The mock draft season is in full force. Instead of just posting the same old "here's who they will take in each round" mock draft, let's talk scenarios. You can find the Day 1 options HERE. Continuing the series, here are my mock scenarios for day two:
Round 2 (53)
Tyler Boyd has the build of Chad Johnson with the hands and body control of Brandon Lloyd. He's super competitive and exudes extreme confidence in his abilities. He plays with toughness and isn't afraid of going across the middle. His combination of strong hands and acrobatic body contortions make his catch radius large.
Artie Burns has two key traits that you can't teach: length and great ball skills. Burns has great speed/athleticism but at 6'0 and 33+" arms, he also possesses the frame McCloughan saw succeed in Seattle (Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon). Burns also possesses that swagger and attitude reminiscent of the Legion of Boom. He's raw but with work can hone skills to mix with his ability to take the ball away.
Kelly is the probably the top pure center in the draft but there is a lot of mid round depth at the position. Teams may wait a round or two to select one and Kelly could fall into the Redskins lap. Kelly was a three year starter in the SEC who embodies physical toughness and is a tremendous leader. Scot McCloughan likes this type in the trenches. Josh LeRibeus and Kory Lichtensteiger couldn't get it done last year.
There is no doubt that it is smoke season and the time of year for illusion. I have been told by a few reliable people that I am too high on Michael Thomas and that he's actually a second round pick. I'll live by my assessment. Depending on where the second wave of defensive lineman go, Thomas could fall to Washington at pick 53. Thomas is definitely raw and needs work but he has the physical tools of an "X" receiver. There has already been rumored interest by the Redskins.
Scot McCloughan wants 12 total picks. This is a prime spot to trade down and accumulate more picks.
Jordan Jenkins is part man, part gorilla. The man has 34 1/2" arms with 11 1/4 hands! At 260 lbs, he also possesses a pro-ready frame. Jenkins is a smart, 3-year starter who is tough and extremely powerful. Scot McCloughan wants more edge players and Jenkins looks like he's cut from his stone.
Jeremy Cash is a physical enforcer around the line of scrimmage and middle of the field. A tough player who brings pain with long arms and big hands for the position. Can play in the box on early downs and as a nickel LB on passing downs picking up releasing running backs or tight ends.
Round 3 (84)
Jack Allen is a competitive leader on and off the field. He's a strong-willed, tireless fighter who will work until the last snap. The Redskins really need to solidify the interior offensive line.
Maliek Collins has extremely nimble feet for his size. He's able to shoot gaps with good explosion off the snap. He disrupts plays with his quickness. He's a former wrestler who went 48-0 his senior year so he knows how to use his hands.
I have been critical of Henry's game but if he falls far enough eventually he's going to gain value. I'm not a fan of the workload already on his legs or how much room he needs to get going (less room at the NFL level), but selecting Henry here would make a statement. McCloughan wants a physical stamp on this football team. What better way to achieve that than to sub out a 6'2" 231 lb. running back for a 6'3" 247 lb running back behind an offensive line coached by Bill Callahan?
Darian Thompson is a ball hawk with a big body and physical demeanor. He ran slow at the combine and there are holes to his game but he has a history of taking the ball away and could improve with coaching.
Once again, another spot where Redskins could acquire more picks.
Jihad Ward has length and good athleticism for his size. Ward has shown many flashes and I'm not sure he even knows what he is doing yet. He has a high ceiling and shows consistent, hard effort that makes me inclined to believe he will keep getting better.
C.J. Prosise is the definition of football player. You give him an assignment and he will complete it. He was recruited as a safety, played special teams and produced. He was moved to wide receiver and produced. He was moved to running back and produced. He has workhorse size (6'0" 220) with great speed and good cut ability. He also has great hands out of the backfield.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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