There is absolutely no predicting the NFL Draft. The Redskins entered Thursday night with an impressive wide receiving corps, highlighted by Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
So with the 21st overall pick, Washington selected TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, arguably the best pass catcher in the draft. It was a move that didn’t address an immediate need, but instead, ensured that the Skins’ were set at the position for the foreseeable future.
WHO IS THIS GUY?
At 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, Doctson earns his paycheck by going up and hauling in the football. He isn’t overly fast, but overcompensates with sure hands and an obvious grit.
Doctson made the transfer to TCU after a freshman stint in Wyoming, snagging 179 passes for 2,784 yards and 29 touchdowns during the three-year span as a Horned Frog. His senior season was especially impressive, racking up 1,326 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He’s got height,” Skins head coach Jay Gruden said. “He’s got the mad leaping skills which are very appealing, especially in the red zone. He’s another guy that’s going to bring athleticism to this offense, and we’re excited to have him.”
After Corey Coleman and Laquon Treadwell came off the board prior to Washington’s pick, Doctson was the best receiver left. Thanks to his raw physical skills and an already deep wideout depth chart, the Skins have a player they can develop over the next several years.
HOW HE FITS
An outsider may argue Washington had bigger needs, and that’s true. But both Garcon and Jackson are playing in the final years of their respective contracts. Garcon has a $10.2 million cap hit in 2016 while Jackson eats another $9.25 million.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Skins part ways with one of the two before the start of the season, especially considering Doctson emulates Garcon in many ways. He’s just younger and faster.
Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has already earned the trust of he Washington fan base, not overly difficult considering the team’s history of terrible misses in the draft. This year’s class is laden with starting caliber defensive tackles, so the second-year decision maker grabbed the best player available with plans to address glaring needs a bit later.
The decision was a lot more about the long-term stability of the wide reciever position, and a lot less about throwing Doctson into the fire right away.
Washington veteran defensive back Deangelo Hall tweeted, “you can never have too many pass catchers,” after the Skins made the pick. Jay Gruden’s offense thrives through the air, making Doctson a solid choice.
B+ — It was bold, but justified. When the Skins find some defensive contributions in later rounds, McCloughan will continue prove to be Daniel Snyder’s best offseason addition in nearly a decade.
After adding Josh Norman the week before, the Redskins now have veterans all over the field to compete in the NFC East. Snatching up Doctson means they also have young talent offensively to grow with Kirk Cousins and thrive in the East for years to come.