Before the 2016 NFL Draft we had film analyst Paul Conner offer a series of scenarios for the Redskins. Here is a portion of his Day 3 scenario showing players still available. This of course does not account for Washington's first three picks, but it's also clear general manager Scot McCloughan won't let talent slip by regardless of need or position.
Round 4 (120)
Logical Choice: ILB Elandon Roberts
I fell in love with Roberts the moment his tape started rolling. Roberts is the epitome of a "coach on the field." His work ethic, passion and leadership abilities are absolutely off the charts. He plays with a ton of heart that feeds his defense. He ran a 4.49 at his Pro day but his instincts downhill make him look even faster. He's a wrecking ball who lead the FBS in solo tackles because of his ability to will himself through traffic and find the ball.
Collins defines consistency. He's built like a workhorse and can take carry after carry after carry. He would continue punching where Matt Jones left off. He played in the SEC and was productive every year of college. He has no stand out traits but is all around good in most areas.
White is another favorite of mine. He has the type of light feet you want to see on the outside or inside. His foot quickness gives him the ability to mirror receivers around the field. He was a team captain and started for three years. He's willing to come up and be a factor in the run game.
Possible Wildcards: TRADE DOWN or C Evan Boehm
Boehm is a combination of power and toughness that you want in the interior of your offensive line. He also has a rare amount of power for the position. He's the type of player Bill Callahan would love. His high football IQ and ability to lead would make him the type of guy you want making line calls.
Round 5 (158)
Morrison is the definition of violence. He's a walking warhead. His intensity on the field is the type of tone-setting aurora you want the rest of your defense to succumb to. His work ethic contributed to a wolverine-like healing of a serious knee injury a season ago. He just seems like the type of player Scot McCloughan would release into the locker room to spike the change in culture.
Weatherly is a long-bodied outside linebacker who looks eerily similar to Preston Smith. His test numbers are nearly the same as well. The way Weatherly goes from power-to-speed, reaches out, palms a players jersey and drags them down like a child just looks all too familiar. McCloughan could choose to add another SEC rusher to the mix.
Possible Fallers: WR Jay Lee or Landon Turner
Lee was overshadowed at Baylor by Corey Coleman. At 6'1" 214 lbs, Lee is the type of receiver who can really help underneath with more development. Terrance Williams is his mentor and his advice helped Lee shine at the Senior Bowl. He showed, good hands, good routes, and the ability to improve.
Turner is an ice road truck. His size and power in the trenches are what you want if you're trying to establish a dominant run game. His agility is lacking but McCloughan wants to establish bully football in Washington and Turner would fit right in to that mindset.
Burris is a big, physical corner from N.C. State who is competitive and likes to press. He used his size at 6'0" 212 lbs. to establish one of the better coverage rates last year and only gave up one touchdown on 44 targets. He will come up in the run game as well.
At 6'4" with 34+" arms, Jayron Kearse is grotesquely long. Of course, long is an attribute that McCloughan really likes. The problem is instead of the aggressive nature he also likes, Kearse can become a bit lethargic on the field. McCloughan might take a chance on his length and rare size if he thinks Kearse can be motivated. I want to run through a wall for the guy when he talks about football so hopefully he can speak of the success of Kam Chancellor Scot witnessed and reach Kearse.
Round 6 (187)
Frazier is an enforcer who comes through people with authority. He has change or direction issues but he could play in certain packages and would be an immediate boost on special teams.
Friend is a powerhouse who put up 225 lbs 41 times at his pro day. Combine that with the fact he's mentally tough and a three year captain, you have a player who fits the grit of the McCloughan mold.
Possible Wildcard: S Deon Bush
The Redskins talked to Bush at the Shrine Game. He's a hitter in the middle of the field who can play in the box and provide a jolt to special teams.
Round 7 (232)
Vaeao played his college ball at Washington State and McCloughan has drafted a lot of players from that area. Vaeao's pro player comparison is Jaye Howard, who McCloughan had a hand in drafting when he was in Seattle. A 300 lbs. with athleticism and upside.
Bryant might be moved up my board before this is done. His pro day numbers would have topped many at the combine. He has a rare combo of power and quickness for his size.
Possible Wildcard: OLB Curt Maggitt
Maggitt is a fiery competitor who has an extreme passion for football. He would fit in well as a strong-side 3-4 OLB. He has battled a hip injury and has a few off the field questions to answer.
Round 7 (242)
Logical Choice: OLB Roy Robertson-Harris or Marquez North
At 6'6" 260, Robertson-Harris already checks a few boxes. He's a raw edge rusher who has the competitive drive to help on special teams while he develops as a player.
McCloughan really wants to add size to this receiving core. Marquez North showed some great skills before injuries zapped most of his career in college. All off-season, he has proved he is healthy and would provide great value here. North is a hands catcher with a physical demeanor.
Possible Wildcards: WR Demarcus Robinson
DeMarcus Robinson has a different problem. He has shown great talent but was suspended from Florida for multiple infractions. If he can put that behind him like some have, he could definitely be productive in this league. McCloughan has shown he will get past suspensions but it depends on him.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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