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.
"Smith probably won't be ready to play until late in 2016, but he's still too talented to pass up."
BB: Smith is coming off of a gruesome ACL injury and although he might not be ready to play for the beggining of the 2016 campaign, it's not certain that a top 10 talent prior to the injury will be avaialble at No. 21. Should he be available to the Redskins and Scot McCloughan when they are on the clock, it is as close to a no brainer as you can get. Keenan Robinson is probably not returning, Perry Riley's contract is up after this season, and Will Compton and Mason Foster (free agent) are probably not long-term solutions. Smtih is a player that can turn into a moster talent manning the Redskins defense and easily worth the pick.
"The Redskins need to get younger and more athletic along the defensive front. Robinson is a disruptive run stopper at the point of attack with the size and strength to hold his ground against double teams."
BB: The Redskins defensive line was much improved in 2015, but they surely need to get some youth in the trenches to develop instead of plugging in high-mileage bodies. Another disruptive force in the middle of Alabama's pro-like defensive line, Robinson 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. With current uncertainty along the defensive line, Robinson provides stability and help to edge rushers like Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith.
"You can simply trust this guy. He has great instincts, a good first step and can make open-field tackles."
BB: Similarly to Jaylon Smith, Ragland would provide much needed stability in the middle of the Redskins defense for years to come. A sure tackler is something Washington has not had in years and what made Joe Barry's defense look horrendous in the run game early in the year. If Scot McCloughan decides to draft an interior linemen later in the draft, because of the depth at the position, Ragland would definitely make some sense. In the case where unrestricted free agent Mason Foster doesn't return in 2016, Ragland is an option to plug into the Week 1 roster alongside Will Compton.
"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."
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