The draft grades are pouring in and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper gave the Washington Redskins and general manager the highest grade in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Kiper gave the Redskins an A-. He also graded the Seahawks, Jets, Ravens, and Steelers that grade, making them the five teams that impressed him most in the draft.
Kiper broke down what he liked about the the work the Redskins did in Chicago.
“I don't think there was a softer team in the NFL the past season than the Redskins, especially on defense, where they simply didn't tackle,” Kiper. “If there was a clear trend with this draft, it was a new GM drafting for toughness and attitude. Washington got a lot tougher on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds.
“I know there are questions about whether Brandon Scherff can stay at tackle in the NFL (he was a LT at Iowa), but even if he's a guard, while the pick value loses a little, the guy is a true mauler, a player who makes the run game better the second he steps on the field. Whether it's right tackle (makes sense) or guard, Scherff is a starter now.”
Kiper’s praise for the work that Scot McCloughan did didn’t stop after the first pick.
“Preston Smith could have come off the board in Round 1, so to get him in Round 2 was minor coup. That's a clear need at OLB, and he can move around too. Matt Jones was a bit rich for me in terms of value, but it's all preference on RB at that point. Jamison Crowder is a small player, but again, a tough kid who has been hugely productive. Bill Polian threw out a Wes Welker comparison, and he doesn't typically exaggerate.
“Later on, they again got more physical with Arie Kouandjio and Martrell Spaight. When I went through tape with Jon Gruden, Spaight was one of his favorite players in the entire draft … Everywhere you look, they got tougher. Overall, I was really impressed with this draft.” - was.247sports.com