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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Redskins Select Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

In this mock draft the Redskins pickup a valuable tool on the defensive line, giving the Redskins a true nose tackle that they can finally build their 3-4 defense around.

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Over the last few weeks you have seen mock drafts form a handful of the Hogs Haven writing team, with contributions from Ken Meringolo who chose the Redskins pick each time. I am sure you got his message loud and clear, that help on the offensive line is much needed!

Going forward we will be revisiting our mock drafts, but this time each writer is in control of the Redskins destiny. Let's see what they believe the Redskins should do with the no. 5 pick in the 2015 draft:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

The most pro ready out of the two top QB prospects in this years draft is a lock for the Bucs in my book. Winston comes with some baggage, but will be able to step up and run a pro style offense quickly and efficiently. Something the Bucs have needed for years.

2. Tennessee Titans - Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Williams is probably the best overall player in this draft in terms of talent, and will help the Titans for years to come. Easy decision for them.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska

The Jaguars will always look to defense first. They may well be tempted to look at one of the offensive linemen, or even a defensive back, but you simply can't make that pick here. If they don't trade back it is likely they go with Gregory, a sound pick who helps solidify an already impressive defensive front.

4. Oakland Raiders - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The Raiders almost saw some green shoots last year with Carr as their new QB. He just needs someone to throw to, and White is probably the best all round WR in the draft - Amari Cooper being more of a playmaker.

5. Washington Redskins - Danny Shelton, DT/NT, Washington

Shelton is a perfect blend of a traditional 3-4 nose tackle with the ability to match a 4-3 DT's pass rush ability. Watching his tape is a fun thing to do. Against the run he manages his gaps well and stuffs the line of scrimmage without ever getting pushed backwards. Against the pass he will always be in the backfield around the QB, creating pressure. He is powerful and has great technique with a variety of moves, and most importantly, he tackles well. The only knock on him is his motor and ability to be a three down tackle, which can be worked on with strength and fitness training in the offseason.

I know some of you might think that we have Cofield and Baker at this position, but Cofield gets injured every year, is 30 years old, and he has quite a hefty contract. Baker, who I like, is supposed to be playing defensive end in a rotation. We really need a dependable and flexible nose tackle, so picking up someone who gets compared to Poe (Chiefs) and Wilfork (Patriots) gets my vote here.

Finally, new GM, Scot McCloughan, will be looking to rebuild this team from the core of the trenches out. That starts in the middle of the defensive line with your anchor. Trust me, Shelton would change the nature of our defense and within a couple of years would be one of the most important players on the team, plus would allow us to free up some cap space by looking at Cofield's contract.

6. New York Jets - Dante Fowler, Jr., DE, Florida

The Jets need to generate some pass rush. Fowler will be a strong choice here and will help add some much needed pressure to opposing QB's.

7. Chicago Bears - Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

Shane Ray is a dynamic pass rusher who starred in a solid Missouri defensive performance in 2014. The Bears are all about that defense, and need to get back to doing what they do best. Ray will certainly help here.

8. Atlanta Falcons - Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

Another team that has struggled to get pressure on opposing QB's. Seeing so many pass rushers leaving the board early will force the Falcons to make a move here instead of adding depth later on in the draft.

9. New York Giants - Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

The Giants will be the first team with a pick on the offensive line, picking up Scherff with the 9th pick. Scherff can play OT on both sides, and also play guard, so the Giants will have to figure out where he serves them best on a porous offensive line.

10. St. Louis Rams - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

I am assuming the Rams keep Bradford on a ‘prove it' contract for a couple of years. If not, they may consider Mariota here. The Rams are pretty much set on the defensive line, but they need defensive backs to buy their pass rush some more time. Waynes is the top CB on the board at this position.

11. Minnesota Vikings - T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
12. Cleveland Browns - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
13. New Orleans Saints - Bud Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky
14. Miami Dolphins - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
15. San Francisco 49ers - La'el Collins, OT, LSU
16. Houston Texans - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
17. San Diego Chargers - Cameron Erving, OG, Florida State
18. Kansas City Chiefs - DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) - Shaq Thompson, LB/S, Washington
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
23. Detroit Lions - Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
24. Arizona Cardinals - Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
25. Carolina Panthers - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.)
26. Baltimore Ravens - Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
27. Dallas Cowboys - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Fla.)
28. Denver Broncos - Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
29. Indianapolis Colts - A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
30. Green Bay Packers - Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
31. Seattle Seahawks - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT/G, Texas A&M
32. New England Patriots - Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri