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Redskins Earn an ‘B+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Redskins, who according to Kiper got an ‘B+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

This is a good class, especially at the top. There was the biggest need filled with nose tackle Da’Ron Payne at No. 13. The Redskins had the worst rush defense in the league in 2017, surrendering 2,146 yards. And now Payne gets to partner up with a (hopefully) healthy Jonathan Allen, another Alabama defender who fell to Washington in Round 1 last year. Remember that Allen was looking like a Pro Bowl player before he got hurt. That D-line could be tough inside.

Then Washington upgraded its running game with Derrius Guice, my second-ranked back, who fell all the way to 59. Look, we don’t know the exact reason why he dropped — he has first-round talent — but clearly teams were scared off by some questions. On the field, he’s a really good player who can run over defenders with power and away from them with speed. When he replaced an injured Leonard Fournette in 2016, there was no drop-off, and he averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Also, fun note from my friends at ESPN Stats & Info: This is the eighth straight draft in which Washington has drafted a running back.

One of my favorite offensive tackles in this class is Geron Christian, who fell to Washington at 74 . He’s raw, but he could be a starter at the next level. Safety Troy Apke (109) ran a blazing 4.34 40 at the combine, but he only started one season at Penn State. I graded him as a special-teamer and likely late Day 3 pick. Inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (197) has dealt with injuries, but he’s a starting-caliber player if he can stay on the field. Defensive tackle Tim Settle (163) is a sleeper because the best version of him is a guy who goes much earlier. I had a fourth-round grade on Mr. Irrelevant, wide receiver Trey Quinn. That’s a value pick at No. 256 for a slot receiver who caught 114 passes last season.

This isn’t quite an “A,” but it’s close. I was surprised Washington waiting until the sixth round to grab a corner.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/13 Da’Ron Payne DT ALABAMA
2/59 Derrius Guice RB LSU
3/74 Geron Christian OT LOUISVILLE
4/109 Troy Apke S PENN STATE
5/163 Tim Settle DT VIRGINIA TECH
6/197 Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB ALABAMA
7/241 Greg Stroman CB VIRGINIA TECH
7/256 Trey Quinn WR SMU


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