Awful Team"Armon Watts Alex Smith Jersey , DLSchool: Arkansas | Conference: SECCollege Experience: Senior | Age: 22Height / Weight: 6-5 / 300 lbsProjected Draft Status: 3rd-6th RoundNFL Comparison: Shamar StephenCollege StatisticsPlayer Overview“One of the bright spots on the Arkansas defense” is probably the best way to sum up Armon Watts’ 2018 season.The Razorbacks were an absolutely brutal 2-10 (0-8 in the SEC) last year, and there weren’t a lot of things to like about their season, but Watts was certainly one of them.Watts was a 3-star recruit from St. Louis, and was a bit of a late bloomer, not making much noise until his senior year.Given the opportunity to start in 2018, however, he took advantage of the role and led Arkansas with 7 sacks and three forced fumbles. What really caught my attention was - while researching picks for an SB Nation Fan Mock - coming across a quote by draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah mentioning Watts in the same breath as guys being discussed as first round picks: “When you look at tiers, in the first-round tier, Quinnen Williams, Christian Wilkins, Ed Oliver, Rashan Gary, who I think is more of an edge guy, Jeffery Simmons, and [Dexter] Lawrence could factor in there in the late 20s,” Jeremiah said. “Then, you get into that next tier for me, you start getting to Jerry Tillery from Notre Dame. I really like Armon Watts from Arkansas, who is just a real strong-handed guy and solid on tape.”StrengthsQuick once he gets goingGreat leverage, stays low“Eye popping” strengthVery good hand usageGood ability to read schemes and reactStrong tacklerPraiseworthy work ethicExcellent size for an interior linemanWeaknessesLack of explosivenessSlow to change directionLimited rangeAverage athleteLet’s see his workHow He Would Fit On The RedskinsPotentially a Tim Settle-like mid to late-round steal, Watts is a perfect Jim Tomsula project to continue to feed the Redskins’ DL pipeline for years to come.If we could get this guy with one of our 5th rounders, I’d take it in a heartbeat. While he doesn’t possess the athleticism or burst of guys who will be going in the first round, he’s solidly among the players who make this one of the deepest drafts for defensive linemen in recent memory. By several accounts, Watts is strong as an ox, and was regularly able to have his way with offensive lineman one on one. Given that Watts didn’t have significant playing time until his senior season, there’s still lots of tread left on the tires, and likely considerable room to grow and develop. My sense is, his best days are still ahead of him.While DL is currently the position group of greatest strength for the Redskins Josh Norman Jersey , it will take the continued, annual or bi-annual drafting of guys like Settle and Watts to keep it that way. Grades are in" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteHogs Havena Washington Redskins communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsRedskinsMastheadOddsShopCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShareTweetShareShareNFL Draft 2019: What grades did the Redskins get for their Day 1 picks?Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesDay 1 of the NFL draft is over and the instareaction grades are here. The Redskins have been declared early winners of the 1st round for their selections of QB Dwayne Haskins and OLB Montez Sweat. They got two potential starters, but they each have question marks. Washington gets credit for being patient and letting Haskins fall to them. Trading up for Sweat could prove to be one of the best moves of the draft if his heart condition was misdiagnosed and he plays up to his very high potential.We posted opinion polls for each pick, and both players got an A from the Hogs Haven community. Sweat has received a lot more love than Haskins(81% to 59%).15. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateSB NationGrade: A+Washington owner Dan Snyder got the player he wanted. And he did the right thing? That’s weird to say about Snyder. It was speculated that Washington would trade up for Haskins. That didn’t have to happen. In Haskins, Washington has its franchise quarterback of the future. When you can get that in the middle of the first round you’re doing something right. Haskins may be limited as a pocket passer only, but those players can still be plenty successful in the NFL.The RingerGrade: A+I love this pick. Haskins is a prototypical pocket passer with size, toughness, and a big arm. The former Buckeye has just one year of starting experience under his belt, but was supremely productive during it, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, and just eight picks. He’s most comfortable operating out of the pocket, and is a decisive passer who throws with accuracy and velocity downfield—but will need to prove he can operate both in the face of pressure and when forced to move off his spot. Haskins may need some time to acclimate to the speed of pro defenses, but he can recognize pre-snap coverages, set protections, and make changes at the line. I love Haskins’s long-term potential under head coach and play-caller Jay Gruden, and I love it even more that Washington didn’t have to move up to get him.For The WinGrade: AAfter all the pre-draft hoopla that suggested the Redskins were going to pull a, well, Redskins and botch this draft, everything worked out for Washington: The Redskins didn’t have to trade up and still ended up with the second-best quarterback in the draft. Haskins is a prototypical pocket passer who diagnoses coverages in an instant. His deep-ball accuracy isn’t ideal and he isn’t very mobile, but Haskins has EVERYTHING else you want in a franchise quarterback.CBS SportsGrade: AI think he’s the best quarterback in this draft and it’s a great pick for the Redskins. Getting a cheap quarterback to come in and push to start right away is a great move. Love this pick by the Redskins. Like Kyler Murray he’s a one-year wonder, but there’s a lot of potential here.NFL.comGrade: A-The fact that they did not have to move up to get Haskins was a major bonus. His arm is live and he has the the ability to distribute the football to all parts of the field. Given the murky future of Alex Smith, finding Haskins waiting for them at No. 15 could prove to be franchise-changing. Finally, Washington traded up to grab Sweat, who will be a fine pass rusher