With the offseason in full swing I wanted to share my latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft and the Redskins selections I'm looking at: Remember this is based on how the draft can play out and the Redskins current needs.
2nd Round: CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
-I've become a pretty big Poyer fan since his Senior Bowl performance. I think he has the ability to become a very good starting corner in this league and I'm particularly impressed with his instincts and technique. He may lack top notch speed, but he's more than capable of holding own going down the field. He can be an instant starter for the Skins and replace D-Hall.
3rd Round: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
-Cyprien is another guy who really impressed me Senior Bowl week and I see him climbing up draft boards. He may be a slight reach in terms of his stock, but I believe he can be a good starter at the next level. He's a big hitter with nice size, anticipation and range. Though he is listed as a SS he should be able to play either safety spot.
4th Round: C/G Brian Schwenke, Cal
-Though tackle is the bigger offensive line need, Schwenke is a guy that really seems to fit our zone blocking scheme. Given some uncertainty at the LG spot, he could win that job as a rookie. He's got nice quickness and plays with a good base and leverage.
5th Round OT Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
-Mills really had a nice Senior Bowl week, and looks to be pretty advanced overall. He may not win the right tackle job outright, but he gives some better depth and talent to a position that currently is extremely thin. I love his upside and could see him being a long term solution at RT.
5th Round: TE Nick Kasa, Colorado
-Kasa is a bit raw overall, but I really think he could develop into a nice tight end. He's got better hands and awareness than you'd expect, and is a very strong blocker which is key in the Redskins offense.
6th Round: S Duke Williams, Nevada
-Williams may be off the board at this point, but he could be a guy that slides given how deep this safety class is. He'd make an excellent late round pick, offering upside and a good all-around skill set. The Redskins safety position is one of the thinnest on the roster and needs more than one addition.
7th Round: P Jeff Locke, UCLA
-While a fan favorite Sav Rocca was one of the worst punters in terms of yards and punts inside the 20. The Redskins probably can't afford him and could use a punter who also handles kick-offs. Locke is probably the 3rd best punter in this draft, but given that he is a kickoff specialist (and even handled that job for Kai Forbath at UCLA) he should be higher on the Redskins wish list. He's probably a borderline guy to be drafted, but given the Skins need he makes a ton of sense with a late pick.