Mock Draft Tracker


The 2013 NFL Draft is less than a month away, and free agency has been underway for over two weeks now. There is still a lot of uncertainty about who will be available to the Redskins when they pick at #51 in the 2nd round. Players values continue to rise and fall, and the names that are mocked continue to fluctuate.

Some new names on the list this week are DL Johnathan Hankins, and OL Kyle Long. Both of these players are considered potential 1st round picks, and they could contribute to this team immediately. There were also several new options in the secondary, with a lot of turnover from the previous Mock Draft Tracker.


Draft Pick


CBS Sports Projections

Overall Position


Darius Slay, CB Miss State



#8 CB

Reasoning: "Darius Slay played opposite Banks and was targeted often. He had a season that was arguably as good as, if not better than, Banks. Slay had five INTs, 6 pass breakups, and 40 tackles. He had a good 40 time (4.36) and has shown he can play well in man coverage on the outside."

Height: 6' Weight: 192lbs

Alternative Picks: Logan Ryan CB Rutgers, Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St

Walter Football (Walter)

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB UConn



#14 CB

CBSSports Overview: "Wreh-Wilson will have to prove he's completely over the knee injury that robbed him of half of the 2011 season, but he offers the combination of size, athleticism and starting experience (enters 2012 with 30 career starts) that scouts are looking for.

Voted a team captain in 2010, Wreh-Wilson looked like a potential all-conference selection before suffering the knee injury against Buffalo on September 24. After missing five games, Wreh-Wilson returned to play in the final three and was tested often. Despite not being 100%, he registered nine passes broken up, which tied his previous career high.

For the cornerback position, Wreh-Wilson looks the part at 6-feet-1 and 192 pounds with 32.5-inch arms, but his lack of speed showed up on several occasions during Senior Bowl practices."

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195lbs

Walter Football (Charlie)

DJ Swearinger, S South Carolina



#6 SS

Reasoning: "The Redskins will look to upgrade their defensive backfield with corners and safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft. Washington has shown interest in Swearinger.

Swearinger was a solid contributor for South Carolina in 2012. He had 79 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven passes broken up. Swearinger started 13 games as a junior and could've produced more if it hadn't been for a nagging foot injury. He totaled 80 tackles with three interceptions.

Swearinger has a nice combination of speed and instincts. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is a striker. He is one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft."

Previous Pick: Darius Slay, CB Mississippi State

Height: 5' 11" Weight: 208lbs

KCChiefsDraft (Dennis)

Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State



#7 CB

CBSSports Analysis:

"Strengths: Balanced athlete with good closing burst. Tough and competes with very good eye discipline. Sets the edge and works hard to shed, playing stronger than he looks. Gets physical and matches up well with bigger receivers. Nice job reading the eyes of the quarterback and puts himself in position to make a play on the ball.

Willing run defender and throws his body around, taking accurate angles. Quick learner as a former safety, moving to cornerback in 2010 and starting the past two seasons. Good experience in zone coverage, often moving inside to cover the slot receiver. Leader of the secondary and a fiery player. Extensive special teams experience on kickoff and punt returns. Former Oregon State baseball player.

Weaknesses: Leaner frame with limited bulk, probably will never be able to gain 190+ pounds. Not a quick-twitch athlete and lacks natural explosion. Plays too far off the line of scrimmage to protect against speed, allowing too much of a cushion and conceding underneath throws.

Tends to bite on fakes and gets overaggressive at times. Streaky tackler and often lowers his head and whiffs in the open field. Can get caught with his eyes in the backfield too much and struggles to recover after false steps. Reliable return man, but not a dynamic performer in this area. Some minor character concerns after an arrest last May for a bar fight."

Height: 6' Weight: 191lbs

NEPD (Christensen)

Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio St



#4 DT

Reasoning: "The Redskins defensive line could use some talent and depth, especially with Adam Carriker suffering a setback in his recovery. Hankins is inconsistent, but flashes first round talent."

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 320lbs

NEPD (Hope)

Terrance Williams, WR Baylor



#7 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, adding more weapons to the passing game remains a good idea, especially if RG3's former Baylor teammate, Terrance Williams, is still on the board in Round 2.

Reuniting Griffin and Williams could give the young quarterback an immediate go-to downfield target. Williams is a talented downfield playmaker who can help the Redskins stretch the field, and add a more explosive dynamic to the offense in Washington."

