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Free Agency is fully underway, and as expected, the Washington Redskins are severely limited in the market due to the second consecutive $18 million cap penalty. The team has resigned a number of their own free agents, signed two offensive tackles, and made the notable cut of CB Deangelo Hall. There are still plenty of options in free agency, but the Redskins ability to free up more cap space will determine the number and quality of players they are able to sign.

This weeks roundup of mock drafts continues the theme of the Redskins looking to restock their secondary after last years underwhelming performance. Some surprising names have appeared like potential 1st round picks Johnthan Banks and Matt Elam. There are also two new OT's on the list with the athletic Menelik Watson and Terron Armstead being added.


Draft Pick


CBS Sports Projections

Overall Position


Johnthan Banks, CB Miss State



#4 CB

CBS Sports Overview:

"Strengths: Good length and tall frame for the position. Natural flexibility and agile footwork to quickly redirect, driving fast and physical on plays. Always seems to know where the ball is, quickly locating and aggressively goes after it. Good discipline to read routes and stay glued to receivers.

Very good ball skills to snatch the ball out of the air and is ballhawk in the secondary with a school-record 16 career interceptions. Comfortable and confident in coverage, using his eyes to bait throws. Opportunistic player and always looking for the game-changing play, never afraid to take chances.

Aggressive and tough against the run and works hard to shed. Lacks ideal bulk but doesn't shy from big hits and easy to love his physical nature and competitiveness. Fiery demeanor and not afraid to get on teammates for mistakes. Known as a vocal team leader with strong football character, work ethic and ambition.

Weaknesses: Lean and lanky body type. Starts too upright at times and can get lazy with his technique. Gets caught with his eyes in the backfield and can lose sight of his man. Opens hips too early and needs to stay balanced in his backpedal.

Tends to overpursue in run support and needs to tight his angles to play under control and finish tackles. Often hits too high and needs to consistently use his long arms to wrap. Can get hung up on blocks and has looked worn down late in games, not playing with a full tank. Nagging left knee injury in 2012, but not a serious issue."

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 185lbs

Alternative Picks: David Amerson CB NC State, Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St

Walter Football (Walter)

Matt Elam, S Florida



#1 SS

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: 5' 10" Weight: 208lbs

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

KCChiefsDraft (Dennis)

Matt Elam, S, Florida



#1 SS

Reasoning: "Both of Washington's safety spots could be upgraded. Elam is the top safety available."

Height: 5' 10" Weight: 208lbs

NEPD (Christensen)

Aaron Dobson, WR Marshall



#10 WR

Reasoning: "Dobson is a guy that can bail quarterbacks out with ridiculous hands and a penchant for being able to separate down the field."

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)

Menelik Watson, OT FSU



#7 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: 310lbs

Draft Season (Lomas)

Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia



#4 FS

Reasoning: "Rambo plays his best game as a roving free safety which is exactly what Washington needs. He isn't a flashy pick but his consistent play against good competition is what you look for when you only have one pick in the top 64."

Height: 6'1" Weight: 211lbs

NFL Draft Geek

Eric Reid, S, 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


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

NFL Draft Site

Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford



#2 TE

CBS Sports Overview:

"Strengths: Smooth athlete with good route quickness to create some separation and sneaky speed to get behind the defense. Sturdy, well-built frame, adding 30 pounds of bulk and muscle since he arrived in Palo Alto. Tough with the ball in his hands and isn't afraid to deliver hits, lowering his pads and finishing runs. Not afraid to get physical as a blocker and gives good effort in this area, always looking for someone to block downfield.

Tracks the ball well and does a nice job adjusting his frame to make the tough catch, extending and plucking. Looks like he has glue on his hands with some of the catches he is able to make. Does a nice job selling his patterns, getting good depth in his routes and immediately looking for the ball out of his breaks. Can deceive defenders and find soft spots in coverage. Does a nice job making something happen after the catch, averaging more than 13 yards per catch in 2012.

Has experience all over the offense for Stanford, lining up in-line, in the slot and out wide, but looked most comfortable in the slot. In 2012, Ertz doubled Coby Fleener's production from the year before, earning All-American honors as a Mackey Award finalist. Hard worker on and off the field and plans to graduate in June.

Weaknesses: Has done a nice job adding bulk to his frame, but needs to continue to develop his strength to sustain blocks at the line of scrimmage. Will round off some routes at times and needs to better control himself in/out of his breaks. Needs to do a better job coming down with contested throws and will drop some easy ones - seems to have at least one drop each game.

Will play timid over the middle at times, appearing to hear footsteps. Has only one season under his belt as the full-time starter and has been banged up over his career.

Compares To: Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys - Like Witten, Ertz is a strong, tough receiver who isn't an elite athlete but gets the job done, finding ways to get open and create separation. Neither will impress with a 40-yard dash, but show good route quickness and aggressive hands."

Height: 6' 5" Weight: 249lbs

Optimum Scouting

Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pines-Bluff



#5 OT

CBS Sports Overview:

"Strengths: Remarkable athlete. Lines up at left tackle but has the athleticism to consider as a tackle-eligible pass-catcher. Good burst off the snap and accelerates quickly, making him an ideal fit in a zone-blocking offense which requires blocking on the move and releasing to the second level. Flashes great explosiveness with a powerful initial pop to the defender. Good balance. Plays on the balls of his feet and his knees bent, showing the ability to adjust to oncoming pass rushers and mirroring them throughout the play. Very intelligent. An Industrial Technology (IT) major who will graduate this summer.

Weaknesses: A better athlete than football player, at this time. Possesses excellent speed but too often gets to the second level only to lose sight of his target. Provides an explosive pop but needs to improve his upper body and hand strength to latch on and sustain his blocks. Does not do a good enough job of finishing blocks at the SWAC level. Struggled a bit anchoring against powerful rushers at the East-West and Senior Bowl. Possesses obvious upside but might need a year in the weight room to compete at the NFL level.

Compares to: Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers -- Savvy scouts had been watching Staley dominate the MAC for years but he didn't really begin earning national attention until a strong effort at the Senior Bowl and dazzling workout at the 2007 Combine. Should Armstead commit to the game with the intensity that Staley has, he too could wind up emerging as an upper-echelon blindside tackle in the NFL.

Height: 6' 5" Weight: 306lbs

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