Another week, a new 2016 NFL Mock Draft from yours truly over at CSNmidatlantic.com. Check out the entire two-rounder, but since you're here for thoughts on the Washington Redskins, here are the two selections I made for the Burgundy and Gold in version 8.0.
21. Washington Redskins: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor, Jr.
Needs: DL, S, RB. The Redskins moved on from Terrance Knighton. Whether they add more veteran help or not, the defensive line lacks youth and Pro Bowl potential. Billings led the Bears in sacks while lining up inside an also fueling an impressive run defense. Don't ignore the possibility of targeting another position -- ILB, C, CB or WR -- altogether considering the ample DL depth on Day 2.
In the six mocks for CSN since we knew Washington would pick 21, I've had nothing but defensive linemen in this slot, though I went elsewhere in draft with all the other Scout NFL publishers.
Whether it's Jarran Reed or Vernon Butler or A'Shawn Robinson or Robert Nkemdiche or arguably another couple of prospects, there will be plenty of DL prospects available. I'd still lean Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland if available, but he was gone in my mock.
Justin Byrum ranked Billings, Butler and Reed in this new Breaking Burgundy post.
53. Washington Redskins: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Here's how NFL.com describes the 6-foot-0, 211-pounder: "Some safeties are content with 'catching' ball-carriers during their tackle attempts. Neal prefers to make sure those with the ball have nightmares about '42' coming their way." That sure sounds like what Redskins GM Scot McCloughan wants in a football player. Washington certainly needs a long-term safety answer and McCloughan selected a Gator early last season. Nobody should have an issue if the Redskins take a its second defensive lineman in as many rounds or target a big receiver.
My spidey sense is that West Virginia's Karl Joseph will join Ohio State's Vonn Bell as borderline first round picks, which opens the door for others later in round two. Neal's rapid rise on big boards is recent. The Redskins need for a free safety is longstanding. Other prospects I considered in this range included Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, Notre Dame C Nick Martin, Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day, Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd and Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon.
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