NFL Network draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, two former NFL scouts, have a cool segment on "Path To The Draft" where they mock three ideal players to a team. Recently they went inside the Washington Redskins draft room which sparked an idea here at Breaking Burgundy to give our counter mocks. One thing I noticed is that the NFL Network crew stays away from mocking the same player to a team. So below we'll display each mock, including our own and allow you to decide who has the best haul. I'll also give some brief thoughts on the NFL Network crew's mock drafts.
Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks):
Round 1 (17): Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Round 2 (49): Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Round 3 (81): Alex Anzalone, ILB, Florida
My thoughts: This is not a bad haul at all. Barnett actually feels like a pick Bruce Allen would make. He's a safe prospect. Although he's not super athletic, he'd be a Ryan Kerrigan type of player. I like Kamara. Despite his ball security issues, he reminds me of Ladianian Tomlinson. Anzalone can be a solid starter early.
Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks):
Round 1 (17): Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
Round 2 (49): Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Round 3 (81): Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
My thoughts: Personally, I'd favor Jeremiah's haul over this one. But Brooks did give the Redskins several solid players. Dalvin Cook would immediately be an upgrade for the team at running back. The Westbrook pick, in my opinion, is unnecessary. Washington did bring in two receivers via free agency and both have made money on vertical routes. That's not to say I don't think the Redskins draft another receiver. They should. Both of those free agent pickups are on one year deals. The team needs long-term solutions. As for Anderson, I don't think he would be a good scheme-fit.
Round 1 (17): Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple -- Can't force a defensive lineman at 17 this year, but the Redskins need some attacking help up in their front-7 front somehow.
Round 2 (49): Montravius Adams, NT, Auburn -- Get Jim Tomsula some interior help already. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and any of a number of impressive cornerbacks should be in consideration for Washington in round two.
Round 3 (81): Danny Isidora, G, Miami - Already armed with Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff and other young starters along the offensive line. Now imagine If Washington can lock down its left guard spot.
Manny Benton (@Manny_Benton):
Round 1 (17): Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida -- The Redskins could drastically improve their defense if they begin at one position... inside linebacker. Getting a true tone setter, leader and athletic freak to man the middle could offset other issues. You saw that in the prime of London Fletcher's career. There's only three ILBs in this draft that can do that day one and Davis is one of them.
Round 2 (49): Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan -- Washington may top the league in JAGs (just a guy) on the defensive line. Wormley is my second ranked interior lineman and could be a steal round two. Although they will play different positions, Wormley stood out more to me in college than his teammate Taco Charlton.
Round 3 (81): Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T -- We talk about Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara as two of the better "new age" running backs in this class but Cohen often gets overlooked. This is a 5ft 6 freak of nature. He has the hand size of an offensive lineman and the ability to be one of the more explosive players from this draft class. There are certain coaches who could maximize his talent and Jay Gruden is one.
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