Over the past month or two, Hogs Haven writers have been scouting prospects that could appeal to the Redskins and writing up profiles to help break them down. Some we've loved, others we've hated. Most we've been somewhere in between on.
Below, some of the writers have spotlighted a few prospects that have caught our eye, for better or worse, over that time.
Michael Thomas, WR — Southeastern Mississippi: Thomas is a big, strong and athletic receiver who does everything you want, and he's only low on draft boards because of his limited production, which came against weak competition. If he's on the board midway through Saturday, I'm clamoring for him.
Keanu Neal, SS — Florida: Scot McCloughan has worked hard to revamp the secondary, but both safety positions need to be upgraded. Neal is a hard-hitter with a lot of room to grow, and his swagger would match up well with the Norman-Breeland-Culliver cornerback trio.
Pharoh Cooper, WR — South Carolina: He'll find a place somewhere, but his skillset is so easily replaceable. The Redskins have a need at receiver, but they need somebody who can do something exceptionally well, not somebody who is competent at everything.
Charles Tapper, DL — Oklahoma: Tapper is built like an edge rusher, but he's not much of a sack threat, and he is far from what McCloughan looks for in a lineman. He performed well at the Combine, and his stock has risen since the season ended, but I don't think he ever evolves into more than a rotation guy.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR — Georgia: Mitchell is athletically talented and capable of running every route in the route tree. He isn't the biggest, strongest, or fastest receiver but I consider him THE mid-round value pick at WR in this draft due to his production, smarts, and toughness.
D.J. White, CB — Georgia Tech: Criminally underrated D.J. White is one of my favorite corners in this draft. Despite the Josh Norman signing, I will still bang the table for the Redskins to select him in the 3rd or 4th round. White plays with great effort and passion and stuck with faster and bigger receivers all season.
Willie Henry, DT — Michigan: Despite being a little bit of a loose cannon on the field Willie Henry's nastiness, toughness, and his love for hitting QBs is what the Redskins need out of their defensive lineman. He's strong, long, big, and terrifying. Henry will be able to make an impact at the DE position immediately imo.
A.J. Stamps, FS — Kentucky: I was really into Stamps after his Junior season but his Senior campaign was a huge disappointment. He was nowhere near the ball and shied away from hits. I was shocked when he got a combine invite. A player that takes himself out of plays is not what the Redskins need.
Jayron Kearse, SS — Clemson: Height and weight do nothing for a defensive back if he can't cover. Physical traits are worthless if you don't try and use them due to poor awareness, angles, and effort. Fans of Kearse are obsessed with his 6-4, 216 frame but they obviously haven't watched the tape. It's bad.
Kamalei Correa, OLB — Boise State: Correa is this year's combine warrior. He has been projected to go in the bottom of the 1st in some mocks. Ultimately his tape doesn't back up his testing consistently. He's scheme rigid, lacks length and functional strength, and he's going to go the way of fellow alumni Demarcus Lawrence, and Shea McClellin.
Kevin Byard, S — Middle Tennessee: Has everything you want in a safety and a football player. Athleticism? Check – ran a 4.44 40-yard dash, 38" vertical, 4.15 short shuttle, 6.73 3-cone and repped 225 lbs. 22 times at his pro day. It’s literally a travesty he wasn’t invited to the Combine, as he would have been one of the best all-around performers there. Football IQ? Yup – has 19 career interceptions, multiple turnovers returned for touchdowns, and 318 career tackles as a 4-year starter. Toughness? Hell yes. Willing to lay the boom and said "I fear no man" when asked if he was scared to tackle Derrick Henry. Never missed a game. Has ability to play FS or SS and possesses excellent character and worth ethic.
Jonathan Williams, RB — Arkansas: This dude fell off the wagon due to a foot injury which caused him to miss the entire 2015 season, but his foot by all accounts is 100% healed – he was practicing at the Senior Bowl in February. Williams has size (6’0", 223 pounds), good short-area quickness, and excellent production – 6.2 yard average over 432 career touches. He’s tough, can catch the ball, block, and was the heart and soul of a good Arkansas team. He was named team captain for 2015 even though he was essentially on IR, a sign of his leadership ability and magnetism.
Su’a Cravens, OLB — Southern California: Is he a safety? Linebacker? I’m not really sure, but he sucks at both. He’s too small to shed blocks and tackle in the run game and too slow to move properly in space. Cravens is also weak and lacks bend to generate anything off the edge as a pass rusher. I like his attitude and personality but Cravens is a tweener of the most useless order at the NFL level.
Scooby Wright III, ILB — Arizona: While athleticism isn’t everything, it’s a massively limiting factor in the case of Scooby Wright. Running a 4.9 40 and 4.55 short shuttle is not going to cut it in the NFL and backs up what you see on tape – he’s easily exposed in coverage. In fact, I believe a big factor in his insane 2014 statistical production was the Arizona coaching staff blitzing him every down to avoid relying on his coverage skills. In addition to being a monolith in space, Wright’s 2014 and 2015 tape featured many instances of missed tackles and bad angle-taking. I guess making a tackle assist 20 yards downfield after a big gain counts as a tackle, but in terms of helping your defense make the stop, it doesn’t do much. He has a good story and is a high character young man, I just don’t want him on my football team.
Jeremy Cash, SS — Duke: Tackles everything around the line of scrimmage.
Jalen Mills, DB — LSU: Watch a whole game of his and you might see one tackle. He jogs out most plays if the ball isn't within 5 yards of him. Worst tackling and effort I've ever seen.
Reggie Ragland, ILB — Alabama: When I first watched film on him, I fell in love with his physicality and aggressiveness. He would fit perfectly in the 3-4 defense the Redskins have. Especially with Preston Smith, who was a monster last year.
Devontae Booker, RB — Utah: The Redskins running back situation is kind of uncertain with Alfred Morris off to Dallas and Silas Redd suspended. Booker is a very elusive and quick running back and his film will show that he can make plays on Sundays in the right system to suit his skillset.
Hate I don't have anyone that I profiled that I wouldn't like to see the Redskins draft.
Nick Vigil, ILB — Utah State: When you watch Utah State it's impossible to miss Vigil. Against Tennessee he was involved on almost every play, either making the tackle or hurrying the quarterback — he jumps out on film. And it's not just a case of a good player on a bad team: Vigil is one of the quickest linebackers in the draft. He turned in the fastest three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle of any LB at the Combine. That quickness, his instincts and sure tackling ability will translate well to the NFL. Vigil ought to be available in later rounds, too.
Laquon Treadwell, WR — Ole Miss: Sure, Treadwell has good hands and size and all that. But have you seen him block? Treadwell has a mean streak and employs all sorts of tricks to get his man on the ground every play. It's fun to watch. My favorite is on outside runs when Treadwell peels back and blindsides a linebacker or safety who thinks he has an angle. After picking up Josh Norman, there's an outside chance that McC nabs Treadwell late in the first. His selection would give the team make the decision of whether to keep Pierre Garcon or Desean Jackson down the road.
Darron Lee, ILB — Ohio State: I understand that Lee is fast and how a tweener safety-linebacker like him can provide scheme flexibility in today's NFL. But I just don't like the way he plays. He can disappear on film, doesn't deliver a blow to the ballcarrier and isn't a great tackler. Lee's athleticism makes for big plays, but unless he plays in space Lee will be eaten alive by blockers. When watching him, I couldn't help but think that he was the photo negative of Deone Bucannon.