The Washington NFL team didn’t have many picks to make in the second two days of the 2016 NFL Draft. With just six draft picks left after taking receiver Josh Doctson in the first round, Washington general manager Scot McCloughan decided to use most of them on the defensive side of the ball.
Former NFL player Ken Harvey announces that the Washington Redskins selects Southern California’s Sua Cravens as the 53rd pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Washington’s second-round selection of USC safety Su’a Cravens was a classic McCloughan pick. Washington’s general manager has built a reputation as one of the best, if not the best, scout in the league and often finds rare gems in players that go overlooked. Cravens was overlooked because most scouts didn’t know whether he was a safety or a linebacker—he’s undersized for a linebacker and a little slow for a safety. But he plays with intensity and passion, something that can’t be measured at an NFL combine. With a chip on his shoulder, Cravens will fight hard to find a role within Washington’s defense and make a ton of plays for them.
Washington also added a cornerback, drafting Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller in the third round. The Maryland native who attended Good Counsel became the fourth player of his family to make it to the NFL, joining his brothers, Vincent, Corey and Kyle. There’s no denying he has the pedigree to make an impact in the pros, but he’ll have to recover from a torn MCL that he suffered last season.
Washington used a few late picks on Temple University defensive lineman Matt Ioaniddis and Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels. Neither player will be a starter for Washington, but both are tough workers who could add depth to the reserves and play special teams.
With their last pick in the draft, Washington shifted back to offense with their seventh-round selection of Georgia running back Keith Marshall. Touted as the fastest man in this year’s draft with a 40-yard dash time of 4.31 seconds, it’s no secret what Marshall offers to Washington: speed. Washington head coach Jay Gruden wants an explosive offensive unit and a speedy player like Marshall should contribute to that plan.