We are less than 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.
"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."
BB: Jay Gruden seemed to scoff at the fact that his last two first round picks were a guard and a wide receiver that did not get on the field at the end of last season. It would be ironic if Gruden is then given another young offensive guard to utilize. Washington certainly has a need at left guard as Shawn Lauvao's play has diminished post several injuries two seasons ago, but the fact of the matter remains that there are much more pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball.
"They signed Terrell Pryor to a one-year deal, so he might not be around for long. There would be nice value here in taking Williams."
BB: Should the Redskins select another pass catcher in the first round, all involved will hope that a curious injury does not take away his rookie season. At 6-foot-4, Williams would fit Washington's recent trend of putting together a tall receiving corp along with Terrelle Pryor Sr. (6-4), Brian Quick (6-3), Vernon Davis (6-3), Maurice Harris (6-3), and Jordan Reed (6-2). Although Pryor might not be back next season, drafting Williams is a move I would only make if the Redskins had not even partially filled the holes left by DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but they have.
"Reddick is a true three-down linebacker with the ability to cover in space and get after the QB on passing downs. His performance at the Senior Bowl and testing numbers at the combine catapulted him into the first round. Mixon would be a first-round pick if not for major off-field concerns. He's a natural pass-catcher and looks like a three-down back in the NFL. Kazee is a natural ball hawk who had 15 interceptions the past two seasons and shined during Senior Bowl practices. At just 5-10¼, 184 pounds, he has the toughness to compete with bigger wide receivers."
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.
"It won't be surprising if the versatile Michigan player goes higher, but Washington's need for a strong safety makes this an easy pick if he's still on the board."
BB: We know that Su'a Cravens will be playing safety in 2017, but don't rule out Washington investing in another playmaker on the defensive side of the ball despite the free agency signing of D.J. Swearinger. Peppers is a raw player but has the make up to be a good one in the NFL. The Redskins could teach Peppers at the same time as Cravens during the offseason and they could wind up with two dynamite players on the back end of their defense for years to come.
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.
- April 10: Reuban Foster and Haason Reddick.
- April 14: Leonard Fournette and Mitchell Trubisky.
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