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Linemen dominate latest Redskins mock draft roundup

Feb 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT


The Redskins have a first-round pick for the first time since 2012 and not since 2011 has there been some doubt about the player the Redskins will take with that top pick. That means that Redskins fans have not been able to have fun with the mock draft game for four years. Let’s take a spin around the World Wide Web and see what the more well known draftniks have to say about who the home team will take with the fifth overall pick.

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[RELATED: Mock draft roundup 01.26.14]

Dan Kadar, SB Nation
La’el Collins, OT, LSU

The best comparison for Collins coming out of LSU is actually Trent Williams. He could slot into the right tackle spot for Washington and give them a pair of physical, bookend tackles up front.

Josh Norris, Rotoworld
Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Washington fans might know better than any other fan base how detrimental poor safety play can be to a defense.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

It may be trendy to mock an outside linebacker here, but the team spent a second-round pick on Trent Murphy in last season’s draft to pair him up with Ryan Kerrigan. Others will say the addition of Morgan Moses in the 2014 draft makes this pick unnecessary, but Scherff is a legitimate All-Pro talent who is versatile enough to play left tackle, any guard spot or right tackle.

Chris Burke,

In a draft class swimming with pass-rushing talent, Washington could nab one of the better prospects, particularly if Brian Orakpo’s D.C. days are done. Scherff is the choice at No. 5 instead due to Washington’s dire need along a porous offensive line.

Scott Wright, Draft Countdown
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

. . . The Redskins can turn their attention elsewhere and they might look to the trenches. Washington DT Danny Shelton checks in at 6-2 and 339 pounds and excels at occupying space and stuffing the run. Shelton isn’t a typical nose tackle though because he’s much more of a playmaker than you would expect from the position. In fact, Shelton’s uncommon athleticism, quickness and motor helped him register an impressive 16.5 tackles for a loss and 9.0 sacks as a senior. Shelton would be a perfect fit as the anchor of the Redskins new defensive scheme . . .

  1. hcicron - Feb 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    I don’t really watch CFB so can’t really comment on the players so much but what about the concerns to sheltons conditioning? Word is he got winded in practice. Is this a big deal or no?

    • captblood3000 - Feb 11, 2015 at 1:35 PM

      I read that Shelton claimed to be in excellent shape for such a big man because Washington had to play Oregon every year. But isn’t the value of defensive linemen discounted somewhat because they don’t play every down?

      • bangkokben - Feb 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM

        Many times DTs don’t play every down. I’ve read that Shelton’s conditioning make him and every down player.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:16 AM

          Shelton had 7 of his 9 sacks against Eastern Washington, Georgia State, and Hawaii. He amassed nearly 40% of his tackles, more than 50% of his solo tackles, and over 70% of his sacks in 3 games against bad teams. I don’t care if he plays every down if he can’t play his best against elite competition.

        • bangkokben - Feb 12, 2015 at 10:29 AM

          So you want him to suck against inferior competition? Of course he played his best against those guys. Do you not want to count Kerrigan’s sacks against Jacksonville? Does Shelton have room for improvement? Do you think that he’s topped out against Eastern Washington and the rest is downhill for him? Can NFL coaches make him better?

        • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:17 PM

          No, I want him to actually play well against good competition and he was spotty at best in those games.

  2. captblood3000 - Feb 11, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    How will any of these players be best available at #5? As for drafting a “right tackle”, the Redskins drafted Jon Jansen with pick #37 in 1999. If that’s where they got the bookend for Chris Samuels, why would they select Trent Williams’ bookend at #5?

    • ajbus1 - Feb 12, 2015 at 1:05 AM

      Who would you take at 5? I like Shelton. Obviously trading down and trying to get Shelton several picks later would be ideal but what if there aren’t any trade partners? I’m fine with Scherff too. We just need to improve at the line of scrimmage, where it all starts on O and D.

      • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:15 AM

        Scherff is a LG in the NFL and not a dominant one. Shelton is a guy who dominated 3 bad teams and was average against 10 good ones last year, he didn’t play like a top 20 player.

        • ajbus1 - Feb 12, 2015 at 12:56 PM

          Except at the Senior Bowl according to multiple reports.
          Unless he bombs at the combine he’ll be a top 20 pick. Who would you take if we are stuck at 5?

        • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:17 PM

          And the Senior Bowl has nothing to do with on the field evaluation for good teams.

        • ajbus1 - Feb 12, 2015 at 6:18 PM

          You claimed that he only performed well against bad teams. I pointed out to you that he played well against not only a good team, but essentially an all-star team. You also dodged my question of what you would do at the 5 spot if we’re stuck there. Got any constructive input or are you only capable of trolling?

        • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM

          An allstar team? Really?

          It’s whichever seniors decided to attend playing under extremely limited rules and he actually performed well in the drills moreso than the game. The Senior Bowl is NOT a real football game.

        • ajbus1 - Feb 13, 2015 at 12:59 AM

          At least you answered one question.

  3. dcsportsfan2277 - Feb 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Collins may be available at #8-10 and if Scot feels lucky he could trade down and pick up a early 2nd rounder and secure the BIGGEST need.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 11, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      You’re assuming that McCloughan wants to draft a 6-0 safety when he has expressed a desire for a Legion of Boom sized secondary.



      • 214hof - Feb 11, 2015 at 2:40 PM

        Rich will McC draft strickly by his big men win mold? Has he ever strayed from this in situations in his time as a talent evaluator? I myself think if guys can play they can play regardless of size… Tyrann Mathews sticks out too me as a guy that people were worried about( lack of size and off the field problems) but it worked out for the Cards. I guess what I’m asking is will McC over look talent because the measurements are not there?

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM

          We’ll see. Russell Wilson an obvious exception although that’s a somewhat different deal.

          But it’s not just about collecting “talent”. It’s about getting players that fit in the team’s system, their way of doing things. If your way of doing things required physically dominating the other guys, you’d best stay away from collecting too many smaller players no matter how “talented” they are. If you emphasize speed, you’re going to end up with smaller players. Best to pick one and stick with it rather than collecting some from Column A and some from Column B.

          > > >

      • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Feb 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        Early Thomas

      • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Feb 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        Earl Thomas

      • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Feb 11, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        See Earl Thomas

        • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:13 AM

          Triple post why don’t you?

          Oh, and Thomas was picked while McCloughan was between jobs. The draft was April 2010 and McCloughan wasn’t hired until June.

      • murphsman - Feb 12, 2015 at 3:43 PM

        What is yours/his definition of “big men”?

    • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:10 AM

      Collins has no coverage ability at all.

  4. 214hof - Feb 11, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    From what I have read, one of Sheldon’s assets is the ability to stay one the field for 3 downs… Can be wrong, pro days will tell all… Hope he checks out and Washington pulls the trigger on him, he’s a huge upgrade and allows Baker and Cofield( if he’s not a cap cut) to be in a rotation along the D-line.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:09 AM

      Pro days have nothing to do with whether or not he can play. He dominated bad teams and was average against good ones.

      • 214hof - Feb 12, 2015 at 12:52 PM

        Pro days mean nothing? Coaches can see first hand how well conditioned he is/isn’t and how coachable he may/may not be. And for one, NT is NOT a glamorous position that RARELY produces flashy stats.. Excellent NT make the whole unit better. 16 TFL = pocket collapser PERIOD

  5. Travis - Feb 11, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Danny Shelton is our best bet! Unless there is some sort of irresistible trade down scenario!

    • Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:09 AM

      He dominated 3 bad teams, and did nothing much against 10 good ones, and he’s the best bet?

  6. Joe Greene - Feb 12, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    There’s a reason why none of those mock drafters have a job in the NFL. They don’t have a clue what they’re doing.

    • rs2044 - Feb 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      You are so right. BTW, which team to you work for? Or do you just criticize other commenters for their football stupidity on Redskins sites?

  7. tralfaz10 - Feb 15, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    If this isn’t the actual mean Joe Greene talking, then I say this guy needs to shut up. He has criticized every post and given no explanation what the Redskins need to do. All he can do is complain. We know, we know, 3 bad teams, 10 good teams…what did you say to the guy about triple post? You have almost posted that same thing every time someone mentions Shelton’s name. I just mentioned it. What you gonna say Joe Greene? I say the Skins trade down. No one at #5 that is solid. Swap first rounders with a team and get a 2nd to boot. Especially if a Mariotta or Winston is still there at 5. Archives

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