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Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay give the Redskins two very different Grade A Mock Drafts

Which “A” grade is better?

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Yesterday’s roundup told us that the majority of the mock draft industrial complex is projecting WR D.K. Metcalf to the Redskins at #15. A lot of people are assuming Washington either trades for Josh Rosen, or takes one after the first round. Otherwise Case Keenum is the one throwing the ball to Metcalf.

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Jr. each came out with their version of a three round Grade A mock draft. Here is McShay’s explanation:

Below is my three-round mock draft in which every team gets an A grade. I play general manager for each team at each pick, from No. 1 to No. 102.

To be clear, I’m not projecting picks. This is what I see as the best selection for the team -- but no trades allowed! It’s how I would pick based on needs, value and availability. Each team’s preferences don’t matter here.

McShay has been giving the Redskins WR Marquise Brown in most of his mocks this year. Now he has joined the rest of the crowd placing D.K. Metcalf in Washington. He does mention a QB this year, saying he would trade for Josh Rosen, The problem in this scenario is there are no trades, so no real impact to this draft for trading for a former 1st round QB. If McShay’s scenario plays out, you would likely say goodbye to his 2nd round pick, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson who is a pretty damn good pick at this spot.

McShay finishes out his version of a Grade A mock for the Redskins by giving them an offensive lineman and an outside linebacker in the 3rd round. This draft hits a lot of the Redskins biggest needs at the top of the draft. Depending on how you feel about Metcalf’s potential in the NFL, and the Redskins somehow getting Rosen without using one of their top 4 picks, this could be a pretty good draft for Washington.

Round 1 (15): D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Round 2 (46): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

Round 3 (76): Chuma Edoga, OT/G, USC

Round 3 (96): Joe Jackson, DE, Miami (Fla.)

Let’s begin by saying I’d trade for Josh Rosen. That opens up some opportunities, including taking Metcalf at No. 15. The tales of Metcalf’s physicality, strength and speed are well-documented at this point, and he’d fit in nicely on a team that has been hunting for a receiver for years. Gardner-Johnson could eventually be a starting safety, but I like him as a nickelback to begin his NFL career, incidentally filling a hole here for Washington. Edoga handles speed rushers well, and Jackson is disruptive as a pass-rusher.

Mel Kiper, Jr. went in different direction for the Redskins. The Josh Rosen deal doesn’t happen, or he’s headed somewhere else like the Giants. Kiper gives the Redskins their QB of the future with the selection of Drew Lock. He points to Lock’s experience in college and his arm strength. These are things that are going to appeal to Head Coach Jay Gruden as he looks for a signal caller that can contribute early. Gruden mentioned Lock as a QB who can provide that quality to his new team.

Kiper continues his Grade A mock draft by giving Lock a pretty good target in WR A.J. Brown. Both players have visited the Redskins for official pre-draft visits and are on their radar if they try to fix the offense in a big way early.

Kiper also gives the Redskins an OLB, going with Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines. Washington will definitely looking at the loaded EDGE draft to find a replacement for Preston Smith, the question is how long they are willing to wait to get their guy.

Kiper rounds out his draft by giving Washington Dru Samia, a 6’5”, 305 lb guard from Oklahoma. Most people are looking at the 3rd round for a guard for the Redskins. There are definite questions about when the talent pool drops from potential day 1 starter, to this guy needs some work.

Round 1 (15): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Round 2 (46): A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

Round 3 (76): Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion

Round 3 (96): Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma

Lock has the edge over Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins in two areas: arm strength and sample size. He can sling it. He showed that over 50 career games at Mizzou, while Murray and Haskins were essentially one-year starters. Lock’s biggest issue is accuracy, though, and he’s far behind the other two top quarterbacks there. He completed just 56.9 percent of his passes over those 50 games. Now, he didn’t have great talent around him, and he played in college football’s toughest conference. NFL coaches see the talent there. That’s why he might not make it out of the top 10 picks later this month.

In Washington, Lock wouldn’t be under pressure to start immediately, although I’d count on him getting a few starts. The Redskins can also add some Day 2 receiving help with Brown, who had a much more productive college career than his former teammate D.K. Metcalf. Ximines, who had 33 career sacks for the Monarchs, would likely play outside linebacker in Washington’s 3-4 defense. Samia started 48 career games for the Sooners.


Which Grade A draft do you prefer for the Redskins?

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  • 41%
    Todd McShay
    (758 votes)
  • 58%
    Mel Kiper, Jr.
    (1056 votes)
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