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Redskins Sign Eight Members of 2019 Draft Class


The Washington Redskins have officially added eight members of their 2019 draft class.

The team announced Thursday that quarterback Dwayne Haskins, running back Bryce Love, offensive linemen Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher, linebackers Cole Holcomb and Jordan Brailford, wide receiver Kelvin Harmon and defensive back Jimmy Moreland all signed their rookie contracts.

Terms of the these deals were not disclosed.

The Redskins' entire draft class -- edge defender Montez Sweat and wide receiver Terry McLaurin included -- will take the field for the first time this weekend for the team's annual rookie mini camp at Redskins Park.

With the 15th-overall pick, the Redskins believe they have drafted their quarterback of the future in Haskins, whose record-breaking season at Ohio State helped him become of the the draft's top quarterback prospects. Rookie mini camp will serve as the first chance for the coaching staff to work with Haskins. He'll then showcase his passing abilities against veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy later this spring and into training camp this summer.

"He has all of the tools to be an exceptional quarterback in pro football," head coach Jay Gruden said at his post-draft press conference April 25. "It's just a matter of getting him going, caught up on the offense and just going slow with him. We're excited to have him. Great kid, great player and very smart."

In the fourth round, the Redskins added a Heisman Trophy finalist in Love, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards (8.1 yards per carry) and 19 touchdowns in 2017.

A nagging ankle injury hindered Love's production last season, and he's still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered on the final play of his college career. The Redskins also return running backs Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall and welcome Derrius Guice back from injury.

Still, Love was simply too talented to pass up.

"He's beyond schedule, and we're going to take it slow with him," Director of College Scouting Kyle Smith said. "But at that position, fourth-round, the guy was graded so high that we have to be patient with him."

The Redskins stayed on the offensive side of the ball for their next two picks, drafting a pair of versatile, experienced offensive linemen expected to compete for a starting job right away.

Martin, taken in the fourth-round, was a four-year starter at Indiana who takes pride in his intelligence, explosiveness and brute strength. The Redskins need a starting left guard, and Martin made 37 of his 43 starts there during his college career.

"It's unbelievable, it's pretty wild to think this whole process is going on," Martin told reporters shortly after being selected. "I'm just really excited to get in there and work my tail off and do everything I can to help this organization."

Pierschbacher, meanwhile, brings the type of durability and consistency the Redskins have lacked along the offensive line in recent years. His 57-career starts are the most among position players in Alabama history, with 42 of those coming at left guard. His excellence continued as an All-American center last season.

"These kids have great eyes, instincts, awareness for games and stunts and all of those things," Smith said. "They're very smart players."

Sticking in the fifth round, the Redskins added Holcomb, a player who will bring the work ethic of a former walk-on and the production of an All-ACC performer. The Redskins were also intrigued by his versatility. In addition to leading North Carolina in tackles three straight seasons, he's shown the ability to call plays and cover in space.

"Speed, effort, preparation," Holcomb said when asked what he'll bring to the Redskins. "I'm going to be a guy who is going to go in there, and we're going to live in the film room. That's what we have to do."

Following Holcomb was the sixth-round selection of Harmon out of N.C. State. The Redskins value Harmon for his strong hands, physicality and leaping ability, all of which helped him earn first-team All-ACC honors with 81 catches, 1,186 yards and seven scores in 2018. They see him as a complement to third-round wide receiver Terry McLaurin, whose speed makes him more of a deep threat.

"They are both very versatile in their route tree, that's why we like them," Gruden said of Harmon and McLaurin. "They don't just run bubble screens and hitches or go-balls. They run a little bit of everything. N.C. State had a great passing game, and [Harmon] was a big part of it without a doubt and ran all kinds of different route combinations and routes, so they are very diverse on what they can do."

The Redskins rounded out their 2019 class with two seventh-round defenders, first selecting Moreland out of James Madison and then taking Brailford of Oklahoma State.

In Moreland, the Redskins see a small-school defensive back with big-time playmaking abilities. His 18 interceptions are the most in school history, and 13 of those came in his final two college seasons. On six occasions, he returned these interceptions for touchdowns.

"He's very talented, he's quick, quick-twitched," Gruden said. "He played corner. He played some nickel in the bowl games that he played in, moved around a little bit. I think as far as crystal ball is concerned, you're going to look at him at both corner and nickel. I think he's got the skill set that fits nickel extremely well."

As for Brailford, the Redskins are getting another highly productive college player. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound edge rusher led the Big 12 with 10 sacks a year ago.

"As a pass rusher you want guys with get-off, a motor, toughness, and he's got those, he's got those things," Smith said. "Just lacks a little bit of length, but you know in the seventh round we were excited about Jordan, man."

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