Redskins: 5 best and most realistic options for their first-round pick
The Redskins need receiver help in the worst way possible. Jamison Crowder is gone. Josh Doctson is either a bust or on the brink of being one. And big free agent signing Paul Richardson barely played last year because of a shoulder injury. The team needs to add multiple receivers to their unit, and they could try and do that early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
D.K. Metcalf is one option that the Redskins could consider in the first round. Metcalf is a physical freak, as he blazed a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash and has a ripped 6-3 frame. His tape from college demonstrates that he has a lot of upside at the NFL level. And, he was productive despite dealing with injury issues at times.
Our own Ian Cummings scouted Metcalf earlier in the year. Here were his thoughts on Metcalf at the time.
"The best thing about Metcalf, on tape, is his prowess against press coverage. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound receiver uses a diverse set of hand technique and footwork to beat press coverage. His lateral quickness shows up in the form of diligent foot movement at the line, and he has a brutal strong arm, which he uses to pry away from press coverage and accelerate into open field. Metcalf has an innate understanding of how to gain leverage at the line of scrimmage, and create separation. He knows when he’s attained that leverage, and he has the flexibility to bend around cornerbacks and peel off into open space from there. Metcalf dishes out physicality to cornerbacks of similar fire, but he’s not all strength; he’s very coordinated with his movements, and the tape does not show the stiff athlete that many convinced themselves to see at the combine."
The reason that Metcalf ranks in the middle of this list is that the Redskins may be able to get solid value at the receiver position in the mid to late rounds. But as we saw last year, they aren’t afraid to take first-round players even at positions that are considered to be deep (they selected Daron Payne in what was thought to be a deep interior defensive line class). So, he remains a possibility.
And if the Redskins are going to eventually draft a young quarterback, it would be nice to have a bona fide No. 1 receiver on their roster. That’s something that Metcalf could become.