Most mocks have the Redskins selecting Florida edger rusher Dante Fowler, though not all.
Mike Mayock, NFL.com: Leonard Williams, DE, USC. "This is the top player on my board, and this club is ecstatic he's available at No. 5." -- I'd agree on the ecstatic part, but not to keep but trade. Redskins GM Scot McCloughan basically said as much during his press conference on Monday.
Pete Prisco, CBS: Clemson OLB Vic Beasley: "They need somebody who can come off the edge with speed. Beasley excels at that. He might have issues against the run, but he will be explosive as a rusher."
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Top need: Defensive back. The pick: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State It really, really, really pays to run really, really, really fast in Indianapolis in February." -- Watch Rich Tandler's head explode if this happens.
Dan Kadar, Mocking the Draft: Beasley. "This mock isn't projecting trades, but I think Washington moves back a bit in the first round to get the extra picks GM Scot McCloughan covets. Not a bad move, especially if Beasley lands in their lap." -- The Falcons make sense as a likely trade down partner; they want Fowler; the Redskins want more picks and dropping to eight keeps them in play for several top prospects. I wonder if the target at eight would then be Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff or Miami tackle Ereck Flowers.
- Not that I read everyone, but not sure I saw Arizona State free safety Damarious Randall projected as a first round pick in any mock, though Mayock praised the cover option for some time. Now I see multiple people, including ESPN's Mel Kiper, put Randall in their final one-round mock. Less than two weeks ago Kiper suggested Randall was a third-round candidate.
- West Virginia's Kevin White is a popular mock selection for the Jets. New York signed Eric Decker last season, traded for Brandon Marshall this off-season and still don't have a quarterback. So, why should they take another wide receiver with the sixth overall pick? I went with Beasley, though you could argue for several different players/positions for the Jets, who need a QB most of all.
- Thought I was going out on a limb at least a little when I projected Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree to the Falcons at 8. Guess not. Mayock, Kiper and the The Atlanta Journal Constitution went the same way. Part of this is need and part of this involves Missouri's Shane Ray and Nebraska's Randy Gregory losing momentum because of various off-field matters.
- Another popular pick? Washington corner Marcus Peters to the Ravens at 26. Baltimore needs secondary help and Peters is a top 10 talent available late in round one because of, you guessed it, off the field matters. Marc Craig with the Star-Tribune has Peters landing with the Steelers, but I think we should hope the corner somehow ends up with Minnesota. "Sounds like a temperamental young jerk," Craig wrote of Peters. "Make him rich at your own risk."
- In case my mock is a disaster, just remember I was once good at making fake NFL Draft picks.