Redskins Draft Grades

Mel Kiper: “This is one of my favorite classes. Josh Doctson is the top wide receiver in the draft for me, and the Redskins got him at No. 22. An absolute steal. Su’a Cravens is a versatile player perfect for sub-packages, and he not only attacks the line of scrimmage — check the TFL totals — he’ll pick off passes if you test him.

Kendall Fuller is a question mark because of his knee, but if he’s 100 percent that’s an extremely good value in Round 3. Nate Sudfeld is a good developmental quarterback if you can get his mechanics in order, and Keith Marshall could be a steal out of Round 7 [he’s very quick, 4.31-second 40 quick]. Matt Ioannidis has a chance to help them on the defensive line, and I think he has a little Dan Klecko in him. I love how physical these players are — a theme of last year’s class — and I think several of them can help an improving team get better.”

Grade: A-

NESN: Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller has first-round talent but dropped to Round 3 because of injury concerns. The Redskins were smart to take a chance on him, though. GRADE: B+

Sports Illustrated: Washington general manager Scot McCloughan helped build the Super Bowl teams for the 49ers and Seahawks in recent years, and as one of the best personnel men in the business, he’s not going to stray from his philosophy. McCloughan loves height/weight/speed guys with great athletic potential, and the Redskins’ 2016 draft is full of such players. TCU receiver Josh Doctson immediately gives quarterback Kirk Cousins a dynamic red-zone target, and Doctson has the ability to dominate on 50/50 balls. Adding Su’a Cravens in the second round gives defensive coordinator Joe Barry a safety/linebacker hybrid weapon who can do everything from deep coverage to run fills to blitzing off the edge. And third-round cornerback Kendall Fuller would have been taken sooner were it not for injuries. The guy to eye in the late rounds is Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels, a pure run-stuffer who should be able to help solve Washington’s pitiful run defense. Temple DT Matthew Ioannidis serves a similar purpose. Add the gift signing of Josh Norman, and it’s been a pretty good couple of weeks for McCloughan and his crew. GRADE A-

NY Post: In Scot McCloughan, Washington trusts. The Redskins GM has a pristine track record in the draft and used four trades to address several needs. No. 1 pick Josh Doctson looks boom or bust, though. GRADE: B+

Pro Football Focus [first round]: After moving back a spot, Washington gets one of the draft’s best receivers in Doctson, whose +28.9 receiving grade led the nation in 2015. Doctson has incredible body control, making downfield catches over defenders with regularity and separating well in the intermediate game. TCU quarterbacks had a passer rating of 149.2 when targeting Doctson last year — the best in the nation — and he ranked third in the country with 17 catches on deep passes (20+ yards in air). His ball skills will give him a chance to become the most productive deep threat in the draft, even better than the faster Fuller. Doctson’s catch radius will make Redskins QB Kirk Cousins look even better and he adds yet another dimension to an already well-rounded passing game.

Pro Football Focus [full draft]: GRADE: B+

Day 1: Washington gets the No. 2 receiver on the PFF draft board in Doctson, who posted the top receiving grade in the nation last year at +28.9 despite playing only 582 snaps. He adds another dimension to a well-rounded group of pass-catchers in Washington, as he uses his outstanding body control to make plays down the field. He may end up as the most productive deep receiver in the class.

Day 2: Whether playing safety or linebacker, Cravens simply knows how to defeat blocks and make plays in both the run game (+10.8 grade, seventh-best in the class) and in coverage (+8.3, eighth in class). Fuller has some boom-or-bust to him, as he was solid in 2014 but struggled to a negative coverage grade before going down to injury early in 2015.

Day 3: Ioannidis notched 33 pressures last season, good for 11th in the class. He adds an interior pass-rusher to the mix. Daniels posted the top grade against the run among the nation’s linebackers and he reads plays and blows them up as well as any linebacker in the class.

NFL.comThe skinny: Kirk Cousins needs as many weapons as he can get. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon won’t be around forever, so Doctson is a very good investment as a downfield threat. Washington met needs on defense on DAy 2, selecting an outstanding football players in Cravens (whether he’s a safety or linebacker in their system) and taking advantage of Fuller’s drop due to injury.

The tenacious Ioannidis will contribute on the defensive line, inside and outside, very soon. Bringing Sudfeld makes sense given the team’s quarterback depth chart and Jay Gruden’s ability to work with young passers. Daniels is a pounder who has a career in front of him. Marshall has first-round talent and the injury history of an undrafted free agent. GRADE: A-

Doug Kadar, SB Nation: Washington cleaned up in the first three rounds of the draft, getting three potential starters. Wide receiver Josh Doctson was somewhat of a surprising choice, but a good one in the first round. Some considered him the draft’s top wide receiver thanks his ability to go up and grab the ball. Ioannidis is a tough player up front who can work the nose even though he’s not the biggest. The coaching staff will love him. Steven Daniels in the seventh round was a savvy pick. Washington needs a middle linebacker and he can bring it on the inside. Running back Keith Marshall could be a nice stash pick on the practice squad. His speed in the open field is impressive. GRADE: A-

Lesley H. Jones: Analysis: Washington’s first-round pick, Texas Christian WR Josh Doctson, might wind up as the best receiver in this class, and he’ll certainly help Kirk Cousins right away. Other highlights included Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller, who may have been a value in the fourth round despite his knee injury, and seventh-round Georgia RB Keith Marshall, who could flourish in Jay Gruden’s offense. GRADE: C

Pete Prisco, CBS: Best pick: Third-round corner Kendall Fuller is a talented playmaker. If he doesn’t hurt his knee last year, he goes a lot higher.

Questionable move: I like first-round receiver Josh Doctson, especially with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the final years of their contracts, but there were other needs to address. That’s why it’s an interesting move.

Third-day gem: Fifth-round pick Matt Ionnidis, a defensive tackle out of Temple, is a run thumper who will help clog up things in the middle of the line.

Analysis: I like Doctson as a player, but did they really need that? They needed help at other spots. Cravens and Fuller fill needs. Scot McCloughan had a solid couple of days. Doctson could be a star.

For The Win: This move will make it easier for Washington to move on from either Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson next offseason, which will free up money to give Kirk Cousins a long-term deal. Doctson is a smooth route-runner who will make contested catches downfield — traits that point to a true No. 1 receiver. Defensive line is still a huge need, but the offense is now loaded with weapons. Grade: A


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