Let’s dive right in to my first Redskins mock draft of the season, run on the mock draft simulator at Fanspeak.
Round 1—DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
My two favorite players in this draft, DT Andrew Billings of Baylor and WR Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss, both were gone. It came down to a choice between Robinson and Jarran Reed, his line mate at Alabama. I went with Robinson because I think he’s more versatile. Reed is more of a straight run stuffer and although he’s a good one Robinson has more range and should get to the quarterback more.
Round 2—WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State
I thought about doubling up on the defensive line with either Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech or Chris Jones of Mississippi State but I decided I liked both Thomas and WR Josh Doctson of TCU better. I went with Thomas because he a bit taller and I like players who have been in big games. But I would have no issue with Doctson at this point in the draft (although I doubt that he’ll be available at this point in reality).
Round 3—C Nick Martin, Notre Dame
If you read me here regularly, you probably know that I’m not with those who think that center is a four-alarm emergency need that must be addressed early in the draft. In fact, I think this spot in the draft is too early for a center. But this is a case of taking the best available player, assuming that Martin has fully recovered from his 2013 knee injury. Martin has to potential to be a solid starter for the next 8-10 years.
Round 4—Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Before taking Martin in the third, I pondered taking a running back there. It was between Collins and Jordan Howard of Indiana. Collins seems to be tougher and more durable and he still available so he was the pick. I thought about RB C.J. Prosise of Notre Dame here, too. I like the versatility the former slot receiver brings to the position. I’ll likely find a way to get him in a future mock.
Round 5—CB Maurice Canady, Virginia
I wasn’t really enthusiastic about any of the choices here so I went with Canady, a 6-1 corner who has decent speed but needs a lot of polish.
Round 6—QB Cody Kessler, USC
It was time to get a developmental quarterback and my favorite, Kevin Hogan of Stanford, had just come off of the board. Kessler was the choice over Jeff Driskel of Louisiana Tech and Nate Sudfeld of Indiana. I see Kessler as the best suited to come in and keep things afloat should disaster strike at the quarterback position. He completed 71 percent of his passes from the pocket and he threw 67 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions over his last two years with the Trojans.
Round 7-A—ILB Blake Martinez, Stanford
I’m looking for special teams help at this point in the draft. Martinez is bigger inside backer who hits hard but has limited quickness. Perhaps he will struggle in coverage as an inside backer but I could see him charging downfield in kick coverage.
Round 7-B—S Derrick Kindred, TCU
At 5-10, not as big as you’d like but he broke his collarbone three days before the season started and he played through it. That kind of toughness could make up for a lack of size. Kindred is not a solution at safety, at least not right away, but he could provide depth and special teams help right away.