Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 17, nine days before the 2018 NFL draft.
On average, mock drafts like Vea to the Redskins
Mock drafts are crazy wild guesses when they are done in February. Those done in April are just wild guesses. However, when mock drafts start to say the same thing perhaps it’s time to pay at least a little bit of attention.
And the mock drafts are saying that Vita Vea is heading to the Redskins when they are on the clock with the 13th pick of the draft. It’s not to the point where it is developing an air of inevitability, but the odds seem to be favoring his arrival in a very large burgundy and gold uniform.
For some anecdotal evidence, take a look at the mock draft page on NFL.com. They have four mock drafts presented and three of them, the drafts by Bucky Brooks, Charley Casserly, and Chad Reuter all have the 347-lb. nose tackle headed from the state of Washington to Washington, D.C. Only former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew differs. He has the Redskins taking Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
Now, we could peruse mock drafts all over the internet to see who has Vea projected to the Redskins. But one site has done the work for us.
The Big Lead pulled up 15 mock drafts from respected sources, crunched the numbers, and came up with the average draft position for each prospect. The drafts are listed at the top of the post.
And, as you may have guessed by now, the 13th-ranked player in terms of draft position is Vita Vea. Not only that, but his average draft position was 12.8, lining up almost exactly with the Redskins’ pick.
This does not mean that Vea is a unanimous pick at No. 13. Of the 12 mocks I was able to pull up (some were behind paywalls, others dead links), four had Vea going to Washington, making him the most popular pick for the Redskins. Safety Derwin James was second, picked by three mock drafters and two took defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne.
Of the eight who had the Redskins taking someone other than Vea, four had him off the board at No. 13.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Vea to the Redskins is a slam dunk. It takes just one team of the 12 drafting ahead of them to turn in the card with his name on it to blow it up. Or perhaps the team has other players ranked ahead of him who will be available.
But it’s still interesting that various analysts around the league are seeing what most who follow the team closely are seeing, that the Redskins need help stopping the run and that Vea just may be a matter of the best available player filling a pressing need.
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Don’t know. No media allowed until OTAs and team/players rarely talk about who’s not there.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) April 16, 2018
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