The Washington Redskins hold the 21st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Depending on what happens in free agency, there are definitely plenty of areas to address: defensive line, secondary, wide receiver, etc. General manager Scot McCloughan has hinted again towards selecting the best player available. Here is what the experts are thinking in their latest mock drafts. For a breakdown of the Redskins draft history check out their track record.
Actually, what the draftniks including our own Ben Standig believe universally is that the Redskins will focus on defense. For the most part those projections have focused on the big men, whether lineman like Alabama's Jarran Reed or Louisiana Tech's Vernon Butler, or a tackling force like inside linebacker Reggie Ragland. Yet some take an alternate path, by selecting players with less notoriety across the country by the average fan.
"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."
BB: Joseph is a physical, tough, and nasty football player that you know general manager Scot McCloughan probably loves. Should he come to DC, he might become one of the best to jar balls lose with his violent hits since the late, great Sean Taylor. Joseph is undersized at 5-10 and coming off of season-ending ACL surgery in October that could affect his speed and reaction reflexes. If all medicals check out, the Redskins could look to add another factor in their inexperienced safety gauntlet. Look for the full scouting report on the hard hitting centerfielder here.
"Ragland would upgrade the Redskins' defensive front with physical and mental capabilities and run it for the foreseeable future."
BB: Ragland would provide stability in the middle of the Redskins defense for years to come. A sure tackler is something Washington has not had in years and what made Joe Barry's defense look horrendous in the run game early in the year. If Scot McCloughan decides to draft an interior linemen later in the draft, because of the depth at the position, Ragland would definitely make some sense. Although Mason Foster and Will Compton are back as presumable starters, Ragland could be the quarterback of the defense for years to come. Click here for the full scouting report on the Bama backer.
"The Redskins coughed up 4.8 yards per carry last season. They have to be better up the middle."
BB: The Redskins defensive line was improved in 2015, but they surely need to get some youth in the trenches to develop instead of plugging in high-mileage bodies. A disruptive force in the middle of Alabama's pro-like defensive line, Robinson is versatile enough to play both the 3-technique and nose tackle. For a 6-3, 315 pounder Robinson is rather athletic and had one of his best games against none other than elite running back Leonard Fournette of LSU. With current uncertainty along the defensive line, Robinson provides stability and help to edge rushers like Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette, and Preston Smith. Check out the full scouting report on the big body here.
"The Redskins need a defensive lineman, and there happen to be several talented ones available"
BB: Clark is not the most notable nose tackle option in the 2016 draft and likes the size, at 6-3, as some of his competition but that should not take away from his great college career as one of the best run-stuffers in the game. He is strong, plugs holes, and has flashes of violence when shedding blockers. He is developing his pass rushing game and is not as athletic as other options, but could be the nasty GM Scot McCloughan looks for. For the complete scouting report on the big body in the middle, click here.
Check out all of Breaking Burgundy's Mock Draft's here:
- April 11: Alabama or Ohio State, or bust? - Jarran Reed, Eli Apple, Mackensie Alexander, Reggie Ragland, Ezekiel Elliott
- April 4: Potpourri of picks - Josh Doctson, William Jackson III, Kenny Clark, Reggie Ragland
- March 28: Big is beautiful - A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Andrew Billings, Chris Jones, Noah Spence
- March 21: Crimson Tide certainty? - Jarran Reed, Reggie Ragland, A'Shawn Robinson, Ryan Kelly
- March 14: Best available not always big names - Leonard Floyd, Darron Lee, Andrew Billings, Ryan Kelly
- March 7: Secondary concerns - Mackensie Alexander, Eli Apple, Kendall Fuller, William Jackson
- February 29: Front-7 help at 21 - Jaylon Smith, A'Shawn Robinson, Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed
- February 22: Big man alert - A'Shawn Robinson, Robert Nkemdiche, Chris Jones, Jarran Reed
- February 15: Redskins at 21, the original - Jarran Reed, Reggie Ragland, A'Shawn Robinson, Robert Nkemdiche, Jaylon Smith, Mackensie Alexander
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