With the Senior Bowl going on this week and the scouting combine coming up here shortly, it's about that time of year where mock drafts begin to pop up. These mock drafts will most definitely change after the completion of the senior bowl and especially after the combine as NFL teams have gotten their chances to better evaluate these athletes. So for now this will be the first version of the Redskins mock draft as it will most likely change in the coming weeks leading up to the draft.
Redskins Team Needs:
Round 2 Pick 34: Ha-sean Clinton Dix Safety- Alabama
- Clinton Dix is a first round talent and one of the best safeties in this year's draft class. Since this year's draft class is one of the bigger classes and one of the deepest ones in years, potential first round talents are bound to fall to the early part of the second round which greatly helps out the Redskins. The safety spot is one of, if not the biggest need for the Redskins this off season. They have the careless Merriweather, the unreliable Rambo, Doughty as a free agent, and Phillip Thomas who missed all year with a Lisfranc injury as their current safeties. Washington could potentially address this need in free agency by targeting Jairus Byrd but he will likely cost too much. Clinton Dix is an NFL ready player who could come in and start for Washington right away.
Round 3 Pick 66: Christian Jones Inside Linebacker- Florida State
- With London Fletcher retiring and Perry Riley set to become a free agent, Washington has a sudden need at inside linebacker. While it is likely Riley will come back, Washington still needs to find someone to take the place of Fletcher. Christian Jones is a second to third round talent that seems to fit the bill for Washington. He led one of the nation's best defenses this past season at Florida State and at 6-3 232 pounds, Jones has good size at the inside linebacker spot. He also has great speed to keep up with tight ends and slot receivers in coverage which is something the Redskins could surely use with their linebackers as they struggle in pass coverage. This pick makes a lot of sense for a team looking to significantly upgrade their defense.
Round 4 Pick 98: Stanley Jean-Baptiste Cornerback- Nebraska
- With Deangelo Hall, Josh Wilson, and EJ Biggers all set to become free agents, that leaves only David Amerson at corner back. Washington's secondary struggled mightily this past season with the lone bright spot being Deangelo Hall. Hall will likely return to Washington for a few more years but the under performing Josh Wilson needs a replacement. In comes Stanley Jean-Baptiste. The NFL is experience more corner backs coming into the league with heights generally 6'0 or higher. Jean-Baptiste measures at 6'3 and possesses the same size as does Richard Sherman. Washington could use a bigger corner back to match up with the likes of Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson. He is a third round talent likely to fall to the fourth because of the depth of the draft class. He's an athletic corner who can turn and run down field with receivers and is solid in press coverage. This is another solid pick for Washington as he could potentially come in and start for Washington.
Round 5 Pick 130: Tyler Larsen Center- Utah State
- The Redskins desperately need help all along their offensive line. Trent Williams is the lone bright spot at left tackle but the rest of the line really struggled this year. Defensive lines were often times overpowering the undersized lineman this year. While Will Montgomery is versatile as he can play guard and center, he didn't have a good year at all this year as he couldn't hold his own against bigger lineman. That's not to say Montgomery shouldn't be kept as a possible backup. Larsen however stands at 6-4 and weighs in a couple pounds heavier than Montgomery at 312. Larsen is a popular pick in many mock drafts for the Redskins and with good reason. He can anchor down an offensive line well, he's very smart, and he finishes his blocking assignments well. Larsen would be a solid value pick here for Washington as he is regarded as one of the better offensive lineman in the country.
Round 6 Pick 162: Tevin Reese Wide Receiver- Baylor
- The Redskins need help at receiver. Garcon needs someone other than Jordan Reed to help take the pressure off of him. Hankerson improved this season but ended the season with an injury. Josh Morgan is a free agent and disappointed all year. Santana Moss saw his production go way down and he too is a free agent. Aldrick Robinson improved as well down the stretch but hasn't been consistent enough to emerge into the starting lineup. With Moss as a free agent Washington needs a slot receiver and a number 2 receiver. Hankerson could potentially be the number 2 receiver but Washington is likely to fill that spot in free agency. Reese is small and quick and could help in the slot. He was a main target for Griffin in college as well. That familiarity combined with Reese's speed could certainly help this offense as a deep threat. While Reese didn't return punts in college, it's worth a shot to try him out there this year given Washington's state at special teams.
Round 7 Pick 194: Zach Fulton Guard- Tennessee
- The Redskins need depth along the offensive line and with Chris Chester and Lichtensteiger struggling this season, Fulton would add good depth at the guard spot. He's bigger at 6'5 and weighs in at 324. He's not the quickest but he maintains his balance well and can hold his own at the second level. Fulton would make a good value pick here as he could be someone Washington could potentially develop.