I've had the Redskins taking Da'Ron Payne for a while, and I still believe he's a very likely selection. However, that would change if Minkah Fitzpatrick falls to them. Fitzpatrick is a stud defensive back, and it would be difficult for Washington to pass on him.
And yes, it's possible for Fitzpatrick to fall to No. 13. Teams will trade up for quarterbacks, and we've seen the safety market move very slowly in free agency. Plus, as Charlie Campbell reported in the NFL Hot Press, some teams have Derwin James rated above Fitzpatrick.
Pick change; previously Da'Ron Payne, NT
Rd. 2, Pk. 12
Justin Jones, DT, N.C. State
The Redskins are expected to address their glaring need for a nose tackle early in the 2018 NFL Draft. If Da'Ron Payne isn't available at No. 13, Justin Jones could be an option in Round 2.
Pick change; previously D.J. Chark, WR
Rd. 4, Pk. 13
Mark Walton, RB, Miami
The Redskins could use a mid-round pick on a running back, as they don't have any exciting options at the position.
Rd. 5, Pk. 12
Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama
The Redskins mostly have a strong offensive line, but they really could use an upgrade at center, especially with Spencer Long gone.
Based off some information, I think Washington's pick could come down to Reuben Foster, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree' Jackson, Haason Reddick or Charles Harris. If Foster gets to the Redskins' pick, I think they would be thrilled as he is their first choice. After Foster, I think there will be a big debate between the others. I think the decision would then come down to Harris or Jackson. This is a deep cornerback draft, so Washington could lean toward the rusher with its first pick. Additionally, Harris is loved by teams for his football character, but he is the Plan B, I believe. I think the Redskins want Foster more than anyone else though and character concerns could push him down to them.
In 2016, Foster amassed 115 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two passes broken up. The 6-foot, 229-pounder came on strong late in the 2015 season for Alabama and had the game of his life in the National Championship against Clemson. He totaled 73 tackles with eight for a loss, two sacks and nine passes batted for the year. The light looked like it clicked on for Foster toward the end of the 2015 season as he was suddenly a different player. He carried that over into his senior year, when he was a physical force. Foster is a fast, athletic linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline while also dishing out punishing hits when he gets there.
Kpassagnon notched 45 tackles with 21.5 for a loss, 11 sacks, one forced fumble and a pass batted in 2016. He totaled 33 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two blocked kicks and a forced fumble the year before.
Evaluators believe that the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder is raw and has great size, but the skill set is there with a lot of upside to develop. Sources say that Kpassagnon is a perfect fit as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense and they see him as a second-day talent.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
The Redskins grab a slot cover corner to team with Josh Norman and Kendall Fuller.
If Lewis (5-10, 188) were larger, he would be a first-round pick. Lewis is a fast, athletic corner who is adept at running the route to prevent separation. In the NFL, however, he is going to struggle with big receivers making receptions over him. Therefore, he could be limited to the slot.
The senior had 25 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions during 2016. In 2015, Lewis was a good corner for the Wolverines with a ridiculous 20 passes broken up, two interceptions and 52 tackles. He also averaged 25.2 yards per kick return. As a sophomore, Lewis recorded 39 tackles with two interceptions and six passes broken up.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Chad Williams, WR, Grambling
The Redskins could use some receiver depth as Terrelle Pryor only signed a 1-year contract. They've also shown interest in Williams.
Williams (6-0, 204) had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl and flashed some speed to push defenses vertically. In 2016, he totaled 89 receptions for 1,334 yards with 10 touchdowns. Williams also had a strong junior season with 64 receptions for 1,012 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Williams could be a sleeper prospect who ends up being a nice value pick. There are sources who are impressed with him.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
The Redskins have a talented young offensive line, but they could use an interior lineman to finish it off.
Toth (6-4, 308) had a fine senior season and career at Kentucky. He started 47 straight games and was a big part of the Wildcats having a team average of 5.5 yards per carry. He also turned in a quality week at the Senior Bowl.
