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Washington Redskins 2017 NFL Draft Big Board

Manny Benton gives his big board and guide to the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 2017 NFL Draft is set to kickoff Thursday, April 27 at 8pm EST. With the expectation of surprises, below is a Washington Redskins tailored guide for fans to use throughout the process.  

Pre-Draft Redskins Position Grades (highest to lowest):

Offensive Line: A-

Quarterbacks: B+

Wide Receiver: B

Tight Ends: B-

Cornerbacks: B-

Running Backs: C

Linebackers: C

Safety: C-

Defensive Line: F

Pre-Draft Position Reviews:

Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers 

Running backs, Offensive line and Tight Ends  

Defensive Line and Linebackers 

Defensive Backs 

Top 50 (will be updated throughout draft):

  1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
  2. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
  3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU
  4. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
  5. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
  6. Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
  7. Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma 
  8. Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
  9. Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
  10. Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
  11. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
  12. Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
  13. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
  14. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
  15. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
  16. Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
  17. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
  18. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
  19. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
  20. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee 
  21. Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
  22. Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan
  23. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
  24. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
  25. David Njoku, TE, Florida
  26. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
  27. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
  28. Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
  29. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
  30. Tyus Bowser, DE, Houston
  31. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
  32. T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
  33. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina 
  34. Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
  35. Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
  36. John Ross III, WR, Washington
  37. Budda Baker, S, Washington
  38. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
  39. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
  40. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
  41. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
  42. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan
  43. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
  44. Marcus Williams, S, Utah
  45. Kevin King, CB, Washington
  46. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
  47. Jordan Willis, OLB, Kansas State
  48. Demarcus Walker, DE, FSU
  49. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
  50. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC


(Updated 4/28/17) Top Remaining After Day One:

  1. Joe Mixon, RB, OU (7th ranked)
  2. Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky (16th ranked)
  3. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama (18th ranked)
  4. Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan (22nd ranked)
  5. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee (24th ranked)
  6. Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU (28th ranked)
  7. Tyus Bowser, EDGE, Houston (30th ranked)
  8. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (31st ranked)
  9. Budda Baker, DB, Washington (37th ranked)
  10. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (38th ranked)
  11. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado (40th ranked)
  12. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut (41st ranked)
  13. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan (42nd ranked)
  14. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida (43rd ranked)
  15. Marcus Williams, S, Utah (44th ranked)
  16. Kevin King, CB, Washington (45th ranked)
  17. Jordan Willis, OLB, Kansas State (47th ranked)
  18. DeMarcus Walker, DE, FSU (48th ranked)
  19. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama (49th ranked)
  20. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC (50th ranked)
  21. Marcus Maye, S, Florida 
  22. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
  23. Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
  24. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
  25. Alex Anzalone, ILB, Florida
  26. Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
  27. Ethan Pocic, OG, LSU
  28. Raekwon McMillan, ILB, OSU
  29. Desmond King, CB, Iowa
  30. Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple
  31. Curtis Samuel, WR, OSU
  32. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
  33. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
  34. Samaje Perine, RB, OU
  35. Cooper Kupp, WR, Western Washington
  36. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
  37. Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State
  38. Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
  39. Ardarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
  40. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
  41. Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
  42. Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama  Redskins 
  43. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
  44. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
  45. Dede Westbrook, WR, OU
  46. Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
  47. D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss
  48. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
  49. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
  50. Blair Brown, ILB, Ohio

Top players I like Round Two:

Joe Mixon (7th ranked)

Alvin Kamara (24th ranked)

Dalvin Cook (28th ranked)

  • Bunching up the Running Backs because I could see the Redskins going that position if one of these guys are on the board. Cook and Kamara have ball security issues which could scare the Redskins. As for Mixon, he has issues that seemed to be resolved, but is still alarming. I would bang the table for Mixon if he's there when the Redskins are on the clock. However, I wouldn't be opposed to any of the three mentioned.

Tyus Bowser (30th ranked): After going Jon Allen round one, grabbing an athletic freak like Bowser would be a home run. The Redskins don't just need another pass rusher, they specifically need a speed rusher. Bowser could fill that need.

Chris Wormley (22nd ranked): If the Redskins want to make a statement, they'd make one by going with back-to-back defensive linemen. Wormley would make a ton of sense and so would Malik McDowell.

Top players I like Round Three:

Brad Kaaya (38th ranked): The Redskins seem bullish on their intentions to not trade QB Kirk Cousins. If they aren't going to sign him long term while being stubborn and letting him essentially walk for free in 2018, selecting more insurance would be smart. Kaaya would make a ton of sense. He reminds me of Eli Manning.

Marcus Maye: This is a versatile defensive back the Redskins could use at FS, SS and maybe even nickel back.

Alex Anzalone: With the Redskins missing out on the big three LBs (Reddick, Davis and Foster), Anzalone serves as another quality option. He has some injury concerns, but would be a value here in the third.

Dion Dawkins: The Redskins could use more competition at left guard. Dawkins is a massive lineman with tools to mold.

Teez Tabor: He may have heavy feet, but Tabor competes. He has the potential to be a premier corner in the right system.

Derek Rivers: If you're unable to get a Bowser, I also like Rivers as an athletic speed rusher.


****Day One Material -

Top players I (realistically) like at 17 overall:

Haason Reddick (8th ranked)

Reuben Foster (9th ranked)

Jarrad Davis (11th ranked)

  • I grouped these three together because they would all top my personal Redskins board. Foster and Davis would immediately become the enforcer that Washington needs in the middle of their linebacking core. As for Reddick, he can serve as both and ILB and edge rusher. 

Tre'davious White (15th ranked): just a really solid player. I think he can step in and immediately be a nickel back. NFL teams spend more time in nickel than base. I believe the league average is around 70%. So nickel backs have become more important. 

Jonathan Allen (10th ranked): If he falls, it will be because of his medical and maybe even due to his average combine. He's not the freak athlete that you see typically go top ten. But where he wins is with his technique and hands. He'd immediately be the most talented defensive lineman on the Redskins.

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