Redskins Trade Gurley to Browns!
The 2015 season was a big disappointment. With star quarterback Keith Kelly missing the last three games because of injury, the Redskins offense still produced two 1,000 yard receivers in Billy Ray Valentine and Chris Givens, in his first year as a starter, and Trent Richardson was fairly productive with over 1,000 yards rushing. Yet, the Redskins finished 26th in scoring. And won only three games.
Some would point at three reasons for the lackluster scoring production: 30th in time of possession, 28th in rushing yards, 26th in rushing TDs. However, Washington's defense was 31st in scoring defense and last in the league in takeaways. The coaching staff considered these factors and came up with a plan: Address the defensive backfield and get bigger and stronger on the offensive line.
So the Redskins traded picks 1.01 and 3.01 to the Browns in exchange for the 1.03 and 2.03 picks. Also received pick 2.31 in a trade with the Chargers for DT Marcus Forston and a third round pick received via a trade with the Cardinals last year. Additionally, the Redskins traded a 4th rounder to the Bills for WR Joe Adams.
Introducing the 2016 Draft Class:
1.03 CB Trae Waynes
Washington had arguably the worst defensive back production last year. Along with free-agent pick up Ras-I Dowling, the defense just got a whole lot better and Waynes will a fixture at cornerback for years. Fastest cornerback at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.31 40-yard dash, showing off his recovery speed to make up for separation. Maintains feel for vertical threats and uses his frame to pin wideouts against sideline. Excels in deep, man coverage and can be smothering. Acceleration and length to contest any throw on the field.
2.01 RT Andrus Peat
At 39 years old the days for Jerome Brown are few. Peat, for reasons unknown dropped to the second round and the 'Skins plucked him up at tremendous value. Tall with a thick lower body and well-proportioned frame. Able to drop his anchor in pass protection. Powerful drive blocker with explosive hips. Plays with leverage and leg drive to mow down overmatched defenders. Punishes defensive tackles when asked to secure with a down-block. Once he locks out, has the anchor and power to end his opponent's chances.
2.03 LG Laken Tomlinson
Tomlinson has beast potential. Intelligent four-year starter who sees and responds quickly to twist games up front. Plays with low pad level. Generates torque through hip snap and lower-body power. . Didn't allow a sack over the last two years. Will give teams his best brand of football when highlighted in straight-ahead power game. May be moved to right guard.
2.31 FB Jalston Fowler
With the loss of Peyton Hillis, Fowler was the replacement the 'Skins needed to bolster their running game and provide protection for Kelly in pass protection. A decided reach at this pick, Jalston has desired size. A willing iso-blocker, he flashes the ability to rock linebackers. Has been used as a move fullback and can catch out of the backfield. Good body control and vision. Makes reads on stretch plays and finds his target. Can get rush yards that other fullbacks can't.
5.01 WR Stefon Diggs
A local product, Diggs will be used for his kick returning talents. While leery of his propensity to fumble, he is dynamic and dangerous with the ball in his hands. Sudden once he's in space, using head fakes and impressive lateral change of direction to make multiple defenders miss. Instant acceleration is his differentiator.