Redskins Mock Draft 1.0

With the NFL's Underwear Olympics AKA the Scouting Combine on deck for this weekend, scouts, general managers and player personnel will be flocking to Indianapolis to excruciatingly pour over hundreds of NFL hopefuls. The Redskins, despite being fresh off a NFC East championship, have a roster with plenty of needs, on defense in particular. Rising and falling player stock will change prospect draft positions (as will free agency signings). But here is a preliminary pre-combine look at a Redskins mock draft.  

TRADE: Washington sends 1-21 to Seattle for R1P27 & R3P2

Round 1 - Pick 26 (From Seattle): Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

The Redskins were exposed routinely along the defensive front in 2015, ranking 26th in rushing defense. Free agent signings Terrence Knighton and Stephen Paea didn't have the impact in the trenches as expected. Knighton and Kedric Golston are set to become free agents next month, while Jason Hatcher floated thoughts of retirement following the playoff loss to Green Bay. Even with the recent signing of former first round pick Ziggy Hood, the defensive line is long overdue for an infusion of talent and youth. 

Drafting Andrew Billings at 26 would be a huge step towards fixing the Redskins most glaring defensive weakness. Unlike many of the players currently already on the roster, Billings is a 3-down player. His rare blend of mass and agility makes him a force against the run as well as against the pass. He lives in the opponent's backfield and is constantly disruptive. The senior from Baylor would be a day 1 starter for the Redskins  

Round 2 - Pick 22: Nick Martin, LG/C, Notre Dame

Little brother of Cowboy's first round pick Zack, Notre Dame's Nick Martin would be a major upgrade  in the trenches for the Redskins. Washington struggled at times running the ball in 2015, ranking 20th in the league. It can be attributed to several factors. In my opinion, the key factor was a combination of injuries at left guard and center, in addition to inconsistent play from the backups. Kory Lictensteiger and Shawn Lauvao both missed the majority of the season (and I would not be surprised to see them both gone in 2016). Josh LeRibeus and Spencer Long failed to seize opportunities when the starters went down.

Martin played both left guard and center at Notre Dame, paving the way for a rushing attack that ranked 8th in the country averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Martin would be an instant starter for Washington at either position.

Round 3 - Pick 22: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Washington need to prepare preemptively for a major wide receiver overhaul. DeSean Jackson & Pierre Garcon are still quality options, but are older and expensive. Andre Roberts never lived up to his contract and will likely be gone before long. Rashad Ross and Ryan Grant are adequate players, but are better suited as 4th/5th receiver options. Will Fuller has displayed game-changing speed and excellent ball tracking skills during his time at Notre Dame.

The junior averaged an astounding 20.3 yards per catch in 2015, scoring 14 touchdowns (14th & 5th in the country respectively). Over the past two seasons, only Baylor's Corey Coleman (31) has more receiving touchdowns than Fuller's 29. Fuller has had an issue with drops during his career, but his addition would add another much needed long ball threat to a Redskins offense that needs more speed on the edges.

Round 3 - Pick 27 (from Seatle): Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

Scot McCloughan, the Senior Personnel executive that brought Kam Chancellor to the Seahawks, has a certain affinity for tough and physically imposing football players. So drafting West Virginia's Karl Joseph, a player built in Chancellor's mold, would be a natural fit for the safety-hunger Redskins. Joseph has been a feared hitter in Morgantown, delivering punishing thumps from his strong safety position.

The four year starter has the rare knack for being around the ball carrier, whether he is laying out an unsuspecting wide receiver or smacking a running back in run support. Joseph recorded five interceptions in four games before tearing his ACL in practice October 7th. If healthy, Joseph would be an immediate starter for the Redskins and help solidify a position that has been in flux since Sean Taylor's passing. 

Round 4 - Pick 22: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri

Speaking on positions that are in flux, the Redskins have a dilemma at their inside linebacker position. Washington had four different players start there in 2015 (Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley Jr., Will Compton and Mason Foster) due to injuries and poor performance. Of those four, only Riley Jr. is under contract for 2016. In the very likely case that all four aren't back, it would behoove the team to add a young player for depth and special teams.

Brothers isn't considered a plus athlete, but did record 152 tackles last season, leading the country. His nose for the football and high football IQ should trump his less than impressive measurables.  The first team All-SEC first team performed and second team All-American has more than enough positive tape, but he will be one to watch during this week's combine. 

