This is the first mock draft I have done this off-season. We're one month away now and I think that's close enough to really create a solid mock. The Combine is out of the way. Free agency has mostly run its course. It's time.
Round 1, Pick #21 Overall
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (5'10", 190 lbs.)
In my opinion, Alexander is the third-best CB in this draft (with Ramsey as a S) behind only Vernon Hargreaves III and Eli Apple. I feel that both of those guys will be selected before #21, but Alexander may still be available. If he were just 2-3" taller, he could very well be a top-10 pick. He's that good.
Alexander was the #4 overall recruit according to ESPN when he went to Clemson in 2013. He redshirted a year and then immediately started and set a school record for on-field snaps by a freshman on one of the best teams in the country. He's as athletic as they come.
Last year, he didn't allow a single TD and rarely even had a pass come to his side of the field. That's the definition of a lock-down corner.
He's lightning quick and arguably the most confident guy in this draft class. He has the ideal mentality for a corner. He's the definition of aggressive... and that's what Scot McCloughan likes to see in a football player... aggression. This combination of athleticism, toughness, and aggressive mindset are too much to pass up at #21. He looks like the fastest, most athletic RB ever out there playing man coverage so tight that QBs simply look away. That's what I want as a Redskin. Josh Norman 2.0.
Round 2, Pick #53 Overall
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (6', 212 lbs.)
A transfer from Ohio St., Cash has posted three 100-tackle seasons in a row. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC last year. He has some of the best size and tackling ability/technique you'll see in a DB. And he's versatile... He can line up near the LoS. He can play nickel CB. He can play SS. He can play a little LB. He can cover. He can anticipate. He likes to play the run. He's violent. Tell me those aren't traits McCloughan values.
Round 3, Pick #84 Overall
Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma (6', 232 lbs.)
The Redskins have been looking for a quick, cover ILB. Alexander fits the bill. He has elite athleticism and could even stay on the field in obvious passing situations and cover some slot WRs. This is the cover ILB we've been waiting for. RBs and TEs don't stand a chance.
Round 4, Pick #120 Overall
C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame (6', 220 lbs.)
You want to talk about athleticism? Prosise is a guy who has played a ton of S and WR. In fact, he hadn't even played RB until just this past year. So what did he do? Just run for over 1,000 yards (with a 6.6 ypc) and 11 TDs. That's God-given ability and talent. He's got the size and strength to get yards through/after contact and the demeanor of a guy who just refuses to be tackled. He's excellent at using his blockers (a bit Alfred Morris-esqe in that regard) and has outstanding vision to find the hole quickly. He's patient and yet has immense speed. Can hit the HR and is faster than most DBs. I don't know what more we'd be looking for in a back to compliment Matt Jones than a guy who has this kind of incredible combination of size/strength and speed. Oh yeah, and he's a great receiver and good on special teams (ND's Special Teams Player of the Year in '14), too.
Round 5, Pick #158 Overall
Evan Boehm, C, Missouri (6'2", 302 lbs.)
We're all tired of the lighter/weaker centers we've seen on the Redskins for a while now and I have to believe Scot is, too. Enter Boehm... who's the opposite. He's as thick and powerful as you're going to get at the C position. People talk about refrigerators and vending machines... well that's Boehm. He's strong as an ox. And it's not just that he has the physical tools that Scot and fans will love. It's that he has the tenacity to consistently use them. He can get the second level in the run game and anchor against the pass. He was a team captain last year and he just about never misses a game to boot
Round 6, Pick #187 Overall
Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford (6'2", 284 lbs.)
He has a motor for days, plays with a nasty demeanor, and is much stronger than his weight would indicate. Continuing a theme for this draft, Shittu oozes athleticism. He's explosive and specializes in penetrating to the backfield. He's strong enough to anchor against double-teams and yet athletic/explosive enough to beat blockers and get to the backfield. He has a lot of potential.
Round 7, Pick #232 Overall
Antwaun Woods, DT, Southern California (6', 318 lbs.)
Another nasty, strong DL, Woods' stout, compact frame lends ideal size for the interior of the Redskins DL. He basically requires a double-team and plays with consistent violence. His size and strength allows for a lot of offensive linemen being pushed back into the backfield. The definition of a lane clogger. Could help out our run defense down the road.
Round 7, Pick #242 Overall
Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois (6', 200 lbs.)
A FS who could probably play some CB, too. Has the desired speed and size and is an adequate tackler.