In which tour has Washington found the most value in the last 5 drafts?


As we progress toward the 2020 NFL draft with less than a week before the timer starts to spin at first choice, anticipation has started to grow as the Washington Redskins plan to push back the defensive end of Ohio Chase Young ranked second. Beyond Young’s expected selection, Washington will seek to continue a growing trend that has been established over the past two years – a trend in which they have been able to identify significant value in the midst and in later cycles of the project, by finding productive players who are able to put numbers on a cheap contract.

In the past five years, however, in what round have the Redskins most successfully identified talent? This is a question we have set ourselves. Before you start, however, it seems a good idea to lay down some basic rules on how to determine a winning spin. Of course, finding a productive player in the first round is much easier than finding one, say in the sixth or seventh round; this brings us to add more value to a successful end-of-round pick – let’s say Cole Holcomb – rather than to a player everyone thought they were going to – Sweat Up. That said, here are the groups we work with.

1st round:

  • Dwayne Haskins (2019)
  • Montez Sweatshirt (2019)
  • Daron Payne (2018)
  • Jonathan Allen (2017)
  • Josh Doctson (2016)
  • Brandon Scherff (2015)

2nd round:

  • Derrius Guice (2018)
  • Ryan Anderson (2017)
  • Su’a Cravens (2016)
  • Preston Smith (2015)

3rd round:

  • Terry McLaurin (2019)
  • Geron Christian (2018)
  • Fabian Moreau (2017)
  • Kendall Fuller (2016)
  • Matt Jones (2015)

4th round:

  • Bryce Love (2019)
  • Wes Martin (2019)
  • Troy Apke (2018)
  • Samaje Perine (2017)
  • Montae Nicholson (2017)
  • Jamison Crowder (2015)
  • Arie Kouandjio (2015)

5th round:

  • Ross Pierschbacher (2019)
  • Cole Holcomb (2019)
  • Tim Settle (2018)
  • Jeremy Sprinkle (2017)
  • Matt Ioannidis (2016)
  • Martrell Spaight (2015)

6th round:

  • Kelvin Harmon (2019)
  • Shaun Dion Hamilton (2018)
  • Chase Roullier (2017)
  • Robert Davis (2017)
  • Nate Sudfeld (2016)
  • Kyshoen Jarrett (2015)
  • Tevin Mitchell (2015)
  • Evan Spencer (2015)

7th round:

  • Jimmy Moreland (2019)
  • Jordan Brailford (2019)
  • Greg Stroman (2018)
  • Trey Quinn (2018)
  • Josh Harvey-Clemons (2017)
  • Joshua Holsey (2017)
  • Steven Daniels (2016)
  • Keith Marshalls (2016)
  • Austin Reiter (2015)

Now that all the cards are on the table, where does each round rank in relation to the other? Let’s break it down, starting with number 7 – surprisingly, the first round of the project.

N ° 7 – First round

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You wouldn’t think the first round of the project is where the Redskins might have trouble finding the most value, but I think that may be true. This does not mean that they failed to spot any significant players in the first round; there are still several top players on the list who produce year after year. The problem here, however, is that Washington has failed to find a full game changer in the first round in the past half decade – someone who can completely change the outlook for your team. Allen, Payne and Scherff are all great songs, but none of them is a superstar. We’re still waiting to see what Haskins and Sweat can become in a few years, but the selection of Doctson in 2016 made the team go back a few years. The Redskins are pretty determined on the young talents on the list, but most of the players have arrived somewhere after the first round. Hopefully Washington can reverse this story with the selection of Chase Young this year.


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