The Redskins looked completely helpless trying to stop Alfred Morris in a must-win game the week after Thanksgiving. They need to bolster their defensive front, and Da'Ron Payne happens to be the best player available.
Payne, a freak athlete, has a chance to be chose in the top five - I considered him to Cincinnati at No. 5 a couple of weeks ago - so he's a great value pick at No. 11.
Pick change; previously Vita Vea, NT
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Ronald Jones, RB, USC
There are going to be numerous running backs selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Redskins need to consider taking one. Neither Robert Kelley nor Samaje Perine happens to be the long-term answer at the position.
Rd. 3, Pk. 9
Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
Terrelle Pryor was a major free agent bust signing, but the good news for the Redskins is that they obtained him for just one year. They can try to find another No. 1 receiver this upcoming offseason.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas
Zach Brown has been a solid player for the Redskins, but he happens to be a free agent this offseason. He'll need to be replaced if he departs.
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.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/30): Charles Harris, DE </i>
If the Redskins were convinced that Kirk Cousins was the long-term starter, they would have signed him to an extension. Given that Cousins has been inconsistent in 2016, Washington could be looking for a replacement in the 2017 or 2018 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
Jackson (6-3, 205) has set college football on fire in 2016. He has been a massive point-producer in leading the Cardinals to a high ranking. Jackson has completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,330 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions through four games. He also has run for 12 touchdowns and 526 yards. Jackson has a good skill set and will need to show pocket-passing skills to be a high draft pick.
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Mike Williams, WR </i> </u>
Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.
2017 Draft Picks:
17 Jonathan Allen DT ALABAMA
49 Ryan Anderson OLB ALABAMA
81 Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
114 Samaje Perine RB OKLAHOMA
123 Montae Nicholson S MICHIGAN STATE
154 Jeremy Sprinkle TE ARKANSAS
199 Chase Roullier C WYOMING
209 Robert Davis WR GEORGIA STATE
230 Josh Harvey-Clemons S LOUISVILLE
235 Josh Holsey CB AUBURN
Offense Rankings: Total 12 Pass 12 Run 23
Defense Rankings: Total 19 Pass 13 Run 22
Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 22
Sacks per Attempt: 11
Team needs: S DE RB
Now that San Francisco has their quarterback, I don't see Cousins leaving. They could use a free safety and a playmaker on offense. Their offensive line could also use a bump considering they give up quite a few sacks per attempt.
This is going to be an interesting draft for the Redskins if they truly let Kirk Cousins walk away. At this point I think he might just walk away since the ownership has treated him so poorly. I know he's not a top quarterback in the league, but he is a heck of a lot better than plenty others in the league and for the Redskins he's the best they have had in a decade. If he goes they may be forced to try and trade up to land a quarterback again or be forced to roll with another late round quarterback who is not as good as Cousins. If they stay here landing a receiver may be needed since Pryor is on a one year deal and former first round pick Josh Doctson has still not shown any life his rookie year. Ridley could be a top ten pick if not for this loaded quarterback draft and the high end blockers which were not present this year.
Last Weeks Selection: Courtland Sutton WR SMU at Pick # 14
Rnd 2 pick 42 Kendall Joseph LB Clemson
The Redskins trade up to get their quarterback of the future after failing to sign Kirk Cousins a long-term deal and their defense will look even better with Joseph in the middle
Not all that much for the Redskins to think about here; their defensive line flatly sucks, particularly on the interior. Ziggy Hood is not a long term answer. They could easily afford multiple picks on the DL and secondary alone, but let's start with Payne, a bruising defensive lineman who has more than earned his keep as a first rounder, to begin upgrading the defense. And again, working on the assumption that Cousins remains in Washington, this is a much more palatable selection.