Hey guys I wanted to share my mock draft from earlier this week. It's not updated with Senior Bowl thoughts, but still wanted to have the discussion about the Skins draft: As always this is really to get the draft conversation started, so enjoy:
2nd Round OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse:
I really love Justin Pugh and his fit in this zone blocking scheme. Honestly I think he can play any position along the line, but here I think he fits as a right tackle. Yes it might not be as big of a need, but the Redskins aren't going to be able to afford a free agent tackle, and they need to find an upgrade somehow. Given how important the offense is for the Redskins and keeping Griffin upright (imagine if he has time next year). Pugh is a guy who can play right away and make a major impact on the offense.
3rd Round FS D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina:
Swearinger is a guy who is tough to pinpoint where he will go in the draft, but I think there is a fair chance he's on the board for the Skins in the 3rd round. He has really good ball skills and I love his instincts as a free safety. He's a guy with big time upside for me.
4th Round DL Joe Vellano, Maryland:
This might not be the biggest need, but a serious cap question needs to be answered regarding Adam Carriker, and this wasn't exactly the strongest position to begin with. Vellano might not be a star, but he's a guy who could help improve the Skins defensive line. He isn't the fastest or strongest, but plays with really good leverage and technique. He's quick off the ball and causes problems for the opposing offensive line. He is a guy who can be a rotational player as a rookie and develop into a larger role.
5th Round CB Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana:
He's a guy who I liked heading into Senior Bowl week and has really helped himself with a strong practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday. He's a very quick corner with a lot of upside. Still raw overall but it is easy to see the potential.
5th Round TE Nick Kasa, Colorado:
Kasa was creeping up draft boards prior to the Senior Bowl and it is easy to see why. He's a big frame guy who runs pretty well and has been pretty good catching the football. With Fred Davis having one foot out the door a replacement is needed to go along with Logan Paulsen. Kasa can be that guy.
6th Round RB Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada:
Mike Shanahan is going to grab a young running back, why not take a flier on a guy who spent his college career in the pistol offense. Jefferson looks to have good speed, but really is an option because he knows/fits this offensive game plan.
7th Round OG Earl Watford, JMU:
The Redskins should continue to add depth and talent to their offensive line. Watford is a great scheme fit for the Skins zone-blocking system and has a good bit of upside.