if his heart condition does not prevent him from reaching his potential. They really needed depth at outside linebacker, where Sweat fits quite well. I am generally not enamored with giving up future second-round picks Jordan Reed Jersey , but this guy’s talent is worthy of taking that sort of chance.Walter FootballGrade: A-I’ve said all along that the Redskins trading up for Dwayne Haskins would be insanely stupid because there would be a good chance that he’d fall to the Redskins at No. 15 overall. Unlike the Giants, who needlessly reached for Daniel Jones, Washington smartly stood pat at its pick and landed Haskins after all. I’m not a huge fan of Haskins as a prospect, but I think he could end up being a solid quarterback in the NFL. At the very least, the Redskins had to make this move because they didn’t have anything at quarterback beyond the pedestrian Case Keenum. Credit them for not panicking as all of the bogus rumors surfaced. Yahoo! SportsGrade: B+Washington gets their QB, as Haskins becomes the third quarterback off the board. Big body, analytical, strong arm … Haskins seemingly has all the necessary tools. The Redskins would be wise to sit him for a year behind Case Keenum.Sports IllustratedGrade: C+The rumors were true: Washington wanted Dwayne Haskins. Just how badly, we might never know, because after the many swirling rumors, the team ultimately did not need to trade up to draft him. There’s no way the Redskins could be confident that Haskins would still be on the board at 15. So they were willing to take him, but not splurge on him. After Alex Smith’s possibly career-ending leg injury last season, Washington needed a quarterback. The question now becomes, How soon will Haskins play? Having such a small sample size from college, he’s expected to be a work-in-progress. Can he be consistently accurate and poised from the pocket?26. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi StateWalter FootballGrade: A+I thought the Redskins would trade two second-round picks to move up to this spot for a receiver. They just drafted a quarterback, yet have nothing at wideout. That would’ve made more sense as far as the position is concerned. However, Montez Sweat is a far better player than any receiver on the board. The Redskins lost Preston Smith in free agency, so they needed a potent edge rusher. Sweat is even more than that. Had it not been for a potentially misdiagnosed heart condition, Sweat would’ve been a top-10 selection in this class. Given the misdiagnosis, there doesn’t appear to be any concern with Sweat, making this an absolute steal. Despite the Redskins trading a 2020 second-round choice, this is one of the best picks of the 2019 NFL Draft thus far. SB NationGrade: AWashington didn’t have to give up much to get back into the first round, sending No. 46 and a 2020 second-round pick to the Colts. Only giving up that much, it landed them Sweat, the best player available and a big need fill. This type of move is what the draft is all about.NFL.comGrade: A-The fact that they did not have to move up to get Haskins was a major bonus. His arm is live and he has the the ability to distribute the football to all parts of the field. Given the murky future of Alex Smith, finding Haskins waiting for them at No. 15 could prove to be franchise-changing. Finally Bryce Love Washington Redskins Jersey , Washington traded up to grab Sweat, who will be a fine pass rusher if his heart condition does not prevent him from reaching his potential. They really needed depth at outside linebacker, where Sweat fits quite well. I am generally not enamored with giving up future second-round picks, but this guy’s talent is worthy of taking that sort of chance.For The WinGrade: A-The Redskins just lost a pass rusher from Mississippi State (Preston Smith) and they replaced him with another one who has an even higher ceiling. Montez Sweat ran a faster 40 than Odell Beckham! He dropped after being apparently misdiagnosed with a heart issue at the combine, so Washington is getting a top-15 talent here after getting a top-10 talent in Dwayne Haskins. The Redskins are killing the draft, and I have no idea what’s real anymore.Yahoo! SportsGrade: A-Maybe the biggest question mark in this draft. Sweat’s talent as a defensive playmaker isn’t in question; his enlarged heart is. Some teams took him off their boards entirely. The Redskins clearly did not, trading up to get him. They paid a price (a second rounder this year and next), but they got a top-10 talent late in the first round.The RingerGrade: A-The Redskins grabbed two potential franchise pillars in the first round, selecting Haskins at no. 15 then trading two second-round picks to move up to no. 26 and take up a high-upside edge rusher. Sweat is an extraordinarily athletic pass rusher with a massive wingspan. The AP second-team All-American has an explosive first step, a nonstop motor, and the length to disrupt pockets even when he can’t get around his blocker. He uses a long-arm stab as his go-to rush move, but also shows flashes of a burgeoning hump move (rushing outside before pushing the tackle upfield and breaking inside). Against the run, Sweat’s length makes him tough to block at the point of attack. If he can bulk up, he’s got the potential to develop into a big-impact, three-down playmaker. As for value, Sweat ranked no. 12 on my board, so landing him at no. 26 helps cancel out the cost of the trade.Sports IllustratedGrade: B+The Redskins traded up to address a position that was not of significant need, and in doing so, tacitly declared that they missed on 2017 second-round pick Ryan Anderson, who has been mostly nondescript in his first two seasons. Sweat is a “great on paper” guy who has also flashed on film. The hope is he will provide a raw edge-bending presence opposite Ryan Kerrigan, who remains solid, if not spectacular, off the left side. Worth noting is that Sweat will be taught by Jim Tomsula, who is one of the industry’s highest regarded position coaches.CBS SportsGrade: BYeah, there’s issues. There were teams that took him off the board with concerns about the heart. The ability is there. The ability is phenomenal. He’s fast, he made a lot of plays. Had a great senior year. Controversial pick to keep an eye on going forward after Redskins gave up picks to trade back into first round.
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