Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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 look at 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: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
In every sense of the word, Allen is a refined defensive lineman. His marriage of physical ability, technique, and reactionary skills should make him a highly productive playmaking defensive lineman in the NFL. Allen can play any technique along the front, with the skills to play two gaps, one gap, or on the edge. He does well to play through blocks, find the football, and finish.
His versatility, skills, background, and production make him worthy a high first round investment. His shoulder issues need to be examined, but he has the upside of a dominant player in the NFL.
Worst Value: S Montae Nicholson, Michigan State
Montae Nicholson is an impressive athlete with excellent measurables but they don’t show up like you would expect on the football field. While Nicholson has his moments, he in large comes across as passive without a true aggressive play demeanor. He makes good reads but is slow to commit and has wasted motion and false steps when driving off his back foot to the football.
As a tackler, Nicholson flashes physicality and low, wrap up technique and other times he is trying to wrestle ball carriers down from their shoulder pads.
Nicholson is a total mixed bag that under-performs given his physical traits. I believe Nicholson has a considerable ceiling if everything were to click but some of his tendencies may keep him from getting a chance to stick.
Could Surprise: CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
A converted running back, Moreau is still developing the nuances of playing cornerback, but the baseline talent is present. He has good twitch and athleticism that give him the physical ability to win in coverage, but needs to improve technically and mentally.
Moreau’s ball skills and overall awareness are poor. His film is littered with passive reps despite the opportunity to be physical when taking on a block, forcing a run, pursuing a ball carrier, or getting involved in a tackle.
Moreau offers upside if he can develop, but projects as a depth player that will need to show competency on special teams to allow his cornerback skills to develop.