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Redskins mock draft v. 2.0 fills needs on defense

Apr 11, 2016, 9:53 AM EDT

Robert-Nkemdiche-stance

For my second version of the Redskins mock draft, I went with the options to add trades and I went in being open to the idea of trading down in the first round. While making such a deal would clearly have its drawbacks, a first-round trade back would be the best way to Scot McCloughan to stockpile the additional draft picks he wants. But if there was a player at No. 21 who represented value too good to turn down I would take him.

Round 1

When No. 21 came up Andrew Billings, Jarran Reed, A’Shawn Robinson, Eli Apple, Laquan Treadwell, and Josh Doctson were all gone. I made a deal similar to the one I floated in this article a couple of weeks ago. In exchange for the Redskins’ first-rounder and one of their seventh-round picks, the 49ers sent their second, third, and fifth-round picks to the Redskins.

Round 2

R2 P6 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama—I don’t like him in the first since he’s probably only a two-down player. But in the second Ragland is almost too good to turn down and he is the pick over WR Michael Thomas and S Karl Joseph. I don’t think McCloughan values the position that much but he is a “football player” as the GM defines it. If he’ll draft a guard fifth overall he’ll draft an ILB in the second.

Another trade here, with the Redskins sending their second-round pick to Carolina for their second-, which is just nine spots down, fourth-, and fifth-round picks. I looked down the board and figured that there would be a player I liked still available with Carolina’s pick and I’m happy to have the two extra picks early on Saturday.

R2 P31 Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss—Is this realistic? I think it is, given all of the question marks surrounding him. And while the questions are legitimate he has too much value to leave him on the board.

Round 3

R3 P5 Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama—I know that the draft Kelly in the first round crowd is going to say there is no way that he’ll be on the board early in the third round but the low value of the position could well push him down the board. If he’s gone, maybe they could turn to Nick Martin of Notre Dame here, although that would be a bit of a reach.

For the third straight round I’m trading my own pick and moving back. I send my third round pick, 21st in the round, to the Bills for picks in the fourth, fifth, and sixth plus a 2017 fourth-round pick. The 2017 pick is important because the Redskins have dealt away their fifth-round pick for Derek Carrier and this recoups that pick.

Round 4

R4 P 19 RB CJ Prosise, Notre Dame—I like Alex Collins of Arkansas but I left him on the board to get the versatile Prosise. He is a good combination of speed and power and since he started out a slot receiver he is polished when it comes to catching passes out of the backfield.

R4 P22 CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama—Lacks ideal height at 5-10 but he’s stocky and physical. Ceiling is probably a nickel corner who plays special teams but good value here.

R4 P31 S K.J. Dillon, West Virginia—A 6-0 versatile safety who really took a jump up in productivity when teammate Karl Joseph was lost to a knee injury.

Round 5

R5 P6 WR Jalin Marshall, Ohio State—An ex-quarterback who could return punts while he polishes his skills as a wide receiver.

R5 P17 QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford—This is the sweet spot for the developmental quarterback. Hogan played in a pro style offense so he would be able to step in should disaster strike.

R5 P19 CB Daryl Worley, West Virginia—A press man corner who also may be able to play free safety.

R5 P29 TE Thomas Duarte, UCLA—As of right now, the Redskins have no tight ends under contract for 2017. Duarte is similar in build and skill set to Jordan Reed. Although a big blocking TE may be preferable, they remain rare.

Round 6

R6 P12 NT DJ Reader, Clemson—He played at 340 but slimmed down to 327 for the combine. It’s not that the Redskins don’t want a dedicated zero technique nose tackle, they just don’t want to expend a lot of resources on one. A sixth-round pick and accompanying cap hit would fit their budget.

R6 P17 ILB Antonio Morrison, Florida—A McCloughan “football player” who tackles well (over 100 tackles both as a junior and senior).

Round 7

R7 P21 CB Brandon Williams, Texas A&M—Good size (5-11, 197) but very raw. A good project to stash on the practice squad and see what you have in 2017.

Total 13 picks plus picked up one in 2017. Eight defensive players, five on offense.

  1. celeoinc - Apr 11, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Very good draft, but not realistic at all in my humble opinion. Fun reading though.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    I think think if you got Ragland for your newly acquired 2nd round pick, that would be like getting the third and fifth-round picks for free. Which is to say, I think he is a 1sr round pick.

    I see what PFF has to say:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/03/25/draft-breaking-down-alabamas-2016-nfl-draft-class/

    “He wasn’t required to man-up against backs and tight ends much at Alabama.” isn’t the same as saying he can’t do it.
    ~

  3. hotpicksblog - Apr 11, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    like I keep saying..playing Mock drafts is worthless outside of the entertainment factor….I am just thrilled that we have an EXPERT in the draft room and therefore he is going to weigh the advantages or negatives to trading down at 21 but it won’t happen until we get there.

    Personally I think he WILL take a D. Lineman with pick 21 instead of trading down and taking a chance that his guy will be gone. Because Scott M is not big into taking chances…..he has already stated that.

