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Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0

Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0

I ran through my first Redskins-only seven-round mock draft of the season. While the Fanspeak program I used does give the option of trades, I decided not to do them on this first go-around to keep it simpler.

As you’ll see with the second-round pick, I went with what I think the Redskins will do and not what I personally would do given the same set of choices.

Unlike the real draft, this one will be redone a few times over the next two weeks. Your thoughts and suggestions in the comments are, as always, appreciated.

Round 1, Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky—This showed how tough the Redskins’ top pick may be and why fans may not be happy with it. All three of the top running backs were off the board as were top inside linebackers Reuben Foster and Haason Reddick. There wasn’t a defensive line prospect who wasn’t a huge reach. With a trade down not available, I went with Lamp as the best available player even though I don’t like the value.

Round 2, D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas—Joe Mixon was the best player on the board. Personally, I might take a chance on the PR problems that would come with the pick but I’m trying to do what the Redskins will do and I don’t see them doing that. Foreman was highly productive in college, leading FBS in rushing yards with 2,028 and is a good blend of size (6-0, 233) and speed.

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Round 3, Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa—I desperately want to get some defensive line help but the board just won’t let me. With this draft being so deep at defensive back I had to pull the trigger here when a pretty good one fell to me in Round 3. King was a four-year starter at Iowa who also played nearly half of the Hawkeyes’ special teams snaps. He doesn't have ideal size (5-10, 201) but he makes up for it with football IQ and desire.

Round 4(a), Nazair Jones, DE, North Carolina—Finally, some DL help here. At 6-5, 304, Jones can help out against the run immediately. His pass rushing skills may never develop but he would be a young upgrade on early downs.

Round 4(b), Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma—He was a unanimous first-team All-American with 80 receptions for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns. At 6-0, 178 he is’t a physical presence but has the speed (4.34 in the 40 at his pro day) to be productive.

Round 5, Duke Riley, ILB, LSU—At 6-0, 223 he could take a year to pack on a few pounds, play some special teams, get some experience and be ready to contribute in 2018.

Round 6(a), Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas—He underachieved as a senior but he has good length and power. He will need to add to his 274 pounds. Wise could be some good raw material to give to Jim Tomsula.

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Round 6(b), Sam Rogers, FB/TE, Virginia Tech—I know that Jay Gruden doesn’t use fullbacks but Rogers could also play some tight end and be a special teams star. This is a case of taking a Scott McCloughan-type “football player”.

Round 7(a), Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor—Fuller has good size at 6-5, 307. Could be a good backup in 2018.

Round 7(b), Deangelo Brown, NT, Louisville—Here’s another project D-lineman for Tomsula. Brown was a playmaker for the Cardinals, post 16 tackles for loss last year.

Review: While I didn’t address the D-line early, I addressed it often, with three Saturday picks giving Tomsula some projects to work on. I would like to get a lot more impact out of the first-round pick but it just wasn’t there. As a consolation, I look for Lamp to take over the starting role by the middle of training camp and allow the team to save $4 million in cap money by moving on from Shawn Lauvao.

Westbrook could be my steal, sort of like 2014 fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder. I don’t see him having as much impact as Crowder did as a rookie but he could be a very productive player by his second or third years.

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One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

What will Ron Rivera bring to the Redskins in 2020 and beyond (well, besides lots of people who worked with him in Carolina)? That's a question everyone's trying to figure out.

Many are hoping for more wins, obviously. Washington's been one of the league's worst franchises for the past decade, while Rivera was a two-time Coach of the Year with the Panthers who made it to the playoffs four times in nine seasons there.

Beyond that, however, there's an expectation that Rivera can also elevate the Burgundy and Gold's day-to-day operations, making the organization more professional, consistent and stable — words that haven't been used to describe their operations in a long time.

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, longtime NFL agent Andy Ross spoke to that second point.

"I will say this," Ross, who reps players such as Morgan Moses and Taysom Hill, told the podcast. "The one thing that Ron really instilled in the players, because I've had players on Carolina, was accountability. These are young men that are growing into men, so he wants to teach them to be strong men, be strong leaders. And I think that's something he's going to bring into Washington."

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The 2019 campaign was beyond chaotic for the Redskins, and one of its major turning points came when Dan Snyder made the decision to fire Jay Gruden after five straight losses to open the year. One of the most popular criticisms of Gruden was a lack of accountability. According to Ross, that won't occur now that Rivera's in charge.

The 58-year-old also possesses another quality that'll be incredibly valuable as he tries to turn around the Redskins, a place that's been plagued by distractions, leaks and fracturing season after season.

"He doesn't allow the outside influence to affect his football team," Ross said. "So I think you're going to see, with the Redskins going forward, that everything is going to be really kept in-house."

Rivera's reputation precedes him. Right after he was hired by Snyder, in fact, Panthers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said he would tell players in Washington that "one of the best things in your career is about to happen."

Ross is yet another person to echo that kind of praise for the head coach. With each passing day, it sounds more and more like the Redskins landed someone with an approach that's precisely what everyone involved with the team needs.

"They have some really good, young talent," Ross concluded. "And I think he's really going to mold a lot of these young players into really strong men, and that should be good for the culture."

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Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

One lucky fan is headed to Super Bowl LIV, courtesy of Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.

Teaming up with USAA and the American Veterans, Rivera is sending military veteran LeCheton “Omar” Settles to Miami. The Redskins head coach tweeted about it on Wednesday.

Settles joined the United States Marines at age 17 and dedicated eight years of his life to service. During his military tenure, Settles spent time as a Field Artillery Cannoneer, Marine Corps Security Force Guard, Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer, and Small Arms Weapons Instructor.

Rivera comes from a military background himself and is using this as a way to reward one military member for his service.

"Inspired by my father’s military service, we always had a strong military appreciation in our team’s culture during my time in Carolina and I plan on continuing that now with the Redskins in Washington, D.C.," Rivera said in the release. "To kick that off, I am privileged to partner with USAA and AMVETS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant Omar Settles in recognition of and for his service to our country."    

 

He will meet with Settles on both Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl week at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge in Miami. 

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