By Jakob Vaughan
The day before the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins were rumored to be in talks with the New York Jets to trade up to the 3rd overall pick. Later that evening, news broke that the Redskins were no longer “even flirting” with the idea of trading for Cardinals quarterback, Josh Rosen, and had their eyes set on Ohio State quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, instead. The Redskins were rumored to have been considering trading up into the top 5 in front of the Giants to draft quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. The idea of the Redskins trading for quarterback, Josh Rosen was off the table and owner, Dan Snyder, said that he is in full control of selecting who the Redskins will draft for the first time, since he selected quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Washington labeled themselves as favorites targeting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, who grew up in the Maryland area and went to high school near Dan Snyder’s son. Reports spread Wednesday afternoon that multiple coaches and scouts of the Redskins organization do not want to select a quarterback in the 1st round, but Dan Snyder is in full charge of their 1st round selection this year.
The Redskins announced Wednesday afternoon in the mist of rumors about Ohio State quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, the team re-signed offensive lineman, Tony Bergstorm. Thursday afternoon, the day of the NFL Draft rumors were spreading the Redskins wanted to move into the top 10. At the beginning of the NFL Draft, the Giants and Redskins were the favorites to land Cardinals quarterback, Josh Rosen. The Giants passed on quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, with the 6th overall pick and decided to select Duke quarterback, Daniel Jones instead, after being rumored to be the most interest in quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. So, after the Giants passed on Dwayne Haskins, so did the Bengals and Dolphins, which led to quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, falling to the Washington Redskins at 15th overall. The Redskins didn’t have to trade up for quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, and he is now able to play against the Giants who passed on him, twice a year in the NFC East.
With the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft the Redskins selected Ohio State quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. In 2018 at Ohio State, Haskins threw for 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns, which both were school and Big Ten conference records. Dwayne Haskins finished 3rdin Heisman Trophy voting, behind quarterbacks, Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa. The Washington Redskins now have their quarterback of the future in Dwayne Haskins. The Redskins quarterback depth chart now is: Case Keenum, Alex Smith, Colt McCoy, and Dwayne Haskins. Alex Smith is not expected to play this upcoming season as he is still recovering from multiple leg surgeries and infections in his broken leg, that is career threatening. Quarterback, Colt McCoy, is also recovering from a broken leg injury and quarterback, Case Keenum, is newly acquired from the Broncos.
The Redskins traded with the Colts to move back into the 1st round to draft Mississippi State defensive end, Montez Sweat, 26th overall. Montez Sweat put on a show at the scouting combine and was labeled as a perfect prospect. The defensive end slid all the way down to the 26th overall pick and the Washington Redskins landed themselves a steal. Sweat finished his college career with 105 tackles, 30.5 tackles for a loss, and 23.5 sacks as a dominant force for Mississippi State. Doctors now believe that defensive end, Montez Sweat, was misdiagnosed with a heart condition at the NFL Scouting Combine called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sweat was projected to be a top 10 pick but was taken off many of NFL draft boards, due to the misdiagnosed heart condition at the combine.
In day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins were on the clock in the 7th round and selected James Madison University Dukes cornerback Jimmy Moreland, 227th overall. Jimmy Moreland was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award as the top FCS freshman in 2014. He was sidelined for the full season in 2015, following an arrest for petty theft. In Moreland’s junior year at JMU, he was awarded first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades as he ranked 2ndin the FCS with a total of 8 interceptions, 68 tackles, and 14 passes deflected. Senior year came for Jimmy Moreland and he earned AP FCS first-team All-American honors, finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the FCS, and an invite to the Senior Bowl. He started all 13 games for the Dukes in his senior year making 56 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, and 5 interceptions. Jimmy Moreland set a James Madison football record with 18 interceptions and 6 of them being returned for a touchdown. Moreland has the strengths of a ball hawking cornerback and the toughness that will allow him to excel at the next level as part of the Washington Redskins, leaving James Madison as their all-time interception leader.
Washington Redskins 2019 NFL Draft Selections
Round 1, Pick 15: QB Dwayne Haskins
Round 2, Pick 26: EDGE Montez Sweat
Round 3, Pick 76: WR Terry McLaurin
Round 4, Pick 112: RB Bryce Love
Round 4, Pick 131: G Wes Martin
Round 5, Pick 153: C Ross Pierschbacher
Round 5, Pick 173: LB Cole Holcomb
Round 6, Pick 206: WR Kelvin Harmon
Round 7, Pick 227: CB Jimmy Moreland
Round 7, Pick 253: EDGE Jordan Brailford