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Mel Kiper Jr. Loved The Redskins' First-Round Picks


Following day one of the NFL Draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. felt pretty good about the Redskins' draft so far.

The Redskins selected Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick of the draft, before trading up with the Indianapolis Colts and selecting Mississippi State edge Montez Sweat with the 26th pick of the draft.

Like other analysts, Kiper listed the Redskins as one of the winners in his NFL Draft Day 1 analysis article.

Kiper felt as if the draft fell perfectly for the Redskins, and they made the right moves to capitalize on it. There had been rumors that the Redskins were trying to trade up in the draft to select Haskins, but he was able to fall to the Redskins without them moving up.

"Haskins is the most accurate passer in this class, and he's a natural touch thrower," Kiper said. "He's going to sit in the pocket and drop dimes. He's raw -- he started only one season at Ohio State -- but he could be a star, and he was No. 7 overall on my board."

The Redksins also earned praise for their move to trade back up into the first round to select Sweat. Sweat was a potential top 10 pick in the draft before it was reportedly discovered that he had a heart condition -- one that was later revealed to be accidentally misdiagnosed.

"[Sweat] was ranked No. 12 on my board," Kiper said. "Though I don't always love these kinds of trades, this isn't too much to give up for a prospect like Sweat. I like what Washington did on Day 1."

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