Washington’s final pick of the day is running back Keith Marshall of Georgia. Here’s a bio, and an excerpt from it:
Marshall turned in the fastest 40-yard time at the NFL combine among all players at 4.31 seconds. It had to be vindication after an injury-plagued career that saw this prodigious talent play second fiddle to Todd Gurley as a freshman with 759 rushing yards in 2012. He never gained that many yards over the remainder of his career. At least he played in all 14 games that season as he was limited to a total of eight over the next two, suffering a season-ending ACL injury as a sophomore and another leg injury that ended his junior campaign early in 2014. Those setbacks resulted in Marshall entering 2015 as the Bulldogs’ third-stringer behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
If any running back has a question about Daniels’ size, he’ll be happy to answer you with a big shot to the mouth. No matter what his official height might be, the three-year starter for the Eagles is a big-time thumper in the middle.
Washington just drafted Boston College inside linebacker Steven Daniels in the seventh round, bringing their Day 3 haul to three players and some 2017 draft picks. In addition to Matt Iaoniddis and Daniels for the defense, Washington got its No. 3 QB in the sixth round in Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld.
On the ESPN broadcast, Daniels is being praised for his physicality and is called a “thumper.” He might not be able to play three downs, but he brings it, the panel says.
Scot McCloughan has also added a fifth and sixth rounder next season in draft-day trades. He has nine draft picks next season — their original seven minus the fifth-rounder sent to San Francisco for Derek Carrier, then the three they’ve added during this draft. Washington got a sixth-rounder from Houston for moving back one spot in Round 1. It got a 2017 fourth-rounder from the Jets for giving up a fifth (No. 158) this year. And it got a fifth in 2017 from the Saints when they gave New Orleans a fourth this year (No. 120) for two fifths, No. 152 this year and the 2017 pick.
Washington traded out of the fourth round, and finally addressed defensive line with Temple’s Matt Ioannidis with the pick they got from New Orleans early in the fifth round. That was the 13th pick of Round 5, and Washington’s own pick is at No. 21.
Beginning of Day 3 and Round 4
Yesterday brought dime linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Kendall Fuller. If the success of recent second- and third-rounders like Preston Smith, Morgan Moses and Spencer Long is any indication, those players could become key parts of Washington’s team.
Likewise, the fourth round has been good to the franchise in recent seasons, as cornerback Bashaud Breeland and slot receiver Jamison Crowder were early Day 3 picks. Safety Kyshoen Jarrett was a sixth-round pick last season and he contributed as a rookie, so if you were thinking of skipping today, do so at your own risk.
A day after adding a piece to the puzzle on offense, the Washington Redskins grabbed a defensive play-maker to the roster, drafting USC linebacker Su’a Cravens with the 53rd overall pick.
Listed at 6 feet 1, 226 pounds, Cravens is viewed as a “tweener” type; slightly undersize for an outside linebacker, but big for a strong safety. In recent years, NFL teams have taken these hybrid-type defensive players and have played them in the box primarily, while also matching them up in pass coverage with tight ends and backs. The Arizona Cardinals’ success in 2014 with Deone Bucannon started the trend.
Last season, Craven recorded 86 tackles, 15 for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, six pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
Washington lacks long-term solutions at strong safety, and coaches have considered converting cornerbacks Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett to safety to help fill the void.
8:53 p.m. — The pick is in.
Mark Bullock wrote about Cravens in February:
8:50 p.m. — It’s been a heck of a second round so far, with everyone from Myles Jack to Jaylon Smith to Christian Hackenberg just now coming off the board. A lot of the names linked with and projected to Washington are gone, but we have no idea what Scot McCloughan is thinking.
Day One netted Texas Christian wide receiver Josh Doctson, but the draft is set to get better over the next 24 hours. Rounds 2 and 3 are Friday night, beginning at 7, and Rounds 4-7 begin at noon on Saturday.
The strength of this draft has been said to be along the defensive line, which is a need position for Washington, and a spot where some expected first-rounders remain available.
This thread is for you to congregate, discuss, find the links you need and get the occasional update from us. We’ll blog each pick separately, and there’s a ton of national coverage as well.