With the Senior Bowl wrapped up, I thought I would do my first Redskins Mock Draft of the year using only Senior Bowl prospects. Now obviously it’s unlikely a team would only draft Senior Bowl players, but this is a fun exercise looking at some potential options for the Redskins. I used On the Clock without trades for this scenario. You can see my full Senior Bowl coverage here, including an interview of one of the players below.
Feel free to follow along with the full mock draft, but remember I was only focusing on Senior Bowl players in this scenario.
15: R1P15 EDGE MONTEZ SWEAT, MISSISSIPPI STATE
-This was a decision between taking Drew Lock and Montez Sweat with this selection. While it’s tempting to go with the potential franchise QB, I decided to go with Sweat here. Sweat had a fantastic week of practice and showed off his impressive length and quickness off the snap. Sweat has put up 22 sacks over the past two years playing in the SEC and has the ability to be a 10+ sack a year player to replace Preston Smith.
46: R2P14 C DALTON RISNER, KANSAS STATE
-Risner is listed as a center here, but I view him as an option to play guard to fill the LG vacancy. Risner played most of the week at right tackle, but he’s played center and guard in his career and is one of the most versatile linemen in the class. Risner has good feet and plays with a mean streak. His versatility is a huge plus as he can fill in at other positions if need be (though ideally as a rookie he learns one role). Risner is a good value pick in the middle of round 2, and would be the final missing link for the Redskins OL. The Redskins will likely need to rely on their offensive line next year as try to feature Derrius Guice heavily in the offense.
76: R3P12 WR ANDY ISABELLA, UMASS
-Though he typically get’s pigeon-holed as a slot receiver only in the ilk of a Wes Welker, Isabella’s skill set is beyond that. He may primarily be used in the slot, but he’s got the ability to play outside some. Also from the slot, he’s likely to see more downfield passing as he was a serious deep threat in college. Isabella can absolutely fly and is probably one of the favorites for the fastest 40 time at the Combine. Isabella expects to run in the 4.3’s and even could crack the 4.2’s. If you want to add speed and play-making ability to the Redskins roster Isabella is a great option to do so.
96: R3P32 QB JARRETT STIDHAM, AUBURN
-While I think there is a fair argument of either taking a 1st RD QB or passing on the position all-together, I think Stidham here is a solid choice. He had a really good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and flashed some starting upside. He’s got pretty good arm talent and while he’s coming off a disappointing year in the right system he could develop. With only Colt McCoy and Josh Johnson as the “healthy” QB options right now, adding a mid-round QB for depth makes sense. Even if Stidham never develops as a franchise QB, he can offer value as a cheap back-up going forward. Also, by taking Stidham it wouldn’t prevent the Redskins from addressing the position early in the draft in 2020 or 2021 depending on the future of Alex Smith.
154: R5P15 WR TERRY MCLAURIN, OHIO STATE
-McLaurin might have helped himself enough this week that he goes higher than this, but with a deep receiver draft he could easily fall to this range. McLaurin has been Ohio State’s big play receiver the past two years, averaging 17.8 yards per catch and 17 combined TDs. That’s despite being 3rd or 4th on the team in targets. McLaurin had a really strong week showcasing his speed and route running. He showed he’s more than just a deep threat this week and that he can threaten a defense in a number of ways. Adding him on top of Isabella gives the Redskins a pair of big play receivers with serious speed. Add them to the mix with Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn and the Redskins will have a receiver core with a lot of speed and big play ability.
172: R5P33 TE DREW SAMPLE, WASHINGTON
-The Redskins are likely to cut Vernon Davis this offseason as his contract is ballooning and his role on the team seems to be decreasing. With Jordan Reed potentially following him out the door the following year or two, adding more young TE talent makes sense. Sample is a good two-way TE. He’s a really good blocker and he can help as a receiver as well. He runs well for his size and showed pretty good hands this week. He will never be a Jordan Reed type of TE, but he can be an effective number 2 TE.
207: R6P32 G BEN POWERS, OKLAHOMA
-Currently the Redskins have Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Chase Roullier, Geron Christian and Tyler Catalina as the only offensive linemen under contract with any NFL experience. So in addition to finding a starting LG, getting a back-up or two will be key.
Powers is a great late round target as he was a first team All-American at Oklahoma this past year and has been a 3 year starter at guard. He’s a tough, physical blocker who has experience at both guard spots, and even played some Tackle back in his freshman year at a JUCO college. Despite being a late round guy, he’s actually got some future starting potential.
229: R7P13 S MARQUISE BLAIR, UTAH
-Blair has been a solid safety for Utah the past two seasons after transferring in from Community College. He is a bigger safety and probably profiles as an in the box option at the next level. While he’s probably not ever going to be a starter, he should be a solid back-up/core special teamer which is all you can ask for late in the draft.
Obviously I was limited in who I could select based on limiting myself to the 110 Senior Bowl prospects, but overall this is a solid draft. Sweat, Risner, and Isabella should all be day one starters (Isabella primarily from the Slot, but will play outside as well), with McLaurin, Sample and Powers all as key back-ups. Stidham has some long term potential and at worst he’s a solid cheap back-up.
Sweat has the chance to be an elite pass rusher and Risner could be a very good starter as well. While Isabella is tougher to predict, if it comes together his game breaking ability gives him the upside of a T.Y. Hilton/Tyreek Hill type of offensive weapon. If he doesn’t hit that peak, he should still be a very productive slot receiver with some deep threat ability added in. McLaurin is another receiver I wouldn’t discount, I really enjoyed watching him at the Senior Bowl and see a future bigger role for him than what he had at Ohio State.
What do you think? Do you like this scenario, or would you have gone with Drew Lock in the first round?