What's changed from the start among 12 NFL mock draft pickers

The mock drafters began making 2016 NFL Draft projections months ago. Here's what changed in that span for the Redskins at 21.

The Washington Redskins might have settled on who they play to select in the first round of the 2016 according to general manager Scot McCloughan, but that does mean experts have any idea who the Burgundy and Gold have keyed in on. As a result, Breaking Burgundy decided to mock the mocks with a complete look at the progression of 12 notably experts (see below). Here is what we found.

With 50 total mock selections in the first round, Jarran ReedAndrew Billings, and Mackensie Alexander are the most popular picks at six instances of Redskins predicted selection each.

All but three of the 50 selections are on the defensive side of the ball. The lone exceptions are wide receivers Josh Doctson, twice, and Michael Thomas. Should Washington go offense in the first round given the deep defensive line draft class, adding a pass catcher will give them more wiggle room when Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson get ready to test free agency next spring.

Only seven of the 47 defensive selections are linebackers headlined by Bama backer Reggie Ragland and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. While Ragland would occupy a spot in the middle, Smith's draft stock is going to be tanking with the prospect he may not play at all in the 2016 season. That does not mean McCloughan might not take a chance on him in a later round.

Of the remaining 40 mocked selections, 14 are cornerbacks that features Eli Apple and William Jackson three times apiece in addition to Alexander. Despite the Redskins signing veteran corner Greg Toler, if McCloughan likes a secondary prospect enough he will not hesitate to pull the trigger with veteran presences meant to be a one-year stop gap.

Finally we get to the position that was picked 54 percent of the time for the Redskins: defensive line (and all tackles besides recent visitor Noah Spence). Because of the turnover along the defensive line including Jason Hatcher's release and subsequent retirement as well as Terrance Knighton's signing with the New England Patriots, it makes sense that the Redskins would try and fill a hole. Besides Reed and Billings headlining, A'Shawn Robinson was also sent to the Redskins by four different experts.

However, if Washington drafts a defensive lineman in the first round it will be because McCloughan believes he is the best player available not because he wasn't to fill a specific hole.

Considering the depth of the 2016 draft in the defensive trenches, our own Ben Standig made a subtly surprising yet viable prediction of the Redskins selecting strong safety Karl Joseph.

Of our 12 experts, there is little progression since the beginning of the calendar year. Such speaks to the fact that there is a lot of parity in talent as well as Washington not showing their hands in strategy.

Whatever may transpire in two weeks, it will likely be something no one saw coming and many fans will be willing to follow the "In Scot We Trust" motto.

Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN)
January 14 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
February 18 A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
March 8 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
April 6 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Todd McShay (ESPN)
December 16 Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
March 3 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
March 24 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Daniel Jeremiah (NFL)
January 17 Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
February 16 Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
March 1 Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
March 14 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
March 29 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Lance Zierlein (NFL)
January 22 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
February 18 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
March 21 Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Bucky Brooks (NFL)
January 17 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
March 2 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
March 16 A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
April 5 Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Charles Davis (NFL)
February 22 Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
March 3 Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
March 23 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Chad Reuter (NFL)
January 29 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
March 11 Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
March 28 Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Pete Prisco (CBS)
February 21 Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
March 1 Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
March 13 Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
March 21 Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
March 29 William Jackson III, CB, Houston
April 5 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Will Brinson (CBS)
March 2 Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
March 7 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
March 23 Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
March 30 A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
April 7 William Jackson III, CB, Houston
Dane Brugler (CBS)
March 1 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
March 7 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
March 14 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
March 23 Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
April 5 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated)
January 10 Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
February 12 Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
March 9 William Jackson III, CB, Houston
March 24 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
April 7 A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Walter Cherpinsky (Walter Football)
February 1 Su'a Cravens, LB, USC
February 15 Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
March 23 Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
April 7 Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

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