All 22: Going deep on Redskins possible 2017 first-round draft picks
FSU RB Dalvin Cook
Possible pick at No. 17 - Considering the holes on the defenes, fans might scream if the Redskins take a running back in the first round, but a talent like Cook at 17 might be too much to pass up. As a junior at Florida State, Cook accounted for more than 2,200 yards from scrimmage to go with 20 touchdowns. While the 'Skins have struggled to score in the red zone, Cook scored 48 TDs in three seasons in Tallahasse.
This may be the last of three elite runners left on the board when Washington picks, as Leonard Fournette should go in the Top 6 and Christian McCaffrey could be gone before the draft hits double digits.
Ohio State safety Malik Hooker
Possible at 17 - Malik Hooker missed the Combine and is recovering after surgery for a labrum injury and a hernia. It is unclear now what that will do to his draft status, but it could make Hooker much more likely to be available to Washington at 17. The Redskins would need to be comfortable with Hooker's medical review, especially after 2015 first-round pick Josh Doctson missed most of the season due to injury.
At 6-foot-2 and 212 lbs., Hooker has the range to aggressively go for balls in the secondary and the power to support the run. Washington's repeated attempts to convert cornerbacks to safeties has largely been unsuccessful, and should Hooker last to 17, the 'Skins might jump on the Buckeye.
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers
Likely to slide past 17, and perhaps slide to 2nd round - All Jabrill Peppers draft predictions got thrown for a major loop after he tested positive for a diluted urine sample. That could mean he enters the league in the substance abuse program, giving NFL teams major pause before a first-round selection. Another junior coming out early, Peppers was a do-it-all guy for the Wolverines. He played a hybrid safety/linebacker and was highly productive: 66 tackles, 16 TFL, 3 sacks to go with an interception.
Jim Harbaugh also liked to line up Peppers offensively, and he scored five TDs in three seasons with Michigan. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Peppers on the next level, though speaking with a Big Ten coach at Senior Bowl practices, speed should not be a concern.
Alabama LB Reuben Foster
Possible pick at 17 - A dominant force on the Alabama defense, Foster made 115 tackles last fall for the Tide to go with 13 TFLs and 5 sacks. An all-around playmaker, Foster seemed like an obvious choice to get drafted in the Top 10 in January. Ever since then, things have not gone well for Foster.
An altercation with a hospital worker got him sent home from the Combine, and then news of a diluted sample will bring him into the league in the substance abuse program. It's hard to know when Foster will go, but more and more, it seems possible he could be there at 17 for Bruce Allen.
UCLA DL Takkarist McKinley
Possible pick at 17 - Want a run stuffer? McKinley made an incredible 18 tackles for loss as a senior in 2016 at UCLA. Want a guy that can get to the quarterback? McKinley logged 10 sacks this season as well. That production is astounding, not to mention his 61 tackles, six passes defensed and three forced fumbles.
At 6-foot-2 and 250 lbs., McKinley has all the size NFL scouts could want, and elite speed for his size. A number of experts are connecting McKinley with Washington, so this pick is gaining steam.
Temple OLB Haason Reddick
Possible pick at 17 - Scouts watching Reddick at the Senior Bowl hoped nobody else was looking. This kid used the college football offseason to fly up draft boards, and the hyper-athletic former Temple walk-on could now crack the Top 10 on Thursday night.
If he gets to 17, the Redskins could move quickly to select the 6-foot-1, 237 lbs., player that can flash elite talent both in getting to the QB as well as covering backs and tight ends.
Clemson WR Mike Williams
Long shot at 17 - Deep breath Redskins fans. Don't let the stink of Josh Doctson's first season sour you on the 'Skins taking a wideout in the first round this season, especially a player as good as Williams. Need a refresher? Check out that picture on the left and remember Williams torched Alabama for eight catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in the National Championship game.
Doctson's poor rookie season was nobody's fault; injuries happen. After signing Terrelle Pryor, it seems unlikely Bruce Allen will select a WR in the first round. Remember, however, Pryor is only on a one-year deal and Williams has a ton of talent.
Tennessee DL Derek Barnett
Possible pick at 17 - Highly productive in three seasons for the Volunteers, including a ridiculous 19 tackles for loss to go with 13 sacks as a junior to go with 56 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles. Plenty of size at 6-foot-3 and 265 lbs., but definitely needs work against the run. It's hard to tell if Barnett would be considered a bit of a reach at 17, though NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah ranked the Tennessee star his 17th best player available.
If Washington's draft board looks similar, then the Redskins might select a first-round pick from Tennessee for the first time since Heath Shuler in 1994. Projections vary wildly on Barnett; some say he could push into the Top 10, others have him a back end Round 1 selection.
Florida LB Jarrad Davis
Possible pick at 17 - Coaches and scouts love Davis despite a senior year beset by injuries at Florida. A leader and a instinctive football player, Davis was one of the best tacklers in the SEC.
The Redskins staff really likes him, and he has the size and speed to compete right away. 17th might be a little high, but like Bowser, if Washington trades back, Davis is a name to watch.
Washington WR John Ross
Possible pick at 17 - Don't shoot the messenger: The Redskins could consider another wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft. The team lost a pair of 1,000 yard wideouts in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson should be able to step in an offset some of that loss along with free agent signee Terrelle Pryor, but Ross is a wildly fast player that put up video game stats at Washington.
As a junior in 2015, Ross has 1,150 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. He added another TD on the ground and another TD via kickoff return. NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks projected Ross to the 'Skins in his first mock.
Alabama DL Jonathan Allen
Small possibility of slide to 17 - Allen was a monster for the Crimson Tide in 2016, and fits the exact biggest need on the Redskins. As a senior, he posted 16 tackles for loss to go with 10.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. Also has tremendous size at 6-foot-3 and 290 lbs.
