Montez Sweat Jersey

Check out notes on new Washington Redskins edge Montez Sweat, the No. 26 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations.


Sweat is the 476th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 31st first-round selection in that time frame. He is the 62nd first-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
Sweat’s selection marks the third straight year in which the Redskins have selected a defensive player with a first-round pick of the draft joining Jonathan Allen (No. 17 overall in 2017), and Daron Payne (No. 13 overall in 2018). This is the first time in team history the Redskins selected defensive players with a first-round pick selection in three consecutive drafts.
Sweat is the 11th defensive player selected by the Redskins in the first round since 1999, joining CB Champ Bailey (1999), LB LaVar Arrington (2000), S Sean Taylor (2004), CB Carlos Rogers (2005), S LaRon Landry (2007), DE/LB Brian Orakpo (2009), LB Ryan Kerrigan (2011), DL Jonathan Allen (2017), and DT Daron Payne (2018). Nine of the 10 defensive players selected by the Redskins in the first round in that time frame have earned at least one Pro Bowl selection during their career.
Sweat’s selection marks the seventh time in the Common Draft era that the Redskins have selected a defensive lineman in the first round, joining Daron Payne (2018), Jonathan Allen (2017), Ryan Kerrigan (2011), Brian Orakpo (2009, transitioned to linebacker in 2010), Kenard Lang (1997) and Bobby Wilson (1991). The Redskins also selected Tracy Rocker (1989, third round), Markus Koch (1986, second round), Bob Slater (1984, second round), Duncan McColl (1977, fourth round) and Bill Brundige (1970, second round) with the team’s first selections of each of the drafts listed.
With the selections of Sweat, Payne and Allen, the Redskins have now used first-round selections on defensive linemen in three consecutive drafts for the first time in the Common Draft era.
Sweat is the sixth player from Mississippi State selected by the Redskins all-time, joining C Dave Price (1938), B Charlie Yancey (1943), C Charley Cadenhead (1946), CB Fred Smoot (2001), and LB Preston Smith (2015).
Sweat’s selection marks the first time the franchise has drafted a player with No. 26 overall pick in the Common Draft Era and the second time the Redskins used the No. 26 pick selecting B Maurice Elder in the third round of the 1937 NFL Draft.
Sweat is the ninth Southeastern Conference product selected by the Redskins in the first round in the Common Draft era. The Redskins have now selected an SEC product in the first round of three consecutive drafts for the first time in team history. Sweat becomes the second player selected by the Redskins all-time with the No. 15 overall pick, joining WR Rod Gardner (2001).

Terry McLaurin Jersey

With the No. 76 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected Terry McLaurin, wide receiver out of Ohio State. Special teams ace who demonstrated plenty of route-running polish, twitchiness, and impressive speed as a receiver at the Senior Bowl. Older prospect but someone who could be more productive in the NFL than he was in college.

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Redskins: B-

Pete Prisco: He is raw, but he can run. He had an impressive senior bowl that elevated him in scouts’ eyes. He fills a major need and he knows Dwayne Haskins well.

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Fantasy impact

Dave Richard: Fantasy managers shouldn’t be too excited to draft McLaurin. He was effectively a deep-ball threat for the Buckeyes — he didn’t show up as a physical receiver, not even consistently competing for contested catches and often using his chest to help him catch balls. But he caught a touchdown every 3.2 catches last year — and who threw him those passes?! This was a pick to help new Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins get comfortable — the two played together at Ohio State and have instant rhythm to help the Redskins in at least a couple of elements on the field. McLaurin is only worth taking late in deeper dynasty start-ups and keeper leagues as well as with a Round 3 pick in rookie-only drafts.
NFL comparison: DaeSean Hamilton

Chris Trapasso: Hamilton was as good of a route-runner as you’ll see in college, and McLaurin is a great separator down the field. He’s a step or two faster than Hamilton and is more explosive than he is twitchy. He’ll be a special teams ace too.

Dwayne Haskins Jersey

Quarterback J.T. Barrett went down, Dwayne Haskins entered the game and Ohio State Buckeyes fans were introduced to his ability to handle pressure. At the time, the Buckeyes trailed by six at Michigan late in the third quarter. They soon faced a third-and-13. And that’s when Haskins unloaded a decisive dart between two defenders, converting a first down en route to a comeback win.

