Redskins full seven-round mock draft
First Round - Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
Tight end O.J. Howard was the best player on the board but he is way too much of a luxury pick. Reddick was close enough, especially since he could fill two needs. His position in the 3-4 base will be at inside linebacker. As he learns there, he also can contribute as an edge rusher in nickel packages. Reddick is smart, athletic, and he plays with a motor constantly revving on high.
Round 2—Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
I almost went for safety Budda Baker to get in a true free safety here but decided to keep the focus on the front seven. Wormley was a captain for the Wolverines and a three-year starter. At 6-5, 298 he has size, which you can’t coach up. He does need some work on consistency and technique, making him a perfect pupil for highly regarded defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
Round 3—Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
He has first-round talent but his violent act against a woman on video makes him untouchable in the first. Even in the second round, the baggage doesn’t outweigh the public relations problems. Here in the third round, however, he is just too good to pass up. Mixon has the tools to be a three-down back with good size (6-1, 226) and shiftiness and excellent pass-catching ability (as a senior, 37 receptions, 14.5-yard average, 5 TD).
Round 4(a)—Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
Back to the defense to get a free safety. He has the athleticism to work the high middle and solid hitting and wrap-up tackling technique to defend against the run. At 6-0 he has the length the Redskins like, although he may need to add a few pounds to the 199 he currently is carrying. In a pinch, he’s good enough in coverage to work the slot.
Round 4(b)—Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Here the pick is a Scot McCloughan type “football player” who can line up either at tight end or lined up wide. At 6-6, 257 he is not the prototypical blocking tight end the team may want to team up with Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis. But Hodges can block well enough and his presence as a pass-catching threat will keep the defenses off balance.
Round 5—Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
With uncertainty surrounding Kirk Cousins’ future in Washington, Dobbs could be the perfect understudy. The aerospace engineering major has good size and speed, which translates into playmaking ability. He needs to do a lot of work on footwork and decision making but that is what his redshirt year (or maybe two) would be for.
Round 6(a)—Bryan Cox Jr., Edge, Florida
The son of the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker of the same name, Cox has size and ability but is inconsistent. He is athletic enough to make the move from defensive end to outside linebacker but they might limit him to a pass-rushing role while he is learning.
Round 6(b)—Ben Braden, G, Michigan
This may be a little late to get some depth for the interior offensive line but the board didn’t offer anything earlier. Braden is huge at 6-6, 329 and a physical mauler. He has athletic limitations as you would expect with a player who is still around late on Saturday but he would be a good project for Bill Callahan.
Round 7(a)—Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State
You may not recognize the name but you know who Rudolph is. He is the player who sat down to lunch with an autistic child during a visit to a middle school last year and drew a lot of positive attention. This may be a cynical comment but this selection could offset some of the bad PR that would arise from the Mixon selection. On the field, Rudolph isn’t a burner but he runs routes well and he could eventually win a spot as a fourth or fifth receiver.
Round 7(b)—Hardy Nickerson, LB, Illinois
For the Redskins’ equivalent of Mr. Irrelevant, I’m going to put my chips down on bloodlines and take Nickerson, whose father, also named Hardy Nickerson, played inside linebacker in the league for 16 years and was first-team All-Pro twice for the Bucs. The younger Hardy doesn’t seem to have that ability but at this point in the draft I’ll take a competitor who could help on special teams.