Do a draft mulligan? For the Redskins?! One of the few teams who actually did a good job at the draft?! You can't make me.
Well, turns out you can -- just make it my assignment. I can hardly find a selection with which to quibble on the Redskins' draft board, but I will gladly take it from near perfect and put the crowning jewel on top.
Round 1, Pick 15: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Round 1, Pick 26: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Round 3, Pick 76: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Round 4, Pick 112: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Round 4, Pick 131: Wes Martin, IOL, Indiana
Round 5, Pick 153: Ross Pierschbacher, IOL, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 173: Cole Holcomb, LB, UNC
Round 6, Pick 206: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
Round 7, Pick 227: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
Round 7, Pick 253: Jordan Brailford, EDGE, Oklahoma State
Man, this team really got Kelvin Harmon in the sixth, didn't they?
Now, as Brad documented nicely, the Redskins had one of the strongest Day 1-2 openings, and I like a lot of what they did on Day 3: doubling up on long-term starters on the interior, where they desperately need some depth, and snagging good role players in Moreland/Brailford.
That said, it's easy to overlook a Day 3 pick that simply makes no sense: that's Bryce Love, the Stanford running back.
My Redskins Draft Mulligan: RB Bryce Love for WVU TE Trevon Wesco
Coming into the Draft, Washington had at running back:
- Adrian Peterson, who is old but was effective for them last season
- Derrius Guice, last year's second-round selection who lost his season due to injury
- Samaje Perine, 2017's 4th-round pick
- Chris Thompson, one of the better scatbacks in the league
There are so many running backs worthy of touches on the Washington roster, OurLads has two rows to include them.
Now, I can see how a homerun threat could potentially fit into this grouping -- assuming you're comfortable taking those touches away from one of the other four. Perine and Peterson hardly have any juice in creating explosive plays, we don't know where Guice's athletic ability will be just yet, as we haven't seen him post-recovery.
Now, Thompson can rock it, but he's better with touches in space, so a player who looks like Bryce Love in 2017 could carve out a niche taking zone touches and attacking upfield.
The problem is, they didn't draft a player who looks like Bryce Love in 2017 -- they drafted 2019 Bryce Love, who has struggled with injuries for over a year, and saw his production drop off a cliff when his offensive line took a step back in 2018.
Could Bryce Love return to form? Sure -- but it's hard to project that too favorably. And even then, I'm not sure the running back room warranted a fourth-round selection. There are already more than a few mouths to feed. If Derrius Guice becomes what you drafted last season, then you shouldn't really want to take touches away from him, or feature anyone but Thompson in the receiving game.
So if we're stepping away from the Bryce Love pick, we circle back to the depth chart -- still with two rows for RBs -- and find the positions of weakness. To me, that's clearly tight end.
As we've been harping on, expecting unhealthy players to return to their healthy selves is a tricky proposition. Washington should know that better than anyone else, as they've sat in the first row of Jordan Reed's steady decline in effectiveness, as multiple knee injuries have sapped at his quickness, explosiveness, and availability.
Behind Reed, they have Vernon Davis, who really has done better in the his mid-30s for Washington than they ever could have hoped for. Beyond him, it's 2017's 5th-rounder in Jeremy Sprinkle, who hasn't really developed into much for Washington at this point.
You need to start looking for development at the position -- I think Trevon Wesco is a tremendous fit there. A JUCO product, Wesco's blend of size, physicality, and quickness make him an exciting receiving option in the short to intermediate areas -- and he's a plus blocker anywhere you line him up. With Wesco taking more short targets, it sticks Reed/Davis to deep targets, managing their snap counts and diving the labor accordingly.
I respect the logic of selecting an ex-Heisman finalist in the fourth round, and Love may turn out healthy. But there's a greater long-term need at tight end, and perhaps a bigger immediate one as well. Wesco has a more trustworthy projection moving forward, with a clear path to a role. That would have been my selection there.