For this Redskins mock draft using On the Clock Draft Simulator I went with the approach of taking the top QB available at 15 and then maximizing my selections in the top 4 rounds. I took a page out of last year’s draft playbook and traded back in the 2nd round to land an additional 3rd round pick. In addition I packaged some late round picks to move up into the 4th round as well.
As always you can follow along with this simulation here: https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=nhknsi
15: QB DREW LOCK, MISSOURI
-If Lock or Haskins are available at the Redskins spot I think they have to pull the trigger and take them. As great as it would be to get an Elite EDGE defender, the Redskins need an answer at QB. If they aren’t going to trade for Rosen, Haskins and Lock are the other legitimate options. If they don’t even need to trade up for one all the better. Lock has impressive arm talent and he has solid marks across the board in other key categories. He will have some growing pains as expected, but he has the potential to develop into a franchise QB.
56: S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON, FLORIDA
-Personally I’d prefer Thornhill or Savage, but I wanted to look at a different safety option that brought a similar skill set. He’s a versatile defensive back who can play corner, in the box strong safety or single-high free safety. He’s very athletic and not afraid to hit, his instincts can be a touch slow, but he has shown make-up speed. With the right coaching he could be a very good safety at the next level. He pairs well with Landon Collins and has added versatility if Collins ever misses time.
76: G MICHEAL DEITER, WISCONSIN
-Deiter is one of the safest interior offensive line options in this class and should be considered a strong bet to win the starting LG role. He’s versatile enough to start at center or right tackle as well, but guard is his ideal spot. There is a lot of value with this selection, and he gives the Redskins the final piece to their starting offensive line.
96: TE DAWSON KNOX, MISSISSIPPI
-The Redskins didn’t end up releasing Vernon Davis this offseason, though that could be on the table if they land a capable tight end like Knox. Knox was an afterthought in Mississippi’s offense, but his upside is that of a top 10 pass catching TE. He has really good size and showed strong athletic testing at both the Combine and his Pro Day. Knox will probably take a little while to develop as a starter, but he can contribute as a rookie and be the long term successor to Jordan Reed.
97: WR MILES BOYKIN, NOTRE DAME
-I’ve mentioned Boykin more recently and he’s one of the more intriguing options for the Redskins on Day 2. If he is in this area it should be a no-brainer pick for the Redskins. His athletic profile is off the charts and while he could use some development time, the Redskins can give him a season, before pushing him into a large role.
126: EDGE AUSTIN BRYANT, CLEMSON
-Bryant isn’t the elite EDGE the Redskins would like to replace Preston Smith with, but hes a solid pick in the 3rd or 4th round. Bryant has 30 tackles of a loss and 16.5 sacks over the last two seasons combined at Clemson, and he should continue to generate some decent pressure off the EDGE at the next level. He’s weak against the run, but that is less of a concern for the Redskins as Ryan Anderson is stronger in that area.
153: C LAMONT GAILLARD, GEORGIA
-Gaillard played both guard and center at Georgia, though the latter is probably his better position at the next level. He was a team captain and plays with good technique and smarts. He’s not the biggest center or the strongest, but he’s a solid option to develop into a starter down the road and offers at least quality depth. The Redskins have little in the way of interior offensive lineman depth, so Gaillard should immediately push for the top back-up job.
227: LB DAVID LONG, WEST VIRGINIA
-Personally I’m a bit higher on Long, but feel he’s a Day 3 option so it wouldn’t be crazy to think he slides to the 7th round. Long is an undersized LB, with really good athletic ability and quality instincts. He is a good match-up to cover backs out of the backfield, but his lack of height can be an issue versus some bigger TEs. He’s an adept blitzer and plays the run really well. At worst he should be a solid back-up/core special teamer and if it all clicks he carves out a role on defense.
It’s tough to predict where the QB dominoes fall in this draft, but if the Redskins have the chance to fix the position they have to take it. This scenario not only lands them their future QB, but it does so without giving up extra selections. In addition the Redskins make some other moves to maximize their picks in the key rounds.
Overall I think this is a strong draft for the Redskins. Lock gives them their QB, while Gardner-Johnson and Deiter give them a pair of instant starters. Knox, Boykin and Bryant give them three other players who can contribute as rookie and assume larger roles down the road.
Knox and Boykin especially are nice values that offer major upside if they develop right. With the uncertainty that the Redskins have going forward at TE and WR, these are two key additions. Boykin especially is a guy who is getting overlooked in this class. He has the traits to be dominant at the NFL level and a total mismatch for any corner. It might take a year or two to unlock that potential, but if you do the sky is the limit.
What do you think? Would you be okay with this type of draft approach?