Washington’s NFL team scored big in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, drafting top defensive end Jonathan Allen at No. 17. Allen could have gone much higher—some predicted as high as the second overall pick—but he fell right into Washington’s lap, immediately filling a need and becoming a local fan favorite.
FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) runs after recovering a fumble as Washington wide receiver Aaron Fuller (12) defends during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game in Atlanta. Fundamentally sound and furious competitor who can play inside and out, but not ideal length on the edge. If Allen slips out of the top-10, it won’t be very far.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
But how did Washington fare in the rest of the draft? Here’s a recap of the players the organization drafted this weekend.
Round 2, No. 49 overall: Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama – Washington desperately wanted to improve their pass rush, and Anderson will be an immediate help in that area. Though he doesn’t display elite skills, Anderson possesses the relentless drive that should generate a high level of production. Washington has outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, but Trent Murphy is suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. The futures of Junior Galette and Preston Smith are also questionable, so Anderson provides another option.
FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) runs toward the end zone for a touchdown against Washington after an interception during the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game in Atlanta. The Washington Redskins selected Anderson in the NFL draft Friday, April 28. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Round 3, No. 81: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA – Leading up to the draft, Moreau was considered a first-round talent until he tore his pectoral muscle at UCLA’s Pro Day. Although Moreau might not be healthy at the start of this season, he absolutely fits Washington’s long-term defensive plans. He’s a physical corner who excels in press coverage, and will add depth to a secondary that includes veterans Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller and Quinton Dunbar.
Round 4, No. 114: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma – Perine topped 1,000 rushing yards three years in a row at Oklahoma, despite splitting downs with standout Joe Mixon. While Perine doesn’t have the speed or explosiveness that Washington wanted, he is powerful at 233 pounds, and has a good chance to contend for the starting job.
FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine (32) runs ahead of Oklahoma State linebacker Jordan Burton (20) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Perine was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, 114th overall, of the NFL draft on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Round 4, No. 123: Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State – At six feet two inches, 212 pounds, and boasting a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, Nicholson is big, fast and physical. However, despite those measurables, Nicholson lacked production in college with only four interceptions in 25 games. His aggressiveness is questionable, but Washington selected a young safety with good traits to develop.
Round 5, No. 154: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas – Sprinkle has exceptional size at six feet five inches and 252 pounds, and is bigger than all four of Washington’s current tight ends: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Niles Paul and Derek Carrier. Sprinkle was an effective blocker at Arkansas, and also contributed as a pass-catcher with 380 yards and four touchdowns. Washington wanted to add a versatile tight end, and Sprinkle will have to beat out either Paul or Carrier for a roster spot.
Arkansas tight end Jeremy Sprinkle (83) sprints off the line of scrimmage during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
Round 6, No. 199: Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming – Roullier moved from guard to tackle in college, and excelled at both spots. He adds depth to the interior offensive line, and will be a much-needed backup center behind starter Spencer Long.
Round 6, No. 209: Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State – Washington already has substantial depth at receiver with Jamison Crowder, Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. But Davis—a small school standout—can be developed into a solid backup.
Round 7, No. 230: Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville – Harvey-Clemons was a five-star recruit out of high school who started his career at Georgia, but was dismissed after two suspensions for smoking marijuana. The safety hasn’t encountered further off-the-field issues since transferring to Louisville, and has the size and tackling ability to be a nickel/dime linebacker in Washington.
Round 7, No. 235: Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn – Holsey has strong coverage skills, registering three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season. He has a chance to contribute on the inside, but will likely need to make an impact on special teams in order to make the final roster.