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 many draftniks including our own Ben Standig believe 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.
"While serving as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, GM Scot McCloughan plucked Patrick Willis out of the SEC (Mississippi) and saw him emerge as one of the leaders of a formidable defense. Ragland isn't in Willis' class athletically, but he's instinctive, strong and a physical, reliable tackler."
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.
"Center is arguably the biggest immediate need, so while you don't see many come off the board this early, the ones who do are usually plug-and-play guys, and Kelly certainly fits the bill."
BB: For everyone projecting a defensive player selection for the Redskins at the 21st overall pick, they had one of the worst rushing attacks late in the season because of poor interior lineman play. Although taking a center in the first round is unusual, Kelly received lots of praise from opposing coaches for his knowledge and instincts. Scot McCloughan also is likely to like the senior who finished what he started, in terms of an academic degree, with a very good 3.75 GPA. Unless Spencer Long makes significant strides to convert to center, which was not the case a few weeks ago, Washington is going to have to invest somewhere to get an offensive line cornerstone.
"Jay Gruden and company will absolutely love his ball skills and highly competitive nature. Treadwell can come in and start right away."
BB: The Redskins have a lot of money spent on Josh Norman as well as probably Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed next summer, which is likely going to make them unable to retain the services of Pierre Garcon and/or DeSean Jackson. That would make it a priority for the Redskins to be able to plug someone in as a starting receiver in 2017. Treadwell has been compared to Dez Bryant because of his unique combination of size, 6-2, and athleticism. With great ball skills, Treadwell will make Cousins look good even if the ball is not delivered to the right spot. Check out a full scouting report on what the Redskins would get out of Treadwell here.
"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: Just because the Redskins are loaded at corner does not mean they should not look to improve the backend of their secondary. 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.
Check out all of Breaking Burgundy's Mock Draft's here:
- April 18: Still getting defensive - Karl Joseph, Reggie Ragland, A'Shawn Robinson, Kenny Clark
- 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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