With the Josh Norman signing in the books I wanted to take a look at three Redskins Mock Draft scenarios with trades using On the Clock. I used three various big boards to mix it up and tried to take three different approaches in the draft to highlight different plausible scenarios. For two of the drafts I limited myself to just 12 selections, which is reportedly the number Scot McCloughan wants to get up to.
Mock draft 1: NFL.com big board
DT CHRIS JONES
-After trading back twice and jumping out of the 1st round, I have the Redskins taking Chris Jones here. He's a guy who some are very high on based on his upside and he even could have some consideration for 21. He's also a player with some inconsistent play which is why he could be bumped down some. At the top of the 2nd round though there is a lot of value here for the Redskins.
S KEANU NEAL
-Neal is considered one of the top FS in this class and he could be the Redskins long term solution for the position. Adding an early safety can really help solidify that secondary unit now that Norman is on board.
G NICK MARTIN
-Martin is listed as a guard here, but he would be a center in the Redskins offense and a nice 3rd round pick-up for the Redskins. He could push for the starting job this year, and at worst should be the starter in 2017.
RB DEVONTAE BOOKER
-Booker is a top 100 prospect and one of the top 4-6 RB's in this class in just about everyone's opinion. He's not flashy, but he's effective and he can either be a complement/insurance back to Matt Jones, or he could be the eventual starter.
DT ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON
-With extra picks I'd expect the Redskins to add at least two defensive linemen. Washington is a nice value pick-up here. He's a talented player who could easily develop into a starter down the road, and in the meantime he should be an effective rotational guy.
WR LEONTE CARROO
-Receiver is another position that really needs to be addressed early and having extra picks helps that. In this draft Carroo falls to the 4th making him a nice value pick-up and a guy who can hopefully develop for 2017.
ILB NICK VIGIL
-It's possible the Redskins go ILB earlier in the draft, but if not a guy in the later rounds I like is Vigil. He was highly productive at Utah state displaying great instincts. At worst he's a solid back-up/special teamer.
DE MATT JUDON
GRAND VALLEY ST.
-The Redskins have shown some interest in pass rushers this offseason so I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one pick on the position group. Judon is similar in size to Preston Smith, and had a tremendous career at Grand Valley State. He's not refined, but he's got some nice developmental upside.
S K.J. DILLON
-I wouldn't be surprised to see the Redskins add a pair of safeties this year. In the later rounds Dillon could be on their radar. He had a nice senior year and a good week at the Senior Bowl. He offers some versatility to play either safety role, and should be a core special teams player.
QB KEVIN HOGAN
-The Redskins are likely to add a quarterback at some point in the draft, and in this simulation I went with Hogan. His upside is a bit limited as he's got a lot he needs to work on, but he could develop into a nice back-up QB.
WR KEYARRIS GARRETT
-Garrett is a receiver that there are a huge range of opinions on, and isn't as high on the NFL.com big board. He definitely could go a couple rounds higher, but he also could slide especially coming from a smaller school. He's got intriguing size and solid potential, making him a nice late round pick-up.
OT ALEX LEWIS
-Lewis will probably never be a starter in this league, but he could be a nice swing tackle back-up which has value and would be a nice depth pick-up here in the 7th round.
Mock 2: CBS.com Big Board
ILB REGGIE RAGLAND
-I'm not the biggest Reggie Ragland fan, and have some concerns with getting him at 21. If he's sitting there after a couple of trade backs though at the top of the 2nd round, that is a completely different story. I think he would be a nice upgrade over Will Compton even as a rookie and allows the Redskins to free up some money by cutting Perry Riley.
DT KENNY CLARK
-Clark is a nice DT prospect who can play both the nose and the DE position in the 3 man set and play inside in nickel packages. His draft range could be late 1st to the 2nd, so it's a toss up whether he's here or not, but if he is he represents a nice value pick.
WR TYLER BOYD
-I'm a big Tyler Boyd fan and I think he is a nice 3rd round value here. He can contribute some as a rookie, but really this is about replacing the receivers in 2017 when they are free agents.
RB KENNETH DIXON
-Dixon is a speed back who has big time upside. The Redskins can't be that confident in Matt Jones to not bring in any sort of serious competition. Dixon really could push Jones for the starting role and could be a big weapon in this offense.
OLB JAYLON SMITH
-The range on where Jaylon Smith will be taken varies big time as the injury is a huge unknown. I personally believe the 4th round is when teams will start taking an interest. If the Redskins only had 8 picks I'd be a bit less likely to go for him, but with these extra selections he's worth the risk. If Smith can fully recover, he could be an elite OLB or ILB, that is how much talent he has.
WR CHARONE PEAKE
-Peake is another nice receiver prospect, his previous injury history could have him sliding to the 4th-5th round range, but his talent and upside easily make him worth it at this pick. Boyd and Peake would be a nice pair of receivers to build around.
DT HASSAN RIDGEWAY
-Ridgeway came out in the deepest DL class in recent memory, and while he's got the upside to be a good NFL starter, he could easily start to slide with so many other quality options this year.
