The Washington Redskins have three major positions to fill, and only two picks in the first two days. That means that their second round pick will be critical.
In the event that the Washington Redskins don’t elect to trade back into the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the team is going to be faced with a major decision to make. Right now, the team has three major holes left on their roster. They need a starting left guard, a starting nose tackle, and a potential three-down running back for their offense. They have to get these three players, and while they have resources, they need to carefully consider how to attack the draft.
Because of the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins are without their third round pick. That isn’t a major deal, but considering that they have three big needs, it stands to reason that unless the team trades down, they may end up with a Day 3 player being forced into a larger role in 2018. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, but it also is a risk for the team to take.
Because of this pressure, it’s increasingly important that the Redskins get their first two picks right. They need to hit on their first round pick, and they should be in position to do that. But their second round pick could be even more important.
With many quality players at the team’s major positions of need being available early in the second, the team will have a chance to change their team for the better. Here’s a look at the players who would represent the top three options for the team if the draft was held today.