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 208lbs

Draft Season (Lupagus)

Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford



#2 TE


"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

Draft Season (Lomas)

Kyle Long, OT, Oregon



#6 OT

CBSSports Overview:

"STRENGTHS: Certainly looks the part. Possesses a naturally large frame with long arms. Impressive athlete. Light on his feet and possesses good balance and flexibility for a man of his size.

Very mobile. Often asked to block on the move in this scheme, demonstrating very good lateral agility and straight-line speed, as well as the short-area quickness to adjust and hit the moving target. Flashs some nastiness to his game. Doesn't back down from physical challenges. Has heavy hands and can stun opponents with his initial punch.

Keeps his legs driving on contact and can move defenders out of the hole. Enjoyed a solid performance in the Senior Bowl, itself, after missing a few days of practice with the flu. Clear talent and is just scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't the sum of his parts yet. Has rotated between left tackle and left guard over just two seasons playing on the offensive line and has been protected a bit by Oregon's quick-hitting scheme which rarely asks their offensive linemen to maintain blocks for very long.

Has a tendency to punch at his defender, rather than latch on and needs to develop better hand placement, in general. Athletic enough to adjust on the fly but lacks experience and is prone to mental errors against surprise stunts, blitzes.

Was unable to compete for the most important two days of practice at the Senior Bowl (Tuesday, Wednesday) due to a bout of the flu, missing out on a chance to impress scouts. His DUI charge while at Florida State will have to be investigated by teams.

Compares to: Jason Peters, OT, Philadelphia Eagles -- Peters was originally a defensive lineman before making the transition to tight end in college and ultimately emerging as a quality offensive tackle for the Bills (and later signing with the Eagles).

His impressive combination of size and athleticism gave him a shot at the NFL despite having no experience as an offensive lineman. Long is similarly large and athletic but has two years head start on Peters and, of course, has his famous family to help him get an opportunity in the league. A team willing to gamble on his significant upside could win big."

Height: 6'6" Weight: 313lbs

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


Jamar Taylor, CB Boise St



#5 CB

CBS Sports Overview:

"STRENGTHS: Instinctive, dependable cornerback with good overall size and athleticism. Versatile corner with extensive experience playing off-man and zone coverage. Possesses a quick, tight back pedal and has fluid hips to turn and run with receivers.

Good straight-line speed and possesses good burst out of his breaks. Reportedly was timed at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash by Boise State coaches.

Breaks quickly on underneath routes, showing the ability to close on the ball to make the interception. Good ball skills, including good leaping ability and timing. Good upper body strength and competitiveness for jump-ball situations.

Reliable run defender who doesn't back down from a challenge. Keeps his containment responsibilities, showing the ability to break free from blocks and is a reliable open field tackler who plays with toughness. Named a team captain in 2012 and is viewed by the coaching staff as one of the team's hardest workers.

WEAKNESSES: Only occasionally asked to play press and may lack the size and arm length to fit in this scheme. Aggressive and can be fooled by double-moves.

Was rarely challenged in 2012 and hasn't faced top-notch competition on a weekly basis throughout his career. Has struggled a bit with injuries and will need to be checked closely by team doctors at the Combine.

COMPARES TO: Ronde Barber, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Needless to say, Taylor has a long ways to go before a comparison to long-time standout Barber is earned, but they share several similarities, not the least of which is good instincts, a burst to close, reliable open-field tackling ability and a strong work ethic.

Height: 5' 11" Weight: 192lbs

Optimum Scouting

Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State



#3 FS

CBS Sports Overview:

"Strengths: Well proportioned athlete with good straight-line speed, agility and terrific closing speed. Very good anticipatory skills. Recognizes where the play is going and arrives in time to make a play, whether it be against the run or the pass. Reliable ball-skills. Tracks the ball well, showing good leaping ability and soft hands to pluck the ball from the air. Physical hitter. Lowers his shoulder into the ball-carrier to make the forceful hit and wraps securely to assure the tackle. Possesses the light feet and surprisingly fluid hips to drop down and cover receivers out of the slot. Very good open-field running ability, due to his agility, speed and vision to be a threat with the ball in his hands.

Weaknesses: May not possess top-end timed speed some teams are looking for in a true centerfielder against NFL passing attacks. Trusts his instincts and will occasionally get burned when gambling on play-action or double-moves by receivers. Missed the entire 2011 season with a broken left leg and dislocated left ankle that occurred during a non-contact drill just three days prior to the Bulldogs' first game.

Compares To: Michael Griffin, FS, Tennessee Titans -- Like Griffin, Thomas boasts an impressive combination of size, athleticism and playmaking ability."

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 208lbs

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