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. For a breakdown of the Redskins draft history check out their track record.
Actually, what the draftniks 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, by selecting players with less notoriety across the country by the average fan.
"Finding another receiving threat for Kirk Cousins is a must. Doctson's big-play ability is too good to pass up."
BB: At 6-2, Doctson is the big receiver the Redskins have not had in the past decade. Not needed to be rushed into a starting role, but as a starter in waiting next season when DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are free agents, Doctson can take his time in developing. He has the raw skills of jumping ability and large catch radius which could be another dynamic weapon for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Here is the full scouting report on the TCU receiver.
"They have to get help at corner and this is a bigger corner who could also play free safety with his build."
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 Jackson can hold up against slot receivers because of his short-area agility, which makes this pick a possible stretch.
"Terrance Knighton is still floating around in free agency. The Redskins seem to want a better, long-term option, so here it is."
BB: Clark is not the most notable nose tackle option in the 2016 draft and likes the size, at 6-3, as some of his competition but that should not take away from his great college career as one of the best run-stuffers in the game. He is strong, plugs holes, and has flashes of violence when shedding blockers. He is developing his pass rushing game and is not as athletic as other options, but could be the nasty GM Scot McCloughan looks for. For the complete scouting report on the big body in the middle, click here.
"He may not be the most overly athletic linebacker, but he's a sure tackler with good instincts and leadership ability."
BB: Ragland would provide 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. Although Mason Foster and Will Compton are back as presumable starters, Ragland could be the quarterback of the defense for years to come. Click here for the full scouting report on the Bama backer.
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