Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Jr. of ESPN have combined to make a 3-round simulated draft a week before the first round of the NFL 2019 draft begins. The two forecaster projects changed selections from one place to another to provide the first 102 selections.
McShay started with the Redskins in the first round, taking Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown at # 15. He mentions that the top three QBs are off the board, leaving Daniel Jones sitting there, but Washington opts to go to Hollywood instead.
The choice of McShay: Marquesa Marrón, WR, Oklahoma
With the top three quarterbacks off the board, let's get a burner with good hands for Case Keenum. Washington has been looking for a receiver that changed the game for a long time.
Mel Kiper, Jr. receives the next call and gives the Redskins a player to meet another great need this year. Preston Smith went to free agency, leaving Ryan Anderson as the projected starter in front of Ryan Kerrigan. Enter Michigan OLB Chase Winovich, a very talented pbad rusher who could be in the starting lineup early in his career.
The choice of Kiper: Chase WinovichOLB, Michigan
I was looking for a fit for Winovich with a team running a 3-4 defense. He beat Rashan Gary for the Wolverines.
Kiper can also choose the two selections of the third round of the Redskins in this simulation of collaboration. Kiper looks for another defender with the first selection of Washington in this round. Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson joins a Redskins high school that has some big questions this season. Jay Gruden wants Josh Norman to do a great job and contract. Quinton Dunbar had a mysterious nerve injury last year that left him out of the game. Fabian Moreau has been disappointing, and the Redskins have some young players struggling to position themselves at the bottom of the depth chart.
Kiper mentions getting a quarterback with the Redskins' first pick in the third round, but waits until the # 96 pick to get his young caller. Will Grier, of West Virginia, has received a lot of love from Washington and head coach Jay Gruden in the pre-draft process. If they do not take an early QB, or exchange for Josh Rosen, Grier is definitely up for grabs in the third round (and possibly earlier).
The choice of Kiper: Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Kentucky
Could this be a stealthy place to see the fifth field marshal off the board? Johnson is a good player who will push to play time immediately.
The choice of Kiper: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
If I had chosen No. 15, I would have thought of quarterback Daniel Jones for the Redskins. But let's add Grier, who could sit behind Case Keenum for a year.