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2019 NFL Draft: Updated big board, Redskins notes, QB shakeup

2019 NFL Draft: Updated big board, Redskins notes, QB shakeup

NFL mock drafts show part of the big picture story. Big Boards offer additional context.

Along with the brand new mock draft, we present an updated NFL Draft big board with a ranking of the top 50 prospects ahead of the April 25-27 draft.

It goes without saying that this is the height of the misinformation portion of draft season. Even if one speaks with all 32 general managers there’s no guarantee of receiving the honest truth across the board. That said, there’s no couching every insight or opinion here. Readers are smart enough to understand the information below, from the sourcing to the rankings, is a snapshot of the draft process.

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Not every rumor or take received made this page. For the ones that did, including thoughts on the Redskins’ plan, Dwayne Haskins and risers/fallers, read on. Also make sure to check out the latest two-round mock draft, which includes bonus third-round selections for the Redskins and Ravens.

* There’s a clear momentum shift with the first round quarterbacks both in terms of the number and order.

The apparent slider is Ohio State’ Dwayne Haskins. In terms of falling outside the top two QB prospects in this class, the draft community is catching up to NBC Sports Washington’s stance. Drew Lock began appearing ahead of Haskins in mock drafts since the Mar. 12 version, but both were off the board by 11*.

The intrigue now involves a possible drop for Haskins should he get past the Bengals (11), Dolphins (13), Redskins (15) and the Giants’ second first-round choice (17). Limited starting experience (one year at Ohio State) and heavy foot issues are the primary concerns.

(* Little secret about mock drafts. Sometimes the slotting is based on convenience. We believe player X will go in the first somewhere, but the fit isn’t always obvious. This is especially true with quarterbacks since only a select few teams need one.)  

The potential dip, however, also involves the rise of Duke’s Daniel Jones. Actually, Jones isn’t really on the move, but NFL voices are speaking up more about the perception gap between teams and media types.

“The buzz on Jones in the first and possibly fairly high is 1000 percent real,” an NFL source told NBC Sports Washington.

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Jones, tutored at Duke by head coach and former Peyton Manning mentor David Cutcliife, doesn’t wow on tape, but his subtleties standout out the evaluators.

“Jones is a good player,” a former NFL general manager told NBC Sports Washington. “Big kid. Not the strongest arm. Great anticipation on his throws from the pocket. I don’t think he'll ever be great, but can be a solid NFL quarterback.”

* There's a strong belief growing that the Redskins would like to take a TE with three-down potential high in the draft. That's doubtful at 15. Iowa's TJ Hockenson, the top TE option, seems unlikely to get outside the top 12. Alabama's Irv Smith is a second-round candidate, though good chance he goes by 40.

We don't need sources to know Jay Gruden's feelings on the topic. At the recent NFL owners meetings, the Redskins head coach openly discussed the team's lack of a 3-down option in response to a question about play calling.

“Last year we tinkered around with two different two tight end sets, actually we had three. We had Sprinkle and Vernon, Sprinkle and Jordan, and Vernon and Jordan. It's kind of a pain in the neck when you have all these plays,” Gruden told reporters. “If you're going to feature the running game it's probably going to be Sprinkle more so, then Jordan and Vernon are standing next to you." 

Washington’s Drew Sample and LSU's Foster Moreau are late Day 2/fourth round candidates.

* Oklahoma guard/tackle Cody Ford is typically slotted in the 20-30 range. That's the likely call based on the overall board. However, there's 14-16 pick upside. Atlanta might look OL if Clemson DT Christian Wilkins is gone. The same with Carolina at 16, according to a league source, unless an edge rusher like Florida State's Brian Burns remains available. The Panthers signed free agent center Matt Paradis this off-season, but still need more in front or Cam Newton.

* Ford mentioned in this range is notable with the Redskins' obvious need at left guard. So is a visit from another highly regarded lineman.

Kansas State OL Dalton Risner is scheduled to visit with the Redskins in Ashburn Monday for a top 30 meeting. The All-American tackle likely moves inside to guard on the NFL level though right tackle or even center is possible. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound lineman offers power and impressive athleticism as shown during his three seasons as a starter and an impressive Combine showing.

However, his sweet spot is likely in between Washington's first two selections with one source saying Risner should be off the board by 45. One former NFL front office executive told NBCSW he views Risner as a Day 3 selection, but there's a larger consensus of him landing early in Day 2.

"Ford is the player to draft based on upside, but Risner has the higher floor," one league source told NBC Sports Washington. “[Risner] should be a starter soon and a long-term one.”

While 15 for a guard seems a tad aggressive for the Redskins, tabbing a needed guard in the second or third should be a priority.

*I’ve posted 12 NFL mock drafts in the calendar year 2019. All but one had the Redskins selecting a defensive player. Most calls landed on edge rushers (Montez Sweat, Clelin Ferrell, Brian Burns) with Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush a multi-time selection. The lone offensive player, Hockenson. 

None of these players lines up at wide receiver, which is often a popular position choice for mock drafters looking to place DK Metcalf or Marques Brown somewhere. The reasoning behind skipping receiver all these weeks falls in line with a recent comment from a league source.

“It’s weird this year, but there’s no clear WR1 in this class,” the league source told NBC Sports Washington. “Meanwhile between prospects 40-110 the WR depth is so freaking good. I don’t know who the top WR is, though."

Day 2 candidates to consider include Deebo Samuel, Hakeem Butler, Kelvin Harmon and Emmanuel Hall. The 6-foot-5 Butler is scheduled to meet with the Redskins Tuesday and Ravens Wednesday, sources tell NBC Sports Washington.

* Only quarterbacks are coveted more than pass rushers. It’s why many see Burns landing somewhere in the top 15 after he compiled 29 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons. The biggest concern for teams is whether the 249-pounder can hold up as a run defender. If not, his value could suffer as a non-three-down player.

*Let’s get to the big board. Consider this a combination of some film review, homework, insight and NFL voices.

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1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

2. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

3. Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

4. Devin White, LB, LSU

5. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

6. Montez Sweat, DE, Miss. St.

7. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

8. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

9. Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

10. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

11. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

12. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

13. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

14. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

15. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

16. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

17. Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma

18. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Miss. State

19. Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

20. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

21. Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

22. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

23. Johnathan Abram, S, Miss. St.

24. Chris Lindstrom, G, BC 

25. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

26. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

27. A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi 

28. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

29. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa 

30. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

31. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

32. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

33. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

34. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

35. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

36. Andre Dillard, OT, Wash. State

37. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

38. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

39. Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

40. Irv Smith, TE, Alabama 

41. Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington 

42. Nassir Adderley, FS, Delaware

43. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State 

44. Chase Winovich, LB, Michigan 

45. Oshane Ximines, DE, ODU

46. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

47. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

48. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

49. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

50. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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