Using On the Clock I took a look at a pair of Redskins mock draft scenarios using some of the updated big boards on the site.
Mock Draft 1- Matt Miller big board
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CB VERNON HARGREAVES III
-I think the Redskins will focus on defense early in the draft and I expect them to target a DL or corner with the first pick. Here I think Hargreaves would be a huge upgrade for the Redskins who currently are relying on Chris Culliver coming back from a big injury, Will Blackmon and Quinton Dunbar behind Breeland.
DT CHRIS JONES
-One of the reasons why the Redskins may opt for a corner in the first round is the insane defensive line depth in this draft. Matt Miller's big board like any other still has plenty of great talent available in the 2nd round from this position group. Jones has big time upside, with great size and power. He is a bit inconsistent, but he flashes being a force on the interior.
RB JORDAN HOWARD
-The Redskins didn't address RB in free agency, which leads me to believe that it will be an early priority in the draft. Howard is one of the top backs in the draft and he would be an ideal option for the Redskins if he's still available in the 3rd round. He has the potential to be a feature back if Matt Jones falters and at worst they could share the workload.
G SEBASTIAN TRETOLA
-Tretola is an interesting mid-round interior offensive lineman. While he primarily projects as a guard, he could get a look at center as well as he has some experience working as a back-up center (though never played there in a game). Tretola continues to add depth and youth to a developing offensive line, and could have value if the Redskins move Spencer Long to center or if Shaun Lauvao struggles to comeback from his injury. Tretola is a powerful interior lineman who can excel in the running game.
DT JAVON HARGRAVE
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
-Javon Hargrave dominated at the FCS level and flashed both during East/West and Senior Bowl practices when playing versus better opponents. He's a bit undersized but he plays with nice quickness and power allowing him to wreck some havoc in the opponents backfield. He was among the nation's leader in sacks over the past two years and he would be another nice addition to the Redskins defensive front. He probably won't push for a starting job early in his career, but he has the ability to be a valuable rotational defender.
WR CHRIS MOORE
-The Redskins receiver corps in 2016 isn't much of a concern, but after next year both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are free agents so the Redskins need to add some youth here. Moore is an interesting later round guy as he has nice size, speed and leaping ability. He's a pretty raw route runner and his hands are just okay, but he's proven to be a big play guy.
ILB NICK KWIATKOSKI
-The Redskins need further depth at inside linebacker and Kwiatkoski is a tackling machine. He led WVU in tackles 3 years in a row and has shown well in coverage. At worst he should be a nice depth option and core special teams player and if all goes well he could fight for a starting role in a couple of years.
DE TYRONE HOLMES
-Holmes is an intriguing small school edge rusher. He's tested well in workout drills and has flashed some on tape and at the Shrine game. While the Redskins are set in 2016 on the edge, Galette is only back for one year so some cheap future depth makes sense.
Mock 2: CBS Big Board-
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C RYAN KELLY
-I decided to change it up and see how a draft would play out with taking a center early. Kelly is getting some late first round consideration in some circles and CBS has him as a top 30 player. Kelly would give the Redskins a young stud center to be perhaps the final piece of their offensive line puzzle. He could start as a rookie and should help the Redskins in both run and pass blocking.
RB DERRICK HENRY
-One guy Kelly would be familiar with blocking for would be Derrick Henry. As in the previous mock draft, RB figures to be an early priority for the Redskins. Some will knock Henry for running too tall or benefiting too much from Bama's blocking, but the reality is this 2,000 yard back dominated his SEC competition this year and was tremendous in the National Championship game. He has all the makings of a bell cow back in a power scheme and he could fit in quite nicely in the Redskins backfield ahead of Matt Jones. If the Redskins can balance their quality passing attack with even an above average rushing attack they should be back into playoff contention.
S DARIAN THOMPSON
-Thompson is one of the top free safeties in this class. He had a bad combine workout which has raised some questions, but if he improves at his Pro Day he is well worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Thompson might not push for the starting role as a rookie, but he should contribute early on, and could assume starting duties year two.
DT HASSAN RIDGEWAY
-Ridgeway came out early in the deepest DL class in years so he might get a little overlooked and slide to the mid-rounds. Ridgeway has tremendous upside and had he gone back to school and continued to develop/play well he could have been a top 50 pick next year. He is a strong pass rusher and he could be a rotational DE as a rookie.
DT D.J. READER
-The back-to-back DL picks here make a lot of sense as the Redskins are older than they want to be along the line. Reader can help fill in the nose role for Knighton and he can be an early down run stopper. He plays with nice power and quickness.
OLB YANNICK NGAKOUE
-Local player who shined the last two years at Maryland as a quality edge player. He lacks top end size or quickness, but he was highly productive in college and would take over games at times. As a late round pick depth rusher the Redskins should be pretty interested.
CB KEIVARAE RUSSELL
-He's coming off a broken leg or otherwise he would probably go a good 100-150 picks earlier. He's got good speed and athletic ability and he plays with good instincts and physicality for his size. He's got really good coverage skills and is a nice late round flier for the Redskins.
WR ALONZO RUSSELL
-Big receiver with nice speed and agility for his height. Was very inconsistent in college, but he's got some developmental traits. Good guy to stash on the bench to see if you can make something out of his 6'3" height.
Overview: I decided to take two fairly different approaches to this draft class. I think scenario A, is a bit more likely as the focus is more on the defense early on with the top two picks adding two likely starters. Despite that scenario B, is intriguing as it fixes the two real question marks on offense, and then has a heavy defensive focus. While there aren't any likely day one starters on defense, Thompson, Ridgeway and Reader could all contribute as rookies.