Round 5 - Pick 19: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Once thought to be a position of strength last summer, the cornerback depth on this team must be addressed.  Chris Culliver is coming off a poor season, major injury and is a dark horse candidate to be released this offseason. David Amerson is gone and DeAngelo Hall has made the permanent switch to free safety. I would expect the Redskins to add in free agency, but grooming a young corner would be wise. 

Southeastern Louisiana's Harlan Miller could a sleeper pick in the fifth round. His long 6-1 frame is an ideal size for the position. He is an instinctive and fearless corner. The third team All-American earned the reputation as an aggressive tackler and a shut down cover man. Questions remain about his ability to add weight to his frame (only weights 180) and to  adjust to a much higher level of receiver. But Miller projects as a solid rotational corner with high upside given the right situation. 

Round 6 - Pick 12: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

2015 draftee Matt Jones should be the lead back in 2016 for what will in all likelihood be a revamped Redskins run game. Chris Thompson finally broke through and became the dynamic third down back the team wanted when he was selected in 2013. However, Alfred Morris' play has been in decline since his rookie season and is likely on the outs.

Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon can fill a role that this backfield depresately needs; an explosive change-of-pace guy that, unlike Thompson, can play on all three downs. Drawing comparisons to Thomas Rawls, who went undrafted in 2015 only to become the feature back in Seattle, Dixon has a very unique blend of speed, elusiveness and power.  He has the ability to juke and jump defenders into submission or to run through them all together. He also has a nose for the end zone, finding the end zone 39 times in the past two seasons. The Jones / Dixon / Thompson back trio would not only be the most talented backfield depth they've had in some time, but also would give the Redskins three runners whose strengths are perfect compliments of each other. 

Round 7 - Pick 9: Evan Boehm, C, Missouri

When Scott McCloughan stated that he wanted to get tougher as a football team, in the trenches specifically, he had guys like Evan Boehm in mind. The four-year starter from Missouri is a mauler in the run game. He routinely drives defensive linemen off the ball with his squatty and powerful 6'2, 310 lbs. frame.

His brute strength makes nose tackles no match for him inside a phone booth, even against talent-laden SEC opponents. His shorter limbs and limitations blocking in space being the major knocks against him, the Redskins could have a steal late if they can swoop in and get Boehm.

Round 7 - Pick 21: Deiondre Hall, CB/S, Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa's Deiondre Hall is a very interesting prospect. The reigning Missouri Valley Defensive POY bounced back and forth between safety and cornerback in his four years at NIU, excelling at both. He have outstanding instincts and rarely is fooled by a quarterbacks eyes. He finished his career with 13 interceptions and four pick-sixes.

However, Hall had an up-and-down Senior Bowl week, facing many upper tier receivers from big time programs. Scouts have also expressed concerns about Hall's true position at the next level. Does he has the bulk to be an every down safety or the speed and technique to be a functional corner back? But Hall does have more than enough toughness and athleticism to be, at worst, a special teams contributor and long term project in the secondary. He reminds me of a young Antrel Rolle and believe he is more than worth a late round gamble.

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2015 Redskins Mock Draft

HAPPY DRAFT DAY! For the first time since 2011, the Redskins will have a selection during the NFL Draft's opening round. And after a very promising free agency period that drew acclaim from around football circles, first year general manager Scot McCloughin will continue to overhaul the Redskin roster through the draft.

During his pre-draft press conference Monday, McCloughin alluded that he wanted to acquire more picks, under the right circumstances, by trading down. So, when I put my GM hat on for this mock, I did exactly what McCloughin wants to/should do; trade back as many times as possible to get as many picks as possible. In my mock, I traded back four times and netted 12 picks total, plus a fifth rounder for next year. Make this happen for real tonight, GMSM.

TRADE!

Cleveland Browns get:

Round 1 - Pick 5

Washington Redskins get:

Round 1 - Pick 12

Round 2 - Pick 11

Round 3 - Pick 13

Round 1 - Pick 12 (from Cleveland): OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska

This pick could draw from criticism as Randy Gregory, while talented, comes with some character issues. A failed drug test at the combine back in February didn't help improve his reputation. But at 12, the Redskins would be foolish to pass on this kind of talent.

