Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have joined forces for a dueling two-round mock draft that was published on E$PN IN$IDER this morning. They projected several players to the same teams in the first round, including the player at #13 for the Washington Redskins. Washington DT Vita Vea continues to be a popular pick for the Redskins, and he is the pick again by the dueling mockers.
The Redskins just announced they have re-signed oft-injured DT Phil Taylor yesterday. That vet-min, prove it signing should not limit the Redskins options in free agency or the draft. Vita Vea is arguably the top defensive lineman in this year's draft and fills a big need for Washington's defense.
The Redskins have tried to sign several DL in free agency, but haven't been able to agree to contracts with any of them. They have several official pre-draft visits set up with defensive linemen including Vea and Alabama's Da'Ron Payne.
Kiper: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Vea fills a critical need in the middle of the Washington defense.
McShay: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Vea is a perfect fit for a defense that needs to get stout versus the run (last in league in run defense last season). James would be a possibility if still on the board, especially with Su’a Cravens gone to Denver.
Kiper and McShay both go offense in the 2nd round, but neither addresses the gaping hole in the offensive line at Left Guard. Kiper gives the Redskins a new RB with San Diego State's Rashaad Penny. The Redskins have a lot of options, but no 3rd round pick in this year's draft. Sony Michel is the only other RB to get selected after the Redskins picked in the 2nd round in Kiper's mock. OL Billy Price is also available when the Redskins pick, and goes 7 spots later to the Detroit Lions
Kiper: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Samaje Perine, a fourth-round pick last year, averaged only 3.4 yards per carry. Penny is a home-run threat.
McShay gives the Redskins and Head Coach Jay Gruden some of the juice they've been looking for at WR. He's a big, speedy deep threat that should be an upgrade, but he needs some work at the next level. The Redskins would love to give Alex Smith all the tools he needs to be successful immediately. They already added Paul Richardson in free agency, and have Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, and a handful of unproven receivers. Billy Price is also available here, along with underrated CB Isiah Oliver.
McShay: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Chark has had a terrific postseason process and his speed (4.34 40) would give Alex Smith another playmaker.
Which draft would you prefer for the Redskins?
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