Toth has good size to be a center in the NFL. He has strength in his base and developed technique.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Jamaal Williams, RB, Brigham Young
The Redskins grab some running back depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
The Redskins could use some running back depth given Matt Jones' durability issues.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Darius English, DE/3-4OLB, South Carolina
The Redskins take some pass-rushing depth.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Kai Nacua, S, Brigham Young
The Redskins get some safety depth with a sleeper who could be a steal.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Kofi Amichia, G, South Florida
The Redskins get some offensive line depth with a player they hosted on a visit.
The Redskins' top needs are a quarterback - unless Kirk Cousins re-signs, which is unlikely -, defensive front-seven talent, and a safety. Of those needs, adding a quarterback is the most critical issue to address, but all of the quarterbacks are gone. Thus, Washington grabs an upgrade for the front seven. <br> <br>
Vea has 38 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four passes batted this year. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder was a load at the point of attack for Washington in 2016. He totaled 39 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, one force fumble and two passes batted on the season. <br> <br>
Vea has a serious combination of size, length, strength, and quickness at the point of attack. He is a heavy nose tackle who is a rock against the run and can occasionally collapse the pocket in the pass rush. For the NFL, Vea also has the height and length to play end in a 3-4 defense as well as nose tackle.
Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.
2017 Draft Picks:
17 Jonathan Allen DT ALABAMA
49 Ryan Anderson OLB ALABAMA
81 Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
114 Samaje Perine RB OKLAHOMA
123 Montae Nicholson S MICHIGAN STATE
154 Jeremy Sprinkle TE ARKANSAS
199 Chase Roullier C WYOMING
209 Robert Davis WR GEORGIA STATE
230 Josh Harvey-Clemons S LOUISVILLE
235 Josh Holsey CB AUBURN
Offense Rankings: Total 12 Pass 12 Run 23
Defense Rankings: Total 19 Pass 13 Run 22
Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 22
Sacks per Attempt: 11
Team needs: S DE RB
Now that San Francisco has their quarterback, I don't see Cousins leaving. They could use a free safety and a playmaker on offense. Their offensive line could also use a bump considering they give up quite a few sacks per attempt.
The Redskins' top needs are a quarterback - unless Kirk Cousins is willing to sign an extension, which is unlikely -, defensive front-seven talent, and a safety. Of those needs, adding a quarterback is the most critical issue to address, but all of the quarterbacks are gone. Thus, Washington grabs an upgrade to the defensive line. Reuniting Payne and Jonathan Allen could be tremendous for the Redskins' defense. <br> <br>
Payne dominated at the point of attack in 2017, stuffing runs while showcasing his freakish speed and athleticism. On the year, he totaled 53 tackles, two half-sacks, three passes batted, an interception and a touchdown reception. I heard general managers and scouts raving about Payne all season. <br> <br>
Scouts were already raving about Payne's potential in the preseason. He was the Crimson Tide's best defensive lineman in 2017, following Jonathan Allen's moving on to the NFL. Payne (6-2, 319) is a run plugger with a lot of potential to grow. When given the opportunity to rush the passer in 2016 and 2017, Payne was impressive, and sources have said that he helped set up sacks for Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson, and Rashaan Evans the past two seasons.
I think the Redskins are hoping that Minkah Fitzpatrick or Da'Ron Payne slide to them, but both are off the board. Washington could use more talent at receiver for Alex Smith, and Ridley is a great scheme fit for Jay Gruden. <br> <br>
Ridley reeled in 63 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. He totaled 82 yards on seven receptions with a touchdown against Florida State and its NFL-level secondary. The 6-foot, 189-pounder Ridley was capable of producing a lot more, but Alabama's ground-based offense and running quarterback limited his opportunities. If Ridley had played at a school like West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, or pretty much any Big XII school, his production would have been off the charts. Ridley has quality height, speed and upside for the NFL. He does have a thinner frame though, and will need to add weight. <br> <br>
In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. He had a tremendous freshman season for the Crimson Tide as the replacement for Amari Cooper. Ridley was very effective in that role with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship.
- After that Alex Smith trade, to me this just seems like a Redskins-ish pick
- Do I think Allen should go in the first round? No, I see him as the next Jake Locker. Do I think the Redskins will panic and make this pick if Allen is here? ABSOLUTELY
- Allen does have potential and I think if he sits behind Smith for a year or two there is a chance he could be good. Who knows?