The past couple Mock Draft scenarios I’ve looked at potential trade back options using On the Clock. Those mocks though focused on trading back from the 2nd overall pick and foregoing the opportunity to draft Chase Young. In this scenario I utilized trades, but kept the 2nd overall pick to draft Young. The main focus of these trades was to acquire the picks the Redskins might get from moving Trent Williams and Quinton Dunbar.
To simulate potential Williams and Dunbar trades in this simulation I traded future picks to land the expected return. So note when you view the actual draft, I’m not suggesting the Redskins should actually trade those future picks. As for the trades, my projection here is acquiring a late 2nd rounder from the Seahawks for Williams and a 3rd and 6th from the Rams for Dunbar. You can view the Draft Here!
Also note that while you could view this simulation on it’s own accord. My strategy was based on the Redskins ideal free agency plan. In that plan the Redskins retain both guards, land a stud corner, a starting FS and TE. Also they round it out with a veteran WR and capable starting LT.
2: EDGE CHASE YOUNG, OHIO STATE
-If the Redskins stay at number 2, Young is the obvious pick. He’s an elite pass rusher and while the Redskins don’t really need help right now in that department, Young makes the Redskins strength even better. His first step is devastating and he has shown an ability to win with a variety of pass rush moves.
59: LB MALIK HARRISON, OHIO STATE
-Harrison is one of my favorite 2nd/3rd RD LB options. He’s capable of playing any off ball position and would be an instant starter for the Redskins. I see him likely as the middle linebacker for the Redskins. He’s strong in run support, a quality blitzer and has shown that he can cover TEs and backs.
76: OT EZRA CLEVELAND, BOISE STATE
-Cleveland is an athletic tackle prospect who has a good frame and great footwork. He needs to work on his power some, but wouldn’t be forced to start as a rookie with Beachum signed. Cleveland has the potential to be the long term answer at LT, and perform at a high level.
84: CB DAMON ARNETTE, OHIO STATE
-Even with adding Byron Jones, the Redskins will need another starting caliber corner if they move on from Dunbar. Arnette can be that guy and is a strong 2nd-3rd round option for the Redskins. He can play both outside and in the slot, and has had a strong career for the Buckeyes.
108: TE HARRISON BRYANT, FLORIDA ATLANTIC
-Eric Ebron would be the Redskins starting TE, but they have nothing resembling an option behind him. Jeremy Sprinkle has been a major disappointment and Hale Hentges is mainly a blocker. Bryant came into the Combine with some good buzz after a strong Senior Bowl week, but his testing numbers were a bit disappointing. Though he might not be the best athlete in workouts, his game film shows that he does have the ability to separate and make plays as a receiver. He’s pretty good as a blocker and would be the perfect number 2 TE to complement Ebron.
129: WR COLLIN JOHNSON, TEXAS
-Johnson has incredible size and NFL bloodlines, but questions about his speed and agility could get him to slide a little in the draft (similar to Harmon a year ago). Still he’s an interesting WR option who could develop into a good starter if it all clicks for him. With Funchess and McLaurin as the starters outside and Harmon in the mix as well, there is no need to rush Johnson. Still the long term upside is legitimate and worth the investment of a mid-4th rounder.
142: LB AKEEM DAVIS-GAITHER, APPALACHIAN STATE
-I’ve written up Akeem Davis-Gaither before and he remains one of my favorite 3rd/4th RD off ball linebackers. His athleticism and smarts are both really high and he can push for a starting role day 1. The Redskins currently only have Cole Holcomb and Shaun Dion Hamilton at linebacker as they switch to a 4-3 base defense. Even with drafting Malik Harrison above, the Redskins need more from this group.
148: RB AJ DILLON, BOSTON COLLEGE
-Dillon really impressed with his Combine numbers, but will probably be more of a 4th round option. He was an amazing back the last three years for Boston College, but could slide a little given his lack of involvement in the passing game. He makes a strong insurance policy to Guice for the Redskins, and gives the team at least another healthy option behind Adrian Peterson.
170: G SHANE LEMIEUX, OREGON
-If the Redskins retain both Flowers and Scherff, guard is no longer a priority. Still adding depth is never a bad thing and with a new coaching staff there isn’t an allegiance to the current back-ups. Lemieux started four straight years at LG for the Ducks, and at worst should be a solid back-up.
199: S K’VON WALLACE, CLEMSON
-If the Redskins add a starting FS like Von Bell, they can wait to take a safety on Day 3. Wallace helped himself considerably by blowing up the athletic testing numbers at the Combine, but he’s likely still a back-up/special teams type of player. Still this late in the draft a player like Wallace brings a lot of nice value and upside.
216: TE STEPHEN SULLIVAN, LSU
-Yes Sullivan would be the 3rd TE acquired by the team in this ideal offseason, but to be honest that is what the Redskins need. The cupboard is completely bare on this team right now at the position, and Sullivan is an intriguing developmental guy. He’s got size and athleticism and is still learning the position.
229: DL MALCOLM ROACH, TEXAS
-Roach gives the Redskins a solid rotational option late in the draft who might need to be on the practice squad for a year as he builds up his strength/weight. Roach is a high motor guy, who is considered a strong leader and highly intelligent. Likely will never develop into a starter, but can give solid snaps as a back-up.
When you combine this class with the free agency plan I laid out, the Redskins will have done a nice job filling most of their holes and adding depth. From this draft class the only two immediate starters would be Young and Harrison. Arnette would likely be at least the number 3 corner making him a likely starter as well.
Beyond that Harrison Bryant should contribute a fair amount as the number 2 TE and Erza Cleveland is in the mix for the the LT role. Dillon and Johnson should both contribute as well with the upside to start down the road.
If you combine this free agency plan with this draft class the Redskins would be pretty set at just about every position. Slot receiver would still be up in the air as Steven Sims had a few flashes, but is hardly guaranteed to be the answer. Corner depth would also be a question mark. Byron Jones and Arnette help considerably, but Fabian Moreau had his share of struggles last year. Backing them up is only Jimmy Moreland, Greg Stroman and Danny Johnson.
Though the starters would be set at QB and LB, depth would still be a concern at both positions. Don’t be surprised if the Redskins would opt for a veteran depth option at either spot.
What do you guys think? Does this offseason plan make sense?