With the NFL Draft now days away, it's time to give a pre-draft look at the Washington Redskins roster. Below I'll grade and review each position on the team. Today's edition is on the receivers and quarterbacks.
Wide Receivers (Rankings):
Others: Matt Hazel, Reginald Diggs and Kendal Thompson
Position Grade: B
Perfect Draft Fit: JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC - the Redskins picked up a couple receivers this offseason that have made their money on deep routes. Yet, they have a QB who is best at the short and intermediate game. Smith-Schuster would be a great fit in this offense because he's physical and has a high upside.
Notes: The Redskins put an emphasis on getting bigger at the receiver position this offseason with the additions of Pryor and Quick. When you combine those two with Doctson and Harris, four of the listed six receivers are around 6ft 4 tall. That should help with the Redskins' red zone woes. But I will caution that there's some potential red flags with this group. Terrelle Pryor had a strong season last year without consistency at the QB position in Cleveland. However, I'm interested in seeing how he fares now that the league has a full year of film on him at receiver. He proved to be a solid deep threat last season, but he's otherwise a pretty raw route runner. Josh Doctson is finally healthy, but the 2016 first round pick has a ton to prove. Brian Quick flashed talent, specifically as a deep threat with the Los Angeles Rams. However, he too has to prove that he can be consistent. The Redskins lost two receivers in free agency that were consistent at their respective jobs. You knew what you were getting with both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. As of right now, I think you're pretty much banking on upside at this position. Jamison Crowder is the best receiver on this team and it isn't close. But that's not to say the others are not good. Crowder is a potential top-15 NFL receiver. I believe that strongly. I also believe that second year WR Maurice Harris could be the surprise from this group. Outside of Crowder, I think he's the most savvy receiver on the team. He's consistent at the catch-point and runs routes like a seasoned vet. In all, there's a plenty teams in the league that would love to have the talent Washington has at receiver.
Position Grade: B+
Perfect Draft Fit: Brad Kaaya, Miami - there's others in this draft that would fit this offense well. However, I like Kaaya because he has experience in a pro style system and I think he has a higher upside than a guy like Nathan Peterman.
Notes: As of today, Kirk Cousins is the Redskins starting QB. He remains on the franchise tag and the expectation is that he'll play on that this season. Cousins has proven to be a good fit for Gruden's system. There's times he looks elite, there's times he looks average and there's even times he looks below average. But overall, he's done a solid job as the team's starting QB. I also believe the Redskins have decent insurance policies behind Cousins. McCoy may be a joke to some, but he's a gamer who can be productive in this system, if needed. Sudfeld still has much to learn, but he too is a gamer and has the livest arm on the team. He has a chance to at the very least be a high end backup.