Round 1 (17) Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen is 6’3”, 286 lbs. He is undoubtedly the steal of the first two rounds in the 2017 draft. The Redskins have three teams (Chicago, Kansas City, and Houston) to thank for the elite defensive lineman falling to 17. As those three teams allowed better defensive players to fall out of the top 15. His ability to create an interior pass rush as well as being stout in the run game instantly upgrades the defensive line in a way many can’t imagine. He can play defensive end in a 3-4 base and stay on the field in nickel situations as well as a defensive tackle. Safe to say he’ll be more than a 2-down player in Washington.
Round 2 (49) Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
Anderson is 6’2”, 253 lbs. The linebacker is very good at setting the edge. To me, he is the type of player that isn’t elite at anything, but good at everything it seems. His motor is relentless, not the biggest, not the fastest, but he’s physical and is a tone setter. Time will tell, but he may be the player the Skins needed in critical down and distances. Anderson provides versatility for this defense as he is capable of playing inside linebacker as well as outside backer in certain defensive situations.
Round 3 (81) Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Many believe Moreau will be a starter in a year or two if not sooner. His combo of height (6’1”) , weight (205) , and speed (4.3 40 yard dash) is what made him a potential first round pick before tearing pec muscle during his pro day. Although Moreau is somewhat a raw player & needs molding when healed up (which should be by training camp), he’s in the same boat as Kendall Fuller from last year. They both will miss a lot of time during the summer of their rookie year. Will turn out to be a great value pick if he is able to take advantage his size and speed at the corner position.
Round 4 (114) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Perine is 5’11”, 233 lbs. The often overlooked and supremely underrated back out of OU is a guy the Redskins were in desperate need of. He is a bowling ball of a back, comparisons ranges from Earl Campbell of the old days to Michael Turner of the more recent days. Truth be told? Both fits. Perine isn’t the back that beats you with speed, but the great thing that Perine provides when in open field is an array of moves to beat a defender in pursuit or in front of him. He has the capability to make one miss, but prefers the physicality as his stiff arms are strong and his trucking ability is top tier. He is a guy who you can count on to get you 1-5 yards when you have to keep a drive going, or in the red zone where the Skins were bottom of the league in 2016. Number 1 back potential.
Round 4 (123) Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan St
Many label him the prototypical “boom or bust” prospect. At 6’2”, 212 he is a 4.4 physical safety. Like Fabian, Nicholson is coming off injury as will and will need coaching to play safety at a competent level in the league. In the meantime he can shape himself into a special teams demon. He may have been a reach in the fourth round, but only time will tell.
Round 5 (154) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
Sprinkle is 6’5”, 252 lbs. With his size, the Redskins are probably hoping he can become as good of a blocking tight end as he is a receiver. He is a capable blocker as he played a role in Arkansas rushing attack. Washington lacks blockers at the position. With three good tight ends already on the roster, there is no rush in development with Sprinkle. If he makes the final 53, he is another player you can look at to play special teams.
Round 6 (199) Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming
Roullier is 6’4”, 312 lbs. He fills one of the depth needs for this team, with help needed in the interior of the offensive line, the Redskins are counting on Roullier’s versatility to allow him to play a reserve role at both center and guard, if solid enough he may possibly be a replacement for left guard Shawn Lauvao as his contract expires after the 2017 season.
Round 6 (209) Robert Davis, WR, Georgia St.
Davis, like Nicholson & Moreau, another raw player but his size is great. A 4.4 speed guy at 6’3”, 219, he needs developing as a route runner and will have time to do so. He is a very good runner with the ball in his hands though.
Round 7 (230) Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
Josh (6’4” 217 lbs) is a player who’s able to cover well at the line of scrimmage. If needed he will be designated to cover tight ends, however he’s only 217 and occasionally plays like he’s 205. Not that physical given his height, but very intriguing as a player due to his coverage ability and speed. A former Georgia Bulldog, he was kicked off the team for drug violations. Harvey-Clemons will have to not just get better as a player but focus on staying out of trouble with the leagues substance abuse policy. If all goes well, all the Kam Chancellor trade rumors can stop, he’ll fit that mold well.
Round 7 (235) Joshua Hosley, DB, Auburn
Hosley’s size tells me he is a slot corner prospect for the Redskins. The injury past may be a concern, as he’s had a couple of ACL injuries at Auburn, but in the 7th round no harm-no foul. His position group is pretty stacked, so it’s hard to say I see Hosley making the final 53 in Week 1.
Overall: The Redskins displayed a lot of patience throughout the draft and it paid off in each round. The first two rounds couldn’t have gone any better, and they were able to land Allen without even having to trade up, keeping all 10 draft picks this year and landing their number 1 prospect on their draft board. You can tell the team’s theme in this draft. Defensively they went for great size and speed in their secondary and game changers in their front seven. Offensively, they went for a potential feature back who can get the tough yards, while going size and speed at the receiver position. On the offensive line they targeted a versatile interior lineman, and drafted a tight end who can potentially be that player who can both run block and catch passes. Obviously these are all good moves on paper, but we have to see how it pans out when the pads are actually on. However, strategically they have made the right steps to get better as a team.