For months, Allen seemed likely to go No. 2 overall after Myles Garrett. Now, concerns over possible shoulder arthritis could send Allen further down draft boards. If he lasts to 17, Washington should absolutely take the 'Bama big man.
LSU S Jamal Adams
Not happening - Jamal Adams might be the biggest sure thing in the Draft after Myles Garrett. Expect him gone in the Top 5. Should Washington select a safety, it would have to be a sliding Malik Hooker.
UNC QB Mitch Trubisky
Who knows - Things are really getting crazy here. If anybody was to unseat Myles Garrett in the No. 1 overall spot, it might be Trubisky. It's doubtful, but the NFL Draft has a long history of teams going QB crazy. Going No. 1 probably won't happen, but truly, Trubisky could go anywhere in the first round after that. Teams could trade up to get him. He could slide. It's a giant unknown.
In 13 games as a junior at UNC, he posted impressive numbers: 3,748 yards, 68 percent completion rate, 30 touchdowns, 6 interceptions. Seriously, those are great numbers, especially that TD/INT ratio. But this is nuts. This pick makes little to no sense for the Redskins unless a draft day trade of Kirk Cousins goes down, which would be unexpected.
Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham
Likely 2nd round pick - Names from Vanderbilt don't illicit the same excitement as their SEC brethren from Alabama or LSU, but that doesn't mean fans should sleep on Cunningham. The man Pro Football Focus dubbed "the best linebacker you haven't heard of" made quite an impact for the Commodores defense, making 125 tackles this season including 16.5 for loss.
At 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., the SEC's top tackler in 2016 could step in an immediately help the 'Skins run defense. Cunningham's draft stock seemed to peak in March, and now it seems he could slide to the second round.
Stanford DE Solomon Thomas
Not happening - Once a name connected with the Redskins at 17, Thomas' combine and post-combine workouts moved him way up in the Draft. He could go as high as No. 2 to San Francisco and is expected to land well within the Top 10.
In two seasons at Stanford, Thomas delivered. In 2016, he led the Cardinal in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks and was named to the All Pac-12 team. With good size at 6-foot-3, 271 lbs., Thomas could be a future star.
Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt
Possible pick at 17 - Somewhat like Davis and Bowser, Watt makes sense late in the first round, not at 17. Let's not pretend that the track record of his older brother doesn't impact his draft stock, but that's also a testament to the younger Watt. He shows similar traits to his incredibly disruptive older brother with good size and a relentless attacking mentality.
Last season at Wisconsin, Watt logged 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. That type of production would register with NFL scouts regardless of last name.
Texas A&M DE/OLB Myles Garrett
Not happening - Garrett is almost a consensus No. 1 overall pick, but a lot can happen before draft night. Should Garrett get past the Browns at No. 1, the team in the second slot should jump on him. He played 34 games in college at A&M, and he logged 31 sacks.
Wildly athletic and gifted, Garrett compares to Hall of Fame edge rushers like Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith. The Redskins have little to no shot at Garrett, but if enough crazy things happen, he would be an incredible boost for the Burgundy and Gold.
Michigan State DL Malik McDowell
Likely slides to 2nd round - At 6-foot-6 and 276 lbs., McDowell has great size and strength for an NFL defensive lineman. In 2015, he showed the potential that could make him a Top 10 overall pick. In 2016, his play slipped and he dealt with a nagging ankle injury. As a sophomore he accounted for 41 tackles and 13 tackles for loss. As a junior, those numbers dropped to 34 tackles and seven TFLs.
Scouts say McDowell has all the size and talent, but effort is a question, and that could cause his slide into the second round.
LSU RB Leonard Fournette
Not happening - After seeing the impact Zeke Elliott made for the Cowboys as a rookie it might be hard for teams to pass up the LSU star. Forget stats, anybody that watched Fournette play in college knows the kid has the power, speed and shift to be a Pro Bowler in the NFL. Now, Fournette could slide later in the draft as running backs often do, but if the 'Skins really wanted him, they would likely still have to trade up into the Top 10. It seems unlikely. That said, imagine Fournette on the edge running behind Trent Williams? Defenses won't like that picture.
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
Possible pick at 17 - Another player that saw his stock soar at and after the NFL Combine. McCaffrey now seems a lock to be the 2nd running back off the board, and NFL teams are fired up about his versatility in the pass, run and return game.
In three seasons at Stanford, McCaffrey amassed more than 5,00 total yards. As for the Redskins, it seems the team would jump to take McCaffrey, though it's unclear he will last all the way to 17. Carolina might nab him at 8.
Houston OLB/DE Tyus Bowser
Possible pick at 17 - This name might not have a lot of sizzle, but NFL scouts are all over the Houston Cougar. He dealt with discipline issues in college, but at 6-foot-3 and a former basketball player Bowser is absolutely the type of quick-twitch athlete pro teams covet. He can attack quarterbacks off the edge, but will need to add weight to his 230 lbs. frame.
Bowser might be a bit of a reach for the Redskins at 17, but it would depend what other prospects are off the board. If an early run on QBs doesn't materialize and Washington is looking at lesser options, don't be shocked to hear Bowser's name. If the team trades back into the later stages of the first round, Bowser could start to make sense.
Florida CB Teez Tabor
Possible 2nd round pick - How about a hometown here for the Redskins? Cornerback may not be a position of need for the 'Skins defense, but Tabor grew up in D.C. and had a very impressive three-year career at Florida.
Once a sure-fire 1st rounder, a slow 40 time looks like it will send Tabor to the second round, where one team will get a serious value. In three seasons with the Gators, Tabor had 104 tackles and eight interceptions, three of them run back for touchdowns.