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Nokes: Redskins shock everyone, show patience in Round 1 of NFL Draft

Danny Nokes
April 26, 2019 - 1:34 pm

When Redskins fans got word that Dan Snyder was seizing control of Washington's first round in this year's NFL Draft, almost everyone assumed it would end poorly and for good reason.

The Redskins have been incredibly inconsistent during the Draft for Snyder's entire tenure owning the team. So when reports began to surface over the last couple days that the front office and coaching staff disagreed on the prospect of trading up to get Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, it appeared Washington was doomed to make another draft mistake.

What ended up happening? The Redskins were patient, not making any trades before it was their turn to make their first selection at 15 overall. There waiting for them was the player Dan and Bruce had coveted all along in Haskins. This of course would not have been possible were it not for the New York Giants making a headscratching move by drafting Duke QB Daniel Jones at six overall.

What's important to consider here is that most folks covering the Redskins are reporting Head Coach Jay Gruden wanted to use the #15 pick to address other needs. However, with Gruden likely on the hot seat this season, Haskins has the ability to help save Gruden's job if he pans out.

The Redskins also made what appears to be an aggressive yet savvy move trading with the Indianapolis Colts back into the first round with the #26 overall pick to select Mississippi St. pass rushing product Montez Sweat.

Simply put, I would've been happy if the Redskins took Sweat at #15. The fact that Washington was able to get both Haskins and Sweat in the first round when both players were projected to go much higher than they actually were boasts great value for the Redskins. Night one of the draft couldn't have really gone any better for them. 

As for the Washington Capitals, they aren't preparing for a second round series opener in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Islanders and their former Head Coach Barry Trotz because they dropped a 2 OT heartbreaker to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of their first round series at Capital One Arena.

As many opportunities as the Caps had to win the series, a repeat performance of their Stanley Cup Championship in 2018 was highly unlikely without TJ Oshie, whom they lost for the remainder of the playoffs early in the series. The Caps now need to focus on resigning Jakub Vrana and some other players, as well as get Oshie back healthy to make another run at the Cup in 2019-20.

Here are some of my thoughts on the Redskins' draft night and the end of the Washington Capitals' season: