Redskins rookie rundown: How has the 2019 class performed so far?
By Ian Cummings
Redskins first-round picks
Interestingly enough, both Montez Sweat and Dwayne Haskins have stood out due to their size, relative to their positional counterparts. And their first-round pedigrees cause them to stand out even more.
Of course, no position battles have been won yet; it’s still early in the race. Haskins has been rotating with Colt McCoy and Case Keenum for snaps, while Montez Sweat has been sharing first-team reps with Ryan Anderson.
In a perfect world, Haskins’ best day would be his most recent one, so that growth would be linear. But Haskins hasn’t yet topped his performance from Day 4. Nonetheless, he’s been showing off his arm talent, gaining chemistry with his teammates, learning from the team’s quarterback veterans, and working late consistently. Starting in his rookie year is not a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’.
Sweat, meanwhile, figures to already have a great deal of starting reps locked up. He’s shown insane quickness for his 6-foot-6 frame, and his athleticism provides a high floor from him on Day 1. Anderson might have more utility as a run defender right now, but Sweat has been flashing his talent early and often. He did get kicked in the calf a couple days ago, and that caused a scare. But he’s healthy for the time being.