I ran through my first Redskins-only seven-round mock draft of the season. While the Fanspeak program I used does give the option of trades, I decided not to do them on this first go-around to keep it simpler.
As you’ll see with the second-round pick, I went with what I think the Redskins will do and not what I personally would do given the same set of choices.
Unlike the real draft, this one will be redone a few times over the next two weeks. Your thoughts and suggestions in the comments are, as always, appreciated.
Round 1, Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky—This showed how tough the Redskins’ top pick may be and why fans may not be happy with it. All three of the top running backs were off the board as were top inside linebackers Reuben Foster and Haason Reddick. There wasn’t a defensive line prospect who wasn’t a huge reach. With a trade down not available, I went with Lamp as the best available player even though I don’t like the value.
Round 2, D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas—Joe Mixon was the best player on the board. Personally, I might take a chance on the PR problems that would come with the pick but I’m trying to do what the Redskins will do and I don’t see them doing that. Foreman was highly productive in college, leading FBS in rushing yards with 2,028 and is a good blend of size (6-0, 233) and speed.
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Round 3, Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa—I desperately want to get some defensive line help but the board just won’t let me. With this draft being so deep at defensive back I had to pull the trigger here when a pretty good one fell to me in Round 3. King was a four-year starter at Iowa who also played nearly half of the Hawkeyes’ special teams snaps. He doesn't have ideal size (5-10, 201) but he makes up for it with football IQ and desire.
Round 4(a), Nazair Jones, DE, North Carolina—Finally, some DL help here. At 6-5, 304, Jones can help out against the run immediately. His pass rushing skills may never develop but he would be a young upgrade on early downs.
Round 4(b), Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma—He was a unanimous first-team All-American with 80 receptions for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns. At 6-0, 178 he is’t a physical presence but has the speed (4.34 in the 40 at his pro day) to be productive.
Round 5, Duke Riley, ILB, LSU—At 6-0, 223 he could take a year to pack on a few pounds, play some special teams, get some experience and be ready to contribute in 2018.
Round 6(a), Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas—He underachieved as a senior but he has good length and power. He will need to add to his 274 pounds. Wise could be some good raw material to give to Jim Tomsula.
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Round 6(b), Sam Rogers, FB/TE, Virginia Tech—I know that Jay Gruden doesn’t use fullbacks but Rogers could also play some tight end and be a special teams star. This is a case of taking a Scott McCloughan-type “football player”.
Round 7(a), Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor—Fuller has good size at 6-5, 307. Could be a good backup in 2018.
Round 7(b), Deangelo Brown, NT, Louisville—Here’s another project D-lineman for Tomsula. Brown was a playmaker for the Cardinals, post 16 tackles for loss last year.
Review: While I didn’t address the D-line early, I addressed it often, with three Saturday picks giving Tomsula some projects to work on. I would like to get a lot more impact out of the first-round pick but it just wasn’t there. As a consolation, I look for Lamp to take over the starting role by the middle of training camp and allow the team to save $4 million in cap money by moving on from Shawn Lauvao.
Westbrook could be my steal, sort of like 2014 fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder. I don’t see him having as much impact as Crowder did as a rookie but he could be a very productive player by his second or third years.