The Washington Redskins performed very well in the 2018 NFL Draft. But they didn’t stop working after the final pick.
Draft grades are ambiguous at this point in time; after all, not one selected prospect has played a single down in the NFL. But for all the projections, and the scouting reports, and the predictions, the Washington Redskins put together a very, very good draft class.
In Round 1, the team bolstered the defensive line, selecting Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. They committed to this philosophy again in Round 5, when they selected Virginia Tech nose tackle Tim Settle. Both players can play nose tackle for the Washington Redskins, and both have talent; Settle was viewed as a Day 2 pick for much of the draft process.
In Round 2, the Redskins traded back, got a third-round pick, and let Derrius Guice fall to them, like they knew it was going to happen all along. They got a first-round talent at running back, a player who can carry the load right away, and in Round 3, they got depth at tackle in Geron Christian, a player who could be a starter down the road.
Troy Apke was a reach in Round 4, but the reason behind the pick is understandable: He’ll be a special teams ace, and his sheer speed and ability to cover the entire field gives him good upside. He’ll need to hone his intangibles, but the potential is there. In Round 6, the Washington Redskins grabbed Shaun Dion Hamilton, an Alabama linebacker with smarts and starting potential, if he can stay healthy.
In Round 7, the Washington Redskins rounded out the draft, picking Greg Stroman, a local cornerback prospect with natural coverage ability, and possibly the most valuable pick in the entire draft: SMU wide receiver Trey Quinn. Quinn is an excellent route runner, and he has very sure hands. He should easily make the team as a Ryan Grant 2.0 type of receiver.
The Washington Redskins did good work on draft day, but the work did not end with that final pick. The frenzy of undrafted free agents carried into the night, and when it was all said and done, the Washington Redskins added over dozen players to undrafted free agent contracts. The list is slowly growing. We’ll keep it updated for you below. The primary source is James Brady of SB Nation. Other sources will be linked below. It’s worth noting that after the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins had 80 players on the roster. So there will only be ten spots to vie for in the coming days.
Washington Redskins undrafted free agent signings
- Virginia S Quin Blanding
- Grambling State RB Martez Carter
- Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs
- Marshall LB Davon Durant
- North Carolina State LB Jerod Fernandez
- Pittsburgh TE Matt Flanagan
- San Diego State WR Micah Holder
- Southern CB Danny Johnson
- CSU Pueblo OL Ty McCulley
- Stony Brook OL Timon Parris
- Nebraska WR De’Mornay Pierson-El
- West Virginia FB Elijah Wellman
- Iowa G Sean Welsh
- Auburn OL Casey Dunn – Minicamp Invite (Per James Crepea of Alabama.com)
- Colorado WR Shay Fields
- Alabama WR Cam Sims
- Iowa State CB Mackenro Alexander
- Iowa RB James Butler – Minicamp Invite
We will continue to update this list as more names are tied to the Washington Redskins. These names may be overlooked. But let’s not forget the undrafted players that the Washington Redskins have kept on the roster in recent years. Robert Kelley, Anthony Lanier, Tyler Catalina, Fish Smithson. The Washington Redskins have had success with this talent pool before. Pay attention to these names. They could be playing on Sundays soon enough.