7 late round players that could make sense for Redskins
Oklahoma DL Charles Walker
After a sensational redshirt sophomore season in 2015 for the Sooners, Walker looked like he could be an early round draft pick. That year, Walker posted 10 tackles for loss to go with six sacks and a forced fumbles in 12 games. His junior year came undone by concussions, he only played five games, and a rather controversial ending to his time in Oklahoma when he decided to leave the team with two games left in the season to prepare for the NFL Draft. In a series of tweets, Walker explained his decision, as he was still not cleared from the concussion. The team that drafts Walker will have to consider his head injuries, but he could be a late-round steal if he can again reach the potential he showed in 2015. A 6-foot-2 and 304 lbs., Walker has the size and burst to play on the next level.
Florida DE Bryan Cox Jr.
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Bryan Cox Sr. played in the NFL for more than a decade, winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots and making three Pro Bowls. Unlike his dad, Bryan Cox Jr. plays defensive end instead of linebacker, and projects as a late-round pick. Cox impressed members of the Redskins scouting staff with his play at the East-West Shrine game, and similarly to Walker, posted great stats in 2015 before injuries cost him a number of games in 2016. As a junior in 2015, Cox logged 11 tackles for loss with 3.5 sacks to go with two forced fumbles and recoveries over 14 games. In 2016, injuries limited the 6-foot-3, 269 lbs. Gator to just eight games and his stats dipped significantly. As a Saturday draft pick, Cox could provide value if he can rediscover his 2015 form. Position questions may also hurt Cox, who will need to add more weight to play defensive line in the NFL, or be best suited as a defensive end in a 4-3 system. To play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, Cox will need to prove some ability in pass coverage.
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Iowa CB Desmond King
In the fourth round, Desmond King will be a steal for the team that drafts him. A consensus All-American in 2015, King could have left for the NFL Draft that year after registering eight interceptions for the Hawkeyes and dominating the Big Ten. Instead, he opted to return to Iowa and get his degree, perhaps hurting his draft stock in the process. He only logged three interceptions his senior year. What he lacks in size and vertical speed, King makes up for with smart play and ball skills. He might be more of a safety in the NFL than a corner, but he is a serious value pick on Saturday.
Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine
Before Joe Mixon took over the headlines at Oklahoma, Samaje Perine was making quite a name for himself. And unlike Mixon, Perine's spotlight was for all the right reasons. As a freshman, Perine ran for 427 yards against Kansas. That's nuts. In 2016, splitting work with Mixon, Perine still eclipsed 1,000 rush yards and hit the end zone 12 times. He's not a true RB1 in the NFL, but he's a strong runner that can help a team.
LSU DT Davon Godchaux
A big, tough interior defensive lineman, if the Redskins continue their defense only theme of the first two days of the 2017 Draft, Davon Godchaux could make sense. At 6-foot-3, 310 lbs., Godchaux could work in along the defensive line, probably at the nose or certainly at 3-4 defensive end. Strong but not explosive, he could eat blockers and allow others to make plays, especially if he can add a bit more weight to his frame. May be better suited for a 4-3 front, however.
Florida DL Caleb Brantley
Size and speed that would have gotten him drafted in the second round, Brantley could end up undrafted after a physical altercation that left a woman unconscious in mid-April. The Redskins reportedly liked Brantley before the misdemeanor charges, and if they're willing to deal with the negative press, he could hold a lot of value in the 6th or 7th rounds when the team holds extra picks.