Time for a distraction from the normal Redskins chaos (Cousins, McCloughan, Allen...). We still have the NFL Draft to look forward to and it’s really hard to destroy the hope that this time of the year brings to Redskins fans.
Whether Scot’s there or not, we have the Combine this week and it’s going to affect the draft significantly. Knowing how things will certainly change after this even, I thought we’d go ahead and put out one last mock just before and see how much things might change in the coming weeks. For this edition, I’ve decided to go two rounds after having looked into more prospects than I had at the time of the the first mock.
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Previous selection: Myles Garrett
The Browns have needs at QB, but it’s already been reported that the Browns absolutely love Garrett. They need help rushing the passer and I can’t imagine the combine hurting Garrett’s stock. Maybe the Browns will go get Tyrod Taylor to play QB?
2. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Previous selection: Solomon Thomas
Will they trade for Kirk? How about Garoppolo? I think they’ll push for a QB who’s already in the league, but even if that doesn’t happen, I think Allen is too good (and this QB crop too bad) to pass on. If the ‘Skins trade Kirk and acquire this pick, look for Allen to be the guy. On the ’9ers, Allen along with Buckner and Armistead could make for a pretty strong unit.
3. Chicago Bears: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Previous selection: Jonathan Allen
They need help on their DL. They could also consider a QB here.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St.
Previous selection: Dalvin Cook
Hooker would look great paired with Jalen Ramsey in that secondary. They could really be set back there for years to come.
5. Tennessee Titans: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
Previous selection: Malik Hooker
Have to think it’s going to be a DB here as they need help in their secondary and there are a number of good prospects. There are a ton of speedy WRs in their division. Adams can play the run and/or the pass very well. He’s pretty complete. He’s also the BPA here.
6. New York Jets: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St.
Previous selection: Jamal Adams
Another team that could go QB, the Jets also don’t have a RB. Cook’s incredible. He also doesn’t come with Fournette’s recent injury history.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Previous selection: Mike Williams
He makes too much sense here. Perfect fit for their offense and a position of need. He’ll mesh perfectly with Rivers and give him new life. Along with Allen and Benjamin, the Chargers passing attach could be pretty special.
8. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Previous selection: Leonard Fournette
Run-heavy and need to upgrade/get younger from Jonathan Stewart. Need another guy to carry the rock so Cam can start carrying it less.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Previous selection: Reuben Foster
They need a starter there and someone with a little speed. He’s also the BPA.
10. Buffalo Bills: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
Previous selection: Mitch Trubisky
They’re probably losing their top CB to FA and will desperately need a replacement.
11. New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Previous selection: Marshon Lattimore
They need an edge rusher something terrible. This guy can bring the sacks. Will almost certainly be a defensive pick. One of the more obvious positions of need on any team.
12. Cleveland Browns: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Previous selection: Teez Tabor
BPA. One of the most complete TEs in years. He’ll make whoever their QB is very happy.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
Previous selection: Corey Davis
They need a QB beyond this year. They’d feel very lucky to be able to get him at this spot. Too hard for them to pass up a QB this good at #13.
14. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Previous selection: Derek Barnett
They have a massive hole at RT and need help protecting Luck.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Previous selection: John Ross
CB is a major position of need. It’s a great, deep class at the position and Philly’s in a great spot to get a guy who would have gone much higher in another draft. The combine will be interesting to watch to see how it plays out for all these CBs. Lot of good WRs in the NFC East...
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Previous selection: Ryan Ramczyk
Smith retiring. Flacco needs more weapons.
17. Washington Redskins: Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
Previous selection: Malik McDowell
The back-end of the ‘Skins’ defense still needs upgrading and this is a guy who’s going to be moving up and having folks raving about him after the combine.
18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
Previous selection: O.J. Howard
DeSean Jackson 2.0 makes the Titans rushing attack that much better.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Previous selection: Jabrill Peppers
20. Denver Broncos: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Previous selection: Cam Robinson
Super desperate at RT. Them taking an OL is one of the surer bets in the first round. It’s far-and-away their biggest need.
21. Detroit Lions: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Previous selection: Marlon Humphrey
22. Miami Dolphins: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan St.
Previous selection: Zach Cunningham
They need help rushing the passer. McDowell can do that.
23. New York Giants: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Previous selection: DeShone Kizer
Ben McAdoo can probably do some pretty great things with Kizer. He can be prperly developed while Eli’s finishing his career.
24. Oakland Raiders: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Previous selection: Sidney Jones
They have needs at CB and Jones can step in and play from day one. He’ll go nicely along with Karl Joseph in improving their secondary.
25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Previous selection: Deshaun Watson
The QB slide in this draft helps the Texans tremendously... allowing them to quickly move on from Brock Osweiler. The combine will affect Watson’s stock quite a bit. He’s an intriguing prospect who’s hard to peg.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
Previous selection: Dan Feeney
One of the more desperate teams looking for OL help right now. RW got tortured last season behind their “line.” Tom Cable will have his way here. They have to give him an OL in the first round for sticking around and continuing to be their OL Coach, don’t they?
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
Previous selection: Takkarist McKinley
28. Dallas Cowboys: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
Previous selection: Tim Williams
They desperately need pass rush help, plain and simple. They don’t have anyone they can rely on in that department. Williams is a great value at this point in the draft, too.
29. Green Bay Packers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Previous selection: Taco Charlton
Can you imagine McCaffrey in an offense with Aaron Rodgers?! Runner, receiver, returner... he can do it all for them.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Previous selection: Charles Harris
James Harrison is old and Bud Dupree is going to need a new partner soon.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Previous selection: Forrest Lamp
32. New England Patriots: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Previous selection: Haason Reddick
Pass rusher is one of the weaker areas of their team and Harris fits the bill. They’d be scary with a great pass rush.