The Washington Redskins have plenty early options in April's NFL Draft. At 17 overall, the goal should be to draft an immediate starter that can be a solid contributor to the team early in his career. Using my pre-draft rankings, below we'll lists a few players that could make sense for the team. We'll also take a look at a few guys who would not make much sense.
Makes No Sense:
Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU: While Cook is a really solid running back and could be an asset to this offense, his fumbling issues shouldn't be overlooked (7 career fumbles). Washington's head coach Jay Gruden has been really vocal about his frustration with Matt Jones' fumbling issues. If he's that against guys with fumbling issues, then I just don't see how Cook would make sense.
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt: The hype around Cunningham never reached the buzz that started to build back in January. That's not to say he isn't a talented player -- he absolutely is. However, he reminds me a lot of former Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson. I think his best fit would be in a 4-3.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee: As much as I really like Kamara, I can't mention Cook's fumbling issues without acknowledging Kamara's. Again, Jay Gruden appears to be one of those coaches that values ball security (and most coaches do). I don't think he'll invest a high pick in a player that has ball security issues.
Makes Some Sense:
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: This player could definitely fall into the next category, but either way, he makes sense. If there's an argument against drafting him it's that Jay Gruden is sold on his current RB Robert Kelley and still intends to have Chris Thompson as a key part to the offense.
Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA: This is a really young senior prospect with high upside. He has a shoulder injury that could keep teams from drafting him high. However, he's absolutely one of the better pass rushers in this class.
Budda Baker, S/CB, Washington: In my opinion, Baker will make his money in the NFL as a nickel back. But he's an all around solid football player. A couple reasons that could prevent the Redskins from drafting him are his size and lack of seniority.
Makes Total Sense:
Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky: With Scot McCloughan out the building, I think many have just assumed the team won't go offensive guard round one. Especially since Jay Gruden had some questionable remarks about taking a guard high in 2015. Either way, this may actually be the smartest pick for the team if they don't go defense. He'd immediately come in and improve your left guard situation. He could even be a starter at center.
Any of the big three at ILB: Consider it a home run pick if the Redskins select either Haason Reddick, Reuben Foster or Jarrad Davis. Simply said, either one of them alone would improve the entire defense significantly.
Derek Barnett, LB, Tennessee: Barnett reminds me somewhat of Ryan Kerrigan. He's just a solid player with heavy hands who can immediately improve your pass rush. I don't think he'll ever be a star pass rusher, but he just looks like a guy Bruce Allen will love.
Names To Keep An Eye On (Especially in trade back scenarios):
Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan: High floor, high upside player who would immediately be the most talented defensive lineman the team has had in years.
Marcus Maye, S, Florida: This is just a really solid back-end player who can play both free and strong safety well.
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: This is the most consistent corner in the draft. His technique is great. He's going to be one of those long-career players who can start day one as a nickel back.