Monday, March 17, 2014

Meaningless Mock Draft v1.0

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Free agency has been going on for almost a week and the Redskins have made their majority of big signings so its time to get back into looking at the upcoming draft and where the Redskins need to go in order to improve upon depth and find young, cheap players to become future starters in Washington.

Before we get started, here's a slight recap of what the Redskins have done in free agency, who they still may sign or re-sign, who they may cut and some team needs.

Free Agent Signings
WR Aldrick Robinson
DE Doug Worthington
OLB Brian Orakpo (Franchise tag)
S Jose Gumbs
ILB Perry Riley
OG Shawn Lauvao
WR Andre Roberts
LB Adam Hayward
ILB Darryl Sharpton
DE Clifton Geathers
DE/DT Jason Hatcher
CB Tracy Porter
K/P Jake Rogers
P     Robert Malone
S Brandon Meriweather

Pending Free Agents/Visits/Re-Signs
OLB Anthony Spencer (visit)
TE Owen Daniels (visit)
OT Donald Penn (currently visiting)
WR Kenny Britt (scheduled to visit)
S Ryan Clark (visit/negotiating)
S Reed Doughty
OLB Rob Jackson

Possible Current Roster Cuts (Cap Moves)
DE Stephen Bowen
OG Chris Chester
OT Tyler Polumbus

Team Needs

- Safety is the most clear cut need at this point even with Meriweather back and if Clark and Doughty sign/re-sign. The problem is that none of these guys are long term solutions. The book is still out on S Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas. More or less, the Redskins have had trouble finding consistent starters since Sean Taylor and Ryan Clark were the starting pair.

- The Redskins can use more depth at LB for two reasons: 1) is that there is no guarantee that Brian Orakpo will be back in 2015. Also, Darryl Sharpton is a stop-gap until the Redskins can find another starter on the roster. 2) The Redskins could use more LBs to help out on special teams.

- The Redskins want to get bigger on the O-line and have started the process with the addition of Shawn Lauvao and the cutting of C Will Montgomery. Still the team may want to get bigger in the draft which has some decent O-line prospects.

- The Redskins need to find some more WR depth. I can't see Moss on the roster past 2014 (if he even makes the roster) and beyond Garcon and Roberts there are way to many question marks. This draft is incredibly deep with wide receivers.

- Don't think the Redskins need another tight end? You're wrong. Jordan Reed had an amazing 2013, but can he stay on the field. Logan Paulsen is primarily a blocker who can make the occasional short yard catch. Niles Paul hasn't panned out as a TE but is too valuable at STs to lose.

-  Cornerback is another deep position in this draft class and the Redskins should consider a player in this draft. D. Hall and Tracy Porter are two year options but beyond Amerson, the Redskins don't have any guaranteed long-term depth.

- Defensive End could use another pass rushing upgrade especially if the 'Skins cut Bowen to make some cap room.

So let's take a look at my initial take on the 'Skins in a 7 round mock.
Note: I'm using a combination of the Big Boards from Walter Football, NFLDraftScout (CBS) and Fanspeak to help with player rankings.Also all videos are not of my own making, so check them out and support those who made them.

Meaningless Mock v1.0

#34 Overall (2nd Round)

LB, Ryan Shazier - The Redskins love to send London Fletcher and Perry Riley up the middle on blitzes and they should really like Shazier who could play all three downs and has the speed to cover and go from sideline to sideline. A player like this could be very versatile as he can play inside or move and play on the outside. Looks like he'll need to get better at disengaging from blocks at the next level but this guy could be a day one starter. SOW's Adam Banig wrote a detailed article on why Shazier should be the Redskins top choice.


vs. Michigan (2012)

#66 Overall (3rd Round)

 WR, Jordan Matthews - I know this is probably a stretch but since this class is so deep at WR I think the 'Skins have a chance to grab a steal in the 3rd with Matthews. A big (6'3", 205lbs.) WR is just the type of player that Jay Gruden would like to get for his offense. A clear cut player who likes to makes catches and can get yards in the open field, Matthews would be an ideal target for RGIII. Plus, it can't hurt that he's Jerry Rice's cousin.


vs. UAB (2013):

#98 Overall (4th Round)

CB, Keith McGill - The Redskins are going with the Seahawks formula with bigger corners (at least on the outside) to help make it harder for the over the shoulder pass that is popular in the NFL nowadays. McGill is very much in a similar mode as David Amerson. With Hall and Porter under contract, the Redskins can continue to develop McGill but not force him onto the field too early.

vs. ASU (2013)

#130 Overall (5th Round)

FS, Ed Reynolds - The Redskins are looking for a long term solution at both safety positions. Reynolds could be an option. He's a 2nd generation NFL player (dad played for Giants/Patriots) and while he doesn't seem to be the ball hawk that the Redskins were looking for in last year's draft, Reynolds seems to be technically sound and a strong hitter/tackler.


vs. Oregon (2013)

#162 Overall (6th Round)

OT, Seantrel Henderson - A player that has the dreaded "P" word (Potential- a word that has gotten many a GM, scout and head coach fired) but for a 6th round pick, its worth taking a shot at him. The biggest problems are having him get more consistent and off field problems.


vs. FAU (2013)

#194 Overall (7th Round)

TE Jordan Najvar - While not known for his pass catching skills (Baylor doesn't use TEs much in their scheme), Najvar has decent speed to get behind linebackers along with his ability to block. Also played with RGIII so he could be a sleeper pick for the Redskins.


Next Week: Another mock, some more updates post-free agency and a look at a few more players who may fit the Redskins' schemes.

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