We are officially two weeks away from the 2016 NFL Draft. That means in 14 days all the film, evaluations, and grades that many spent countless hours putting together will finally pay off. A myriad of scenarios that have been played out in the conversations of analysts and fans alike, will be squashed April 28th when Roger Goodell walks across that stage and announces that the Tennessee Titans are on the clock. With limited time left, here are my mock scenarios for day one:
Round 1 (21)
Defensive line is the deepest position in the draft and conveniently, the Redskins biggest need. Assuming DeForest Buckner and Sheldon Rankins are off the board, these are the next two players that fit the Scot McCloughan mold. Both players are big bodies with athletic feet, possess 34+" arms, and have 10 3/4" hands. Jones has lacked in consistency and Butler has lacked in numbers. Both need to work on pad level due to height but provide a good interior pass rush which the Redskins need.
Laquon Treadwell has gotten a lot of grief from the media over a slow 40 yard dash which has caused him to fall on some draft boards. He has not dropped on mine. He's the type of receiver a quarterback needs. McCloughan has said himself he would "take a quarterback over three defensive players." Part of developing a quarterback is giving him targets he can trust. Treadwell is a tough, physical receiver and one of the most reliable 1-on-1, red zone targets.
As far as Spence goes, McCloughan appears to be obsessed with pass rush and wouldn't be opposed to adding another OLB after signing Junior Galette. I try not to make too much of interviews/visits but Redskins have met with Spence more than once now. Due to his off-the-field issues, his value is all over the place. If he is still on the board at #21, he might be the name on the card for Washington.
Because of the depth of defensive line class, the Redskins could go another direction in the first round. Karl Joseph embodies all mental traits that McCloughan loves. He's tough, competitive, physical, and a leader. He provides plus skills in-the-box, man-to-man, and as a single high safety. He provides range and hitting ability. If his knee checks out like it is rumored to, this could be a big swerve in the draft.
Cody Whitehair might be the safest prospect in the draft. He's a gym/film rat with good technique and consistency. After taking Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick, McCloughan might make another "unsexy" pick to shore up the interior offensive line.
Jonathan Bullard might be considered a reach here but McCloughan loves his Florida defensive lineman. His regimes have selected 12 interior defensive lineman (14 but two of them moved to OL). Of those 12, eight were from the SEC and 3 of those were from Florida. Bullard also possesses long arms, quick feet and off the snap explosion.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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