The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
. Pick: 26th Overall
Player: Montez Sweat
Draft by: Washington Redskins
If we go back to our recent Power Rankings podcast, we can all hear me raving about how the Redskins potentially won the draft, even convincing my co-host Rob that the Redskins are a team to watch this coming season.
Why do I believe this to be the case?
Well, the Redskins first round couldn’t have gone much better in my opinion. Staying put at 15 and still snagging Dwayne Haskins was unbelievable but then the pièce de résistance, early on at least, was moving back into the first round to select Montez Sweat out of Mississippi State.
Sidenote: It says how good I think the ‘Skins draft was that there are a couple of candidates for pièce de résistance.
For me, Sweat was an absolute beast in college and is about as ridiculous an athlete as you’re going to find at the edge defender, case in point that he rean .01 second slower than Saquon Barkley when it came to the 40. Sweat also hit great numbers in the other explosivity drills and the agilities too.
On field, Sweat was productive too once he transferred to Mississippi State; 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss in 2 years. Should fit right in rushing off the edge with the perennially under-rated, Ryan Kerrigan.
So, good pick, at a good spot? Check. Good talent? Check. Fit in the defense? Yeah, another big check mark from me.
I like that the Redskins have spent a lot of early draft capital in their defensive line and then added big free agents in Josh Norman and most recently, Landon Collins to supplement that on the back end. I would expect this to come together nicely, if they can avoid the injury bug and better last year’s middling team defense stats.
I have Washington down to have a pretty nice year, this team was 6-3 and heading for a playoff spot until Alex Smith’s injury hit. I would also expect Sweat to play a pretty sizable roll in that too.
Fantasy Football Impact:
As above, I expect the Redskins defense to be pretty good unit and therefore maybe a pretty decent early season waiver wire pick up. I doubt they’ll be drafted unless you’re in a fairly deep league as a lot of guys will look at last years stats and think that they’re just about average. However, you can be the smartest guy in the room by either waiting until the final round or two to pick them up OR you can be a coward and pick them up in the first couple of weeks, once they show themselves to be a good unit. Philadelphia will be an acid test for this group on opening week but picking them up in time to play Dallas could be a stroke of genius before week 2, which is the first of two games at FedEx Field (along with the Bears) before they face the Giants… Easy points to be had in two of those three games, I’ll let you decide which two I mean.