Everyone likes sharing their opinions on the NFL Draft so we share with you the opinions from national sites on what the Washington Redskins did in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. What the Redskins did was draft TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson with the 22nd overall pick after moving down one spot in a trade with the Houston Texans that netted Washington a 2017 sixth round pick.
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Day 1 grade: A
The skinny: Kirk Cousins needs as many weapons as he can get. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon won't be around forever, so Doctson is a very good investment as a downfield threat.
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After moving back a spot, Washington gets one of the draft’s best receivers in Doctson, whose +28.9 receiving grade led the nation in 2015. Doctson has incredible body control, making downfield catches over defenders with regularity and separating well in the intermediate game. TCU quarterbacks had a passer rating of 149.2 when targeting Doctson last year — the best in the nation — and he ranked third in the country with 17 catches on deep passes (20+ yards in air). His ball skills will give him a chance to become the most productive deep threat in the draft, even better than the faster Fuller. Doctson’s catch radius will make Redskins QB Kirk Cousins look even better and he adds yet another dimension to an already well-rounded passing game.
It must be assumed the Redskins adhered to their board — and Doctson may indeed emerge as this draft's best all-around receiver — to take the Horned Frogs standout instead of the linemen GM Scot McCloughan tends to favor. Doctson joins a receiving corps that already includes WRs DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Andre Roberts and TE Jordan Reed, so this offense could be even more explosive in 2016, though questions remain about the running game (not to mention the run defense).
Doctson has been one of the most productive receivers in the nation in the last two seasons, and on tape his talent backs up all those numbers. Doctson is especially strong when asked to compete with cornerbacks and safeties on 50/50 balls, and he combines size, strength and speed to be one of the class's best talents at any position. Kirk Cousins just got himself a very good red-zone target and a perfect fit for Jay Gruden's West Coast offense.
The Redskins trade down one spot and take the big receiver from TCU. Did they prefer Fuller? If so, they didn't prefer him by much, and they snag another pick in 2017.
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