We are currently in an evaluation period post-Combine week, a staple on the draft evaluation circuit. At least for now, the Washington Redskins hold the 17th pick. We take a look around for the latest thoughts on how the Burgundy and Gold are predicted to invest their first round pick after the end of the Scot McCloughan era.
Redskins reminder: Defensive line, safety, and wide receiver have been tentatively addressed in free agency, but there are definitely plenty of other areas to address. Although McCloughan is no longer with the team, that does not necessarily mean Washington will not follow some of his documented draft trends.
Ben Standig, Breaking Burgundy/CSNmidatlantic.com, ILB Reuben Foster
We have a new name for the Redskins. After tackling defensive line issues with Michigan State's Malik McDowell in the previous four mocks, let's have Washington's linebacking receive a boost in the form of a relentless tackler. Foster drops this far in small part because of positional value, but mostly over his meltdown at the NFL Combine. If he can calm fears during any future meetings and workouts, Foster should remain a top-20 pick. Will Compton and Mason Foster are back, but Washington's run defense needs a thumper like Foster inside.
"If the Redskins can't get Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal, they could opt to take a young QB to serve as an apprentice until he is ready for the starting job in 2018."
BB: Based on the cumulative effect of reports over recent weeks, Kirk Cousins will not be traded this season, but will likely walk next offseason. If that is the case, then getting a top rated prospect to spend a year being groomed by Jay Gruden for the future would not be a bad idea. Then again, it may be wise for Washington to entertain any and all trade propositions for Cousins to get something rather than nothing next spring.
"The rebuilding of the defensive line continues."
BB: Washington has already signed Stacy McGee Terrell McClain to bolster their defensive line that is undergoing a full reconstruction, but they still could use depth behind the duo. Brantley had 5.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his three-year career at Florida and is another big 300-pound body in the middle that can wreak havoc for the Redskins.
"McDowell has an impressive blend of size, athleticism and power to be effective from multiple positions along the defensive line."
BB: McDowell is a name that has been frequently linked with the Redskins during the mock season. He is lighter than Brantley and had more impressive stats in his three-year college career, finishing with 7.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss.
"Should DeSean Jackson leave in free agency, the Redskins would need a No. 1 target for Kirk Cousins. Enter Davis, a polished wideout with some of the best hands in the draft. Evaluators believe he’s a sure thing, and a sure thing is exactly what Washington needs right now."
BB: Deja vu all over again? The Redskins have never drafted wide receivers in the first-round in back-to-back years and Davis would be just the sixth wideout Washington has drafted in the first round ever. Terrell Pryor helps fill the holes left by Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, but Davis would provide the team with another threat over six-feet tall. Davis had a prolific four-year college career totaling 331 receptions for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Previous Mock Draft Editions:
- January 16: Malik McDowell, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Solomon Thomas, Chris Wormley, Reuben Foster.
- January 30: Malik McDowell, Solomon Thomas, Zach Cunningham, Chris Wormley, Reuben Foster.
- February 13: Jabrill Peppers, Zach Cunningham, Solomon Thomas, Derek Barnett
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