NFL Combine 2018: 3 offensive linemen for the Redskins to watch
In the event that the Redskins look to find a Day 2 pick at the guard position, they should probably turn their attention to some of the quality blockers in the SEC. One of the names to keep an eye on will be Braden Smith.
Smith (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) was one of the steadiest blockers on the Auburn line last season and did well to open up holes for Kerryon Johnson. He went under the radar because he played the guard position, but there’s no doubting that he will be a solid pro.
In his NFL Draft prospect rankings, WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell has Smith listed as the No. 5 guard prospect, and said the following of him.
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"Smith is a solid player who is well-balanced as a run blocker and pass protector. In Week 2, he was beaten for a sack by Clemson’s Christian Wilkins, a future first-round pick, but Smith also had a lot of nice plays against Wilkins and Clemson nose tackle Dexter Lawrence. After that Smith was rock solid for the Tigers. He has a pro skill set with size, strength and athleticism. Sources say that Smith is receiving second-day grades for the 2018 NFL Draft."
In the event that Smith is available in the second round, the Redskins should have interest in him. He could end up being a solid starter for the team. He also could be a third-round option if the team elects to trade into that round. If Smith impresses, he already had 35 reps on the bench press, his stock could continue to rise.