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Need to Know: Who will the Redskins pick in the second round?

Apr 14, 2015, 5:16 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 14, 16 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Who will the Redskins take in the second round?

We’ve gone over and over who the Redskins might take with their top pick in the draft. But their second-round pick could be just as important if the team is going to show the results of Scot McCloughan’s rebuilding sooner rather than later. So let’s look at a group of early second-round prospects and try to figure out who the Redskins might take.

We’re going to play the casino game here. I have a mythical $100 in chips and I will split up my bet over the five possibilities on the list.

—Duke G Laken Tomlinson $30—I think that they want to get a lineman early but the value at pick No. 5 just isn’t there. McCloughan should be attracted to the 6-3, 323-lb. Tomlinson, who wants to be a surgeon after he’s done carving holes in defensive lines. He’s a good combination of size and smarts with a relentless attitude thrown in for good measure.

—Florida State C Cameron Erving $25—He could go in the first round but we’re assuming here that all of the players are the board when Washington picks. Erving could easily be the pick but need will factor into the evaluation of the best available player and there is more immediate need at guard than there is at center.


—UConn DB Byron Jones $25—A team that needs a free safety to play a reserve role this year and take over in 2016 has to be taking a close look at Jones here. Although he gained notoriety by setting a world record by flying over 12 feet in the standing broad jump in Indianapolis, he is more than just a combine warrior. Jones is a smart, instinctive player who played both cornerback and safety for the Huskies.

—Virginia OLB Eli Harold $15—These odds are based on thinking that the Redskins will take an edge rusher in the first round so the chances of them taking a second one are slim. But if they go elsewhere in the first, the smart and active Harold could become a strong favorite for the pick here.

—Oregon DL Arik Armstead $5—The Redskins loaded up on the defensive line in free agency so Amrstead is a long shot. But he’s big (6-7, 292), athletic, and very disruptive. Armstead would be a sure-fire first-round pick if he hasn’t suffered a few injuries during his career at Oregon, including one to his ankle that kept him out of all but five games. Perhaps pick No. 38 will be the point where the talent makes the injury risk worth taking.


—It’s been 107 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 152 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 6; 2015 NFL Draft 16; Redskins minicamp starts 63

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  1. sidepull - Apr 14, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Barring a trade back and all the considerations involved in that I like them taking an O lineman here. I wouldn’t have any problems with Armstead either. High motor guy and never enough DL. Keep em fresh! I also like a tight end here as well Funchess or at least a good all around TE. One that can block and catch.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 14, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    I think it will be a DB.

    • rcjur - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      CB Eric Rowe, riser.

  3. deepball1 - Apr 14, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    I think it will be the best player available.

  4. babyteal1 - Apr 14, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    O-Line all the way!!!

  5. donald truax - Apr 14, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    A speedie rb

  6. William Howard - Apr 14, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    I really think Washington should draft gerod holliman

  7. bangkokben - Apr 14, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    I’m putting my $100 in mythical chips on anyone not mentioned in the post or anywhere in the comments. Predicting who will be the 37th pick of the draft is like predicting the score of any NFL game. Sure you have a good idea who might win and even the margin of victory but how often are people right? Super seldom. I’m not saying it isn’t a worthwhile effort; I’m just saying if history is any indicator then I’ll put all my money on someone no one mentions. Raise your hand if you had the ‘skins taking Trent Murphy in the 2nd last year or David Amerson the year before. Raise your hand if you read anywhere prior to those drafts that they might be possibilities. You may have, I don’t recall them being mentioned. I’m thinking whoever is highest on their board – probably an edge rusher or wide receiver.

    • abanig - Apr 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM

      Well it’s a good thing we don’t have to worry about pick 37, because we’re picking 38! ;)

      • abanig - Apr 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

        I read they could be, so you must not be reading the correct information…

      • bangkokben - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        I didn’t realize that the ‘skins and jets alternated with the 5th and 6th picks with the ‘skins getting the 5th in the odd rounds and jets getting the even rounds. I learn something new every other day unless it’s a Monday – I very rarely learn anything on a Monday.

    • ET - Apr 14, 2015 at 10:52 AM

      All $100 of your chips? You’re a stone-cold gamblin’ man.

      Personally, I’d put $50-60 on your bet. Some of the above seem like decent bets if they’re available—but some likely won’t be available (Erving, Armistead). I’m guessing DBs, OL and/or ILB in the 2nd to 4th, but who knows. It’ll be fun to see.

      • bangkokben - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM

        Yes I am. Abanig is going to make it hard for me if he continues to list the top 15 linemen. So far I’m saying the ‘skins 2nd round pick will not be:

        Laken Tomlinson
        Cameron Erving
        Byron Jones
        Eli Harold
        Arik Armstead
        Nate Orchard
        Humphries, Flowers, Fischer or Peat

        I course I think Abanig meant Stan Humphries, Jennifer Flowers, Pat Fischer, and Peat Moss.

