Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY

Morning Manny: Ranking 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Players At Positions Of Need

Manny Benton ranks his top-five offensive draft prospects for the Washington Redskins at positions of need, including QB.

With former General Manager Scot McCloughan out of the picture, I'm resorting back to my old ways of ranking draft prospects. Instead of relying on draft trends, I'll emphasize personal film study while factoring what makes sense for the Washington Redskins. Below I'll rank the top-five offensive players at positions of need.

Washington Redskins (offense) needs: QB (?), RB, OG

Quarterback:

  1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
  2. Brad Kaaya, Miami
  3. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
  4. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
  5. Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Notes: I think it was probably more likely that the Redskins would draft a QB with McCloughan heading the draft. Now, it's not as likely. However, with uncertainty surrounding Kirk Cousins and his future with the team, I'd say it's an area that should be considered. This is not a great QB class, but there are several talented players in it. Personally, I believe Brad Kaaya is being underappreciated. He's like the Derek Carr of this draft class. Kaaya had a different coordinator each of his three seasons at Miami and his offensive line wasn't great. He reminds me of a young Eli Manning

Running Back:

  1. Leonard Fournette, LSU
  2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  3. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
  4. Dalvin Cook, FSU
  5. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma 

Notes: The Redskins are building an offense that's beginning to look more and more like the one Jay Gruden coached in Cincinnati. Washington has really increased their height at receiver and they have solid tight ends. Adding a running back would really help make this offense almost QB-proof. I know these are lofty comparisons, but I've been saying for the past few months that McCaffrey reminds me of Brian Westbrook and Kamara reminds me of Ladainian Tomlinson. They kind of confirmed that for me at the combine. I really like those two. But really, any one of these five listed would be a major upgrade. 

Offensive Guard:

  1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
  2. Isaac Asiata, Utah
  3. Danny Isidora, Miami
  4. Dion Dawkins, Temple
  5. Dorian Johnson, Ptt



Notes: The Redskins already have one of the better offensive lines in the league. Adding another piece to potentially play left guard would solidify the group. Forrest Lamp would be a great piece, but I doubt this current front office goes OL round one. I do really like Danny Isidora. He was one of the lone bright spots on that Miami offensive line. 

You can find Emmanual on Twitter @manny_benton.

Follow Breaking Burgundy on Twitter @breakburgundyFacebookand become a subscriber to receive access to premium content and discounted Redskins tickets.


The Giants Beat Top Stories