Rich Tandler's 2016 Redskins Mock Draft v3.0
Rich Tandler's Redskins 2016 Mock Draft
Rich Tandler breaks down his version of the Redskins 2016 NFL Draft - complete with trades, surprises and what Scot McCloughan wants most, "football players."
Round 1 - Alabama LB Reggie Ragland
This position may not have enough value to warrant a first-round pick but Ragland will help the Redskins stop the run and that is their biggest defensive deficiency. Most important, Ragland fits McCloughan's criteria of "toughness, smarts, competitiveness, team."
Round 2 - Penn State NT Austin Johnson
I traded down with the Panthers, figuring that I'd still have a pretty good D-lineman on the board. I took Johnson over Kenny Clark of UCLA because I think he's a better inside presence.
Round 4 (pick 1) - Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise
He played some safety and some slot receiver before trying running back. Great skills in catching the ball out of the backfield.
Round 4 (pick 2) - Michigan State C Jack Allen
You know a guy has leadership qualities when he's named a team captain over the quarterback. Allen will need some development time but you can pencil him in as the 2017 starter.
Round 4 (pick 3) - Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins
A good developmental WR; 6-1 plenty of speed and great confidence.
Round 5 (pick 1) - USC QB Cody Kessler
Kessler is one of the best pocket passers you'll find at this stage of the draft. If disaster strikes at QB, he could go in and get by.
Round 5 (pick 2) - Maryland CB Sean Davis
A big, physical back who could be an eventual starter at safety and who is good enough in coverage to back up at CB. You have to love this from the evaluation by Lance Zirlein of NFL.com: “Davis speaks English, French, Chinese ... and the language of pain.”
Round 5 (pick 3) - Arkansas G Sebastian Tretola
One of the reasons you stockpile picks is to be able to find an upgrade at a position where you don’t necessarily have a “need”. Tretola is a straight-ahead, grind it out power blocker who would provide fierce compeition at guard.
Round 6 (pick 1) - N.C. Central CB Ryan Smith
Not huge at 5-11, good instincts and speed (4.47), possible slot and returner.
Round 6 (pick 2) - Montana State TE Beau Sandland
Has both the ability to get open deep and work as a solid run blocker. Good height at 6-4, could add some weight at 253.
Round 7 (pick 1) - Arizona S Will Parks
Parks is a grinder, a trait that McCloughan covets. Perhaps a he'll be a tweener LB/S, good special teams guy and situational player.
Round 7 (pick 2) - Florida State NT Nile Lawrence-Stample
A pure run-stuffing nose tackle in the seventh round? Sign me up. He looks like strictly a situational guy but better suited to playing the nose than Johnson or Goldson.