2016 Redskins’ Draft Class: Another Scotty Mac Special?

By Mike and Joe Civiello

With a mini-camp under their belt, and on going off season workouts, we present you our belated analysis and predictions for the Redskins 2016 NFL Draft class. There were seven picks in total with Scot McCloughan already stocking 2017 picks (#Cooking), trading out of rounds gaining those future picks. Without further ado, here is the brotherly analysis!

Josh Doctson – WR – TCU – 1st Round (22nd overall)


Photo:  AP / LM Otero

2015 College Stats:

78 Catches – 1326 Yards – 17.0 YPC – 14 Touchdowns

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Kirk Cousins hasn’t stopped smiling since draft day. Doctson gives the Redskins some much-needed size at the wide receiver position. At 6’2 205 lbs with a 41 inch vertical, Doctson has the ability to elevate, catch the ball at a high point, allowing him win a majority of 50-50 balls. He will be an immediate contributor in the red zone, which will most likely make up for him not being a starter. His hands, route running, and potential as a WR1 made him a no brainer selection for the Redskins in the first round.

Joe’s 2016 Stat Prediction:

Doctson’s stats could be very different as a starter, but that depends on a potential trade regarding Pierre Garçon or Desean Jackson.

55 catches – 550 yards – 6 touchdowns

Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

Okay so I have been a Doctson fan for a while and never thought the Redskins would actually have a chance to pick him. If I was a betting man I would have said DL all the way, although, WR was a wild card pick at 21 (traded back to 22). I saw that one handed catch he had (pictured above) and I sent a text saying “I want one of those,” referencing a receiver that can make your jaw drop with red zone TDs. Lo and behold the Skins got him. Joe nailed it on the head, Kirk will have a plethora of weapons, with the deadly “if healthy” caveat. He’s got the deep threat (Jackson), the slot weapon (Crowder), the 3rd down tough catch SOB (Garcon), and now at the very least, a red zone specialist (Doctson). Oh I forgot that guy Jordan Reed, now of new money (Cha – Ching). I can easily see Doctson pushing Garcon more to the bench if he is caught up with the playbook. He is a natural hands catcher and will be an impact player for the Redskins for years to come. Need some red zone medicine, bring in the Doctor….okay we will work on it.

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction: 

45 Catches – 500 yards – 5 Touchdowns

 Su’a Cravens – Dime LB – USC – 2nd Round (53rd overall)


Photo: USA Today

 2015 College Stats:

46 Solo tackles – 40 Assisted tackles – 15 TFL – 5.5 Sacks – 2 INTs – 2 FF

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Washington’s GM Scot McCloughan couldn’t be happier after selecting Cravens, who has one of the most exciting skillsets of any defensive player in the 2016 draft. Cravens lined up LB and Safety at USC and thrived due to his ability to always be around the ball and wrap up ball carriers. He is expected to be a hybrid safety/ dime linebacker in the NFL. Scouts love his hands and his ability to match up with the more athletic tight ends. Su’a is the definition of a playmaker, posting 33.5 tackles for loss to go along with 10.5 sacks and 9 interceptions in his 3 year career with the Trojans. Cravens will have many blitz opportunities with Joe Barry’s defense and should be an immediate impact player in sub packages and special teams.

Joe’s 2016 Stat Prediction:

50 Tackles – 8.5 Tackles for Loss – 3.5 Sacks – 2 Interceptions 

Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

Just like the NBA has this “stretch four” movement, the NFL has a “Dime Linebacker/Rover” movement. Think Deone Buchanon from the Cardinals, or Shaq Thompson for the Panthers. These guys were called tweeners, but nowadays that can be a nice little luxury to have with a new era of TEs in the league. I’m most excited because Redskins fans now have a player with a cool chat: Suuuuuuuuu’a. Okay in all seriousness Cravens was told by the Redskins he will be a dime linebacker. He was recruited by Joe Barry at USC, so familiarity is assumed to be strong. He should be an immediate contributor. Definitely expect a mixture of packages with him blitzing and picking up TEs. He is an exceptional wrap up tackler to go along with having that nose for the football teams crave (no pun intended).

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction:

65 Tackles – 10 TFL – 2 Sacks – 2 INTs – 2 FF

Kendall Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech – 3rd Round (84th overall)


Photo: 247Sports (Scooter Waller)

2015 College Stats:

3 Solo tackles – 4 Assisted tackles – 1 TFL – 0 INT – 1 Sack – 1 FF

*Only played 3 games due to knee injury.

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Kendall Fuller was considered a mid-1st round pick before his knee surgery last season. At this point in time Fuller says he is 90-95% healthy. If Fuller can be 100% by training camp he will immediately slide into the slot corner role in Washington’s defense with Bashaud Breeland and Josh Norman on the outside. As long as the knee is not a problem, the Redskins could end up getting one of the biggest steals of the draft considering, when healthy, Fuller was a top 5 cover corner in college football.

Joe’s 2016 Stat prediction:

45 Tackles – 5 Pass Deflections – 1 Interception

Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

Talk about good family genes. Kendall is the FOURTH Fuller to play in the NFL. Definitely iffy on the pick at first, but 3rd round is about where I’d make this kind of pick. It was not that he had legal issues, or a completely blown out knee near the end of the college season, although micro fracture is a very scary term. Dr. Andrews, who performed Fuller’s knee surgery, gave the Redskins a thumbs up and the value is definitely here. Fuller was going to be a locked in 1st rounder if he was healthy throughout 2015. Assuming he is 100%, this defense on the back end should be great, with him nicely filling the slot corner role. Safety is still somewhat of a concern, but it looks like the coaching staff and Scotty Mac are confident they can get by with what they got.

