On the second day of the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins continued to show their commitment to building their roster from the trenches out. Scot McCloughan made that statement in the first round and continued to stick to that belief, putting talent on a roster as he did in his previous two stops.
With the sixth pick of the second, they selected Preston Smith from Mississippi State. He was a defensive end in their 4-3 scheme, but he’ll most likely be asked to stand up and rush the passer here in Washington. He has the kind of size most true 3-4 teams covet in their outside backers at 6’5, 271 pounds. Smith is a long armed player with good strength to take on blockers, he’s also versatile and comfortable in space. After failing to really convert the departed Brian Orakpo into a stellar outside rusher, the Redskins get someone who may fit much better in that role. Like Ryan Kerrigan, there’s not anything that scouts drool over from an insane athlete stand point, but Smith can offer Washington another hard nosed pass rusher that will do his job. It’s worked for Kerrigan.
In the third round, McCloughan made a deal with one of his former employers. The Seattle Seahawks traded up two spots from pick 31 in the round to pick 29, where they took Tyler Lockett. They must have really wanted him, because they paid a good price to move up as Scot got a 4th, 5th, and 6th round picks in that exchange.
Washington selected Matt Jones out of Florida, a big bruising running back. At 6’2, 231 he offers the Redskins a great option in short yardage situations. Not only is he tough to tackle, but his best attribute may be his ability to pass protect. Which is very important in this league, Washington didn’t really have anyone in their backfield last year that excelled in those situations.
All in all, it was a good Day 2 haul for the Redskins as Scot continues to build that roster. After Randy Gregory fell to the Cowboys and the Giants took a defensive end yesterday, that Brandon Scherff pick doesn’t look bad at all if he’s able to live up to his billing.