The Washington Redskins hold the 21st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Dependng on what happes in free agency, there are definitely plenty of areas to address: defensive line, secondary, wide receiver, etc. General manager Scot McCloughan has hinted again towards selecting the best player available. Here is what the experts are thinking in their latest mock drafts.
"Needs: DL, S, ILB. The run-stuffing Reed was the pick at 21 in the previous mock. No reason for a change after the motoring lineman chased down runners and shed blockers throughout Senior Bowl week. Biggest questions are will Reed be available and will GM Scot McCloughan target a defensive lineman in round one. Another Alabama product, Reggie Ragland, would address concerns at inside linebacker. Defensive backfield concerns put the likes of Ohio State CB Eli Apple in play. Baylor speedster Corey Coleman could happen if Washington doesn't keep DeSean Jackson and his $9.2 million salary cap hit."
Todd McShay, ESPN (Insider) - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
BB: With lots of potential changeover on the defensive line, a big and young nose-tackle like Jarran Reed would make sense. Terrence Knighton will test the free agency waters, Kedric Golston is running on fumes, and Jason Hatcher could retire. Besides Chris Baker, there is nothing set in the trenches for Joe Barry’s defense.
"Washington surrendered an average of 4.8 yards per carry during the regular season, 31st in the NFL, and was event were in the wild card loss to Green Bay, allowing 5.5 yards per attempt. The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, were among the stoutest run defenders in the country with Ragland, arguably the highest profile defender participating in the Senior Bowl, playing a starring role. General manager Scot McCloughan might see Ragland as able to provide an immediate impact similar to the one Patrick Willis made when Washington's top scout was heading up the 49ers front office."
BB: Even if the Redskins retain free agent Mason Foster, they need a boost at inside linebacker following a season with major turnover. Will Compton helped shore up the unit, but Ragland is on another level as a disruptor. With Ragland raising his stock at the Senior Bowl, the Crimson Tide product also might have impressed Scot McCloughan. Biggest issue may be whether he's still around at 21.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report - A'Shawn Robinson, DE, Alabama
“Robinson can play 5-technique in a 3-4 defense at a very high level … don’t sleep on Robinson becoming more of a force [as a pass rusher] in the NFL if freed up to go get the quarterback more in a one-gap defensive front.”
BB: Another disruptive force in the middle of Alabama's pro-like defensive line that is versatile enough to play both the 3-technique and nose tackle. For a 6-3, 315 pounder Robinson is rather athletic and had one of his best games against none other than elite running back Leonard Fournette of LSU.
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Nate Davis, USA Today - Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
“Nkemdiche is a disruptive player who will only make OLBs Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith more dangerous.”
BB: On the field Nkemdiche is compared to last year's sixth overall pick Leonard Williams. For a near 300 pounder, he is athletic enough to easily change directions and has fluid body movements. His power allows him to camp out in the opponent's backfield, but the off the field concerns exist.
“Jaylon Smith tore up his knee, so he'll drop from the top 10 into the 20s, most likely. I think this is a good spot for him though. Remember, Todd Gurley tore his ACL and still was a top-10 choice. The difference here is that Smith probably won't be ready to play until late in 2016, but he's still too talented to pass up."
“The Redskins have had good luck drafting cornerbacks out of Clemson (Bashaud Breeland) and if Alexander falls to No. 21, I don't think he'll be around at pick No. 22.”
BB: Arguably the best corner in the draft, Alexander stands only 5-10 but has the athletic upside to be a great cover man. He was often given no help in college and enjoyed the spotlight to be on an island. Besides his superb man-to-man cover skills, Clemson coaches have praised his dedication to work in the film room.
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