The draft is over, everyone is getting familiar with the newest members of the Washington Redskins, and the UDFAs who the team might be signing, what better time to look towards next year. (Yes, I hate myself right now too. Send all complaints to email@example.com) There have already been way too many 2016 mock drafts posted since Mr. Irrelevant was picked last weekend.
This morning brought us the worst one yet, with the Washington Redskins getting the #1 overall pick next year courtesy of the Football Outsiders predicted rankings that E$PN IN$IDER uses. Todd McShay took this opportunity to give the Redskins a brand new QB, Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Hack had a down year in 2014, but is still expected to be a top pick next year.
What other players/positions are going to the Redskins in these way too early mocks? Quarterbacks, lots of different QBs, with Ohio State's Cardale Jones, Michigan State's Connor Cook, and California's Jared Goff all getting their names called to Washington. Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, and Florida State S Jalen Ramsey are the only other players to have their names called multiple times from this grouping.
1. Washington Redskins (Football Outsiders' projected 2015 record: 5-11)
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State: We don't yet know what the future holds for Robert Griffin III, but if the projected records here from Football Outsiders come true, it's safe to assume Washington might be looking for a new franchise quarterback. Hackenberg struggled in 2014 with a 12-touchdown, 15-interception season, but he's a big-time talent with a pro-style skill set.
1. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
You will see Bosa listed as an edge player in many places. He can line up outside, but I've seen Bosa handled tackles a guards while closed by another defender. He wins with power and quickness.
3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Had he been eligible for the 2015 draft and opted to enter it, Bosa likely would have been a top-five pick—perhaps even convincing Tennessee to pass on Marcus Mariota or Jacksonville on Dante Fowler. He's already that good. Get ready for the Bosa shoulder shrug to become the NFL's next great sack celebration.
3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Barring a playoff berth, this is probably Robert Griffin’s last season in Washington, and the Redskins will be hunting for a new quarterback. Cook has the ideal intangibles and polish as a passer to merit a top-10 pick, and is the best fit of the three top quarterbacks for Jay Gruden’s offense.
4. Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State
4. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
I know, I know, three games. But NFL scouts certainly took notice of what Jones did in the Big Ten Championship Game and both rounds of the College Football Playoff. Scouts are enamored with his prototypical size, arm and movement skills, and the Redskins seem to be tiring of the RG3 experiment.
5. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
If Washington is drafting in the top five, Robert Griffin III obviously didn't take the next step in his development under Jay Gruden. If that's the case, general manager Scot McCloughan would be justified in cutting bait and looking for a new quarterback.
Christian Hackenberg wasn't impressive statistically in 2014, but he's got the talent to be special. If Penn State's coaching staff can put a plan around him like Bill O'Brien did in 2013, he could work his way into the top five of next year's draft. As of now, this is about potential, not production, from Hackenberg.
5. Jared Goff, QB, California
The first quarterback off the board, Goff is an athletic, strong-armed passer who likely be compared to another Cal QB, Aaron Rodgers.
7. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The Redskins surprised some by selecting Brandon Scherff with the No. 5 overall pick. It remains to be seen where they plan on playing him. If they want to station him at guard, someone like Ronnie Stanley will definitely be in play in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Washington needs to continue to bolster its offensive line to protect Robert Griffin.
9. Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State
The Redskins waited to address their weakness at safety in the 2015 NFL Draft, and while they do have Dashon Goldson, he isn't a long-term answer. Washington could get a good safety early in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Florida State defense was disappointing as a unit in 2014, but some individual players impressed. Ramsey (6-1, 204) was one of the team's best defenders with a lot of clutch tackles. He totaled 79 stops, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 12 passes broken up, two interceptions and two forced fumbles on the year. As a freshman in 2013, Ramsey started on the Seminoles National Championship team at safety and cornerback. He recorded 49 tackles and an interception that season.
10. Darron Lee, OLB/DE, Ohio State
Injured halfway through his freshman season, Lee redshirted, and came back in 2014 to absolutely dominate: 16.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks and every Alabama fan will forever know his name (3 TFL, 2 sacks in the National Semifinal). At 6-2, 230 coming off the edge, he's a blur.