Gregory would be an ideal fit as an edge rusher in Washington. The former Cornhusker has a dominant first step yet under-rated brute power to move and shed blockers in his way. Greg Cosell from SI's MMQB podcast said Randy Gregory has similar traits to future Hall of Famer Jason Taylor. If Gregory can sniff what Taylor did in his career, this would be a slam dunk of a pick.

TRADE!

Minnesota Vikings get:

Round 2 - Pick 6

Washington Redskins get:

Round 2 - Pick 13

Round 4 - Pick 11

Round 2 - Pick 11 (from Cleveland): OT D.J. Humphries, Florida

Right tackle has been an issue for the Redskins since Jon Jansen was cut in 2009. Tyler Polumbus won't be/shouldn't be back in 2015, Morgan Moses isn't ready to start and is coming off a season ending foot injury and Tom Compton is likely better suited as a back up. Drafting D.J. Humphries would finally solidify that spot.

At 6'5 307 lbs., Humphries has the type of size that McCloughlin looks for from his linemen. NFL.com described the former Gator as a player with a "Nasty play demeanor with legitimate toughness to his game. Plays through and past the whistle. Stays cranky." He would be a day 1 starter and would provide bookends that the Redskins desperately need.

Round 2 - Pick 13 (from Minnesota): CB/S Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)

Quinten Rollins is my personal favorite prospect in the draft. He was a four-year basketball player for Miami (OH) before using his remaining semester of eligibility to play a season of college football. All he did was intercepted seven passes and be named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Rollins dominated Senior Bowl practices, impressing scouts on hand as both a cornerback and a free safety. His seamless transition from the hardwood to the gridiron is due to his outstanding athleticism and natural instincts. Those traits would make him an ideal fit as a free safety, another spot where the Skins have been looking for answers for some time now. Dashon Goldson's prescene means Rollins can have somewhat of a 'redshirt' year to become acclimated to the new position.

TRADE!

Philadelphia Eagles get:

Round 3 - Pick 13

Washington Redskins get:

Round 3 - Pick 20

Round 5 - Pick 9

Round 3 - Pick 5: RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Another Nebraska product, another home run (hopefully). Ameer Abdullah is exactly what the Redskins wanted when they drafted Chris Thompson from Florida State in 2013; a speedy change-of-pace back that can spell Alfred Morris, play on third downs and can score from any place at anytime.

Despite his smaller stature, Abdullah is a pinball on the football field. He has incredible balance and plays behind his pads, breaking far more tackles than a guy his size should. He also showed superhuman durability, racking up 993 touches in his career (813 carries, 107 kick/punt returns 73 catches) while shattering most of Nebraska's yardage records.

Round 3 - Pick 20 (from Philadelphia): WR Rashad Greene, Florida State

The Redskins need at receiver isn't as pressing at first glance, but if you look a little deeper, it would behoove the team to start reloading sooner than later. Pierre Garcon's production took a major hit and is due over $18 million over the next two seasons. Plus he turns 30 before the beginning of the 2016 season. Andre Roberts had a disappointing 2014 and really isn't a good fit in the slot or as a return man. And with three receivers from last year's roster now gone (Leonard Hankerson, Sanatana Moss, Aldrick Robinson) the Redskins have to restock.

Rashad Greene is another record-setter, becoming the Seminoles' all-time leader in receptions last year. His silky-smooth route running and effortless stride makes him a dangerous intermediate receiving threat. Greene should be the type of guy that makes a killing in the middle of the field as a slot receiver.

TRADE!

Seattle Seahawks get: Round 4 Pick 6

Washington Redskins get:

Round 4 - Pick 13

Round 7 - Pick 31

Future Round 5 Pick

Round 4 - Pick 11 (from Minnesota): CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss

Golson could be the steal of the draft for the Redskins if available. Many teams will shy away cause of his size and their fear is justified. 5'9 176 lbs. is tiny for a cornerback. But Golson is a baller witha nose for the football.

