Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today, I start with the Washington Redskins.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|123||S||Montae Nicholson||Michigan State|
|209||WR||Robert Davis||Georgia State|
Best value: CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
The selection of Moreau was the best pure value of player to selection on my personal board; Moreau was my third rated CB this year. The drop for Moreau into the third round centers around a pectoral injury suffered at his Pro Day and the fact that he’s a bit green technically. But Moreau’s physical skills and ability to challenge the ball make him a high upside selection. This is a home run value in the third.
Worst value: TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
The 154th selection is the worst value? I personally saw very little in Sprinkle to get excited about on film. There’s a limited athletic skill set to work with; Sprinkle doesn’t show a high competency as a receiver. I would imagine Sprinkle will be a low end TE on the roster for a season or two. But if the Redskins wanted to go with a higher upside player with similar strengths, Drake’s Eric Saubert would have been a much greater option.
Might surprise: RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
The ninth back selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, Perine is nice value. His strengths mesh with what the Redskins are looking for in their backs tremendously well. With Matt Jones reportedly on the outs, Perine is a heavy hitting bell cow back that can legitimately push Robert Kelley as a rookie. There’s a great chance Perine takes the mantle as an every down player.