Best pick: Da’Ron Payne (DT, Alabama)
Questionable pick: Geron Christian (OT, Louisville)
Sleeper pick: Derrius Guice (RB, LSU)
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Derrius Guice ended up as the best running back prospect from this entire class, but he certainly didn’t do himself any favors during the draft process. The Redskins were wise to scoop him up late in the second round, but getting into altercations during your job interview (as Guice reportedly did) isn’t a great indication of your future. If Guice is able to hold it together, however, Washington will be more than happy with their Day 2 haul.
It was no secret that Washington needed desperately to improve their run defense and Da’Ron Payne should go a long way towards making that happen. While many linked Washington’s Vita Vea to the team during the draft process, having Vea off the board meant Payne was the next best option. Jay Gruden and company can only hope that Payne lives up to his name in anchoring the middle of the Washington line for years to come.
Project offensive tackles often go off the board much earlier than expected and Geron Christian is no exception. Christian has outstanding size and length but tested poorly and will need to refine his technique before he’s ready to become a starter at the next level.