For this mock draft using On the Clock I went in with the mentality to do a scenario where the Redskins replace Josh Norman. While I don’t think it’s a given that Norman isn’t with the Redskins in 2019, there is some notion that both sides want to move on. Norman is still the Redskins best and most consistent corner, but his cap number is significant and his play has been declining. In addition he’s made clear his frustrations with the team and defensive coaching. The problem for the Redskins is if they do release Norman, they will have a massive hole in their defense. So this scenario attempts to do a mock draft in this mindset.
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15: CB GREEDY WILLIAMS, LSU
-Williams is one of the top corners in this class and has a chance to be an elite corner at the next level. Williams has excellent size and speed and can match-up with any receiver type. He can press, man or zone coverage at a high level and should fit in any defensive scheme. If the Redskins look to replace Josh Norman, Williams would be an excellent choice to become their top corner going forward.
46: WR NKEAL HARRY, ARIZONA STATE
-Harry is a big physical receiver who his listed at 6’4” 215 lbs, and has 213 catches, 2,889 and 22 TDs in his three year career. Harry doesn’t create a lot of separation with speed or quickness, but he has no issue winning tough contested catches. He is a good route runner and does a great job using his body to shield defenders from the ball. Harry won’t offer the Redskins elite speed, but he can be a vertical threat and a very good starting receiver.
76: S JOHNATHAN ABRAM, MISSISSIPPI STATE
-Abram is a physical safety who profiles as an in the box SS type at the next level. He’s been a two year starter after transferring from Georgia after his freshman year. Abram is great coming downfield in run support or zone coverage. He’s also shown himself to be an effective blitzer the past couple years as well. He’s solid in coverage, but mainly in the short area, as he doesn’t have great range to profile as a free safety. He should be an early starter and could fill a role for the Redskins who are desperately thin at the position now.
96: TE ISAAC NAUTA, GEORGIA
-Nauta declared early this year and is in 2nd tier of a deep TE class. He’s had two productive years at Georgia, including 30 catches for 430 yards and 3 TDs this past season. Nauta is a good receiving TE, who is a solid route runner that can make some plays after the catch. He’s not an elite athlete, though should test decently well. Nauta’s greatest strength may be his blocking, making him a true two-way TE. Nauta has a chance to be this year’s George Kittle depending how he tests. He could replace Vernon Davis this year, and long term take over Jordan Reed’s starting role.
154: EDGE JOE JACKSON, MIAMI
-Jackson is an EDGE speed rusher who has racked up 22.5 sacks over the last three years for the Hurricanes. Jackson has a great first step and he can win with speed creating havoc in the backfield. When he doesn’t win with speed he typically doesn’t win, but secondary moves and counter moves can be developed. Jackson is a good 2nd tier EDGE rusher in this class and could be a situational rusher for the Redskins to help replace Preston Smith.
172: G LESTER COTTON, ALABAMA
-Cotton is a big physical guard who has started 28 games for Alabama over the past three seasons, including being a full-time starter the last two years. Cotton has started at both right and left guard and has held up well in the SEC. He’s a much stronger run blocker than pass blocker at this point, but can hold his own vs pass rushers. He may never develop into a starter, but he could be a solid depth guard going forward.
207: OT DENNIS DALEY, SOUTH CAROLINA
-Daley transferred in from junior college two years ago and quickly became a starter for South Carolina. He can play either tackle position, and could be swing tackle at the next level if he doesn’t develop into a starter. He’s got good size, and solid feet that there is developmental potential. With the Redskins likely losing Ty Nsekhe, they could use more depth at OT next year.
229: CB JIMMY MORELAND, JMU
-Moreland is an intriguing late round corner prospect who has started 44 games at JMU over his career. Moreland has been a play-maker during his time at JMU with 18 career interceptions including 6 he returned for TDs. He’s likely still a day three prospect, but he’s started to put himself on the radar after a strong E/W Shrine Game and Senior Bowl. Moreland is pretty versatile and can play both inside and outside and might even have a future at FS. He’s a developmental prospect, but a good late round option with upside.
I see this as a really good draft for the Redskins as there should be three instant starters from this group. Williams and Harry both have the upside to be top starters if not elite down the road. Nauta and Jackson both should contribute a lot as rookies in situational roles playing roughly 40-50% of the snaps. Both also could develop into full-time starters down the road as well. Deeper in this draft the Redskins grab three capable depth options with a little future potential as well.
From a need standpoint this class ignores the quarterback position, and passes on finding a top starter for either the EDGE or LG holes on the team. There are risks there, but filling two holes in the secondary and adding a pair of weapons is a strong top 4 picks.
What do you think, should the Redskins go corner and release Norman? Would you go corner and keep Norman for another year to really strengthen the secondary? Are you willing to pass on the QB position entirely in this class?