Everyone Mock Out


It's been about 3 weeks since the last time I took a look around the web to see what players are being mocked to the Redskins in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. A lot of things have changed and a lot have stayed the same. The Combine has influenced the stock of many players, and many mock drafts will reflect that.

Phillip Thomas continues to be a popular name linked to the Redskins. He has however dropped 20 spots on CBS Sports overall prospect rankings in the last few weeks. Another popular name linked to the Redskins has been Jonathan Cyprien. He had a strained hamstring at the Combine and did not participate in drills, but has actually risen 5 more spots. He seems to be out of the Redskins range at this point.

There are many new names, and some new positions in this weeks roundup. Who would you want the Redskins to pick, and who isn't on this list that should be considered?


Draft Pick


CBS Sports Projections




Phillip Thomas, S Fresno State



#3 FS

Reasoning: "Thomas has the potential to be a playmaker in the NFL. He is a bit of a wildcard, though, as projections place him anywhere between the second and fifth rounds. He led the nation with eight interceptions and also had four forced fumbles, 12 TFL, and four sacks. He broke his leg in 2011, but there have been no reports of any further health concern. At the Combine, he ran a 4.56 40 and put up 14 on the bench. The 40 time is not ideal, but Thomas has always been more about taking smart angles than pure straight-line speed.

The Redskins weak secondary allowed the most passing yards in the league and also a whopping 44% 3rd down conversion rate, good for worst in the league. The pass rush was lacking, but the middle of the field was abused every game, and with Tight Ends and spread offenses putting more emphasis on the middle of the field, the Redskins' Safety play must improve. Thomas would be a great pairing with Brandon Merriweather, as both players can play both Safety spots, which is exactly Jim Haslett's philosophy."

Height: 6' 5/8" Weight: 210lbs

Alternative Picks: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State, Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St

Walter Football (Walter)

Phillip Thomas, S Fresno State



#3 FS

Reasoning: "Here's some much-needed help for the Redskins' secondary, as both safety positions need to be addressed. Brandon Meriweather cannot be relied upon to stay healthy, and it's not like he was a Pro Bowl talent anyway. Madieu Williams, meanwhile, needs to be upgraded because he's not any good."

Height: 6' 5/8" Weight: 210lbs

Walter Football (Charlie)

Phillip Thomas, S Fresno State



#3 FS

Reasoning: "The Redskins will look to upgrade their defensive backfield with corners and safeties over the offseason. Thomas' range and ball skills fit what Bruce Allen and Raheem Morris look for in safeties.

Thomas led the nation this year with eight interceptions. Three of his picks came against Colorado, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Thomas also recorded 82 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and four forced fumbles in 2012. He really put himself on the map with his big plays which was almost like making up for lost time.

Thomas (6-0, 210) played well at the Senior Bowl and further helped his draft standing. He took a medical redshirt in 2011 and missed the entire season after breaking a leg and dislocating an ankle three days before the first game. Thomas had 64 tackles and three interceptions in 2010.

Height: 6' 5/8" Weight: 210lbs

Previous Pick: Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU

NEPD (Jones)

Margus Hunt, DE, SMU



#8 DE

CBS Sports Overview: "The NFL loves upside, and few prospects possess more of it than Hunt, a gold medal-winning track and field athlete and native of Estonia who has only been playing football since 2009.

Possessing an extraordinary combination of size and explosiveness, Hunt became the first junior athlete to ever win both the shot put and discus gold medals the same year, accomplishing both feats at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. He moved to Dallas to train with SMU's world-renowned track and field coach Dave Wollman just in time to see the university drop the program. Rather than move again, Hunt elected to try football.

The game didn't initially come easy to Hunt. Despite playing in 13 games in 2009, he recorded just eight total tackles. He nearly doubled the SMU record, however, by blocking an eye-popping seven kicks in his first season, coming within one of tying the NCAA single-season record. Hunt blocked three more kicks in 2010 and saw his production jump in every other category, as well, notching 45 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in his second year of playing.

Though Hunt's stops behind the line of scrimmage would rise as a junior (7.5, including 3.0 sacks) and senior (11.5 including 8.0 sacks), Hunt's ascent hasn't been as consistent as scouts might have envisioned after his first two years. The 45 overall tackles he posted as a sophomore remain his single-season career high.

Characterized by CBS' Bruce Feldman as the biggest athletic "freak" in college football, Hunt possesses the extraordinary upside to warrant early consideration. After four years in the game, however, he remains a better athlete than football player, and ranks as one of the bigger boom-or-bust prospects of the 2013 draft."

Height: 6' 8" Weight: 277lbs

NEPD (Christensen)

Aaron Dobson, WR Marshall



#10 WR

Reasoning: "Dobson has some size, strength and is capable of making circus catches look very routine."

