For my second version of the Redskins mock draft, I went with the options to add trades and I went in being open to the idea of trading down in the first round. While making such a deal would clearly have its drawbacks, a first-round trade back would be the best way to Scot McCloughan to stockpile the additional draft picks he wants. But if there was a player at No. 21 who represented value too good to turn down I would take him.
When No. 21 came up Andrew Billings, Jarran Reed, A’Shawn Robinson, Eli Apple, Laquan Treadwell, and Josh Doctson were all gone. I made a deal similar to the one I floated in this article a couple of weeks ago. In exchange for the Redskins’ first-rounder and one of their seventh-round picks, the 49ers sent their second, third, and fifth-round picks to the Redskins.
R2 P6 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama—I don’t like him in the first since he’s probably only a two-down player. But in the second Ragland is almost too good to turn down and he is the pick over WR Michael Thomas and S Karl Joseph. I don’t think McCloughan values the position that much but he is a “football player” as the GM defines it. If he’ll draft a guard fifth overall he’ll draft an ILB in the second.
Another trade here, with the Redskins sending their second-round pick to Carolina for their second-, which is just nine spots down, fourth-, and fifth-round picks. I looked down the board and figured that there would be a player I liked still available with Carolina’s pick and I’m happy to have the two extra picks early on Saturday.
R2 P31 Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss—Is this realistic? I think it is, given all of the question marks surrounding him. And while the questions are legitimate he has too much value to leave him on the board.
R3 P5 Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama—I know that the draft Kelly in the first round crowd is going to say there is no way that he’ll be on the board early in the third round but the low value of the position could well push him down the board. If he’s gone, maybe they could turn to Nick Martin of Notre Dame here, although that would be a bit of a reach.
For the third straight round I’m trading my own pick and moving back. I send my third round pick, 21st in the round, to the Bills for picks in the fourth, fifth, and sixth plus a 2017 fourth-round pick. The 2017 pick is important because the Redskins have dealt away their fifth-round pick for Derek Carrier and this recoups that pick.
R4 P 19 RB CJ Prosise, Notre Dame—I like Alex Collins of Arkansas but I left him on the board to get the versatile Prosise. He is a good combination of speed and power and since he started out a slot receiver he is polished when it comes to catching passes out of the backfield.
R4 P22 CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama—Lacks ideal height at 5-10 but he’s stocky and physical. Ceiling is probably a nickel corner who plays special teams but good value here.
R4 P31 S K.J. Dillon, West Virginia—A 6-0 versatile safety who really took a jump up in productivity when teammate Karl Joseph was lost to a knee injury.
R5 P6 WR Jalin Marshall, Ohio State—An ex-quarterback who could return punts while he polishes his skills as a wide receiver.
R5 P17 QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford—This is the sweet spot for the developmental quarterback. Hogan played in a pro style offense so he would be able to step in should disaster strike.
R5 P19 CB Daryl Worley, West Virginia—A press man corner who also may be able to play free safety.
R5 P29 TE Thomas Duarte, UCLA—As of right now, the Redskins have no tight ends under contract for 2017. Duarte is similar in build and skill set to Jordan Reed. Although a big blocking TE may be preferable, they remain rare.
R6 P12 NT DJ Reader, Clemson—He played at 340 but slimmed down to 327 for the combine. It’s not that the Redskins don’t want a dedicated zero technique nose tackle, they just don’t want to expend a lot of resources on one. A sixth-round pick and accompanying cap hit would fit their budget.
R6 P17 ILB Antonio Morrison, Florida—A McCloughan “football player” who tackles well (over 100 tackles both as a junior and senior).
R7 P21 CB Brandon Williams, Texas A&M—Good size (5-11, 197) but very raw. A good project to stash on the practice squad and see what you have in 2017.
Total 13 picks plus picked up one in 2017. Eight defensive players, five on offense.