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction: 

40 Tackles – 7 Pass Deflections – 3 INTs

Matt Ioannidis – NT/DE – Temple – 5th Round (152nd overall)


Photo: Mike Corsey via Footballstories.com

 2015 College Stats:

27 Solo tackles – 15 Assisted tackles – 11.5 TFL – 3.5 Sacks – 5 passes defended

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Many people raised their eyebrows when the Redskins passed on drafting the DL position the first 4 rounds, especially since they passed on NT Andrew Billings in the 4th round. The Redskins got great value from selecting Matt Ioannidis in the 5th round. He is built like a rock at 6’3 299 lbs. He is seen as a versatile DL who can move all along the defensive line as a DE or even NT (Jay Gruden hinted at his potential as a NT if he adds 15 lbs). Ioannidis is a guy that will come in and work hard every day. It would not be surprising if Ioannidis took over a starting role at some point late in the season.

Joe’s 2016 stat prediction:

23 Tackles – 5 TFL – 2 Sacks 

Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

The Greek Freak! Okay maybe not, but Ioannidis is a space eater and strong as an ox. Joe is correct, and I echo the sentiments of wanting to draft Billings as he was falling, but of course the scouts and Scot now a little more about football, so I trust them. If Ioannidis gains 15 pounds, and I think he will, he could get a lot of snaps as a NT and versatile D lineman. I don’t think he’ll have the issues Pot Roast had staying on the field. This pick has really grown on me.

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction: 

20 Tackles – 3 TFL – 1 Sack

Nate Sudfeld – QB – Indiana – 6th Round (187th overall)


Photo: Iuhoosiers.com

2015 College Stats:

3573 yards – 27 TD – 7 INT – 60% Comp

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Nate Sudfeld is a big body QB at 6’6 235 lbs. Head Coach Jay Gruden likes his potential long-term. He’ll have to sit behind Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins for the foreseeable future, but this pick has good value and Sudfeld is a safe bet as a developmental quarterback.

Joe’s 2016 Stat Prediction:

Sudfeld, all 6’6 235 lbs of him, is going to be warming the bench for the entirety of the season unless a disaster happens at the QB position.

Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

I’ve come to terms with this pick, because I’m confident he won’t be Tom Brady (OMG he was a 6th round pick). Sudfeld in the handful of times I watched him, I was not overly impressed. Obviously a project and I should not be too upset, but there were a couple QBs I would rather have had as projects.

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction: 

Bench Warmer – Practice Squad

Steven Daniels – LB – Boston College – 7th Round (232nd overall)

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GIF: ESPN coverage

2015 College Stats:

51 Solo tackles – 31 Assisted tackles – 16 TFL – 6 Sacks – 1 INT

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Thump. Thump. Thump. Daniels is classic inside linebacker who loves contact. At 5’11 245 lbs Daniels usually has leverage while attempting to shed blocks or make tackles and he uses this to his advantage. At Boston College he was the leader of a defense that ranked best in the country. Daniels may have a tough time making the roster but his leadership, physicality, and ability to stop the run will help this Redskins team.

Joe’s 2016 Stat Prediction:

27 tackles – 2 TFL

Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

This guy gets a GIF because, well, it was that awesome. The first of the two 7th round picks I LOVED. I did not know much about Mr. Daniels before 2015. When I saw the above GIF though early in the season agains FSU, my eyes lit up. I know, I know, one play does not make you a top round pick, but he shows incredible instincts, and his size (most overrated measurable in sports), while small, gives him leverage. The Redskins had a MLB who was about 5’9 named London Fletcher. He was pretty good. Daniels lead the number one defense in college football. I definitely see him making the roster and hopefully there is true open competition at ILB because as much as I love what Compton and Foster did last year, this guy can flat out play. Also do not forget Martell Spaight from last year.

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction:

30 Tackles – 3 TFL

Keith Marshall – RB – Georgia – 7th Round (242nd overall)



 2015 College Stats:

68 Carries – 350 Yards – 5.1 YPC – 3 Touchdowns – 4 Catches – 28 Yards

Joe’s Pick Analysis:

Marshall has unique speed for a running back of his size. At 6’ 220 lbs he ran a 4.31 40 yard dash (4.29 unofficial…my goodness). He has great potential and value for a 7th round selection. Going into Georgia he was the higher ranked RB between him and Todd. He had a dynamite freshman year, but an ACL tear diminished what could have been for him for the rest of his college career after he was relegated to 3rd string. The Redskins are hoping they found a gem, but until Marshall runs without hesitation he will be nothing more than a supporting back behind Matt Jones.

Joe’s 2016 stat prediction:

120 Rushes – 500 Yards – 4.1 YPC – 3 TDs

15 Catches – 250 Yards – 4 TDs

 Mike’s Pick Analysis: 

Definitely forgot about Keith Marshall. I mean it was hard not to. After his Freshman of the Year (over Todd Gurley) season at UGA, an ACL tear made the rest of his tenure in Athens suffer. His touches were under 20 each of the following two seasons, and he only had 72 total touches his senior year, but showed he has the capability to be a home run hitter. Like Joe said, 4.31 forty yard dash, at his size shows incredible explosion. If this guy gets a crease, forget about it. Lateral ability can be called into question, but again, his straight line definitely should not be. I hypothetically say he will be the main change of pace for Matt Jones (who?), and give the backfield some thunder and lightning. Also another weapon for Captain Kirk (I just checked, he is still smiling).

Mike’s 2016 Stat Prediction: 

150 Rushes – 650 Yards – 4.3 YPC – 5 TDs

20 Catches – 275 Yards – 2 TDs


So there it is, our analysis and stat predictions. The latter are 100% going to be wrong, but if one of us gets fairly close, we are geniuses and know what we are talking about.

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The Civiello Brothers – Suffering fans since we can remember.





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