Redskins

Redskins

Mock drafts continue to get pumped out as we are less than two weeks away from the 2017 NFL draft. 

Throughout the past several months there has been anything but consistency on who the experts believe the Washington Redskins will take in the first round. 

In Ben Standig's latest mock draft for CSN Mid-Atlantic, he has the Redskins drafting a guard, Forrest Lamp, from Western Kentucky.

Standig's Analysis: "Will Jay Gruden choke down the Redskins selecting another guard in round one? According to team president Bruce Allen, the team's big board will make the call. Therefore it's possible Lamb, considered the best offensive lineman in the draft, is the choice. Left guard isn't Washington's main need, but an upgrade is needed and the defensive line draft options are limited. Maybe defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Maybe speedy receiver John Ross. Maybe Gruden is down with boosting a line set to have three current starters enter free agency next year. Maybe the big board should suggest a trade down."

Should the team go this route, Washington will have drafted a guard as their top choice for the second time in the past three years. In 2015, the team drafted Pro-Bowler Brandon Scherff from Iowa. He has started in all 33 games for the team since. 

The earlier version of Standig's mock draft (7.0: A month away from draft day) had the organization eyeing Haason Reddick, an inside linebacker from Temple.

 

Standig's Analysis: "Will Compton and Mason Foster are back, but Washington's run defense needs a thumper. Reddick was among the freakier athletes at the Combine, but there's also production here. Ideally the Redskins help their suspect defensive line, but there aren't many (any?) must-have options at this spot unless they believe in Malik McDowell's potential."

Many fans have called for help on the defensive side for the past handful of years and believe that this draft, if that is their focus, can be the difference in a border-line playoff team and an NFC contender. 

The earlier mock draft had Lamp not going until the 22nd pick with the Miami Dolphins. The newer version now has Reddick jumping up to 11th with the New Orleans Saints. 

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