Is it preposterously early to grade a draft class? Absolutely. Will that stop the Internet? Absolutely not.
On the heels of Thursday night's marathon first round of the NFL draft, multiple publications released grades for all the teams that took part in the action in Chicago.
Far from the early picks and the wild scenario that unfolded surrounding Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Redskins patiently waited for their pick at No. 21. When their turn came, they traded down one slot with Houston - in turn nabbing an extra 6th round pick - and selected TCU WR Josh Doctson at 22.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden sounded excited by the pick in comments to the media Thursday night.
"It’s about taking the best player on the board and Josh was clearly the best player on the board at that time for us," Gruden said.
Doctson may not immediately start for Washington, but with 2016 the last year of Pierre Garçon and Desean Jackson's contracts, there is plenty of playing time ahead for the rookie speedster.
"He’ll get plenty of opportunities down there in the red zone," Gruden said of the 6'4" rookie with a 41-inch vertical. "He’s got to earn his stripes. We have a very good receiving corps, no question about it."
A vocal group of fans clamored via social media after the pick that redskins GM Scot McCloughan needed to focus on defense, but some NFL analysts disagreed. Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar gave the Redskins selection an A+, writing, "Doctson is especially strong when asked to compete with cornerbacks and safeties on 50/50 balls, and he combines size, strength and speed to be one of the class's best talents at any position. Kirk Cousins just got himself a very good red-zone target and a perfect fit for Jay Gruden's West Coast offense."
Pro Football Focus echoed similar sentiments, giving the Redskins an A.
"After moving back a spot, Washington gets one of the draft’s best receivers in Doctson, whose +28.9 receiving grade led the nation in 2015. Doctson has incredible body control, making downfield catches over defenders with regularity and separating well in the intermediate game," PFF's Steve Palazzolo wrote. "Doctson’s catch radius will make Redskins QB Kirk Cousins look even better and he adds yet another dimension to an already well-rounded passing game."
Considering an array of top defensive prospects remain - like the trio of Alabama players Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson are available, as is UCLA LB Myles Jack and a host of others- odds of Washington grabbing an impact defensive front seven player remain strong.
"You look into all that, depth of other positions on defense. It is a good draft for that," Gruden said. "It is a very deep draft at a lot of positions for that matter. We feel like we can still add to this roster and get some quality players – second, third, fourth, fifth rounds."
Analysts liked McCloughan's selection of Doctson, as did the Redskins coach. For many fans, however, the jury is stil out. What did you think? Let us know in the comments.