It's time to put my first Big Board of the season to the test. In case you missed it, you can view my four-round Big Board Here.
Below is my latest four round mock draft based on my Big Board. I have mocked the first 16 picks of the draft to give you an idea of how I could see the first half shaking out.
Browns - Myles Garrett
49ers - Jamal Adams
Bears - Solomon Thomas
Jaguars - Leonard Fournette
Titans - Marshon Lattimore
Jets - O.J. Howard
Chargers - Malik Hooker
Panthers - Christian McCaffrey
Bengals - Jonathan Allen
Bills - Mike Williams
Saints - Derek Barnett
Browns - Mitchell Trubisky
Cardinals - Corey Davis
Eagles - Gareon Conley
Colts - Reuben Foster
Ravens - John Ross
The Redskins are now on the clock at pick 17. Here is a look at my first round big board:
Thought process for pick 17:
Four of my top eight players have already been selected, but out of my realistic choices for pick 17, four of my top five remain.
After the Redskins select at pick 17, there will be 15 more players selected before we move into the second round. There will certainly be a run on both cornerback and offensive linemen over these next 15 picks. The best linebackers, safeties, defensive tackles and running backs have all come off the board. We are now into the second tier on all four of those positions.
Breaking down my remaining players:
Haason Reddick: Reddick is one of the biggest risers in the draft. He played edge at Temple, but worked as a inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl. It was her teams began to take notice of his ability to play in space. My issue with him is that he hasn't played inside linebacker, so the transition could be difficult at first.
Malik McDowell: McDowell is an enormous talent at a position of great need. He possesses all the necessary traits to become an elite defensive tackle in the NFL, but there are some concerns about his work ethic and character.
Jabril Peppers: Peppers is one of the best overall athletes in this draft. He is a hard worker, who loves to study film. My question on him is where does he fit into this defense. While his athleticism tells me he can play free safety, corner and nickle back, his film screams strong safety. We already have two strong safeties.
Takkarist McKinley: McKinley is one of the most relentless pass rushers in this draft. He combines unique athleticism with an incredible motor. He's a bit of a tweener for some teams, as he doesn't have the desired bulk to play consistently as a pure 7-technique defensive end in an even front. He's probably a best fit for a base 3-4 team as a stand-up outside linebacker.
Redskins First Round Pick(Pick 17) - Takkarist McKinley Edge 6'2" 250 UCLA: The Redskins have never had a true 3-4 OLB since they switched over to the base defense under Mike Shanahan, instead relying on converted 4-3 defensive ends who have struggled when asked to play in space. There is also concern surrounding the suspension of Trent Murphy and off-field incidents/injuries of Junior Galette. Preston Smith showed some promise as a rookie, but disappeared last season.
McKinley gives the Redskins a menace off the edge, who will give his all on every play. He posted a ridiculous 4.59 40 yard dash at the combine, and showed extremely well in on-field drills, displaying quick, agile feet, loose hips and great bend. His 34 1/2 inch arms were responsible for many batted balls at UCLA, and the length he possesses is coveted at the next level. Despite the long arms, Tak still put up 24 reps at 225 on the bench.
Reasoning behind this pick: I looked at my board and compared it to the depth at positions remaining. I saw safety, defensive line, linebacker and running back all being available with later picks. What I did not see is a pure pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker. I chose McKinley because he is a unique athlete with the ability to disrupt an offense in a variety of different ways. I see comparisons to Vic Beasley and Lawrence Taylor in his game.
Redskins Second Round Pick(Pick 49) - Marcus Williams FS 6'1" 202 Utah: Williams is a true center-field safety. He had a great combine, running a 4.56 40, jumping 43.5 inches in the vertical, and looked amazing in on-field drills. He had 11 interceptions in his three years at Utah, and was a two-time All-PAC 12 selection.
Redskins 3rd Round Pick(Pick 81) - Dan Feeney G 6'4" 305 Indiana: Feeney was a four year starter and two-time team captain at Indiana. He has light, quick feet for a big man, and should be able to come in right away and compete for a spot at left guard.
Redskins 4th Round Pick(Pick 114) - Eddie Vanderdoes DT 6'3" 305 UCLA: Vanderdoes is a scheme diverse linemen being able to play the 1, 3 and 5 techniques. He could likely see time at nose tackle in base packages, and eventually work his way into more playing time as a 3 and 5 technique.
Redskins 4th Round Pick(Pick 123) - Alex Anzalone ILB 6'3" 241 Florida: If it wasn't for some injury concerns, Anzalone could hear his name called much earlier in this draft. He had a fantastic Senior Bowl week, and can be a future starter as a JACK linebacker with his size and athleticism.