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 210lbs

NEPD (Hope)

Quinton Patton, WR Louisiana Tech



#6 WR

Reasoning: "The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, the Redskins should try to give him more weapons in the passing game.

Quinton Patton is a very good receiver who can line up both outside and in the slot, a talented downfield playmaker with athletic ability and body control but also a great route-runner. He can quickly emerge as a go-to target in the Redskins' offense."

Height: 6' Weight: 204lbs

Draft Season (Lupagus)

Dallas Thomas, OT/OG Tennessee



#8 OT

Reasoning: "The Redskins will do everything they can to protect RG3 in the future so using their first draft pick on a tackle is a distinct possibility."

Height: 6'5" Weight: 306lbs

Draft Season (Lomas)

Datone Jones, DE UCLA



#4 DE

Reasoning: "Datone is a stud DL that should find his way higher on this list but he plays so much inside that teams will have a hard time projecting him to 4-3/3-4 DE which is where he will likely play in the NFL. The Redskins need to find a way to combine talent and need here without a number one pick, so Jones is a steal"

Height: 6'4" Weight: 283lbs

Draft Season (Onebar)

Eric Reid, FS LSU



#2 FS

Reasoning: "Reid is 1st round talent that will most likely slip to round 2, would be a good fit in Washington."

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 213lbs

NFL Draft Geek

Eric Reid, FS, LSU



#2 FS

Reasoning: "Madieu Williams and Reed Doughty are not long-term solutions at safety and the Redskins will need to upgrade the position this year in the draft. Eric Reid is good as it is, but if he can get back to what he was as a Sophomore at LSU, Washington could have a huge steal here."

Height: 6'1" Weight: 213lbs

Fanspeak (Steve)

Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU



#2 SS

CBS Sports Overview: "Cyprien was lightly recruited out of North Miami Beach High, choosing FIU over Western Michigan, but his athleticism immediately stood out in the Sun Belt.

He appeared in all 12 games in 2009, earning honorable mention all-conference accolades while starting seven games and finishing second on the team with 78 tackles.

Cyprien would go on to earn second-team All-Sun Belt honors each of the next two seasons before emerging as a first-team pick in 2012 with a team-high 93 tackles and four interceptions. He closed his career having started every game the past three seasons, and leaves FIU with 45 career starts - the most by a safety in program history.

Cyprien became just the second Panther to be invited to the Senior Bowl, joining All-American T.Y. Hilton, who was invited in 2011 but missed the game due to injury. While he wasn't able to impress in Mobile, Hilton demonstrated his big-play ability for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie, leading all rookies with seven touchdown receptions averaging a gaudy 17.2 yards on his 50 grabs.

It remains to be seen if Cyprien will enjoy the same immediate success in the NFL as his former FIU teammate. He certainly indicated the ability to do so by taking full advantage of his opportunity to practice at the Senior Bowl. Playing alongside more well known athletes including Southern California's USC's T.J. McDonald and Georgia's Baccari Rambo, Cyprien was arguably the most impressive safety in Mobile, earning praise as one of the biggest risers at any position throughout the week of practice."

Height: 6' Weight: 217lbs

FanSpeak (Willy)

T.J. McDonald, FS, USC



#7 FS

CBS Sports Overview: Statistically-speaking, McDonald enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012, leading the team with 112 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, a sack and another two interceptions. A closer view, however, shows some of the cracks in the armor which has led to former USC safety Taylor Mays to struggle thus far in the NFL. It didn't help his cause that McDonald was a poor fit in former USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's "Tampa 2" scheme.

The biggest concern might simply be the spread passing attacks so popular in today's NFL make long-legged "in the box" safeties like McDonald a liability in coverage. If entering the draft 10 or 20 years ago, he might rank as a potential first or second round choice. Now, he could slip to the third day and will have to be drafted by a team with a specific plan for using his unique skill-set.

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 219lbs

Bleacher Report (Matt Miller)

Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State



#3 FS

Reasoning: "The Redskins fill their biggest need with their first pick of many in the secondary."

Height: 6' 5/8" Weight: 210lbs

NFL Trade Rumors

Darius Slay, CB Mississippi St



#8 CB

CBS Sports Overview: "Overshadowed for much of his two seasons with the Bulldogs by All-SEC teammate Johnthan Banks, Slay is considered by scouts to be one of the nation's more intriguing pass defenders.

Slay signed with Mississippi State out of high, choosing the Bulldogs over Georgia, Oklahoma State and Kentucky but failed to qualify academically and wound up playing two seasons at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College, where he was voted an all-regional selection each year as both a cornerback and kick returner.

Slay played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs as a junior, recording 23 tackles, four passes break ups and an interception against Georgia, which he returned 72 yards for a touchdown. He earned the starting position opposite Banks as a senior and enjoyed a breakout campaign, intercepting five passes and recording 37 tackles on his way towards Second Team All-SEC accolades."

Height: 6' Weight: 192lbs

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