Hey guys I wanted to share my latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft with everyone. I'll post the picks I did for the skins here, but to see the full 6 rounds, check it out here! Note: While I still wouldn't call it official I am now assuming that the Redskins 6th rounder will go to Arizona to complete the Hightower trade. Also, I'm not predicting trades in this mock.
1. OT Riley Reiff, Iowa: Reiff is a tremendous value here even if he never unseats Trent Williams at LT (though personally I think he is more talented and a better fit). Reiff would be considered the best OT in most drafts, and would be here if not for the presence of Matt Kalil. He's a strong blocker who excels in both run and pass blocking. A book end of him and TW, could be absolutely devastating for our opponents. Trading back would still be a top option, but if there isn't a deal to be had, it is hard to argue with a guy who is involved in every single offensive play.
2. QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M: The Skins might have to trade up for Tannehill (in which case Weeden would be the fall back), or even trade back from the early first round, but his recent foot injury could allow him to fall to the early 2nd round. I think his upside is immense and if the Skins are patient with him they could have a star QB on their hands.
3. S Markelle Martin, Ok. State: Martin is listed as a free safety, but he is more than capable of playing in the box at the next level. And having two safeties who excel in coverage isn't exactly a bad thing. He's a good smart football player that the Redskins staff got to work with at the Senior Bowl. He's also a high character guy which has seemed to be more of an emphasis of late at Ashburn.
4a. CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt: Hayward seems to have a mixed bag of reviews, but I really like the kid. He was a vocal leader down in Mobile Senior Bowl week, and seemed to get some nice praise from Raheem Morris. He was a team captain, and has really good ball skills. He won't win many 40 yard dash races, but he makes it up in taking good angles and using the sideline to his advantage.
4b. WR Marvin McNutt, Iowa: McNutt is a big strong receiver who could get overlooked some in this deep receiver class. He doesn't have great speed, but he still gets good separation, and has nice big strong hands. He's an excellent value pick at this spot.
5. NT Josh Chapman, Alabama: Chapman looked to be a lock as a 2nd round pick, before it was found out that he had a torn ACL. While it will drop his stock, he'd be well worth the Skins pick here, as if he returns healthy they'd get an absolute steal.
6. RB Chris Rainey, Florida: While Rainey gained some hype with his senior bowl performance, his stock could still fall (though a fast 40 time could shoot him up draft boards). There are some off the field issues and questions about his fit, that will keep some teams away from him. I don't see the Skins as one of those teams as they talked very highly of him Senior Bowl week and loved his versatility.
Steve Shoup will be covering Free Agency and the NFL Draft for his own site Fanspeak.com, but will provide write-ups on players for the Redskins here on Hogs Haven as well. Check out his NFL Draft Page for more details and updates throughout the draft season! HTTR!