I’m going to share two different Mock draft simulations today using On the Clock Live which is updated for Day 2 with every pick from rd 1 simulated correctly (you still have to pick Da’Ron Payne) and all trades accounted for. For this simulation I decided to see what a small trade back would look like for the Redskins. As always you can follow along here!
13: R1P13 DL DA’RON PAYNE ALABAMA
-Payne locks up one of the three big needs for the Redskins, LG/C, RB, NT. While there could be some questions on his value this high, he fills a need and has a lot of upside. He and Allen working together again is a cool story as well.
48: R2P16 RB RONALD JONES II USC
-When I traded back I didn’t want to move back too much given that there were still a number of backs on the board, plus James Daniels. Had I not moved back Daniels would have been my pick, but Jones would have been my second option. Landing Jones here and getting an extra 4th and 6th is a nice bonus. Jones can be the feature back in this offense and he offers dynamic play-making ability. I think this is a nice value pick here and fills the another big need for the Redskins.
109: R4P9 OT ALEX CAPPA HUMBOLDT STATE
-Cappa is listed as a tackle here, but many believe he’s a better fit to move inside and that is how the Redskins should view him here. He’s a small school guy so he’s a bit raw, but he showed he could more than hold his own at the Senior Bowl. He’s a physical blocker with good size and athleticism for the position. His technique could use some work, but the Redskins have one of the best OL coaches in the league. While ideally he wouldn’t start year one, he should push for a job given the Redskins lack of LG options.
119: R4P19 S JORDAN WHITEHEAD PITTSBURGH
-Whitehead came to Pittsburgh a top recruit and his first two years he looked like a star in the making. Not only making plays in the secondary but contributing on special teams and even on offense some. This past year he was more disappointing so it was a bit surprising he came out early. The upside is there for Whitehead to be a slot cover guy or FS, but he is raw. The Skins wouldn’t need him to be a fulltime player as rookie so they could bring him along slowly.
142: R5P5 LB GENARD AVERY MEMPHIS
-Avery in an interesting guy in the 4th-5th round range. He’s an athletic linebacker who has worked both as a pass rusher and off ball. While he’s got some pass rush ability, his main position should be as an off the ball linebacker. He has the athleticism to be strong in coverage, though he needs to work on it some. His instincts and versatility make him a nice addition, and a guy who could find a role even as a rookie for the Redskins.
163: R5P26 C BRADLEY BOZEMAN ALABAMA
-Bozeman is one of the safest offensive linemen in the draft as at the very least he should be a capable interior back-up option. With the Redskins having a lack of depth along the offensive line, doubling up at the position makes sense. Also unless Tony Bergstrom makes the team, no offensive lineman currently has center experience behind Roullier. Bozeman also offers insurance in case Cappa needs a year to develop. He might not be a long term starting option, but given the current depth chart, it’s not hard to imagine Bozeman cracking the line-up if there aren’t further additions.
191: R6P17 TE WILL DISSLY WASHINGTON
-Though not the most immediate priority, the Redskins do have to consider their long term TE situation. Vernon Davis is getting up there in age and could soon retire (or perhaps be cut if his play falls off), while Jordan Reed’s cap hit is too much if the Redskins can’t count on him to stay healthy. Jeremy Sprinkle was added last year, but with Niles Paul leaving in FA the Redskins have a potential opening. Dissly is a really strong blocker and he’s got some upside to be a number 2 TE. For a late round pick, he can help on some running downs and special teams this year, and maybe develop going forward.
205: R6P31 WR DYLAN CANTRELL TEXAS TECH
-The Redskins don’t have a major need at WR, but they could use a slot option. Cantrell has good size and athleticism and runs solid routes. He’s a later round guy with some upside and he can fill in for the slot if Crowder were to miss time.
231: R7P13 CB PARRY NICKERSON TULANE
-The Redskins are pretty set atop their corner depth chart, but the could use some competition at the bottom of it. Nickerson is a guy who is best used inside the slot as he’s a bit undersized. But he’s smart, with good speed and agility. For a late round pick he would be a nice option and should push to make the team.
241: R7P23 DL JOHN ATKINS GEORGIA
-While Payne is obviously the primary NT option on the Redskins it was a position that the team was lacking in depth options. Atkins is a late round guy, who has solid run stopping ability and can be an early down player. He’d offer depth behind Payne and could allow the Redskins to at times play both together to really help out versus the run. Adding a 2nd DL could possibly allow the Redskins to cut McClain and save some cap money as well.
I think the trade back option could be in play depending on how the draft shakes out. Here they are able to land one of the top running backs, and pick up a rotational safety with upside in Whitehead and an inline blocking TE. Overall the Redskins do okay in this simulation, though I do worry about not having a quality LG/C option. What do you think, would you look to trade back in the draft if you thought you could still get one of the top backs left, or should I have taken James Daniels with the pick?