Fanspeak Redskins Draft Board Update
It’s been a couple weeks since I originally posted the Fanspeak Redskins draft board. If this is completely new to you, here is a link to the original post explaining how it works. Over the past few weeks, the guys have been adding names here and there, with the board starting to take some shape.Some of the combine results made us go back and re-watch certain prospects to double check where we had them graded.
One of the biggest changes I made was at wide receiver. Odell Beckham Jr. had a solid outing at the combine, forcing me to go back and watch him again. I really liked his ability to take the top off the defense the first time I saw him; but after watching him again, I really liked his route running too. He was crisp in and out of breaks and set up defenders well with the angles he took into his cuts. I soured slightly on USC receiver Marqise Lee after re-watching him. His hands weren’t as good as I remembered them and His routes weren’t as well executed as I’d have liked. His explosiveness is still undeniable, however, meaning he only dropped from a 1B to a 1C grade.
At safety, I added Calvin Pryor from Louisville and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama. Both have the ability to play single high, as well as work in the box. Clinton-Dix is the top ranked safety on most draft analysis boards, but personally I prefer how Pryor plays aggressively with instincts. But of course, this could change as we reevaluate the board later on. Pryor attacks the line of scrimmage in the run game, rarely missing a tackle, although he does take the occasional bad angle. He also displayed good range and intimidating hitting ability while covering the deep middle of the field. I saw more than one receiver pull out of a potential reception knowing that Pryor was incoming. Clinton-Dix is a technically sound prospect that takes good angles to the ball-carrier and makes good reads from deep. He’s a less aggressive player than Pryor, but he is consistently in the correct position, which is a valuable trait as a safety. Having a reliable safety over the top allows corners to play more aggressively, knowing they can count on their safety to be in position to help them. Clinton-Dix will be that kind of player in the NFL, but personally I prefer the more aggressive Pryor.
The rest of the guys have added plenty of other names, so make sure to check out the board and tell us what you think.