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In clutch moments in big games, Haskins produced in college. In the fourth quarter last season alone, he threw a combined 14 touchdowns and only one interception.

It’s a good thing he can handle that sort of pressure. He’s about to receive plenty.
He was drafted No. 15 overall by the Washington Redskins, an organization that was split on him entering the night. He joins a team whose coach, Jay Gruden, enters a must-win season and whose fan base has turned sour because of years ending in frustration — and with legitimate hope too often lacking.

Regardless of any pre-draft divisions, all that matters now is how Washington handles it moving forward, and that’s the internal spin. Haskins is a quarterback with special arm talent who can give this franchise — and fan base — a big jolt if he succeeds. And, oh man, do they need him to succeed.

Gruden enters his sixth season, with the last three ending the same way: no playoffs. Owner Dan Snyder and president Bruce Allen need to prove they can build a consistent winner, something the franchise hasn’t had since coach Joe Gibbs retired the first time — after the 1992 season. Since then, Washington has had no 11-win seasons, only three 10-win seasons and two playoff wins.

But quarterbacks represent hope. There’s debate on Haskins’ game, but it’s not as if he were a reach at No. 15. The Redskins got a guy whom experts applauded without having to trade up to get him. For what it’s worth, that option didn’t seem to be in play anyway, as the Redskins believed he would be available at 15.

This isn’t the first time the Redskins have been split on a player, nor will it be the last. With a first-round quarterback, though, you would like to have unanimity. But they must be unanimous moving forward. Otherwise: Unemployment awaits. The job now is to make it work. Haskins has arm talent, a willingness to work and is considered smart — the Redskins liked how he handled the board work during their visit. That’s a pretty strong base.

The concerns revolve around his inexperience and mechanical issues. He does need to improve his footwork in the pocket; he does need to throw with anticipation at an NFL level; he does need to speed up his delivery at times.

He’s also coming from an offense that featured a lot of run-pass options (RPOs), bubble screens and jet passes. While the NFL has turned more to the RPOs, the feeling among teams was that this style did not provide enough of a look at what he could do at the pro level. Ohio State had planned to build on concepts with him, anticipating his return. With NFL offensive concepts comes having to read defenses against those looks, so it’s a definite back-to-the-starting-line situation for him. Hence, the drop to 15.

However, Haskins did throw a lot from the pocket, and that’s something he’ll do in the NFL. He was more involved in protections, too, and that’s a big part of a quarterback’s job. You don’t get to 50 touchdowns and 4,831 yards in your first season of starting without having something big to offer.
There were questions about Kyler Murray, too, but his ability to run enables him to contribute immediately. Haskins lacks that ability, but he also wasn’t a statue in the pocket.

“He is a big, strong guy,” Gruden said. “He can maneuver in the pocket. He can buy some time with his size and strength — people bounce off of him, he can do a good job in the pocket.

“There are some things that he can work on, and there are some things he has to work on. He can work on everything, as every quarterback can. Tom Brady is still working on things now, Drew Brees … Dwayne is the type of guy that I think is very excited about getting into a building and working, and that is what drew us to him.”

The key here: The owner must now let the football side develop him. Patience will be required; it’s important for the health of the franchise.

There certainly is fodder for doubters, including the thought that if you’re going to draft someone who might take time, perhaps you find that guy in the third round and not 15th overall.

Allen is the one making decisions — knowing that Snyder likes Haskins — and should be under pressure if this doesn’t work. But what if it does work out? It’s not like the Redskins reached for Haskins. It’s a move that some loved — such as ESPN’s Louis Riddick, a former safety and NFL executive, and Dan Orlovsky, a former quarterback. Both are smart men who do deep dives into players, and Riddick loved Patrick Mahomes two years ago. Are they right? We’ll find out.

“I do know this: When he was forced to play at a high level in the fourth quarter, when the money was on the line, he showed up,” Orlovsky said earlier this month. “I love that part of his game.”

It’s an interesting mix. Gruden needs to win, the organization needs to prove it knows what it’s doing, and Haskins wants to show why others should have taken him earlier. As always with the Redskins, it’ll be intriguing theater.