The Washington Redskins missed the postseason for the third straight season in 2018 after finishing with a 7–9 record.
It was the Redskins' first season without quarterback Kirk Cousins since 2011, as he joined the Vikings in the offseason as a free agent.
The team started 6–3, but lost four straight games after losing quarterback Alex Smith to a leg injury in Week 11. Following Smith's departure, Washington turned to Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson.
How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Redskins hold in the 2019 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 15 (No. 15 overall):
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Andy Benoit's grade: C+
The rumors were true: Washington wanted Dwayne Haskins. Just how badly, we might never know, because after the many swirling rumors, the team ultimately did not need to trade up to draft him. There’s no way the Redskins could be confident that Haskins would still be on the board at 15. So they were willing to take him, but not splurge on him. After Alex Smith’s possibly career-ending leg injury last season, Washington needed a quarterback. The question now becomes, How soon will Haskins play? Having such a small sample size from college, he’s expected to be a work-in-progress. Can he be consistently accurate and poised from the pocket?
Round 1, Pick 26 (No. 26 overall):
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Andy Benoit's grade: B+
The Redskins traded up to address a position that was quietly of need. In doing so, they’ve tacitly declared that they missed on 2017 second-round pick Ryan Anderson, who has been mostly nondescript in his first two seasons. Sweat is a “great on paper” workout guy who has also flashed on film. The hope is he will provide a raw edge-bending presence opposite Ryan Kerrigan, who remains solid—if not spectacular—off the left side. Worth noting is that Sweat will be taught by Jim Tomsula, who is one of the industry’s highest regarded position coaches.
Round 3, Pick 13 (No. 76 overall): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Andy Benoit's grade: B
It’s not often that a rookie QB enters the NFL with a familiar target, but that’s what McLaurin gives Dwayne Haskins after both played together at Ohio State. Washington does as good as job as almost any team at creating opportunities for receivers through design.
Round 4, Pick 10 (No. 112 overall): Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Round 4, Pick 29 (No. 131 overall): Wes Martin, G, Indiana
Round 5, Pick 15 (No. 153 overall): Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 35 (No. 173 overall): Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina
Round 6, Pick 34 (No. 206 overall): Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
Round 7, Pick 13 (No. 227 overall): Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
Round 7, Pick 39 (No. 253 overall): Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma State
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