With the fifteenth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select…
15. Washington Redskins: Marquise Brown WR | Oklahoma
The Redskins thought they had their quarterback for the foreseeable future after trading a third round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs for Alex Smith last offseason. They then signed Smith to a four-year, $94 million extension. Smith lasted just ten games before suffering a gruesome leg injury that will most likely cost him the entire 2019 season and maybe even end his playing career. The quarterback position becomes a giant question mark now for Washington who are stuck paying $20 million of Smith’s salary this year regardless of whether he plays another down or not. This has made things difficult from a salary cap standpoint for the ‘Skins this offseason but they were still able to land former Giants safety Landon Collins on a six-year deal worth $84 million. The million dollar question now is, do the Redskins look to make a move for one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft; do they try to trade for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen; or do they stand pat with the current quarterbacks on their roster in Colt McCoy and the recently acquired, Case Keenum? Here’s what I would do:
If Josh Rosen is available for the #15 overall pick in this years draft, you make the move. This gives you your franchise quarterback of the future and allows you to start building around him in the years to come. If you do not end up with Rosen, you go best available offensive player here at this pick, because whether you like it or not, you are in must-win mode. In the last four years, the Redskins have finished just above or just below .500 with only one playoff appearance back in 2015. These fans are getting restless. The Redskins defense finished middle of the pack last season and should continue to improve with a nice young nucleus in the front seven and veterans like Collins and Josh Norman holding things down in the secondary. The offense meanwhile finished 29th in the league, which is not what you would expect from their offensive-minded head coach, Jay Gruden.
Over the last few years you have seen your top wide receivers in Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder all move on. You tried to prepare for this by drafting Josh Doctson back in 2016, but let’s face it, he’s a bust. You then signed Paul Richardson to a big contract prior to last season and he was non-factor due to injuries and because he too is a bust. Third time is the charm, amirite? Oklahoma’s Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is one of the most explosive players in this year’s draft and has drawn comparisons to Tyreek Hill and the previously mentioned Jackson. When healthy, Brown is a top 10-15 talent, but he suffered a lisfranc injury at the end of the college football season that required surgery and forced him to miss both the combine and his pro day. He is expected to make a full recovery though and will be ready in time for training camp, yet mock draft experts have his stock slipping a bit because of the injury. I seem to remember another receiver by the name of Corey Davis, who was injured and not able to workout prior to the 2017 NFL Draft and he still got drafted #5 overall by the Tennessee Titans. Brown is a game changer on offense, which is exactly what the Redskins need if they hope to climb out of the pit of mediocrity they have been stuck in the last few seasons.