Gareon Conley was slotted here in a previous version. It really sounded like the Redskins were going to select him, but that's no longer the case in the wake of the rape allegations.
The Redskins could go with another cornerback like Adoree Jackson or Kevin King, or perhaps Charles Harris. However, Reuben Foster is way too good to pass up at this juncture. He has dropped a bit in the wake of testing positive at the combine, but given the big need at inside linebacker, I don't think the Redskins pass on him at No. 17.
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1. Charles Harris, DE - The Redskins could use another pass-rusher, and there's some interest in Harris.
2. Adoree Jackson, CB - With Conley no longer an option, perhaps the Redskins will select a cornerback who can keep up with Odell Beckham Jr.
Based off some information, I think Washington's pick could come down to Reuben Foster, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree' Jackson, Haason Reddick or Charles Harris. If Foster gets to the Redskins' pick, I think they would be thrilled as he is their first choice. After Foster, I think there will be a big debate between the others. I think the decision would then come down to Harris or Jackson. This is a deep cornerback draft, so Washington could lean toward the rusher with its first pick. Additionally, Harris is loved by teams for his football character, but he is the Plan B, I believe. I think the Redskins want Foster more than anyone else though and character concerns could push him down to them.
In 2016, Foster amassed 115 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two passes broken up. The 6-foot, 229-pounder came on strong late in the 2015 season for Alabama and had the game of his life in the National Championship against Clemson. He totaled 73 tackles with eight for a loss, two sacks and nine passes batted for the year. The light looked like it clicked on for Foster toward the end of the 2015 season as he was suddenly a different player. He carried that over into his senior year, when he was a physical force. Foster is a fast, athletic linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline while also dishing out punishing hits when he gets there.
Kpassagnon notched 45 tackles with 21.5 for a loss, 11 sacks, one forced fumble and a pass batted in 2016. He totaled 33 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two blocked kicks and a forced fumble the year before.
Evaluators believe that the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder is raw and has great size, but the skill set is there with a lot of upside to develop. Sources say that Kpassagnon is a perfect fit as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense and they see him as a second-day talent.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
The Redskins grab a slot cover corner to team with Josh Norman and Kendall Fuller.
If Lewis (5-10, 188) were larger, he would be a first-round pick. Lewis is a fast, athletic corner who is adept at running the route to prevent separation. In the NFL, however, he is going to struggle with big receivers making receptions over him. Therefore, he could be limited to the slot.
The senior had 25 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions during 2016. In 2015, Lewis was a good corner for the Wolverines with a ridiculous 20 passes broken up, two interceptions and 52 tackles. He also averaged 25.2 yards per kick return. As a sophomore, Lewis recorded 39 tackles with two interceptions and six passes broken up.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Chad Williams, WR, Grambling
The Redskins could use some receiver depth as Terrelle Pryor only signed a 1-year contract. They've also shown interest in Williams.
Williams (6-0, 204) had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl and flashed some speed to push defenses vertically. In 2016, he totaled 89 receptions for 1,334 yards with 10 touchdowns. Williams also had a strong junior season with 64 receptions for 1,012 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Williams could be a sleeper prospect who ends up being a nice value pick. There are sources who are impressed with him.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
The Redskins have a talented young offensive line, but they could use an interior lineman to finish it off.
Toth (6-4, 308) had a fine senior season and career at Kentucky. He started 47 straight games and was a big part of the Wildcats having a team average of 5.5 yards per carry. He also turned in a quality week at the Senior Bowl.
Toth has good size to be a center in the NFL. He has strength in his base and developed technique.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Jamaal Williams, RB, Brigham Young
The Redskins grab some running back depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
The Redskins could use some running back depth given Matt Jones' durability issues.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Darius English, DE/3-4OLB, South Carolina
The Redskins take some pass-rushing depth.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Kai Nacua, S, Brigham Young
The Redskins get some safety depth with a sleeper who could be a steal.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Kofi Amichia, G, South Florida
The Redskins get some offensive line depth with a player they hosted on a visit.
The Redskins could use more talent on the defensive line. Here's an interior upgrade. <br> <br>
McDowell totaled 34 tackles with seven for a loss and just 1.5 sacks in 2016, but was very disruptive with pressure on the quarterback. He was a backup in 2014, but broke out in 2015. At times during that season, McDowell was the Spartans' most disruptive defensive lineman. He totaled 41 tackles with 13 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six on the year. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has a lot of upside to develop. Teams love his skill set, but have concerns about his work ethic in the weight room and motor. They also feel that McDowell seemed to be protecting himself in his final games. They question his desire to be great and love of football. Still, he would be a perfect fit as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. Sources from multiple teams have McDowell as a high first-round talent and like him more than Arik Armstead and similarly to DeForest Buckner.
The Redskins could use young talent in the middle of their defense with upgrades on the defensive line, at linebacker and at safety. Here is a safety who could help the Redskins defend against Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. <br> <br>
Peppers had a good 2016 season for Michigan with 72 tackles, 16 for a loss, four sacks, one interception, zero pass breakups and one forced fumble. He was electric on special teams and especially phenomenal on punt returns, taking one for a touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder was excellent as a sophomore in 2015, recording 45 tackles with 10 passes broken up and zero interceptions. <br> <br>
Sources say they see Peppers (5-11, 213) as a hybrid safety/linebacker in the NFL. He has the athletic skill set to play pass coverage, but often can be caught flat-footed. His ball skills aren't special either, as he made just one interception in his collegiate career, which was from catching a tipped pass. Thus, some sources think Peppers would fit best as a safety in the middle of the field. That would allow him to make plays off his instincts, and he could be a weapon in pass coverage on tight ends, blitzing quarterbacks, playing zone, and defending the run. There is no doubt that Peppers has a ton of athletic upside. He could play safety and dime linebacker, similar to Deone Bucannon. Peppers should also be used on special teams as he is a dangerous weapon there.
