The Washington Redskins hold the #13 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Here are some first round players that could take the Redskins over the edge this upcoming season.
Vita Vea, NT, Washington- The Redskins had the worst rushing defense in the NFL last season and gave up on average 4.5 yards per carry. Vea’s tremendous size and strength would add a big push to the Redskins defensive line. Last year Vea was a elite run stopper by recorded 43 tackles along with 3.5 sacks. Vea would be a good fit for the Redskins 3-4 defensive scheme, with Johnathon Allen and Preston Smith next to him.
Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama- It is pretty obvious that the Redskins need to upgrade their defensive front and Payne would do the trick. Payne dominated the 2018 NFL combine with his speed and strength by running a 4.95 40 yard dash and 27 bench press reps. Not only that Payne had an impressive college career by recording 53 tackles in 2017. Reports say that Johnathon Allen who was a former teammate of Payne’s, is trying to convince the Redskins to take Payne in the first round. Payne is going to give running backs a hard time in the NFL and the Redskins would love to get him at #13.
Derwin James, S, Florida State- Some consider James as one the most impactful defensive player’s in this years draft. James is a true alpha male weighing 215 pounds and standing 75 inches tall. James impressed NFL scouts by running a 4.47 40 yard dash, 21 bench press reps, and a 40 inch vertical at the combine. James had an astonishing college career with 186 tackles and 3 interceptions over his three years at Florida State. If James happens to fall to #13 expect the Redskins to grab him.
Derrius Guice, RB, Louisiana State University (LSU)- The Redskins ranked 28th in rushing last season, and adding a running back like Guice could take them over the edge. Guice led the SEC in rushing last year with 1,387 yard and 15 touchdowns despite only starting 6 out of the 12 games. Guice is a jack of all trades type of back. With a down hill running style, sensational balance, and speed, Guice would thrive behind a healthy Redskins offensive line.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama- Washington’s new quarterback Alex Smith is going to need more weapons if he wants to duplicate the numbers he had last year. Ridley stands six feet tall and weighs 188 pounds but can do it all. Ridley’s combine was pretty impressive by running a 4.43 40 yard dash and a 31 inch vertical. Ridley was the #1 WR at Alabama and recorded 55 catches for 967 yards with four touchdowns and one national championship in 2017. Ridley is the best WR and would fit well lining up across from former first round pick Josh Doctson.