    • sidepull - Apr 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM

      Yea its fun for the fans, the mocks, but really, there are none here among us that know what Scot is going to do.
      We just know he likes “football players”, bigger, stronger, prefers seniors, and really that’s about it. It is going to be fun to watch this draft. You can believe other teams watch what Scot does. They will cherry pick off of the Reddskins practice squad if they know Scot has done the research I bet.

  4. smotion55 - Apr 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Thanks for the Mock Draft. I have had a bunch very similar to that. I have been buying Fanspeak for years now. Best 6 bucks I have spent in years. Now that we are close to the draft they have 10 or 12 big boards and the different mocks are totally unreal but do make me think of different ways of drafting.
    If all 4 of those guys were their and it would pan out would be great. your value and rational on all are spot on. I like Prosise in the fourth and have thought of Nkemdiche that late in the 2nd is a chance I would do with trade down also. If he pans out what a steal .
    K.J. Dillon is good also, he played real well as did Smallwood the RB . I really like the S-CB out of Maryland, Sean Davis but have no real idea when he gets drafted. ” all over the place on big boards” I had him 3rd maybe 4th round.
    As far as TE I have David Morgan out of Texas- San Antonio as a late round pick. Great combine numbers and real athletic and is rated 2nd best blocking TE in the draft.

  5. Yours truly - Apr 11, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    There’s no way Ragland, Nkemdiche, or Kelly drop that far.

    • bangkokben - Apr 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      Of course not. And there’s no history of guys falling in the draft. Randy Gregory from top five to bottom of 2nd. Lael Collins’ crazy situation as well and our own Morgan Moses was projected a 1st rounder. Every year there are guys who fall like the three you mentioned. Then again, if the three you mentioned do fall, then I’ll start paying attention to anything related to mock drafts.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 11, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      Just like everyone told me last year that there was “no way” Leonard Williams would be around when the Redskins pick. You never know what’s going to happen.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM

      I could see Ryan Kelly dropping that far.

      I think a lot of mocksters are overrating him relative to where he’ll be drafted.
      ~

      • ET - Apr 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM

        I get the sense that fans in general rate centers higher than many GMs do. I’m consistently surprised by the low relative value of the position in the eyes of the professional personnel guys. The good news, I suppose, is that a solid center prospect should be available in the mid-rounds.

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 11, 2016 at 4:27 PM

          * drum sounds *

          Graham Glasgow

          * drum sounds *
          ~

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

          That’s because it’s rare to find an elite Center out of college.

  6. skinsfan2 - Apr 11, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    If the draft actually did play out this way I would be ecstatic.

  7. Bryant - Apr 11, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    That sounds good but I would like this better reed in the first round or billings second drake and Cyrus and dak

  8. redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    “R2 P6 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama—I don’t like him in the first since he’s probably only a two-down player. But in the second Ragland is almost too good to turn down and he is the pick over WR Michael Thomas and S Karl Joseph. I don’t think McCloughan values the position that much but he is a “football player” as the GM defines it. If he’ll draft a guard fifth overall he’ll draft an ILB in the second.”

    Spot on here! I like how rugged Ragland is and will be a hard hitting middle linebacker but he doesn’t have the field speed to play all downs. Many have him going way too soon IMO.

  9. deshackle - Apr 11, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    If the Skins trade their first round pick they must get a first round pick in exchange.
    2017 first round pick
    2016 second round pick
    2016 fourth round pick.
    2016 sixth round pick

  10. renhoekk2 - Apr 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Did a trade scenario with DEN to 31 and ended up with this………

    R1
    CB ELI APPLE
    OHIO STATE

    R2
    DT CHRIS JONES
    MISS. STATE

    R3
    WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON
    FLORIDA

    R3
    S DEANDRE HOUSTON-CARSON
    WILLIAM & MARY

    R4
    RB KENYAN DRAKE
    ALABAMA

    R5
    C EVAN BOEHM
    MISSOURI

    R6
    S DEON BUSH
    MIAMI (FLA.)

    R6
    ILB TYLER MATAKEVICH
    TEMPLE

    R7
    RB JHURRELL PRESSLEY
    NEW MEXICO

    R7
    DT DARIUS LATHAM
    INDIANA

    R7
    WR KEYARRIS GARRETT
    TULSA

    It’s hard to get a real good read on the draft as to where to draft particular players. Depending on whose “board” is used, guys that are pegged to go in the 3rd or 4th round on one board are pegged to go in the 7th or UDFA on another, so I’m not sure what to make of that. I would say there is consensus on about half the players and a wide range of opinions on the other half.

    • cbckbrown - Apr 12, 2016 at 8:08 AM

      I like this draft. You’ve got real potential football players in various rounds addressing real needs. We don’t know how the draft will play out exactly but this is a deeper draft I think for safer players. I don’t understand Richs draft a lot of question marks on his guys (Nkemdiche prosise, Ragland , Dillon). I don’t think Scot will draft like that.

  11. Lex - Apr 11, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    I like the first 3 picks. Id add houston-carson as a Db and victor ochi as a DL

  12. wncskinsfan - Apr 12, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    this is a fun one! I think maybe not so realistic . . . but actually interesting to look at. I love the trade. I would be very happy with a draft like this. well done. fun read.

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