Cook worries me, and there’s a good article written by Joe Marino on March 12th outlining basically why (if you're into doing any extra reading). Cook’s combine performance doesn’t prove he isn’t athletic–it proves he wasn’t well prepared. It appears that Cook did not take the event seriously, despite the fact that it’s the biggest interview for the highest-value job most NFL prospects ever have. Other off-field flags continue to make Cook seem highly suspect, and he may drop because of it. He could go as high as 8th overall, so this is already a big enough drop, for now.
The Redskins could use more young defensive line talent. Here's a player who could play some end and tackle. <br> <br>
Wormley has 39 tackles with nine for a loss and six sacks in 2016. His pass rush looks improved as a senior. Michigan had a tough defense in 2015 led by a tremendous defensive line, and Wormley was the Wolverines' leading defensive end. He recorded 43 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss on the year. <br> <br>
At 6-foot-5, 303 pounds, Wormley has versatile size to play in a either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, he would be a five-technique defensive end. In a 4-3, he could play tackle, end or both. Wormley needs to continue to develop pass-rushing moves. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Dawuane Smoot, DE </i> </u>
I had a hard time deciding which player the Redskins would go with at 17th, in all my previous mocks I had Zach Cunningham go to the Skins so I decided to do the same here. I did not watch much of the Redskins last year but I know they struggled mightily on defense.
Zach Cunningham can fill in the empty spot at Middle Linebacker and can have a very productive career with the Redskins. I don't expect him to be as good as Reuben Foster who went 5th overall to the Titans but I think we can all agree that he is a great prospect this year. I have read multiple mocks where they had the Redskins go with Pat Mahomes but that is in a scenario where they do not get Kirk Cousins back and until then I have the Redskins going with Zach Cunningham.
Cunningham sports a long-levered frame with broad shoulders, a tapered middle and plenty of room for additional muscle mass without significantly impacting his impressive quickness, agility and speed. He attacks oncoming blockers with an aggressive and powerful initial punch, quickly disengaging on his way to the ball. Unlike most linebackers with his length, Cunningham shows good recognition and body control to slip cut blocks, as well, sprawling to maintain his balance and rarely losing sight of the ball.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 17
Jonathan Allen, DT/3-4DE
I bet the Redskins never would've imagined in a billion years that they'd land Jonathan Allen in the 2017 NFL Draft without trading up. Allen is a top-five prospect, but has fallen because of a shoulder issue. I'd say his shoulders must be bad, but he has been tremendous at Alabama, and his shoulders definitely weren't an issue last year when he was the best player in college football. Washington is getting an insane steal with Allen, who will fill a huge need for them in the team's poor front seven.
Rd. 2, Pk. 17
Ryan Anderson, OLB/3-4OLB
I think we can safely say that the Redskins really like Alabama prospects who don't test well analytically. They've paired Jonathan Allen with Ryan Anderson to bolster their front seven, and Anderson makes sense because Washington needed help at the position. However, Anderson was a third-round prospect in my rankings, so I think this is a bit of a reach. It's not egregious though, so I'm not going to grade this too harshly.
Rd. 3, Pk. 17
Fabian Moreau, CB
Fabian Moreau may have gone in the first round if he didn't have any sort of injury questions. Moreau, however, tore his chest and it's unclear how soon he'll be ready to play. Still, Moreau is a talented cornerback with outstanding athleticism. He has so much upside, and he could emerge as someone who can run with Odell Beckham Jr. effectively. This is a great pick, and he's worth the risk.
Rd. 4, Pk. 7
Samaje Perine, RB
I had Samaje Perine bouncing around the second and third rounds, so I love the value here atop Round 4. Perine also fills a need, as the Redskins just had Robert Kelley at running back. Perine isn't an explosive runner, but he's a solid back who catches the ball well.
Rd. 4, Pk. 16
Montae Nicholson, S
This might be the best pick in the fourth round, though that award could go to the team that selects Desmond King. Siragusa could've been chosen in the second round. He's a tough, smart, productive guard with some great athleticism. It would not surprise me if he makes the Pro Bowl at some point.
Rd. 5, Pk. 10
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE
Finally, a tight end who doesn't provide great value in the fifth round. On the contrary, Sprinkle was taken a round or two too early. Sprinkle projects as a very good blocker, but has some off-the-field issues.
Rd. 6, Pk. 15
Chase Roullier, C
Center makes sense for the Redskins, as Spencer Long is an impending free agent after this season. However, I didn't think Chase Roullier, a poor athlete, was going to be drafted, making this a bit of a reach. I don't hate this pick though.
Rd. 6, Pk. 25
Robert Davis, WR
Robert Davis has the potential to emerge as a starter in the NFL. He was highly productive at Georgia State and then tested extremely well at the combine. He played at a small school, but Davis has great athleticism. He's a very nice pick for the Redskins, who needed a receiver to replace free agency departures.
Rd. 7, Pk. 12
Josh Harvey-Clemons, S
Had Josh Harvey-Clemons been clean off the field, he may have gone in the second round. Unfortunately, he has failed multiple drug tests throughout his collegiate career. Still, I had him in the fifth frame, so I think he offers very good value at this spot. Why not take a chance on him at No. 230?
Rd. 7, Pk. 17
Joshua Holsey, CB
Joshua Holsey is a limited player with multiple knee injuries in his past. This isn't a horrible pick, but the Redskins could've done better.