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Clinton's Draft Preview: Wide Receivers

Posted Apr 12, 2018

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis provides four names at the wide receiver position that Washington could select during the 2018 NFL Draft that will take place later this month.

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis provides four names at the wide receiver position that Washington could select during the 2018 NFL Draft that will take place later this month.

The Washington Redskins could look to add to a wide receiving corps that currently features the trio of Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson Jr. and Jamison Crowder.

As he continues his position previews for the 2018 NFL Draft, here’s four wide receivers former Redskins running back Clinton Portis believes could fit in well with Washington.


D.J. Moore
Despite constant instability at the quarterback position, D.J. Moore pieced together one of the best careers of any wide receiver in Maryland football history.

In three seasons at Maryland, Moore recorded 146 receptions for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns

During his junior campaign in 2017, Moore was named Big Ten Receiver of the Year along with earing first-team all-conference honors as he recorded a single-season school record 80 catches along with 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns.

“This guy’s everything that he’s hyped up to be,” Portis said. “Possibly the next Stefon Diggs. This kid can do everything. There’s not a route he doesn’t like. I mean, he’s tough in traffic, he catches everything with hands and he will turn it up and drop the boom on you.”

Dante Pettis
While the Redskins remain optimistic that Jamison Crowder can be a productive returner after a dip in performance in 2017, Dante Pettis could be a game-changer on special teams.

“This guy broke all the records when it came to being a return man,” Portis said. “This year he had four punt return touchdowns alone and we could really use that help. He’s a very fast guy; he could possibly be there in the later rounds and immediately contribute to special teams.”

Pettis, who played four seasons at the University of Washington, holds NCAA records in career punt return touchdowns (nine) and is tied for the most games in a row with a punt return touchdown (three).

During the 2017 season, Pettis was a consensus first-team All-American selection, as he had four punt return scores.

Pettis was also a key for the Huskies’ passing offense, recording 163 receptions for 2,256 yards and 24 touchdowns in 53 appearances.

James Washington
A speedster with the ability to make the tough catches on contested passes. That’s the way Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington described himself at the 2018 NFL Combine.

Despite being 5-foot-11, 213 pounds, Washington dominated in his four seasons with the Cowboys.

In total, Washington recorded 226 receptions for 4,472 yards and 39 touchdowns along with nine carries for 70 yards and one touchdown.

“Everyone questions him, but he just gets it done,” Washington said. “When you look at his speed, when you look at his hands, when you look at his body of work, this is a guy who’s physical, who can help out in the run game as a blocker. This is a guy who can expose the top of coverage. All he does is win.”

Braxton Berrios
Slot receivers are more important than ever in today’s NFL. University of Miami’s Braxton Berrios has all the tools to be successful in the professional ranks in Portis’ eyes.

“This guy possesses the skills to be the next great slot receiver, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola – guy who can be used in any skillset,” Portis said. “Guy’s fast; he ran a 4.4 40 which I got to see in person because I was at the University of Miami pro day. This guy is fearless, he’ll catch the ball over the middle, he can run any route on the route tree and he’s a great teammate.”

In four seasons with the Hurricanes, the 5-foot-9, 184 pounder recorded 100 receptions for 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also returned 47 punts for 487 yards and one touchdown.

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