On my final Redskins mock draft, I made fewer trades than I did in the previous iteration.
I was hesitant to trade out of Round 1 since I like having that fifth-year option on a player, something that goes away with the players picked in the second round. But when I was offered Cleveland’s second-round pick, the first in the round, I took it. That’s the first pick of Day 2 and the team that has that pick is on the clock for about 20 hours, plenty of time to generate some good trade offers, especially if a QB like Connor Cook is still on the board.
So I traded the first-round pick, No. 21 overall, to Cleveland for the first pick of the second round and the second pick of the third round.
Originally I was planning to flip the Browns second-rounder into some more picks. But when I saw the player I would have taken had I kept pick No. 21 still on the board, I skipped the trade and took the player.
I didn’t make any more trades. By the time it got to where I didn’t think I had to take a player who was on the board, my return on moving down would have been sixth- and seventh-round picks. It just wasn’t worth the downgrade in the quality of player available.
So I ended up with nine picks, fewer than Scot McCloughan would like and probably fewer than he will wind up with.
Let me know what you think of the selections in the comments. Finally, Thursday night we will see what really happens.
- Round 2
ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama—I’ve gone full circle on Ragland. I liked him at first, but I looked at his limited coverage ability and soured on him a bit. Now, the more I hear Scot McCloughan talking about wanting “football players” the more I think that Ragland fits that description. His availability at the top of the second round clinched the selection.
S Jeremy Cash, Duke—I was initially thinking defensive line here but I saw enough good ones on the board that I figured I could get a good one with that early third-round pick I got in the trade. Cash is big and physical and will help against the run immediately. He will need development in coverage but he will contribute in the box right away.
- Round 3
DL Austin Johnson, Penn State—Johnson has good size and his athleticism helps him get some pass rush push so he checks two boxes. Kenny Clark of UCLA was also available here so he was the fallback if Johnson was gone.
C Nick Martin, Notre Dame—One of the ripple effects of the Norman deal is that the $20 million cap hit set for next year will increase the urgency of replacing higher-priced veterans who are on the way out. Martin could be the Week 1 center, giving the team the option of letting go of Kory Lichtensteiger and his $3.7 million cap hit. If not, he would certainly be ready by 2017 when Lichtensteiger has a $4 million cap hit.
- Round 4
RB Kenyan Drake, Alabama—He’s fast and can hit holes quickly but at 6-1, 210 he isn’t really a traditional scatback. Drake would be half of a thunder and lightning combo with Matt Jones.
- Round 5
QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford—Sure he has that funny throwing motion. The Redskins will learn to live with it or fix it over the next year. He’s a QB who could go in as a rookie and not embarrass you.
- Round 6
NT Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State—This is perhaps a round too early for this guy, who looks great at times but lacks consistency. He can fill in at nose tackle in spots this year and then stuff the run playing 15 snaps or so for the next several seasons.
- Round 7
WR Cayleb Jones, Arizona—I might have taken a wide receiver earlier but since I’m taking a flyer on a late-round receiver I’ll go with a guy who’s 6-3 and see what I can turn him in to.
TE Bryce Williams, East Carolina—I’m looking for a guy I might be able to stash on the practice squad for a year and have ready for next year when Vernon Davis is probably gone. Williams will need to add some weight to his 6-6 frame; if he can do that he will be ready to compete for a job as a blocking tight end.