The NFL Scouting Combine is approaching quickly, and with that will come many risers and fallers in the 2018 NFL Draft. I wanted to put out one final mock draft for the Redskins before the combine, so we can compare that to what will likely transpire after the combine.
To help with this draft, I am going to predict we re-sign Zach Brown, Junior Galette and Ryan Grant. In open free agency we target a new weapon in the receiving game for Alex Smith, and a defensive tackle for Jim Tomsula.
Browns - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Giants - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Colts - Saquon Barkley, RB, PSU
Browns - Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Broncos - Quinton Nelson OG, ND
Jets - Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Bucs - Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC St.
Bears - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St.
49ers - Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Raiders - Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Dolphins - Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Bengals - Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Redskins pre-pick analysis:
- Josh Allen is sitting on the board, so that could offer one of two options: 1) select him and groom him behind Alex Smith; 2) Trade the pick to a team looking to draft a quarterback.
- The best wide receiver, Calvin Ridley, is sitting on the board. Not only can he be a great deep threat, but he’s also a complete wide receiver, who runs great routes, has excellent hands, and possesses exceptional run-after-the-catch ability.
- Derwin James could give the Redskins the best pure safety prospect they have had since Sean Taylor.
- Vita Vea could be a versatile defensive linemen to pair with last year’s first round pick Jonathan Allen.
Redskins Pick: Josh Jackson CB Iowa
Analysis: Jackson was the best corner in college football last year. I have him ranked as the second best corner behind Denzel Ward who went 8th overall to the Bears. The 6’1” 195 pound junior has a blend of size, speed and play-making ability that NFL teams covet. In 2017, Jackson posted 48 tackles, a half sack, 8 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns), 18 passes defended, and a forced fumble.
How he will fit on the Redskins: Jackson can be a shutdown outside corner, and with his great length, that’s where his eventual position should be. His versatility however, will allow him to also play in the slot, which may be how he is used out of the gate. If the Redskins move on from Josh Norman in 2019, expect Jackson to take over for him on the outside. Either way, he’ll play, and play early as a rookie.
Next 5 picks:
Packers - Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Cardinals - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Ravens - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Chargers - Derwin James, S, FSU
Seahawks - Mike Hughes, CB, Central Fl.
Redskins remaining picks:
2nd - Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
4th - Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
5th - Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia
6th - Du’Vonta Lampkin, DT, Oklahoma
7th - Jason Cabinda, LB, PSU