Mock Around The Clock

Our weekly(ish) look at who is being projected to the Redskins at pick #34 in the 2014 NFL Draft.

This post will be a place to discuss all of the projections for pick #34 that I have rounded up, and also a place to post your own mock drafts to discuss. Fanspeak's Simulator is a great tool to allow you to build your own mock draft.  The premium version which allows trades is now available, and is a great way to look at the options the Redskins have at the top of each round.

Free agency has slowed down, and now everyone is focused on the NFL draft that is 6 weeks away.  Mock drafts are being updated more frequently, former Presidents are attending Pro Days, and player's medical red flags are being checked and unchecked.  Team needs have become a little clearer since free agency, and the NFL Draft order has been finalized with the addition of 32 compensatory draft picks that were awarded this week.  Where does this leave the Redskins who hold the 34th pick in this year's draft?

There is still a heavy emphasis on defensive players, especially in the secondary, for the Redskins.  We are also seeing more than one Wide Receiver option for the first time this week as Kelvin Benjamin was replaced by Allen Robinson and Odell Beckham Jr.   And we've seen a return of the Offensive Guards to the list this week, with one new name to the Redskins, Xavier Su'a-Filo.  Ra'Shede Hageman also makes his big return to help with defensive line depth/rotation, and a polarizing CB in Bradley Roby also shows up again.

Who is missing that should be an option for the Redskins at #34.  If these were the choices would you look to trade down to acquire more mid-round picks, or take the Best Player Available?

Players Added:


Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

David Yankey, OG, Stanford

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Players Removed:

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Haha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama



Website

Draft Pick

Date

CBS Sports Projection

Overall

Position

Drafttek

Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

03/25/2014

20

4

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Smooth athlete with very good acceleration to get up to top speed quickly. Terrific shake and burst out of his cuts to beat press and do something after the catch - dangerous with the ball. Excellent vision with dynamic moves. Good footwork, timing and depth in his routes to create separation and catch the ball well in stride.

Much improved hands, doing a nice job elevating and extending to snare the ball from the air - large catching radius and tracks well. Ball appears to slow down for him at the catch point, making fluid adjustments with natural body control.

Speedy and explosive return man on special teams with vision, awareness and toughness to create - two career punt returns for scores. Consistent production all three seasons at LSU with career-highs in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Only average height and overall body strength - room to get stronger. Lacks elite speed and can be caught from behind by NFL DBs. Timid at times over the middle.

Has improved leaps and bounds catching the ball with his hands, but he will still have the occasional drop off his mitts. Missed blocking assignment and needs technique work in this area.

Room to improve his judgment and consistency fielding punts. Only 12 career receiving scores in 34 career starts.

COMPARES TO: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars - Beckham and Shorts are both exciting players with the ball in their hands and have shown steady improvements catching the ball over the years.

Height: 5' 11" Weight: 198 lbs

Previous Pick: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Odell Beckham Jr

CSN Washington

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

03/27/2014

4

6

Reasoning: Tough call here with SS Jimmie Ward still available. Since protecting RGIII trumps all, the Redskins ultimately take the tackle. If Jay Gruden wants bigger lineman, Moses is bigger.

Height: 6'6" Weight: 314 lbs

Previous Pick: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Morgan Moses

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Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

03/26/2014

33

4

Reasoning: "The Redskins just re-signed DeAngelo Hall, but he won't be around much longer. Another Virginia Tech cornerback could be a possible long-term solution."

Height: 6' Weight: 190 lbs

Previous Pick: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller

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Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

03/24/2014

33

4

Reasoning: "The Redskins re-signed DeAngelo Hall and got some depth with Tracy Porter, but Washington could still draft a corner to pair with David Amerson in the long run. Fuller is also the best player available who makes sense for the Skins. 

Fuller has some real upside and ran well enough at the Combine to merit first-round consideration. The 6-foot, 190-pounder doesn't have elite speed, but he has quickness to go along with his size. Virginia Tech is typically a factory for defensive backs, so Fuller enters the NFL with plus preparation after getting playing time for four years. He has some man-coverage skills and experience playing on an island. 

The 2013 season opener against Alabama gave Fuller the opportunity to be extremely impressive. He was excellent versus the Crimson Tide and did a superb job of smothering Amari Cooper in man coverage. Fuller had four tackles, an interception, at least one pass batted away, some good hits and solid play on special teams. He also played well against Georgia Tech with some fantastic run defense. Fuller had a pick and other nice plays against North Carolina, but was beaten on a double-move for a touchdown. The senior recorded 24 tackles, 10 passes batted and two interceptions in 2013. 

