I took my crack at a seven-round Redskins mock draft yesterday. As draft day approaches and all the information comes in, let’s see who the various analysts around the internet are picking for the Redskins in the first round of this year’s NFL draft.
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com, Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Washington might be targeting a playmaker and they obviously need a running back. While other RBs are getting more hype, Cook is an outstanding talent.
Tandler’s take: Cook is who I took in the first round in the latest Redskins’ mock. There just isn’t enough help on the board on defense at that point to turn down a player who could have huge impact.
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Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
Reddick can play off the line of scrimmage on run downs and rush off the edge on passing downs. He is an elite athlete who has really helped himself during the postseason.
Tandler’s take: Reddick is a great athlete but I’m a little concerned that he’s a combine warrior. I think that versatility is an asset and maybe the Redskins can get both an early-down inside linebacker and a nickel edge rusher with one pick here. But since he has to convert from being a defensive end at Temple he might take a year or so to develop.
Chris Burke, SI.com, Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
Washington doesn’t need to draft an edge rusher just because Trent Murphy will open the season on a four-game suspension. But it might draft one because there wasn’t much depth there in the first place. Harris can get after the QB and seems comfortable in space.
Tandler’s take: I like Harris OK but I’d like him a lot better if they traded back and got him later in the first round. One thing to keep in mind is that he didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school so his game is still evolving.
Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com, Forrest Lamp, C/G, Western Kentucky
Trying to predict a pick for a team without a general manager is fun. Ryan Kelly was the likely target last year, so the team (and previous GM’s grades) might indicate the top talent at the position being the pick. Lamp will be viewed as a center or guard in the NFL.
Tandler’s take: Norris is one of my favorite draft analysts but this is somewhat twisted logic here. Kelly likely would have been Scot McCloughan’s pick last year had he been on the board when the Redskins were on the clock. So with McCloughan now gone, is the current group going to essentially re-draft 2016 and try to get a duplicate of the guy they missed out on? I wouldn’t rule out Lamp being the pick but because he might be the best available player, not because they didn’t get a shot at Ryan Kelly in 2016.
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Rob Rang, CBSSports.com, Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
The Redskins surrendered an average of nearly 120 yards per game on the ground in 2016 and only three teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) allowed more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of the Combine after a run-in with medical personnel but his talent is undeniable. Possessing remarkable closing speed and the physicality to intimidate, he could prove a steal at this point in the draft.
Tandler’s take: While I think that this will be a good pick I’m skeptical that it will happen. He has some red flags including shoulder injuries, his altercation while waiting for a medical test at the combine, and a just-revealed failed drug test at the combine. The issue was a diluted sample. The red flags are what might make Foster, who is a top-10 talent, slide to 17. But if he does slide, will the Redskins look at the same red flags and decide they are fine with them? Can they take a chance with the their first-round pick?