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Redskins 2019 7-round mock draft: #1 The 'Living on the Edge' Scenario

Redskins 2019 7-round mock draft: #1 The 'Living on the Edge' Scenario

Projecting a one-round NFL mock draft with accuracy in mind is lunacy. Doing so for seven rounds should mean an immediate elementary school-type timeout. Offering up three versions of a seven-round draft with undrafted free agents in tow for the Washington Redskins probably demands an intervention.

Before gathering folks together, take a moment to understand there’s a method to this mock draft madness.

Presented here is simply a look at three different scenarios for the Redskins, pick by pick. These choices are based on a combination of conversations with league sources, homework, intuition plus remaining needs.

While not an interactive article or the latest season of “Black Mirror,” consider this akin to a “Choose your adventure” book. While the Redskins have four of the top 97 selections, their list of needs is lengthy.

Want an edge rusher and safety in the first two rounds? Cool, but then here’s what you’re staring at with guards, wide receivers and corners from there. Think there’s no way they should pass on a long-term quarterback at 15? Fine as long as you realize the pool of sack masters, inside linebackers and tight ends drop off after round two.

Though the April 25-27 extravaganza is rapidly approaching, plenty can change with the overall draft board and the Redskins’ situation. There’s a possible quarterback trade for Josh Rosen out there, for example. Free agency is still in play even though the marketplace turned library quiet.

Hopefully, some of you nod along. Those who see red as you read, critique away. Just understand there’s a method to the madness.

PATH 1 -- Living on the edge

First Round, Pick No. 15: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

The need for more help on the edge following Preston Smith’s free agency exit is obvious and not at all. Does the organization believe Ryan Anderson can handle such duties in his third season? Let’s just say the jury is out and therefore the verdict here is to get another pass rusher. Assuming Montez Sweat isn’t available we’ll go with Burns. The 6-foot-5 speed threat needs more power, but he racked up 14.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss during his final two seasons with the Seminoles.

Second Round, Pick No. 46: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

Just like the aforementioned OLB scenario, the need for free safety depends on whether the organization truly believes there’s bounce-back potential with Monte Nicholson. Beyond the arrest late in the season, don’t forget the Redskins traded a fourth-round pick for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in-season to replace Nicholson. Plenty of safety options exist on Day 2 including Savage, who brings instincts, cover skills and 4.36 speed.

Third Round, Pick No. 77: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

Patience with the receivers in this draft pays off. Public big boards typically rank around 15 wideouts among the top 110 overall selections. Here that means the 6-foot-2 Harmon, who some consider a possible top 35 pick, but other sources deem more of a late Day 2 selection because of speed and quickness concerns. The three-year starter brings strong hands and a physical presence, traits the Redskins' receivers lack. Whether it’s Harmon, Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside or another interesting prospect, viable options will remain on the board in this range.

Third Round, Pick No. 97: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

This slot could prove wildly off for Grier, who I had going 46 to the Redskins in recent mocks, but his Senior Bowl and Combine work didn't help his draft cause. ESPN and CBS both rank Grier outside the top 100 prospects. He lacks a big arm but is willing to take risks and doesn't shy away from leading the offense. We know the Redskins lack a long-term option at quarterback. Depending on Alex Smith’s recovery from a serious leg injury any rookie selected might be the only QB on the roster entering 2020 free agency. Best bets on Grier’s landing spots: Redskins, Giants, Panthers.

 

Fifth Round, Pick No. 154: Drew Sample, TE, Washington

My guess is Sample goes off the board in the 3-4 round range based on conversations with league and team sources, yet several big boards rank him lower than 154. Sample stood out with an impressive showing during the Combine workouts in Indianapolis, where the Redskins brought him for a formal meeting. Would help more as a blocker initially. Washington probably keeps only three tight ends, but maybe not considering Jordan Reed’s injury history and Vernon Davis’ age.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 174: Nate Herbig, G, Stanford

This monster of a prospect, the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Herbig earned 2nd team All-Pac 12 honors in 2018 despite playing only seven games because of injuries. This came after a 1st team selection in 20017 with starts at both guard spots. Perhaps all of that experience propels Herbig into the left guard battle in Washington. That the Redskins might need a Day 3 pick to start shows the downside of waiting on guard. Again, can’t solve all their needs with early selections.

