Here is a look at two mock drafts I did using On the Clock for the Redskins using both the Fanspeak and CBS big boards. You can also upgrade to On the Clock Premium for trading, customizing & saving big board, more player pages & more!
Fanspeak- Link to Draft:
DT SHELDON RANKINS
Notes: Rankins is one of the premier DL in this class, and he would be a nice fit in the Redskins 3-4 defense at DE. He's capable of generating a lot of pressure and penetration and he would pair nicely with Chris Baker.
WR TYLER BOYD
Notes: I think it's likely the Redskins move on from Pierre Garcon this offseason, leaving a void at WR opposite DeSean Jackson. Boyd would be a good fit here because he would complement Jackson nicely, and he has the potential to develop into a number 1 receiver in a couple of years when Jackson is gone.
C RYAN KELLY
Notes: My guess is Kory Lichtensteiger will be back next year, but he's not the long term answer at center for this team. Kelly is one of the top three centers in this draft and has the potential to be a long term starter. He can apprentice for a year behind Lichtensteiger and take over in 2017.
CB MAURICE CANADY
Notes: The Redskins need secondary help and adding a corner with size makes a lot of sense here. After Breeland there is a lot of uncertainty at this position, depending on FA this could be a bigger priority but either way grabbing a guy like Canady here makes sense.
DT D.J. READER
Notes: The Redskins have to get younger along the defensive line and could use a young NT option. Whether Knighton leaves or not this pick makes sense. Reader probably couldn't completely fill in for Knighton, but he could be part of the rotation if Knighton walks. If Knighton stays then Reader is a good depth piece at this point in the draft.
ILB JARED NORRIS
Notes: Norris is another cheap depth piece later in the draft. He's not a guy you will point to as competing for a starting job any time soon, but he could make the team as a back-up/special teamer.
S JORDAN LOMAX
Notes: Free safety could definitely be a larger priority, but if the Redskins go the stop gap route, Lomax could be a late round depth option.
RB JONATHAN WILLIAMS
Notes: Running back is another position that could be addressed earlier, but the Redskins could also wait and hope some solid talent falls.
CBS Big Board: LINK to draft
CB MACKENSIE ALEXANDER
Notes: Alexander is one of the top corners in the draft and he and Breeland could form a very good duo going forward for the Redskins. DL was the other consideration here, but the depth of that position is better so chances are the Redskins find someone talented in the 2nd round.
DT VERNON BUTLER
Notes: CBS has 9 DL who could fit either the 5 tech DE or the NT spot in the Redskins defense among the top 40 on their big board. Chances are 1-3 of those guys will still be sitting there when the Redskins come up in the 2nd round. That was the risk I took in this draft and it paid off as Butler was still on the board and he would be a fantastic option for this team.
C NICK MARTIN
Notes: Same strategy as the draft above, if a one of the top 3 centers are on the board in the 3rd round the Redskins should make the pick. Martin also could compete for the starting LG role with Long and Kouandjio if Lauvao isn't back (or healthy).
WR DE'RUNNYA WILSON
Notes: Wilson isn't as refined as a receiver as Boyd from the last draft, but he's got some of the best size and jumping ability in this draft and he could give the Redskins the red zone threat they've been lacking. He's not likely to ever be a true number 1 receiver, but he's an intriguing prospect.
RB TYLER ERVIN
SAN JOSE STATE
Notes: Ervin is a speed back who could be a nice complement to Matt Jones, particularly given Chris Thompson's injury history. Ervin will likely never be a true number 1 back, but he's got excellent speed, athleticism and catching ability.
CB TAVON YOUNG
Notes: Young adds another corner to the mix, and he profiles as a quality slot corner, which could help keep Breeland on the outside vs top receivers.
DT ANTWAUN WOODS
Notes: Another DL option, and one who fits well as a rotational NT.
TE JAKE MCGEE
Notes: The Logan Paulsen replacement. With Reed and Paul likely accounting for most of the snaps on offense from both 1 and 2 TE sets, the Redskins don't need to invest a lot here. They just need a capable in-line blocking TE. McGee can be a solid pass catcher as well, but he's got the size and blocking ability to be the 3rd TE.
Overall: These are just two plausible scenarios for drafts of course, but I think both speak to the Redskins needs and some of strengths of this draft class. In both cases I was able to target a top DL in the first two rounds, and a center in the 3rd round. Hoping a center falls to the late 3rd is a bit more risky, but center is typically a position that isn't over drafted so it's possible. Wide receiver and corner are two other positions that I think have nice options for the Redskins in the early rounds. Corner is one position worth taking in the first round if one of the top guys fall, which is what the 2nd scenario showed. Later in the draft I think you can find good depth options at a variety of positions. In both cases I didn't address safety and that is something the Redskins will need to consider. There are quality safeties in this draft, but you might need to over draft one early if you want someone who can contribute or start year one.