As a junior, Fuller totaled two interceptions, five passes broken up, one forced fumble and 52 tackles. He made six starts as a freshman in 2010, recording 32 tackles and six passes broken up. Fuller improved his play in 2011 and started every game. He totaled 65 tackles with two interceptions, one forced fumble and seven passes broken up, along with being a Second-Team All-ACC selection."

Height: 6' Weight: 190 lbs

Previous Pick: CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller

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Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

03/24/2014

33

4

Height: 6' Weight: 190 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller

Blogging the Boys

David Yankey, OG, Stanford

03/26/2014

37

2

Reasoning: "Washington gets someone they hope will both protect the quarterback and provide some good run blocking with his pulling ability. Yankey also brings some position flexibility, having played tackle in college before moving inside. Not a flashy selection, he is a move to build from the inside instead of mortgaging the future on, well, flash."

Height: 6'6" Weight: 315lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: David Yankey

CBS Sports(Rang)

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

03/25/2014

24

1

CBS Sports Analysis:

The most experienced and pro-ready member of UCLA's talented offensive line is Su'a-Filo, a veteran of 38 career starts who some believe may look to leave campus early for the NFL given the fact that he spent two years on a Mormon mission before joining the Bruins. (10/18/13)

STRENGTHS: Powerfully-built. Very good initial quickness, hand placement and impressive upper body strength to gain the initial advantage on defenders. Due to his core strength and flexibility, Su'a-Filo anchors very well against bull-rushes and shows lateral agility and balance in pass pro. Perfect match in UCLA's drive-blocking scheme, but has the athleticism to fit in a zone-blocking scheme as well.

WEAKNESSES: Has a tendency to lose leverage on contact.

Height: 6'4" Weight: 307 lbs

CBS Sports(Brugler)

Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

03/25/2014

26

4(DT)

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Alternately lining up over the nose or as a three-technique, Hageman consistently pushes his counterparts deep into the backfield, demonstrating rare upfield burst for a man of his size, as well as impressive strength. A brute in the middle, combining excellent size and power to push blockers deep into the pocket.

WEAKNESSES: At times struggles to locate the football quickly, can appear a bit stiff changing directions and shows just average speed and determination in pursuit, despite being subbed often. Had two potential big tackles for losses negated by facemask penalties against Minnesota in 2013.

Height: 6'6" Weight: 310 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Ra'Shede Hageman

MockingtheDraft(Fairburn)

Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

03/24/2014

26

4(DT)

Reasoning: "Defensive end is among the many holes on Washington's defense. Ra'Shede Hageman could go much earlier than this, but he has a long way to go in terms of developing technique."

Height: 6'6" Weight: 310 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Ra'Shede Hageman

Ourlads

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

03/126/2014

35

5

Reasoning: "Three-year starter. Missed the 2014 Orange Bowl with a knee injury. Best asset is his big time speed and athletic ability. Can be disruptive with corner blitzes. Recorded 13 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and blocked two punts in 2013. Ball clubs will be enticed by his speed and athletic ability. Injury history. Questionable ball and visual skills."

Height: 5' 11" Weight: 194 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Bradley Roby

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Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

03/20/2014

42

1(SS)

Reasoning: "The semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last season (nation's top defensive back) is so skilled in coverage that he often lined up in the slot (versatility to line up over receivers or tight ends near the line of scrimmage)."

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Compact frame. Remarkably fluid athlete with quick feet, smooth change-of-direction agility and easy acceleration. Dropped down to cover slot receivers with solid man-to-man skills to handle a similar role in the NFL.

Good balance and lateral agility, including the ability to sprawl to avoid cut-blocks. Physical, competitive defender who doesn't back down from the challenges of bigger opponents. Very good diagnosis skills and closes quickly and forcefully. Takes proper angles in pursuit, limiting breakaway opportunities for opponents. Eased concerns that his stellar play was due in part to questionable competition at the Senior Bowl.

WEAKNESSES: Shorter than scouts prefer, a fact that could lead to some projecting him at cornerback. Good but less-than-ideal speed to recover if beaten initially. Gets too grabby once he's turned around. Leaves his feet to tackle, creating some impressive collisions but occasionally failing to wrap up securely. Misses tackles against the bigger, stronger athletes.

COMPARES TO: Glover Quin, Lions - Quin might not be the most popular player in the league but the six-year veteran out of New Mexico has quietly proven a quality starter despite marginal size (6-0, 205)."

