Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: QB Dwayne Haskins
Analysis: Haskins started seven games as a rookie and had many ups and downs. He threw for 1365 yards with 7 interceptions and 7 touchdowns. He’ll need another full season before the Redskins can determine definitively whether he is their future at QB or not.
Pick: DE/OLB Montez Sweat, Miss St.
Analysis: Sweat fell in the Draft due to a heart issue and the Redskins made a bold move to jump back into the first round and take him. He made their front office look like geniuses with his 50 tackles, 7 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
Pick: WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio St.
Analysis: McLaurin was a third-round steal who racked up 58 catches, 919 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Hell of a pick by the Skins.
Pick: RB Bryce Love, Stanford
Analysis: It was surprising the Redskins used a fourth-round pick on this guy when everyone knew he wouldn’t see the field in 2019. He’ll start contributing in 2020.
Pick: G Wes Martin, Indiana
Analysis: Martin started 5 games for the Redskins and that is about what you’d hope for from a fourth round pick.
Pick: C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
Analysis: Pierschbacher appeared in 5 games but didn’t earn a start.
Pick: LB Cole Holcomb, NC State
Analysis: Holcomb was a huge steal for the Redskins. He had 105 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 forced fumbles.
Pick: WR Kelvin Harmon
Analysis: Harmon fell to round 6 and the Redskins snapped him up. He thanked them with 30 catches for 365 yards.
Pick: CB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison
Analysis: Moreland started 5 games and racked up 41 tackles as a rookie. The Redskins found another steal here.
Pick: LB Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Brailford was placed on I.R. and missed the season.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 17.75/19
Maybe it was because they were such a bad team and had to rely on their 2019 rookie class early, but the Washington Redskins got a ton of production out of this class in year one. They landed potential stars on both sides of the ball and if this class continues to produce, it could eventually be looked back on as the class that returned them to a legitimate contender in the NFC East.
It all starts with their first choice quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins had ups and downs throughout the season and made the typical poor decisions we often see from rookie quarterbacks. He did however, have some good games that give the Redskins hope for the future. They traded back into the first round to land defensive end/outside linebacker Montez Sweat. He was seen as a potential top ten pick but fell due to concerns about his heart. He went on to have 7 sacks, and proved the gamble worth it. The Redskins landed some big steals in the Draft too. They got a stud wide receiver in Round 3 with Terry McLaurin. He had over 900 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. He looks to be their no. 1 option in the passing game moving forward. They also found a studly linebacker in Round 5. Cole Holcomb quietly had 105 tackles, a sack, and 3 forced fumbles as a rookie. That’s an insane value from a fith-round choice. They also had about three other Day 3 picks that showed promise. This grade should hold steady over time unless Dwayne Haskins doesn’t pan out.