With the Draft quickly approaching, I thought I'd stop bouncing off the walls and construct
my own ideal mock draft. I formulated this based on team needs and realistic draft projections;
Feel free to share your thoughts!
2nd Round D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
An immediate upgrade who could step in week 1, the Redskins lack a true center fielder and Swearinger has shown flashes of being THAT guy. His coverage skills are adequate, but his physicality and play making ability is what gives him his true value.
3rd Round Tyrann Mathieu, CB/PR/KR, LSU
A gutsy pick no doubt, but I truly believe Tyrann will turn his life around once he enters into the NFL. Some people learn to play football and some people are born to play football, Tyrann is definitely the latter. Despite his 5'9" stature He is the embodiment of the word "playmaker" (Darrell Green anyone?) and at one point was a Heisman finalist and a solid first round pick. His youth and instincts will allow him to develop into a true star for the Redskins, and his Special Teams ability pushes his value over the top.
4th Round Brian Schwenke, C, California
Although we have many versatile players like Lichtensteiger and LeRibeus who could step in at center, it would benefit the unit to have a true center for depth behind an ageing Monty. Schwenke was impressive at the Senior Bowl, had a great combine (31 reps on the bench), and has shown the ability to play in a Man and ZBS. He also adds some versatility which Shanahan looks for, in that he can fill in at LG if needed.
5th Round Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Many will think this is a reach, or would rather take a chance on a guy like Brandon McGee, well not me. Hawthorne has shown flashes of greatness throughout his career at Illinois and was very impressive at the East-West Shrine. He is a faster than expected sleeper pick who also shows value as a KR/PR and even has been experimented with at WR.
5th Round Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Barner is the perfect change of pace back to compliment Morris, this quicker than fast third down back will help the Redskins continue to be versatile by helping in both the running and pass game. He has also been shown to be serviceable as a returner. Jawan Jamison
6th Round Bruce Taylor, ILB, Virginia Tech
With Fletcher most likely retiring after this season,Lorenzo's departure to 'Zona, and Keenan's injury, the Redskins desperatly need some depth at the ILB position. Enter Bruce Taylor, he's another late round sleeper who's a fan of the team. He's an excellent fit for the inside of a 3-4 defense and knows how to disrupt the backfield and get TFL's. Under Fletcher's brief guidance this man could receive the tools to become a real star.
7th Round Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
With the success of prospects like our own Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts III, people are paying more attention to Mount Union receivers.With 92 receptions for 1,694 yards and 22 TDs, and 18.4 YPC his senior year, Collins has shown he can produce Collins, and with Santana Moss reaching the Twilight of his career Collins may serve as a perfect understudy should Aldrick Robinson fail to live up to expectations.
Initially I wanted to spend more than 3 picks on DBs, but after sitting on it for a while I figured spreading the love with talent will work out better for us in the end. Thanks for reading!