Today, we’ve focused on giving you all the information on the Washington Redskins’ last pick. Now, let’s wrap it up.
If you’re skeptical to jump on the hype train surrounding the Washington Redskins‘ seventh-round pick, that’s okay. I understand. The Washington Redskins’ draft picks have a history of failing to live up to expectations. That relentless cycle has tempered universal expectations, at the very least.
However, when judging the Washington Redskins’ late round picks this year, such as Greg Stroman and Trey Quinn, I encourage you to abandon the expectation for disappointment, and view them as what they are: Separate cases.
Yes, Trey Quinn was a seventh-round pick. Thirty-two teams passed on him countless times, in favor of prospects with more upside, or prospects at positions of greater need. But just because Quinn was picked in the seventh-round doesn’t mean he was a seventh-round prospect.
Although draft season is endlessly subjective, Quinn’s tape pegged him as more of a fourth or fifth-round player. He has the traits of a high-floor NFL contributor, and he produced at a very high level in college with these traits. Earlier today, I went into more detail with a film review:
"Quinn’s best skill is getting open and making the catch. That’s a fairly important skill for a wide receiver to have. In addition to his premier talent, Quinn can execute fades as well; He has innate timing and knows when to hit the high point on contested catches. He also has very good sideline awareness, although getting two feet down consistently might take some time at the next level, as it does for many college receivers."
Quinn can run routes and gain separation. He can catch. And he can run after the catch. He dominated the American Athletic Conference last year by using these skills, catching 114 passes from a quarterback that you probably can’t name off right now. Jay Gruden wanted Trey Quinn earlier than Round 7. He recognized Quinn as a talent above that draft status. And the tape matches Gruden’s assessment.
It’s okay to be hyped up for Trey Quinn. He’s a good player that managed to fall to the Washington Redskins in the seventh round. Good players fall. There isn’t always a catch. There are plenty of talented players in every NFL Draft class. Every year, players like Quinn slip through the cracks.
Quinn is unlikely to be a let down. He has the work ethic to succeed, and he has the traits to produce at the next level. But even if he somehow is, don’t sweat it. We used a seventh-round pick on him. Involving Quinn, there is very little risk, and a chance at great reward. Washington Redskins fans can afford to hope, and hope recklessly. After all, it’s something we haven’t been able to do over the years.