        Again, I’m not saying that these guys are not good players or they don’t fit the Redskins’ needs, I’m just that picking Skins 2nd rounders even with educated information is about as easy as picking the correct number on a roulette wheel. Black 24!

        • bangkokben - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:38 AM

          Adding gerod holliman and Eric Rowe.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:02 AM

      Raise your hand if you had the ‘skins taking Trent Murphy in the 2nd last year or David Amerson the year before.

      Charlie Campbell mentioned him as a 2nd day possibility for the Redskins. But Charlie had him going in the 3rd round in his mock. In hindsight, the flaws Charlie mentioned are reasons to regret using a 2nd rounder on him.

      • bangkokben - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:33 AM

        Well done! I see that hand. I would say that is the equivalent to predicting super bowl XLVIII Seahawks 44, Broncos 9. A for effort and extra credit for remembering.

    • Klinkins - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      I would say your odds of picking the name now is about 60 to 1.

    • captblood3000 - Apr 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      I predicted the Amerson pick in 2013. So I was humbled in 2014.

      • bangkokben - Apr 14, 2015 at 1:06 PM

        Kudos for correctly predicting Amerson. Now let’s see if he can start justifying why he was picked so high.

        It’s hard because you never know how trades are going to affect the draft. I may have had us taking Moses with our original 2nd pick. Hopefully he heals up and becomes the ‘1st round’ talent that we heard so much of last year at this time.

        • skinsgame - Apr 14, 2015 at 10:51 PM

          It will absolutely be, without any doubt, Markus Koch.

  8. abanig - Apr 14, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    I’m hoping Leonard Williams falls because the two qbs go 1 & 2, and then Jax & Oak want to give their young qbs a #1 target with White & Cooper going 3/4.

    That leaves the Redskins the chance to take Williams.

    In round 2, I have the skins going Nate Orchard, OLB from Utah, but they could very well go OL and take Humphries, Flowers, Fischer or Peat; whomever falls.

    • ET - Apr 14, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      I’d be surprised if some of those OL prospects drop out of the 1st, but they’d be nice pickups—Flowers in particular might fit well. Nate Orchard would be a welcome addition, too, depending on that 1st rounder.

    • redskinscaio - Apr 14, 2015 at 2:26 PM

      A majority of the pros have the Jags taking either Fowler or Williams…

      The Titans getting Mariota? Hmm I don’t know about that…

  9. J - Apr 14, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    This is what I would do Rich,

    5.Trade back w/ CLE for the 12th and 19th pick:
    12: Ereck Flowers, OT Miami
    19: Randy Gregory, DE/OLB Nebraska

    38.Trade back with CIN to 53 for CIN 85th, 99th pick:
    53:Denzel Perryman, ILB Miami (reminds me of Mr.Fletcher)

    85: AJ Cann, G South Carolina
    99: Gerod Holliman, S Louisville

  10. pdxskin - Apr 14, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I’d be thrilled if any of these three were our pick in Rnd 2:

    Laken Tomlinson
    Arik Armstead
    Eli Harold (if we don’t get an edge rushers in Rnd 1)

    I’m not as keen as some seem to be on Erving or Jones….not a fan of Orchard, either, as his game is too much like Kerrigan’s and I think we need a different sort of bookend opposite him.

  11. kenlinkins - Apr 14, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    IMO the Redskins will go OLB (Fowler or Beasley) or if both are gone they will go WR White in round one if they can not trade back. In the 2nd round, IMO the OT from Stanford could fall into their hands. Andrus Peat would be a nice pick up in the 2nd round. Peat has been tagged as “soft” by some scouts which could easily push him out of the first round. This kid has a ton of tools and if he can adjust to the “mans game” that is the NFL he could prove a steal in the 2nd round. The risk is if he can get nasty with the big boys.

  12. redskinscaio - Apr 14, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    The Chiefs just lost their pro bowl center to free agency, and so in MY mock draft, I have them drafting Erving.

    I’d love to see the Skins go offensive line with the first pick and ILB with the second.

    • murphsman - Apr 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Second’s too early for ILB, OLB is a bigger need. I’d say ILB in round 3 or 4.

  13. redskinscaio - Apr 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Tomlinson would be nice.

  14. ceetown22 - Apr 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    O Line!

  15. papastace - Apr 14, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Rich, Has there been any talk at Redskins Park about trading down out of the 5th pick to aquire Landon Collins.
    Your thoughts?
    I’d love to see this man beast patrolling the Skinz secondary from a Safety position. Archives

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