The Washington Redskins’ performance in the 2019 NFL Draft should help them break a significant postseason drought.
The Redskins haven’t made the postseason in three straight seasons. Not only that, but they also haven’t had a single First-Team All-Pro in the 21st century, per The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones.
It’s also been easy to attribute the Patriots’ AFC East dominance to the presence of quarterback Tom Brady (sixth-round pick in 2000) and Bill Belichick, the league’s longest-tenured head coach, but the ineptitude of their divisional foes has played a part, as well.
While the Pats have drafted 10 All-Pros, the Bills and Dolphins have drafted just one each since 2000 (just one team has not drafted a single First-Team All-Pro this century: the Washington Redskins).
With their recent draft haul, the Redskins became a more competitive team. Pro Football Focus graded their draft performance as “excellent.”
Washington drafted coveted Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins 15th overall on April 25. Many experts believed he was the second-best signal caller on the board, next to the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray. Ironically, Haskins was a fan of the Redskins’ NFC East rivals, the New York Giants, when he was growing up.
According to Pro Football Focus lead draft analyst Mike Renner, “Getting him here at 15 is an absolute steal; one of the steals of the draft. He has a lot of promise.” Many Redskins fans will agree with him.
Washington also drafted edge rusher Montez Sweat of Mississippi State with the 26th overall pick on Thursday. The team then drafted Haskins’ college teammate, wide receiver Terry McLaurin, in the third round.
The Redskins drafted a total of 10 players this season. Even if not everybody makes the cut after training camp in the summer, Washington should give the other NFC East teams stiff competition in 2019.
The upcoming season can’t come soon enough for Redskins fans.