The Washington Redskins took care of their QB position for the next four seasons with the trade acquisition of Alex Smith this offseason. Such a move suggests the team will use their 1st-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on another position of need.
Here are 5 potential fits, based on team need:
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NEEDS: CB, S, LB, DL
NEXT PICKS: 44, 109, 140, 174, 205, 215
Roquan Smith, LB — Georgia
Smith very well may be long gone by the time Washington's pick at No. 13 rolls around, which could end up suggesting the team trades up to get him. Smith has been mocked as high as No. 5, but there are always scenarios where the best inside linebacker in the draft falls down the board — see: Foster, Reuben, 2017.[divider]
James is NFLDRAFTSCOUT.COM's No. 13 prospect, a sign his stock fits in this range. Washington, after sending Kendal Fuller to Kansas City in the trade for Smith, could be more likely to take corner here than a strong safety, but James is a dynamic athlete with projectable ball skills.[divider]
Denzel Ward, CB — Ohio State
If corner is the route the Redskins prefer, and assuming Minkah Fitzpatrick is off the board, Ward could be the choice. This may be too early for the draft's No. 3 cornerback — Iowa's Josh Jackson or Auburn's Carlton Davis — so if Ward isn't the pick, Washington probably looks to another position on the field.[divider]
Tremaine Edmunds, OLB — Virginia Tech
Edmunds is ranked No. 14 by NFL DRAFT SCOUT and No. 7 by ESPN's Todd McShay and could be gone by the time Washington selects. He has pass-rush skills, is a tackling machine with lateral speed and quickness, and at 6-foot-5 and 236 pounds brings projectable physical tools to the NFL.