2018 Washington Draft Class
The NFL Draft hasn’t always been a place the Washington Football franchise has excelled. In fact, we could sit here for days talking draft busts by the burgundy and gold just in the Daniel Snyder era. While that’s a discussion for another day, today is the perfect time to talk about the now disappointing 2018 Washington draft class.
The thought coming out of the 2018 draft was that Washington had made the best of things getting the best players on the board in the first & second rounds while addressing depth issues from that point on. Time has not been kind on several of the then-Redskins picks from this particular draft.
Taking Daron Payne in the first is still a pick that can be very heavily defended. Payne is an absolute force to be reckoned with coming off the line of scrimmage. As of now, the team is still trying to decide how they’re going to pay him heading into a future where several others still need deals including Montez Sweat and then Chase Young.
While Washington exercised his fifth-year option for 2022, reports have stated the two sides are far apart on negotiations for a long-term deal. Grade A-
In the second round, Washington took LSU running back Derrius Guice. Guice was a fearless runner but also injury-prone. He also came with a ‘problem child’ reputation out of college. That reputation seemed like false rumors until he was eventually arrested for assault on a former girlfriend and released by the organization at the age of 23.
To be fair, Guice claimed he was innocent from the beginning, and the charges were eventually dropped after Guice and his girlfriend came to a settlement agreement. He’s now out of football. Grade F
Washington’s third-round pick that year, Geron Christian, never quite panned out. He did start eight games over the three years he was with Washington and then eight games last year for the Houston Texans. Grade F
When the Redskins selected safety Troy Apke in the fourth round many thought they might have found a diamond in the rough after he turned heads at the combine. Fast forward a few seasons and Apke is now viewed as a special team’s “Ace.”
Apke’s on the roster to do one thing, run down the field faster than everyone else and fill a lane. Easier said than done, but not worth a fourth-rounder. Kudos to him for being the second player from this draft still on the roster though. Grade D+
Drafting Tim Settle in the fifth round should be viewed as a steal. He was one of the most underrated players the team had coming out of last season. Settle just wanted a bigger role, Washington ultimately let him test the free agency waters where he signed a deal with Buffalo.
That may turn out to be a move the franchise ends up regretting. Grade B-
Drafting Shaun Dion Hamilton in the sixth round wasn’t all that bad of a pick. He just never had time to gel in the system. It also doesn’t help that then-defensive coordinator Greg Manusky had very little success with the scheme the team was using. Essentially, their system was flawed every time they lined up to the ball.
Washington fans spent a few seasons yelling curse words at their televisions during Manusky’s tenure. That hurt Hamilton’s development. While he was out of football in 2020, Shaun is currently on the Detroit Lions roster. Seven starts in three years…Grade D-
Washington’s two seventh-round picks were never viewed as anything but possible special teams players and depth. Trey Quinn was Mr. Irrelevant, spent two years in Washington, and then one in Jacksonville. He’s now out of football. Grade F
Greg Stroman had a somewhat promising rookie season followed by two not-so-great years filled with injuries. He’s now out of football. Grade F
Needless to say, this class did not live up to the expectations that many had following the 2018 NFL Draft. The fact that Payne and Apke are the only players left on the current roster out of the eight selected just four seasons ago speaks for itself.
Overall Grade D-
- 1 – DT Daron Payne, 13th overall
- 2 – RB Derrius Guice 59th overall
- 3 – OL Geron Christian 74th overall
- 4 – S Troy Apke 109th overall
- 5 – DT Tim Settle 163rd overall
- 6 – LB Shaun Dion Hamilton 197th
- 7 – CB Greg Stroman 241st
- 7 – WR Trey Quinn 256th