Sixth Round, Pick No. 208: T.J. Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin

Inside linebacker remains a long-term need for the Redskins. Will Reuben Foster make it through a season without incident? Does Mason Foster return for 2020? Are Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaun Dion Hamilton eventual starters in this league? This isn’t a major investment, but Edwards, a four-year starter, led the Badgers with 113 tackles last season.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 229: Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound back with 4.4 40-yard speed is coming off a senior season with over 1,100 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground. League-wide interest increased after an impressive pro day.

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Seventh Round, Pick No. 255: Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati

The Redskins are generally good along the defensive line, but depth additions are always worth exploring. Broughton’s up-and-down college career ended with a positive note as the 282-pound tackle had 7.5 sacks.

UDFA: Jackson Barton, OT, Utah

This 6-foot-7 lineman made 28 starts for the Utes and received all Pac-12 first-team honors in 2018. Despite the experience, Barton is on the 7th round/UDFA line.

Summary: This version checks off the needs one by one starting with the conventional pass rusher angle and a playmaking safety next to Landon Collins. Adding Harmon, Grier and Sample specifically in the middle rounds would make this a strong haul overall. However, in this scenario the Redskins remain without a clear starting left guard on the roster and do not add corner depth.

Path 2 -- No passing on the future (Thursday) 

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Redskins great, Hall of Fame legend Bobby Mitchell dies

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Redskins great, Hall of Fame legend Bobby Mitchell dies

Bobby Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins before going on to spend decades in the team's front office after his Hall of Fame playing career had ended, died on Sunday according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 84.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Bobby Mitchell. The Game lost a true legend today. Bobby was an incredible player, a talented executive and a real gentleman to everyone with whom he worked or competed against. His wife Gwen and their entire family remain in our thoughts and prayers. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations,” Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a statement. 

Mitchell was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the eighth round of the 1958 draft. He was traded to Washington in 1962 and by the time his 11-year playing career ended, he was third in NFL history with 14,078 total yards.

He earned four Pro Bowl nods. He started in Washington's front office immediately after his playing career ended, eventually rising up to be the team's assistant general manager. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. 

“I was extremely saddened to hear the news about the passing of the great Bobby Mitchell. Bobby was a Hall of Fame player and executive and represented the Washington Redskins organization with integrity for over 50 years. His passion for the game of football was unmatched by anyone I have ever met," Redskins team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. 

"Not only was he one of the most influential individuals in franchise history, but he was also one of the greatest men I have ever known. He was a true class act and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gwen and the entire Mitchell family during this time."

 

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This incredible Chase Young jersey swap lit up Redskins Twitter. Here's how it was made

This incredible Chase Young jersey swap lit up Redskins Twitter. Here's how it was made

On Sunday, 17-year-old Thacher Groe tweeted a jersey swap featuring Chase Young in a Redskins uniform that immediately caught the attention of countless Washington fans. That's an idea that plenty of graphic designers and Photoshoppers have executed before him, of course, but the reason his stood out is, well, because it's absolutely tremendous. 

The final image is so remarkable, in fact, you almost have to remind yourself that it isn't real, and that Young isn't a member of the Burgundy and Gold yet.

Before getting to how Groe pulled the edit off, though, it's time for you to see it (and then stare at it, which is an inevitable response):

"This jersey swap took me around 6 hours to complete," he said after his post blew up. "This isn’t how long they usually take, but when I choose up-close images of players, I like to spend extra time on the little details such as reflections and stitching."

The only person with a higher approval rating among Redskins supporters than Groe is Ron Rivera. Users called him "brilliant" and dubbed him "elite." 

According to Groe, many people take on this kind of project by cutting out a jersey from a current player and then pasting that on the new one. That's the easier method.

He, on the other hand, prefers to "work on changing the colors and working with what already is there." That approach is much more involving, but it also produces masterpieces like the Young picture and this Cam Newton photo:

Together, those two creations have helped Groe double his social media following. 

"I think the combination of people loving jersey swaps as well as everyone being huddled up indoors on our phones were the perfect conditions for my sudden growth," he said.

The most difficult part of the project, Groe explained, was modifying the pass rusher's gloves. Turning them into Redskins gear "may be the hardest thing" he's ever done in four years of working with Photoshop. 

"Tedious," he said. "But definitely worth it."

The not-even-college-student got into graphic design after being hooked by the way the Madden displayed art for players and hopes to continue the passion well beyond school. No matter what his future holds, though, he's already achieved one miraculous thing in his career. 

He made a Redskins player look good in number 92. 

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