With season over early, Redskins locked in for 2017 NFL Draft position


The Redskins season ended unexpectedly early on Sunday, which means the Burgundy and Gold are now locked into their first round position in the 2017 NFL Draft. With an 8-7-1 record, the 'Skins pick in the back half of the draft at No. 17.

On a team with lots of holes and a ton of questions going into free agency, there is no position that Washington GM Scot McCloughan can cross off his list. The team's defense needs the most help, as the unit finished the regular season near the bottom of every major statistical category, and an influx of top talent could go a long way. 

Various mock drafts will land different players at 17, but it's worth getting an idea of what type of guy will be available. CSN's Ben Standig projected UCLA LB Takkarist McKinley to go 17th, while it's possible a talent like Michigan's Jabril Peppers or Florida's Jarrad Davis could be available at that spot. 

The draft won't come until late April, but it will be just a few short weeks before McCloughan and the Redskins staff is scouting college talent at the Senior Bowl. The collection of the some of the best four-year college football players takes place during the last week of January in Mobile, Alabama.