C EVAN BOEHM
-This is later than I'd like to address the center spot, but I am a Boehm fan and do believe he can be an eventual starter for the Redskins.
S T.J. GREEN
-Green is a raw talent, who has excellent size, speed and agility, but his game is very unrefined. He is the type of guy who could make one big splash play, and then give up 3 big plays. That is why his draft stock range is so volatile right now. I would have some hesitation with him in the top 100-125 picks, but at this point in the draft I think he's got some nice value. He can develop a year and help on special teams.
OT WILLIE BEAVERS
-Beavers is an athletic tackle with the size/potential to develop into a starting LT if everything goes right, the reason he could still be available in the 6th round is that he's a major work in progress. He has all the tools you look for in a lineman, but the technique and production just aren't there. For the Redskins though he's a nice developmental option.
OLB IAN SEAU
-Not the most athletically gifted pass rusher, but he has a non-stop motor and was highly productive in college. He's the nephew of the great Junior Seau, and he has a nice chance of making an NFL club. He might never develop into a starter, but he could be a nice role player/back-up.
TE JAKE MCGEE
-McGee is a big TE who has had some injury issues. When healthy though he's a productive player and he's a guy who could be stashed for a year on the practice squad.
Mock 3: Matt Miller's Bleacher Report Big Board
C RYAN KELLY
-Ryan Kelly definitely could now be on the Redskins short list for the 21st pick, so if he slides down to the top of the 2nd round, he would be a fantastic choice for the Redskins to solidify the OL and add a potential stud to the offense.
S VONN BELL
-If the right safety is there in the first couple of rounds, I really think the Redskins need to pull the trigger. Bell maybe doesn't have the highest upside, but I really like him as a FS prospect and he's well worth this pick.
WR BRAXTON MILLER
-Miller has only been a receiver for about a year now, but has shown a nice level of development. He's got size, speed and agility, and he just needs to work on technique. The good news for the the Redskins is they don't have to use him a lot in 2016, so they can develop him at a proper pace.
RB ALEX COLLINS
-I really think the Redskins should take advantage of the numerous 2nd/3rd/4th round running back talents in this draft. Collins is another back who could start if needed, or at worst is a part of a committee with Matt Jones.
DT CHRIS JONES
-For the most part I have avoided taking the same player in multiple simulations just to give a wider range of options, but I wanted to highlight this Chris Jones situation. I personally see Jones as a top 25-55 player, and there is even a case to be made for him at 21. This big board though isn't as high on him and that isn't too surprising since his tape was very mixed. Add in the fact that it's a deep DL draft and it wouldn't be shocking to see one or two slip in this draft and Jones could definitely be one of those guys. There probably are teams that view him as a top 30 player, but if they go a different direction in Rd 1 maybe Jones falls. This is probably a bit less likely to happen, but every year we see guys slide well beyond where the consensus expects them to go.
QB CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG
-I'm not the biggest Hackenberg fan, but I can see how the Redskins would like him for their team. All these extra selections make it a bit easier to grab a QB in that 3rd or 4th round range.
C MAX TUERK
-Tuerk is coming off an injury, but he's a very talented center and would be a nice pick up here in the 4th round.
DE JAMES COWSER
-A highly productive small school edge guy. He is an intriguing option here in the later rounds.
WR JAY LEE
-Corey Coleman gets all the love, but Jay Lee could have an NFL future as well. He doesn't have the same upside as Coleman, but he's got good speed and nice size making him an interesting later round option. He's not a great route runner so he will need to develop in that area.
ILB JARED NORRIS
-Norris might be capped as a back-up as he lacks the athleticism to be an ideal starter, but in the 6th round a back-up still has value. Norris has good instincts and he was a leader at Utah, he could end up being a special teams standout/captain, that brings back solid late round value.
TE BRYCE WILLIAMS
-A nice later round TE prospect, he's got intriguing size to be an in-line option, while still being a solid receiver.
DT ANTWAUN WOODS
-Woods is a guy I really like as a rotational NT that can be found late in the draft. He is probably limited to a rotational role, but for a 7th rounder that is fine.
OT NICK RICHTER
-This is similar to the Austin Reiter pick from a year ago, a smaller school/under the radar prospect who you look to stash for a year and develop on the practice squad.
RB KEENAN REYNOLDS
-Reynolds is converting from an option QB role and will probably need a year of PS work. He does have some developmental potential to be a back-up RB/return man. He's got some skills with the ball in his hand, but now you have to see if he can do all the things he needs to do from the RB position (take hand-offs, catch the ball, block etc.). Even if he doesn't make it, he'd be a great guy to have in camp given his leadership and toughness.
Here are three different mock draft scenarios involving multiple trade backs to get to at least that 12 pick number that Scot McCloughan seems to be looking for. There are still pros and cons with each scenario, but I did try to address the key positions of DL, C and S early (though I wasn't always able to) and pick-up some RB and WR options given the thin depth chart at RB and the future of the WR position.
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