Washington Redskins Draft Talk: Five possible names with the 13th Pick

The Washington Redskins are quietly building a contending football team. The fact that they let Kirk Cousins walk is somewhat of a blessing to this football team. While many fans loved Cousins, his salary demands along with not wanting to be in Washington would have crippled this franchise. Now the Redskins have a proven winning QB and are able to build with other free agents and draft picks. Thus making a squad one that is vastly improved and one that can compete with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, there are still some holes that need plugging. The 2018 NFL Draft should bring some talent to those holes. Here we look at five possible names the Redskins could call at number 13.

  1. Derwin James, S – Florida State

It is hard to imagine the James will be available at 13. Nonetheless, if he is the Redskins may jump all over him. With the recent trade of Su’a Cravens and the unknown health of Montae Nicholson James could be the pick. He is a versatile every-down safety that would bring back some swag that has been missing in the defensive backfield of the Washington Redskins.

  1. Da’Ron Payne, DT – Alabama

Payne is the best run stopper in the draft. This is something that the Redskins defensive line has not seen in quite some time. Even the weakest of run teams gashed this defense in the last several years. Adding a piece like Payne would be ideal in this situation.

  1. Denzel Ward, CB – Ohio St

Ward is a long CB that could start day one. However, with the recent signing of Orlando Scandrick, he would not have to play outside right away. Thus, The Washington Redskins could bring in Ward to play the slot corner and groom him to take over the outside. In addition, I could see this going the other way too.

  1. Derrius Guice, RB – LSU

Guice is the second best running back in this draft. The running game of the Redskins is a struggle at times. In fact, last season’s leading rusher Chris Thompson is normally a 3rd down specialist and he is coming off an injury that ended his season. Guice is a prototypical three-down back that the team could lean on for years to come.

  1. Vita Vea, DT – Washington

Vea is a large man. His 6’4” 324lb frame would be very difficult to move from the center of the defense. Thus serving two needs. First, Vea would be the run stopper that the team needs in case Payne is off the board. Second, he would open up the pass rush by attracting a double team from the opposing offense. He would bring immediate improvement to the Washington Redskins defense.

These five players would help a team that is making strides in being competitive. Indeed, Bruce Allen and the front office need to be diligent in their selection at 13. One of these men should be there. Although, DT is probably most important a franchise back would be nice too. Hence, make the right choice.

Which of these five would you like to see on the Washington Redskins? Leave a comment below.

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