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 9.0.
21. Washington Redskins: Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia
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. So why go safety in round 1? Joseph doles out punishment one slobber-knocking hit at a time. He's also no one-trick pony; Joseph was leading FBS with five interceptions before suffering a knee injury. That's what held him out of most first-round mocks until recently. No projected trades in this mock, but the Redskins could ponder moving down a few spots and still get their guy unless Joseph's stock is truly soaring. It's clear the buzz is growing for such an imposing element at safety. Washington should have strong defensive line choices in round two.
In the six mocks for CSN since we knew Washington would pick 21, I went defensive line each time before this one, 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. In big picture terms that's what Washington needs most. I'd still lean Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland if available, but he was gone in my mock.
Speaking of safeties, Paul Conner studied general manager Scot McCloughan's draft history to gauge best fits for the Redskins among the 2016 class.
53. Washington Redskins: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida, Sr
The Redskins get a defensive lineman. The 285-pound Bullard is more run stuffer than pass rush whether as a 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle, but had 6.5 sacks during his senior season. Nobody should have an issue if the Redskins target a big receiver or defensive back here.
Ron Rang with CBS Sports and Scout.com ranks Bullard seventh among DE prospects and 41st overall. Todd McShay's latest mock draft on ESPN (Insider) slots Bullard to the Bills at 49. Penn State's Austin Johnson and Notre Dame's Sheldon Day were options in this mock if the Redskins wanted an interior lineman. Florida safety Keanu Neal is another power option worth targeting in the second if Washington waits on safety. Other prospects I considered in this range included Notre Dame C Nick Martin, Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd and Michigan State pass rusher Shilique Calhoun.
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