Height: 6' Weight: 190 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Jimmie Ward

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Allen Robinson, WR, PSU

3/27/2014

34

7

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Fluid and flexible athlete for his larger frame with room to get stronger. Deceiving acceleration with sharp cuts to be a dangerous catch-and-go pass catcher. Physical ballcarrier with balance and body strength to shake off defenders and pick up chunks of yards after contact.

Does a nice job working back to the ball and finding soft spots in zones. Works well in traffic and tight areas to fight for the ball and win jump-ball situations. Uses his hands to fight through the jam and create room to work. Tough and won't shy from contact. Large catching radius with a good vertical to attack the ball. Willing blocker in run support.

Extremely productive the past two seasons, setting several single-season school and Big Ten records and finishing with a conference-best 97 catches and 1,432 yards in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Average vertical speed. Upright route-runner and needs to tighten his footwork in/out of his breaks - will tip off defenders to his intended path and needs to better sell and deceive his patterns. Plays rushed at times and needs to stay under control through the snap, catch and whistle.

Focus will run hot/cold at times and needs to be more reliable finishing with his hands - bad habit of making unnecessary body catches. Room to improve his field and spatial awareness along the sideline. Maturity needs to be investigated after a first half suspension in the 2013 season opener for "disciplinary issues."

COMPARES TO: Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers - Robinson doesn't have elite speed, but like Boldin he is a good-sized athlete with deceiving acceleration and strength at the catch point to be both a possession target and big play-threat.

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 220 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Allen Robinson

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Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State

03/26/2014

28

3(OLB)

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Rangy athlete with terrific closing acceleration and burst. Explosive first step as a blitzer to force the QB from his spot. Very good bend off the edge with momentum to fight through blocks and disrupt the pocket. Flexible ankles and flattens easily.

Uses his length well at the point of attack with good take-on strength to deliver a pop, filling hard vs. the run. Eyes are always elevated with good ball vision and anticipation. Breaks down well on the move and gets low, showing clear improvement with his tackling technique.

Smart and puts himself in correct position to make plays. Sniffs out the ball and almost always finishes when he's in the area. Never quits working to the ball and relentless in pursuit.

Team leader and uplifting teammate with strong personal and football character. Versatile skill-set to drop in coverage, blitz and cover both sidelines. Very productive career with back-to-back seasons with 115-plus tackles, including a conference-best 143 stops in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Lean frame and lacks elite bulk. Doesn't have the body type to get too much bigger. Needs to continue to get stronger to better shed at the point of attack. Too easily engulfed when attacking the line of scrimmage.

Sometimes content throwing his shoulder and not wrapping up. Overaggressive at times in coverage and needs patient and alert. Will lose track of his assignment in man.

Needs to stay disciplined and tidy up his timing to avoid late hits and unnecessary flags. Needs to keep his composure and keep his emotions in check. History of minor injuries that have caused him to miss playing time.

COMPARES TO: Lavonte David, Buccaneers - While he's not quite as refined or tough as David, Shazier has a similar body type and movement skills to cover a large area and be a ultra-productive tackler at the next level.

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 237 lbs

UT San Diego

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

03/26/2014

30

3

Reasoning: "The Redskins need help all over their defense. While Verrett is a bit undersized, he changes directions and breaks on the ball with ease. His ball skills are towards the top of this corner class. Top needs: DB, ILB, OL."

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Fluid body type with smooth hips to easily turn and adjust his frame. Excellent short-area burst and flexibility to seamlessly redirect his footwork to mirror receivers in space. Very good feel on an island ? baits and drives on throws with burst and timing. Improved instincts and awareness, not afraid to come off his man to make a play. Excellent ballskills and confidence to undercut routes and finish with the interception. Quick read/react skills. Adequate strength for his size and very active in run support. Will hold his ground at the point of attack. Very aggressive with the ball in the air and attacks it. Smart and sound with his cover assignments, always playing alert. Routinely made ?wow? plays on special teams coverage, including a blocked field goal in 2012. Heady player with high football character. Productive as a three-year starter, combining for 43 passes defended and nine interceptions in college.

WEAKNESSES: Lack of elite height and length shows against most receivers. Lanky build and doesn?t have the frame to pack on too much more muscle. Lacks ideal hand strength to consistently finish or easily shed blocks. Room to improve his tackling technique, especially in space, hitting too high and losing immediate leverage. Will pop up out of his backpedal too soon and needs to play with more consistent pad level in his transition technique. Needs to eliminate the mental mistakes with too many offsides and holding penalties on his resume. Blanket coverage, but needs to do a better job finding the ball with his back to the line of scrimmage. Some durability concerns after several nagging injuries plagued him in 2013, most notably a shoulder injury.

Height: 5' 10" Weight: 189 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Jason Verrett

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