A breakdown of the Washington Redskins' 2017 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp:
Jonathan Allen, DE, first round (No. 17 overall): Allen continues to work with the starters in the nickel package and has been rotating in their base front at end. At times in one-on-ones, Allen looks terrific -- displaying a combination of power and quickness. Both elements will enable him to contribute immediately, even if it’s just in the nickel. He's impressed the vets and coaches with his approach and work ethic. Allen also has displayed savvy when rushing the passer, understanding the depth with which he needs to rush. Not everyone gets that right away. He's also adept at knowing the nuances of playing against the run; he has a mature game.
Ryan Anderson, LB, second round (No. 49 overall): He hasn't been the flashiest guy, but Anderson will add a nasty demeanor when on the field. That's why they ignored his time in the 40-yard dash at the combine (4.78 seconds). He'll have to get used to all aspects of playing outside, but he already has shown -- in practices and the first preseason game -- an ability to set a hard edge, aggressively taking on lead blockers. The Redskins also have aligned him inside in nickel situations, allowing him another alley to rush. Anderson has worked mostly with the second defense. But with Trent Murphy done for the season and Preston Smith and Junior Galette sidelined, he'll get more chances with the starters.
Fabian Moreau, CB, third round (No. 81 overall): He was limited until Saturday while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle suffered in March. He likely would have been drafted a round or so higher if not for the injury. It'll be tough for Moreau to challenge immediately for anything other than a backup role, but in time that's what the Redskins expect he will do.
Samaje Perine, RB, fourth round (No. 114 overall): He's spent all summer as the No. 2 back behind Rob Kelley and there remains a gap between the two. Perine has to work on becoming more consistent in protection, more a function of experience. But coaches say he's still thinking too much when running the ball, and learning when to juke a guy vs. just run over him (his preferred method). Perine has shown he can run with good power, but unseating Kelley will take time. Perine dropped a pass in the preseason opener, but has shown soft hands in practice.
Montae Nicholson, S, fourth round (No. 123 overall): Like Moreau, he returned Saturday after limited work because of a torn labrum. Nicholson is considered a smart player, but after missing so much activity he's obviously behind. He looked smooth in his first practice and even had a nice pop on a running back. But it would be a lot for him to challenge for anything other than a role on special teams early in the season. Some of this depends on the health of starter Su'a Cravens and backup DeAngelo Hall, who remains on the physically unable to perform list.
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, fifth round (No. 154 overall): Sprinkle's size (6-foot-5, 252 pounds) provides Washington with something it didn't have at the position. At times Sprinkle looks like a quality blocker, but he struggled a little with his technique in the opener. Coach Jay Gruden raved about him Sunday; he's not going to do that and then try to stash Sprinkle on the practice squad. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis aren't going anywhere. Niles Paul can play fullback and is a leader on special teams. Veteran Derek Carrier has looked good in camp, but he might be the odd man out.
Chase Roullier, C, sixth round (No. 199 overall): Roullier has worked all camp as the No. 2 center and it's deserved. He's done a solid job, both in one-on-ones and team situations. Roullier has work to do, learning the pro game, but he's shown an ability to recover -- and anchor -- when initially beat off the line. He can play guard in a pinch, as he did for Wyoming, but he's spent almost all his time at center.
Robert Davis, WR, sixth round (No. 209 overall): He's considered a raw prospect and someone who needs to be more consistent with his hands. That aspect has improved throughout camp. Davis will need to learn the subtleties of the position -- how to maintain leverage on routes to the outside, for example. But he can run and he has good size, listed at 6-foot-3. It helped that he made a nice play on special teams in the preseason opener. When the receiving corps is healthy, Davis would be sixth -- at best.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB, seventh round (No. 230 overall): He played safety in college, which will help him in coverage situations. He's been physical, but he'll have to get stronger when taking on blockers. He has mostly worked with the third defense in camp, alongside fellow rookie Nico Marley. Harvey-Clemons has work to do in order to make the roster, with players such as Will Compton, Zach Brown, Mason Foster and Martrell Spaight among those ahead of him. Zach Vigil also has worked in front of him and can help on special teams. But Harvey-Clemons' coverage skills, if or when his game develops, would be helpful.
Josh Holsey, CB, seventh round (No. 235 overall): He's feisty and usually in good position. He did have one pass interference penalty in the opener on an underthrown ball that he failed to locate. But he also defended well on other plays. He's worked a lot in the slot. The Redskins likely will keep 10 (or 11) defensive backs and likely would need to keep six cornerbacks for Holsey to win a job. Barring injuries, the first five would be: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar and Moreau.