With the NFL Draft less than a month away I wanted to do another Redskins Mock Draft Scenario. Using On the Clock: Premium I ran a couple various trade scenarios and this was one of my more interesting ones that I wanted to share and give my thought process behind it.
Link to Mock Draft: http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=mnqrdm
As you can see I traded back multiple times and was able to turn 6 draft picks into 12 draft picks, including picking up two additional late 3rd round picks. Below each pick I'll give my reasoning for why I selected them:
OT CAMERON FLEMING
-For me adding a right tackle early on is a smart play for the Redskins and Fleming is a guy who I think could be a good fit. He had a strong career at Stanford, and there is no reason why he can't be a plug and play guy for the Redskins.
C TRAVIS SWANSON
-Center is another major need for the Redskins, and of the top centers in this draft Swanson seems like the most NFL ready. He should challenge for the starting job as a rookie and could develop into a good starter. He will probably never be a top 5 center in the league, but the Redskins should be quite happy to get a starting caliber center here in the draft.
DT DAQUAN JONES
-The Redskins are looking to reshape their defensive line, but one thing that needs to be considered is the age of that line. Right now the Redskins project to have one of the oldest starting defensive lines in the league and their "depth" isn't exactly that young. Jones is a guy who can line up both at nose tackle and the 5 technique position in a 3-4 and play inside in a 4 man front. He isn't a great pass rusher, but he could develop into a good run stopping defensive lineman.
RB TERRANCE WEST
-This is a luxury pick no doubt about it, but it makes some sense as well. Roy Helu is entering his final year under his rookie contract, and isn't likely to be retained after the season. The Redskins need a back behind Alfred Morris and West could end up being the steal of the draft. He should be a good fit for a zone scheme and has the potential to be a good receiver out of the backfield. West ensures the Redskins will have a strong rushing attack even if Morris gets hurt, which is key for the Redskins success.
TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ
-The Redskins could use a good inline tight end to pair with Jordan Reed, and Fiedorowicz is one of the best options in this draft. While he is a very capable blocker, Fiedorowicz is also a nice receiving tight end and would give the Redskins depth at the position and another weapon (particularly in the red zone) for RGIII.
DE GEORGE UKO
-Uko would be a bit undersized as a 5 technique, but on passing downs he could make a nice impact as a situational rusher. He again adds depth and youth to a defensive line that could use both.
WR JEFF JANIS
SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
-Janis is a small school guy, but he's got plenty of potential. He more than held his own at the Senior Bowl and Combine, displaying all the skills, athleticism and size you could want in a wide receiver. In a deep class and coming from a small school he won't get drafted too early, but that could make him a steal for the Redskins.
CB AARON COLVIN
-Colvin would have been a top 75 pick at worst (and likely higher) if he didn't tear his ACL at the Senior Bowl. He's likely to slip into the 5th-6th round and would be a smart pick-up for the Redskins to be a future top 3 corner for the team. He won't help the Redskins this year, but it's possible by 2015 he would be challenging for a top spot.
QB TOM SAVAGE
-Savage is a quarterback who is gaining some buzz and he could end up being off the board at this point, but if he's still available he would be a great pick up for the Redskins late in the draft. Savage has great size, arm strength and potential, his issue is that he's a raw prospect after bouncing between schools in his NCAA career.
OLB TYLER STARR
-Starr is listed as an OLB, but in a 3-4 he should convert inside. He's a small school guy, but he had a strong week at the East/West Game and could be a nice developmental player. Remember next year the Skins ILB position is very much up in the air and the Redskins could try to sneak Starr onto their practice squad for a year.
WR CODY HOFFMAN
-Hoffman is another big receiver who could help balance out the smaller starters the Redskins have. He doesn't have the upside of Janis, but he could be a good possession receiver to develop.
S DEZMEN SOUTHWARD
-I was hoping to address safety earlier, but I didn't have a lot of good value picks available. Southward is a guy with some nice size and a little potential. He's a developmental prospect, but he should excel on special teams.
What do you think? How would you like this draft? Let me know in the comments and feel free to post your own Mocks!