johnson, CB, Southern; Darvin Kidsy, WR, Texas Southern; Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook; De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR, Nebraska; Cam Sims, WR, Alabama; Ranthony Texada, CB, TCU; Elijah Wellman, FB, West Virginia

We pounded the table for Da’Ron Payne as a top-15 prospect during the predraft process, and Washington agreed. He should start immediately at nose tackle and improve the run defense, and he has untapped potential as a pass rusher if he’s given the opportunity to do more than two-gap.

Derrius Guice was the second-to-last of our top 25 players to come off the board due to some personality questions and reported issues during team visits, but Leonard Fournette's former backup is a first-round talent. He has the size (5-foot-10.5, 224 pounds) to bang on the inside and the speed and burst to bust long runs, and he's a better receiver than given credit for, although he's likely be more of a two-down back in D.C. if Chris Thompson returns healthy from last season's broken leg.

A third-day prospect who went in the top 75, Geron Christian was a reach after a poor junior season. He has good movement skills for his size and comes with starter upside, but he must regain the form he showed during his first two years at Louisville to reach that ceiling.

Troy Apke blew up the combine, finishing in the 90th percentile or above in the 40-yard dash and in the agility and explosion drills. An aggressive run defender, Apke’s athletic upside makes him worth a third-day flier despite his struggles in man coverage and poor ball skills.

Despite being a fifth-round pick, Tim Settle could easily wind up as the third-best player from Washington’s draft. He will need some time to develop after leaving Virginia Tech as a redshirt sophomore, but he's more athletic than his combine numbers suggest and has the size to be an effective nose tackle once he physically matures.

Shaun Hamilton is a run-and-chase linebacker with average speed and good coverage skills who may max out as a special teamer. Gregory Stroman has good ball skills and will provide depth in the secondary while adding value as a returner.

Trey Quinn may have been Mr. Irrelevant in this year’s draft, but he was a very relevant fifth-round prospect on our board. He led the nation with 114 catches in 2017 and is a quick possession receiver with decent size (5-foot-11.5, 203 pounds) who also adds return value.

After the draft, Washington signed several highly rated priority free agents on our board. Quin Blanding is the best of the bunch -- he's a solid run defender and has starting potential as a strong safety. Simmie Cobbs Jr. has excellent size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and No. 2 receiver upside, but his lack of speed and inconsistent effort are barriers to him reaching his ceiling.

Analysis: Washington selected one of our favorite prospects in the draft in Round 1 and grabbed the second-best running back on our board late in Round 2 as the seventh back taken. Grabbing Settle in the fifth makes up for reaching on Christian in the third in terms of value, and the Louisville product still comes with a starter ceiling if he can get his game back on track. Washington also did well in free agency to round out an excellent draft weekend that brought in top-end talent and solid depth. Grade: B+