Overview of the 2017 Redskins NFL Draft – Part One

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Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the start of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is complete. The Washington Redskins selected 7 players on defense and 3 players on offense. The Redskins had the 17th pick in the 1st round and selected Jonathan Allen from the University of Alabama. This Top 5 player is 6’3″ tall and weighs 286 lbs. He has outside linebacker speed with defensive end size and power. He can play inside or outside and has strength and quickness. His accomplishments include College Football Playoff (CFP) national champion in 2015, 3 times Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion in 2014-2016, SEC Defensive Player of the Year 2016, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award 2016, Chuck Bednarik Award in 2016.

Washington’s next pick came in the 2nd round and they selected Ryan Anderson, another high graded defensive player from the Crimson Tide, University of Alabama. This outside linebacker knows how to find and sack the quarterback. He also will be a great addition to our Redskins defense. I have already nicknamed our 2017 Redskins defense as the “Burgundy Tide.” When I see Allen and Anderson stop the other team’s run and pass and sack their quarterback, I will be yelling “Roll Tide!”

The Redskins 3rd pick came in Round 3 and they selected Fabian Moreau, a cornerback from UCLA. The “experts” say Moreau is a 1st round talent but slipped down to the 3rd round due to a pectoral muscle injury while lifting weights at the Combine. He was born in France and is a converted running back to cornerback. Those running back moves and speed may make his interception a potential “pick 6.”

So, the Washington Redskins spent their first 3 picks in the draft on defense. Our defense was the area that most needed improvement. The last 2 years our defense has not been able to stop the run and poor on 3rd down stops. In my view, the defense cost the Redskins 4 games in 2016. Most of us Redskins fans are happy with our 2017 draft selections. I grade it a “B+” or “A-.”

At pick number 4 in the 4th round, the Redskins took a running back, Samaje Perine from the University of Oklahoma. He proved to be dependable on short yardage runs using his powerful legs and 235 lbs. He will be a good addition to our running game. A quarterback’s best friends are a running game and a great defense. HTTR!

I will review picks 5 through 10 in Part Two of this Redskins 2017 NFL Draft Overview.


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