The Ole Miss product turned down a lucrative baseball contract to play college baseball and became one of the more explosive players in the SEC. Golson had nine interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 2014, en route to being named unanimously a first team All-American, He is fast, physical, fluid and uber competitive. He may be overmatched with the taller receivers, but he would be an ideal slot corner with the ability to stay in the hip pocket of quicker guys or blitzing off the edge. While the futures of DeAngelo Hall and Tracy Porter in doubt, Golson would be a nice addition for future seasons.

Round 4 - Pick 13 (from Seattle): DT Gabe Wright, Auburn

Gabe Wright reminds me of a poor man's Stephen Paea. He has room for growth as a run-stuffer, but his lightning quick burst and quick hands makes him a perfect fit as a three-technique in the 3-4. With Paea, Jason Hatcher and Ricky Jean-Francois on the roster at defensive end, Wright could be a better-than-average rotational player. With Hatcher's inability to stay on the field, Wright has the potential to start in his abscene.

Round 5 - Pick 5: G Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

You didn't think I'd do a mock without including someone from my alma-mater on the list, did you? Even if Mark Glowinski weren't my second favorite Mountaineer behind Kevin White, this would still be a good pickup for the Redskins.

Shawn Lauvao has been a bust, and an expensive one at that, at left guard. Chris Chester is no longer a NFL starter and still may get cut before the season. The team has hopes for 2014 third rounder Spencer Long, but in my opinion, how good could he possibly be if he couldn't beat out Lauvao and Chester for playing time? Don't even get me start on Josh LeRibeus.

Glowinski is a former tackle that can play anywhere on the line except left tackle. He has an immensely-strong upper body with surprisingly nimble feet. He pulls with ease and has the range to get to the second level, which will come in handy in Bill Callahan's new running scheme.

Round 5 - Pick 9 (from Philadelphia): WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland

Go re-read what I said about Rashad Greene. It goes double for this Maryland native. He could also give the Redskins the return man they've needed since Brian Mitchell. Yeah...its been that long.

Round 6 - Pick 6: TE Rory “Busta” Anderson, South Carolina

Boom or bust pick here with Rory Anderson, but what a boom it'll be if he can overcome several shortcomings. Injuries to hamstring and bicep has kept him off the field for the Gamecocks. He underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep in 2014. That and an occasional case of the dropsies has hurt his draft stock.

That being said, Anderson could reward a late-round gamble by the Redskins, or any team for that matter. He has all the natural receiving ability of a wide receiver with the size and blocking ability of a tight end. He has what seems to be an unlimited catch radius,  using his 6'6 frame to snag any ball near him. If healthy, Anderson would be an excellent movable chess piece in an offensive scheme that could create nightmares for defenses.

Round 7 - Pick 5: OLB J.R. Tavai, Southern Cal

Spent only one year as a full-time starter for USC due to an assortment of injuries and is considered a tweener by most scouts. Still, J.R. Tavai is a tough-nosed player with a motor that just doesn't quit. His athleticism, or lack there of, will probably limit his chances or developing into a starter as a pro, but he has the football IQ and knack for being around the ball that coaches rave about. I think he would have the chance to stick on the practice squad or back of the roster player and contribute on special teams.

Round 7 - Pick 31 (from Seattle): CB Dexter McDonald, Kansas

The Redskins had him in for a pre-draft visit a few weeks ago, and if you watch his highlight tape, you'll see what of why that is. Unheralded by most draft boards, Dexter McDonald is a long and physical cornerback that NFL teams look for. He doesn't have ideal long-range speed to cover down the field and his technique will need some work, but he is great in jam coverage when asked to get his hands on a receiver. Could be a fit in cover-2 base scheme. 


Redskins Mock Draft 1.0: Post Senior Bowl

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Its safe to say that Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen, Morocco Brown & company certainly have a very interesting first offseason ahead of them.

The Redskins are getting $36 million back from the 2012 league mandated cap penalty. While the Redskins vow to be active in free agency, they must also fill voids left by 22 unrestricted free agents to be this coming spring, so money must be used judiciously. This also puts an increased emphasis on the draft, where the Redskins will look to supplement players on the roster. Here are a list of players I believe the Redskins should look into.

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With the NFL Combine in our rear view and free agency around the corner, its time to get draft mocking! Based on the Redskins key areas of need (CB, S, DL, WR, OT,) and combine results, this is my initial Redskins mock. I will release another in about a month after colleges have held their pro days and the NFL free agency period has begun. Enjoy.

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