I wanted to give you a look at my complete first round mock draft, so you can see the idea behind my pick for the Redskins at 21.
Titans - Laremy Tunsil OT Miss
Browns - Jalen Ramsey DB Florida St.
Chargers - DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
Cowboys - Joey Bosa DE Ohio St.
Jaguars - Miles Jack LB UCLA
Ravens - Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
49ers - Carson Wentz QB N. Dakota St.
Eagles - Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
Bucs - Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
Giants - Darron Lee OLB Ohio St.
Bears - Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio St.
Saints - Sheldon Rankins DT Lousiville
Dolphins - Eli Apple CB Ohio St.
Raiders - Jack Conklin OT Mich St.
Rams - Jared Goff QB Cal
Lions - A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
Falcons - Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
Colts - Taylor Decker OT Ohio St.
Bills - Andrew Billings DT Balyor
Jets - Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
The Redskins are now on the clock at pick 21. My big board sits as follows:
Andrew Billings - Taken: Went two picks earlier to the Bills
A'Shawn Robinson - Taken: Went 16th overall to the Lions
Eli Apple - Taken: Went 13th overall to the Dolphins
Laquon Treadwell - Available
William Jackson III - Available
Jarran Reed - Available
Robert Nkemdiche - Available
Ryan Kelly - Available
Mackensie Alexander - Available
Redskins(Pick 21) - Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
Reasoning behind pick - Treadwell was the top player on my Big Board. I wanted Andrew Billings, but he went two picks before we selected to the Bills. The next best "realistic" target at defensive tackle, A'Shawn Robinson, went 16th overall to the Lions. Knowing we need a young defensive tackle, I heavily considered drafting Jarran Reed from Alabama, but something about Reed kept screaming "pedestrian like" to me. I asked myself if he was an upgrade over Chris Baker, and the answer to me "right now" was no. I also looked at some of the depth of this DT class, and saw 3-4 prospects I could target in round two, who I didn't consider to be that much of a drop-off in talent vs Reed.
I considered drafting the 2nd highest player on my board, Williams Jackson III, but much like DT, I reasoned I could target a more specific nickel corner with a later pick. I love what we have on the outside in Breeland, and really was impressed with what Dunbar did as a rookie. I certainly expect improvement in year two from Quinton, and his length, speed, and overall athleticism are enticing. I also was optimistic about a return to full health of Chris Culliver, whom both Gruden and McCloughan spoke highly of.
Ryan Kelly was an option, but after taking a tackle-turned-guard last year at number 5, I wasn't about to reach for a center, when I felt we could either have an option for the position on the current roster, or draft one sometime after the first round.
I was very tempted to pull the trigger on Robert Nkemdiche, but then I asked myself, what would Scot do. I came to the conclusion that lack of maturity, leadership and consistency trumped the possibility of greatness, so I passed.
In selecting Treadwell, I looked at 3 things: 1)he is regarded as the best WR in this class. 2)he gives us the big, physical target we are missing, and 3)he can come in without pressure to perform immediately, and learn the game behind a veteran like Pierre Garçon. Jackson and Garçon will both be 30 years old. Neither is under contract for 2017. It's almost certain that at least one, if not both, will not be back next season. If either is brought back, I feel it will be Jackson, because he brings with him a rather unique skill-set with his deep speed. Behind these two receivers, we have Crowder(who is a slot receiver), Grant(who is average at best, and lacks overall size to play outside), Ross(a one-dimensional guy) and Byrd(who will probably be a camp causality). I also expected a run on receivers after we selected, and into the early part of the second round, so with these factors in mind, Treadwell was my pick.
Treadwell fits the mold of a Scot McCloughan pick. Scot loves size, and Laquon is big, at 6'2" 221 pounds. Scot loves leaders, and Treadwell was said to be a vocal and emotional leader of the Rebels offense. McCloughan prefers players from the SEC, as they face the best competition within their conference, so Treadwell fits here as well. He certainly values production on the field over combine stats, and Treadwell, as a three year starter, certainly produced, leading the SEC as a junior with 82 catches, for 1153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He didn't test spectacularly in workouts, but his 4.52 40 is plenty fast enough when you take into consideration how physical he is, and he dropped just one ball in his combine workouts. He is also the drafts best blocking wide receiver. Finally, Scot's draft history shows he likes to draft wide receivers, and isn't afraid to take them in the first round(Crabtree - 2009 pick #10). He also believes that the quarterback needs weapons around him, and guys to protect him. He's proven both in his short time in DC, drafting Brandon Scherff 5th overall in 2015, Kouandjio and Crowder in the 4th round, and a workhorse back in Jones in the 3rd last year. This pick is an investment in the future of our football team, and certainly someone who can provide immediate help to a receiving corps that lacks both youth and size in the starting lineup.
Texans - Corey Coleman WR Baylor
Vikings - Chris Jones DT Miss
Bengals - Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
Steelers - William Jackson III CB Houston
Seahawks - Jarran Reed DT Alabama
Packers - Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
Chiefs - Noah Spence OLB Eastern Kentucky
Cardinals - Ryan Kelly C Alabama
Panthers - Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma St.
Broncos - Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss.