A look at a possible Redskins mock draft scenario

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ScenarioMatt Cashore-USA TODAY SportsFor this Redskins mock draft using On the
Clock Draft Simulator I went with the approach of taking the top QB available at
15 and then maximizing my selections in the top 4 rounds. I took a page out of
last year’s draft playbook and traded back in the 2nd round to land an
additional 3rd round pick. In addition I packaged some late round picks to move
up into the 4th round as well. As always you can follow along with this
simulation here: https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=nhknsi15: QB
, MISSOURI-If Lock or Haskins are available at the Redskins
spot I think they have to pull the trigger and take them. As great as it would
be to get an Elite EDGE defender, the Redskins need an answer at QB. If they
aren’t going to trade for Rosen, Haskins and Lock are the other legitimate
options. If they don’t even need to trade up for one all the better. Lock has
impressive arm talent and he has solid marks across the board in other key
categories. He will have some growing pains as expected, but he has the
potential to develop into a franchise QB.56: S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON,
FLORIDA-Personally I’d prefer Thornhill or Savage, but I wanted to look at a
different safety option that brought a similar skill set. He’s a versatile
defensive back who can play corner, in the box strong safety or single-high free
safety. He’s very athletic and not afraid to hit, his instincts can be a touch
slow, but he has shown make-up speed. With the right coaching he could be a very
good safety at the next level. He pairs well with Landon Collins and has added
versatility if Collins ever misses time.76: G MICHEAL DEITER, WISCONSIN-Deiter
is one of the safest interior offensive line options in this class and should be
considered a strong bet to win the starting LG role. He’s versatile enough to
start at center or right tackle as well, but guard is his ideal spot. There is a
lot of value with this selection, and he gives the Redskins the final piece to
their starting offensive line. 96: TE DAWSON KNOX, MISSISSIPPI-The Redskins
didn’t end up releasing Vernon Davis this offseason, though that could be on the
table if they land a capable tight end like Knox. Knox was an afterthought in
Mississippi’s offense, but his upside is that of a top 10 pass catching TE. He
has really good size and showed strong athletic testing at both the Combine and
his Pro Day. Knox will probably take a little while to develop as a starter, but
he can contribute as a rookie and be the long term successor to Jordan Reed. 97:
, NOTRE DAME-I’ve mentioned Boykin more recently and he’s
one of the more intriguing options for the Redskins on Day 2. If he is in this
area it should be a no-brainer pick for the Redskins. His athletic profile is
off the charts and while he could use some development time, the Redskins can
give him a season, before pushing him into a large role.126: EDGE AUSTIN BRYANT,
CLEMSON-Bryant isn’t the elite EDGE the Redskins would like to replace Preston
Smith with, but hes a solid pick in the 3rd or 4th round. Bryant has 30 tackles
of a loss and 16.5 sacks over the last two seasons combined at Clemson, and he
should continue to generate some decent pressure off the EDGE at the next level.
He’s weak against the run, but that is less of a concern for the Redskins as
Ryan Anderson is stronger in that area. 153: C LAMONT GAILLARD, GEORGIA-Gaillard
played both guard and center at Georgia, though the latter is probably his
better position at the next level. He was a team captain and plays with good
technique and smarts. He’s not the biggest center or the strongest, but he’s a
solid option to develop into a starter down the road and offers at least quality
depth. The Redskins have little in the way of interior offensive lineman depth,
so Gaillard should immediately push for the top back-up job. 227: LB DAVID LONG,
WEST VIRGINIA-Personally I’m a bit higher on Long, but feel he’s a Day 3 option
so it wouldn’t be crazy to think he slides to the 7th round. Long is an
undersized LB, with really good athletic ability and quality instincts. He is a
good match-up to cover backs out of the backfield, but his lack of height can be
an issue versus some bigger TEs. He’s an adept blitzer and plays the run really
well. At worst he should be a solid back-up/core special teamer and if it all
clicks he carves out a role on defense. Overview:It’s tough to predict where the
QB dominoes fall in this draft, but if the Redskins have the chance to fix the
position they have to take it. This scenario not only lands them their future
QB Shawn Lauvao
, but it does so without giving up extra selections. In
addition the Redskins make some other moves to maximize their picks in the key
rounds.Overall I think this is a strong draft for the Redskins. Lock gives them
their QB, while Gardner-Johnson and Deiter give them a pair of instant starters.
Knox, Boykin and Bryant give them three other players who can contribute as
rookie and assume larger roles down the road. Knox and Boykin especially are
nice values that offer major upside if they develop right. With the uncertainty
that the Redskins have going forward at TE and WR, these are two key additions.
Boykin especially is a guy who is getting overlooked in this class. He has the
traits to be dominant at the NFL level and a total mismatch for any corner. It
might take a year or two to unlock that potential, but if you do the sky is the
limit. What do you think? Would you be okay with this type of draft approach?
Louis Riddick cut his teeth as an executive for the Redskins in 2001 after his
playing career was over. He served as a pro scout from 2001-2004 before being
promoted to Director of Pro Personnel, a position he held with the team from
2005-2007. Riddick then returned back home as an executive for the Philadelphia
Eagles in various roles from 2008-2013. He currently serves as an on-air
personality for ESPN, where he uses his expertise to opine on the NFL and NFL
Draft prospects. I had the chance to talk with a friend this week, and he told
me how glad the network was to have Riddick, but went into a bit more detail on
his football acumen and how solid he was on some early season predictions...that
have come true.There was some talk about him returning to the NFL again as a
general manager, and I got the impression from my source that he would be open
to doing so if the right opportunity presented itself. Everyone who even
remotely follows the Redskins knows that the team is in dire need of a true
general manager with an eye for talent. Riddick certainly qualifies in that
aspect, and his familiarity with the team may be something that could lead him
back. The question is: is this the right opportunity for him?Most importantly,
is getting rid of Bruce Allen. This HAS to be atop the list of things to do when
the season ends (or sooner). If Allen is finally relieved of his duties, there
are some good internal candidates to take over as team president. Doug Williams,
Brian Lafemina and Eric Schaffer would be three names who could be considered as
team president. With Riddick taking over GM duties, a promotion could be in
store for Kyle Smith or Alex Santos to move up the ladder as well.
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