Mel Kiper, Jr and Todd McShay have come together to do their annual dueling mock draft for E$PN IN$IDER. They each present their picks for the first 64 picks of the 2019 NFL draft. They came to a consensus on the Redskins 2nd round pick, but have two very different ideas about what Washington will do in the 1st round.
The Redskins have a lot of needs heading into this year’s draft, and a QB of the future is pretty high up there. Alex Smith’s broken leg will likely keep him on the shelf this year and possibly for good. Colt McCoy(also recovering from a broken leg), and recently acquired Case Keenum are the only other QBs on the roster and both are entering the final year of their deals. The Redskins have no one for the future.
This is a big reason that Mel Kiper, Jr. gives the Redskins Duke QB Daniel Jones in the 1st round of his draft. The projected top 3 QBs in this year’s draft are all off the board in this scenario so the Redskins reach for Jones with the 15th overall pick to make sure they get a QB this year. Jones dropped all the way to #56 in McShay’s draft, with the Redskins passing on him twice(he does mention trading for Josh Rosen as a possible solution to QB).
Kiper: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Surprised? Don’t be. The Redskins need to find a quarterback of the future, and there are several teams who like Jones. In Washington, he would be given time to adjust to the NFL while Case Keenum starts in 2019.
McShay address another huge need for the Redskins in the first round by taking a pass rushing OLB. Washington lost Preston Smith in free agency this year, and will be starting Ryan Anderson opposite Ryan Kerrigan unless they turn to the draft this year. McShay gives them Florida State OLB Brian Burns, a popular choice for the Redskins recently(Kiper picked Burns in his last mock)
McShay: Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State
Washington could trade for Josh Rosen, which would remedy the quarterback concerns. Burns is a unique talent with upside, and while he played defensive end for the Seminoles, he could make the move to stand-up edge rusher.
ESPN’s top mockers agreed that the Redskins need to address the wide receiver position early. Washington lost Jamison Crowder in free agency this year, and the talent is in serious need of an upgrade. This could be the draft to do it, with a deep amount of talent throughout. Kiper and McShay both gave the Redskins Ohio State WR Parris Campbell at pick #46.
Kiper: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
After letting Jamison Crowder walk in free agency, the Redskins didn’t fill his spot in free agency. Campbell, who ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at the combine, could play inside or outside.
McShay: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
We’re in agreement here. A real burner, Campbell could finally be the receiving talent that Washington has long been looking for.
Which mock draft do you like better for the Redskins?
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Kiper (Daniel Jones/Parris Campbell)
McShay(Brian Burns/Parris Campbell)