2017 Washington Redskins’ Draft & OTA Review

Jonathan Allen looked every bit the part of a future Pro Bowl talent in the Redskins’ OTAs. Smart, quick, and athletic in his play. It didn’t take long for one of the top players in the draft to move up the depth chart. Allen has received reps with the first and second team and will play a prominent role in the energized Redskins’ defensive front. Ryan Anderson displayed intensity and toughness during camp and will be competing immediately for a spot in the pass rushing rotation. He was receiving most of the reps in the nickel sub package. Anderson is dangerous, powerful, thick, and is a strong presence any time, all the time. Fabian Moreau was a first round cornerback talent who dropped in the draft after he tore a pectoral muscle bench pressing at his pro day in March. The injury takes five months to recover. The talented corner will compete for a starting position once healthy. Samaje Perine flashed his quickness and power during OTAs. He moves almost as quick laterally as he does straight ahead. Perine has also used his straight arm move during camp warding off defenders. He was impressive during individual drills. Montae Nicholson was tabbed with the Redskins’ second fourth-round draft choice. He is currently rehabbing his shoulder from torn labrum surgery earlier in the year. The ex-Spartan fills a depth need at safety. Jeremy Sprinkle brings the Redskins a big athletic blocking tight end with receiving skills. He has shown in practice that he has NFL pass protection skills with his big hands and long arms. Sprinkle played in a run-oriented offense at Arkansas where the tight ends work with the offensive linemen. Chase Roullier was important enough for the Redskins to trade up to select the versatile center-guard combination. The ex-Wyoming Cowboy was a three year starter in a pro style offense. He was the point of attack blocker for recent Falcons’ draft choice, Brian Hill. He projects as a backup his first year. Robert Davis is a big receiver who is a part of a new wave of Redskins’ pass catchers. Davis ended up as Georgia State’s all-time leading receiver. He has a large catching radius and a chance to be in an outside receiving rotation. He was rated second athletically of all the receivers at the Combine. Josh Harvey-Clemons was a hybrid safety/linebacker in college and was drafted to be a dime linebacker. He has good range in pursuit and covers a lot of ground. Solid against the run and moves well laterally. He will also contribute on special teams’ coverage units. Joshua Holsey is a big physical defensive back who could be a safety with corner skills or a press corner. Holsey is a talented athlete who has played through two ACL injuries suffered in 2013 and 2015. GRADE: GOOD.

FREE AGENCY: Defensive ends Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain collected over half of the 35 million dollars that the Redskins forked over for free agents. Both are an upgrade from the inconsistency of the last four years. DJ Swearinger helps strengthen the secondary at safety. Receivers Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick were signed to one year deals. Zach Brown is coming off a strong year in Buffalo and was signed after Su’a Cravens moved to strong safety.

NOTABLE UNDRAFTED COLLEGE FREE AGENTS: Zach Pascal (Old Dominion) WR, James Quick (Louisville) WR, Kyle Kalis (Michigan) OG, and Fish Smithson (Kansas) FS.

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