Mock Draft Monday: Redskins and secondary concerns

Nearly all mock draft types believe the Redskins will use their 1st round pick on defense. Not all think they go big.

The Washington Redskins hold the 21st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Depending on what happens 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.

Actually, what the "experts" including our own "expert" Ben Standig believe universally is that the Redskins will focus on defense. For the most part those projections have focused on the big men, whether lineman like Alabama's Jarran Reed or Louisiana Tech's Vernon Butler, or a tackling force like inside linebacker Reggie Ragland. Yet some take an alternate path, a secondary one as it were with defensive backs...

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

"While Alexander's height is a little bit of a turnoff to some teams, his confidence and aggressiveness could make him the choice here."

BB: A top 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.

Chad Reuter, NFL.com - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

"Washington's secondary was among the most porous in the league in 2015, and Apple is just scratching the surface of his potential."

BB: Apple has all the physical attributes, 6'1'' height and 31 3/8'' arms, to be a stud corner that continues to develop. The one mark against the Ohio State product will be his reaction time to diagnose and anticipate a throw, which causes him to grab receivers. With the help of defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, Apple is a nice project that could develop into a starter for the Redskins in the future.

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports - Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

"Fuller comes from a long line of Fullers who have succeeded in the NFL. He's 6-foot, 190 pounds and was a stud at Virginia Tech before an injury cut his 2015 season short."

BB: As crazy as it seems, Kendall is touted to be the best football player in the Fuller family. Although he is coming off a torn meniscus, Fuller is quick with good footwork and a natural feel in coverage. Similarly to current Redskins corner Bashaud Breeland, Fuller is also a sound tackler which is a must for Washington.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated - William Jackson, CB, Houston

"Jackson is no longer flying under the radar after his strong combine (and he shouldn’t have been anyway). The Redskins ranked 25th against the pass last season and have very few long-term answers there."

BB: For a six foot player, Jackson has coveted speed and terrific instincts to take away short routes without getting beat deep. The one time JuCo talent likes to jam receives and knows when to get his head around, an absolute must in today's game. Questions remain if Jckson can hold up against slot receivers because of his short-area agility, which makes this pick a possible stretch.

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