Inmates are no longer running the asylum in D.C....but it wasn't all that long ago that it seemed like they were.
Let's take a painful trip down memory lane to see what the 2016 draft COULD look like if former Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato were running the draft instead of our beloved Scot McCloughan. Below are the first three picks in the draft under some different scenarios.
Scenario One(most likely):
The Redskins trade up with the Cleveland Browns who are picking 2nd overall, giving up their 1st(Pick 21), 2nd(pick 53), 2017 1st round pick, and 2018 1st round pick.
- With the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select:
Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
Analysis: Nkemdiche probably would have been available for the Redskins at pick 21, but GM Vinny Cerrato wasn't about to take any chances, and miss out on "his guy". Sure the Redskins may have given away the farm to secure the troubled, yet talented Nkemdiche, but the risk was worth the potential reward...right? As long as Nkemdiche doesn't fall out of any more windows while experimenting with synthetic weed, and shows he can play up to his potential in more than just three games, he could be fine. He should have no problem fitting into the locker room, as he seems to find it real easy getting along with teammates, having NEVER thrown anyone under the bus!
- With their 2nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select:
...Oh snap! The Redskins Traded that Pick - oh well
- With their 3rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select:
De'Runnya Wilson WR Miss. St.
Analysis: Wilson is a huge receiving target, and that is something the Redskins need. So what if he ran a 4.85 40, had just a 28" vertical jump, and was selected three rounds ahead of where he should have been taken. You certainly can't teach size!
Scenario Two(no trade):
- With their 1st round pick(21st overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select:
Cody Whitehair OG Kansas St.
Analysis: Whitehair may be a bit undersized for Bill Callahan's power blocking scheme, but he is a solid linemen who may or may not challenge for a spot in the two-deep at offensive guard. The Redskins are loaded at guard, but you can never get enough of the easiest position to fill in the NFL. If he fails at guard, Whitehair could move over to center, and become yet another player who has been moved from his natural position, in an attempt to become an anchor in the middle.
- With their 2nd round pick(53rd overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select:
Su'a Cravens OLB/SS USC
Analysis: The Redskins aren't quite sure where Cravens will play in their defense, but that doesn't matter. If he can beat out Bruton, Ihnechao and Jarrett, Cravens could project as a true box-type SS. In sub packages, the athletic Cravens could drop down into an under-sized linebacker roll. It's likely he'll contribute immediately on special teams, which is something Cerratto wants out of his high draft picks.
- With their 3rd round pick(84th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select:
Bralon Addison WR Oregon
Analysis: The 5'9" Oregon receiver who ran a 4.66 at the combine, enters Redskins training camp as the team's 7th wideout 6 foot tall or under. It doesn't matter however, because the Oregon coaches claim Addison is a better overall playmaker than De'Anthony Thomas and LaMichael James before him.