Round 5, Pick 26
Will Pick: LB Micah Kiser, Virginia
Two Virginia players in the fifth round? It’s possible. Blanding and Micah Kiser are both talented players who could be available in this round. They each have a Round 3-5 range, but if both slip, the Redskins could snap both of them up.
Kiser has been a great tackler for the Cavaliers, and he has posted at least 117 tackles in each of the past three seasons. Additionally, he was able to post 19 sacks over that time frame and demonstrated versatility as a potential edge rusher, though he’s a bit small (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) to play there full time. For the Redskins, Kiser would provide a versatile, depth option to rush the passer and play middle linebacker. Adding that type of talent at this point would be ideal for the squad.
Should Pick: WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa
I would be completely fine with Kiser at this point, but I think the team should really add a receiver if given the opportunity. Daurice Fountain was excellent at the East-West Shrine Game, and he could develop into an outside receiver at the NFL level. He has the combination of size and speed that could eventually make him a quality No. 2 option. He could end up being a steal. So, the Redskins should strongly consider taking him if he’s available here. It’s unlikely that Fountain will slip to the team’s late-sixth round pick.
Dark Horse: TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
The Redskins could use some depth at tight end, and they need to look for a potential combination player. Fumagalli was a solid receiver at Wisconsin, averaging 46.5 catches for 563.5 yards and three scores over the course of the past two seasons. He’ll need to add a little strength to be a better blocker at the NFL level, but he could be a quality backup receiving option. Thus, he will draw interest from the team.