We have finally reached NFL Draft week, which means time for mock drafting is running out and time for getting a true look at the future for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens is just days away. Before examining the potential first-round picks for each team, let's note that a final mock will arrive early on Thursday morning. You can check out all the Redskins and Ravens picks from the previous mocks below and click through to this extreme, trade-heavy and *fun* version posted last week.
- Maybe it's the romantic in all of us, but most interested parties (fans, media colleagues) that I've chatted with believe Scot McCloughan wants to trade out of the fifth overall pick with the idea of picking up additional selections (The Redskins GM basically said as much at Monday's press conference). That scenario would open up many more potential players whether they drop five spots or eight spots or further down the first round. Here are the 10 players the Redskins are most likely to take with their first pick:
10. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - Barring a major development, Mariota isn't getting past two. That said, 99 percent chance McCloughan takes him for at least trade bait if available.
9. La'el Collins, OL, LSU - "Loves to mash and intimidate opponents. Mean player." If McCloughan buys that description, he could fall in love. 10-30 range depending on the mock.
8. Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky - This is the "move down but still take a perimeter rusher" scenario.
7. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama - Perhaps the safest stud in the draft. Backup option at five, though not seeing McCloughan going receiver.
5. Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson - Imagine both quarterbacks, Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler off the board. If the goal is still an edge rusher, Beasley fits the bill.
3. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fl.) - Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-6 Flowers ends up being the first true tackle selected.
2. Brandon Scherrf, OG, Iowa - McCloughan said on Monday he wants "Big, tough, nasty strong guys." Here you go. Likely available in 8-14 range.
1. Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida - Triple threat prospect: Ferocious talent, high potential and need. Only fear involves Jaguars at 3 or another team trading up.
- Receiver or corner, corner or receiver - that's been my assumption for the Ravens in the first round throughout the mock draft process. Because there is quality depth at both positions, Baltimore can play the "best player available" game and feel reasonably good about adding help in positions of need in subsequent rounds. Taking a front-7 prospect is always an option for Baltimore. Additionally, talented running backs like Georgia's Todd Gurley or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon could be available, though the larger trend is against runners in round one. Here are my best guesses for No. 26:
10. Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State - Mike Mayock's favorite safety is an option in the secondary.
9. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State - A run on receivers early in the draft could put a surprise name into the first round.
8. Bryon Jones, CB, Connecticut - Dynamic athlete who is rated as just a rung behind the draft class' top corners.
6. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin - Dazzled with the Badgers and are we sure Justin Forsett can do that again?
5. Landon Collins, S, Alabama - Ozzie Newsome loves those Alabama guys,
4. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State - Would provide Joe Flacco with a big target on the outside.
3. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC - Strong route runner gained momentum over draft process.
2. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest - The Howard County (River Hill) kid is perhaps the safest corner prospect in the draft.
1. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington - Off the field issues a concern. Talent is not.
Mock draft recap
1.0 - Brandon Scherff (OL, Iowa)
2.0 - Shane Ray (OLB, Missouri), Cameron Erving (OL, Florida State)
3.0 - Shane Ray (OLB, MIssouri), Carl Davis (NT, Iowa)
4.0 - Danny Shelton (NT, Washington), D.J. Humphries (OT, Florida)
5.0 - Fowler, Byron Jones (CB, Connecticut), Corey Robinson (OT, South Carolina)
6.0 - Fowler, Denzel Perryman (ILB, Miami), Robinson
7.0 - Fowler, T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh), Shaq Thompson (LB, Washington)
7.5 (one-round, trade-heavy version) - Bud Dupree (OLB, Kentucky - plus two trade downs, taking Dupree at 16)
1.0 - P.J. Williams (CB, Florida State)
2.0 - Kevin Johnson (CB, Wake Forest), Nelson Agholor (WR, USC)
3.0 - Williams, Agholor
4.0 - Marcus Peters (CB, Washington), Agholor
5.0 - Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State), Quinten Rollins (Miami-Ohio, CB), Javorius Allen (RB, USC)
6.0 - Strong, Rollins, Allen
7.0 - Peters, Damarious Randall (FS, Arizona State), Allen
7.5 - (one-round, trade-heavy version) - Peters