How will the Redskins use their picks in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Washington went 8-7-1 in 2016, finishing third in the NFC East and missing the playoffs. They have plenty of holes to fill in the draft—how will they use their picks? Here's the full list of picks the Redskins hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 17 (No. 17 overall)
Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama: Headed into the draft, this was a difficult pick to peg because the Redskins’ needs up front did not seem to match with the value expected to be here. Even with Allen’s spotty medicals at the combine (arthritic shoulders), Washington could not have imagined he would slip to the back half of Round 1. So, when he did, this was an obvious selection. Allen’s presence will make Washington’s previously porous front much more difficult to run against, and it will ratchet up the pass rush—either via Allen himself bringing heat, or by Allen drawing attention from his teammates. GRADE: A
Round 2, Pick 17 (No. 49)
Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama: Recreating as much of the Alabama defense as possible through this draft is not the worst strategy ever. After swiping Jonathan Allen for their line in Round 1, the Redskins now can drop Anderson in at OLB. The latter doesn’t appear to have upside as a premier pass-rushing linebacker, but he’s solid and experienced across the board. GRADE: B+
Round 3, Pick 17 (No. 81)
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA: We’re at pick 81, and this is another player who had Round 1 buzz not that long ago—there was not a huge gap in talent between what was there late-Day 1 and what was here late-Day 2. The torn pec at his pro day no doubt hurt Moreau’s stock a bit, but he’s an aggressive playmaker outside. GRADE: B+
Round 4, Pick 7 (No. 114, via Jets): Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Round 5, Pick 10, (No. 154, via Saints) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, University of Arkansas
Round 6, Pick 15 (No. 199, from Vikings) Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming
Round 6, Pick 25 (No. 209, via Texans) Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
Round 7, Pick 12 (No. 230, via Vikings, Eagles) Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
Round 7, Pick 17 (No. 235) Joshua Holsey, DB, Auburn