With the NFL draft just over a week away, I wanted to do a full 7-round Fanspeak mock draft for the Redskins.
You can view the results of the entire draft here.
13: R1P13: LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS VIRGINIA TECH
44: R2P12: DL TAVEN BRYAN FLORIDA
109: R4P9: S DESHON ELLIOTT TEXAS
142: R5P5: C WILL CLAPP LSU
163: R5P26: RB BO SCARBROUGH ALABAMA
205: R6P31: CB LEVI WALLACE ALABAMA
231: R7P13: WR QUADREE HENDERSON PITTSBURGH
241: R7P23: DL DU’VONTA LAMPKIN OKLAHOMA
RD1: Tremaine Edmunds - I was a bit surprised to see Edmunds there at pick number 13. Although he’s a bit raw, his athletic talent is undeniable. He is a great of-the-ball linebacker for the Redskins, who can basically do it all. He can play inside, outside, rush off the edge, cover and play special teams. He’d immediately make our defense better.
RD2: Taven Bryan - The running backs I was looking at in the second round had all be taken by pick 44, and I wasn’t about to reach just to have one. Besides, even if a top back other than Guice would have been on the board, I still don’t think I could have passed on Bryan. To me, he is a wild-dog at defensive tackle, capable of playing both the run and rushing the passer effectively. At pick 44, I consider him an absolute steal.
RD4: DeShon Elliott - Not having a third rounder hurt, but landing Elliott in the fourth made up for that. I have him as a second round talent, and to see him sitting there on the clock when I selected made this pick a very easy one. It also happened to fill a big need.
RD5: Will Clapp - Clap has quietly (well, maybe not quietly) become one of my favorite targets for later on in this draft. The versatile linemen can line up at all three interior positions, and I believe he could push for a starting spot as a rookie. He’s big, tough, nasty and has NFL bloodlines.
RD5: Bo Scarbrough - Scarbrough is a big back in the mold of Derrick Henry. He has exceptional height/weight/speed traits, and although his lateral agility is a bit lacking, he can hit a hole and be into the second level in a hurry. When he gets there, he’s a nightmare for both linebackers and defensive backs.
RD6: Levi Wallace - Wallace, a former walk-on-turned-starter at Alabama, doesn’t have the skills that will wow NFL scouts, but he’s a mentally tough student of the game, who learned from the best in Nick Saban. He lacks speed, but makes up for it with length and anticipation. He could fit well in the slot in a heavy zone scheme.
RD7: Quadree Henderson - Henderson is a developmental slot receiver who could help immediately in the return game. He’s more quick than fast, but he’s fearless and plays much bigger than his listed size.
RD7: Du’Vonta Lampkin - Lampkin surprised many by entering the NFL Draft early. He’s really limited to a 2-down run stopper, and that is just what the Redskins need at nose tackle in their 3-4 defense.
This was by far and away my favorite mock draft that I have done to date this offseason. I went into the draft with defense on my mind, but I had no idea the prospects that fell to me in rounds one, two and four would be available. It literally made the choices so easy for me at the time they were selected.
As many of you know, I’m a Value vs. Needs guy when it comes to the draft, but one could easily argue that from the outside, I went pure BPA with my first three picks. What made me extremely happy, is that they also went to areas of great need!
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