We are almost two weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. 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, linebacker, 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.
"Some character red flags could cause Foster to slip (he was sent home early from the combine after an altercation with a hospital worker), but he's one of the 10 best football players in this draft. Foster would immediately fill the Redskins' need for a three-down inside linebacker."
"The Redskins surrendered nearly 120 yards per game on the ground in 2016 and only three teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) allowed more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of the combine after a run-in with medical personnel, but his talent is undeniable. With remarkable closing speed and the physicality to intimidate, he could prove a steal at this point in the draft."
BB: There is little doubt that Foster's reported confrontation at the NFL combine could cause him to fall in the draft, but that would be to Washington's benefit. Foster is one of the most talented players in this year's draft and would be a great value for the Redskins for at least the next five years. In Foster's last year at Alabama, he recorded 115 total tackles, 13 of which were for a loss, and five sacks in 15 games. The addition of Zach Brown, a Pro Bowl level linebacker last year, should not scare Washington from taking a calculated risk on Foster because Brown is only on a one-year contract and Mason Foster as well as Will Compton are also likely to be free agents in 2018.
Ben Standig, Breaking Burgundy/CSNmidatlantic.com - Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
"Will Jay Gruden choke down the Redskins selecting another guard in round one? According to team president Bruce Allen, the team's big board will make the call. Therefore it's possible Lamb, considered the best offensive lineman in the draft, is the choice. Left guard isn't Washington's main need, but an upgrade is needed and the defensive line draft options are limited. Maybe defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Maybe speedy receiver John Ross. Maybe Gruden is down with boosting a line set to have three current starters enter free agency next year. Maybe the big board should suggest a trade down."
"Reddick can play off the line of scrimmage on run downs and rush off the edge on passing downs. He is an elite athlete who has really helped himself during the postseason."
BB: In his four years at Temple, Reddick recorded 17.5 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, and 149 tackles. He really came on in his senior year playing with his hand in the ground when he recorded 9.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, and 65 tackles overall. Despite names like Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, and Junior Galette, Washington can never have enough pass rushers. Moreover, Reddick's versatility to at times play inside linebacker is also a plus in a league that demands defenders to be able to play multiple positions to avoid mismatches.
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.
- March 13: Reuben Foster, Mitch Trubisky, Caleb Brantley, Malik McDowell, Corey Davis
- March 27: Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Haason Reddick, Zach Cunningham
- April 3: NFC East Roundup Edition
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