For this Mock Draft using On the Clock I decided to do a trade mock draft, but one where I kept the 2nd overall pick. I utilized a “future 2nd” rd pick to represent a trade of Trent Williams for a late 3rd round comp pick. At this point this is likely the highest the Redskins can hope for. I also traded back in the 3rd round picking up an extra 4th round pick.
My general strategy for this draft was to find reasonable prospects for some key needs, while adding depth across the board. You can follow along with the Draft here!
2: EDGE CHASE YOUNG, OHIO STATE
-The key of this draft class will obviously be Chase Young. Young is a clear elite prospect and should be a difference maker on defense. Adding him to Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan give the Redskins the best EDGE group in the league. Already the Redskins are expected to have one of the best pass rushes in the league, so adding Young is going to be a fun luxury for new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
77: S ASHTYN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA
-The Redskins signed Sean Davis to play free safety, but that is a bit of a risk. He might be a guy who finds success in a new location, but the Redskins can’t count on that and should address the position in the draft.
Ashtyn Davis is one of the better free safety prospects in the draft, with elite range and athletic ability to cover centerfield. He’s still developing his instincts, but he adds a lot of upside to the position group.
101: OT PRINCE TEGA WANOGHO, AUBURN
-Using the pick the Redskins got for Trent Williams they find a reasonable replacement in Tega Wanogho. He’s a bit more raw as a football player, but has started the past two years in the SEC and played pretty well. He’s got good size/athletic ability and has pretty decent feet and hand usage. He still needs more of an anchor and develop better techniques, but he projects as a good pass blocking LT, who can start maybe as a rookie.
108:LB DAVION TAYLOR, COLORADO
-Taylor is still raw as a Football prospect, but the upside is there. He’s a high school and track star, who adds incredible speed and athletic ability to the LB position. Taylor likely needs a year to start, but with the Redskins signing some veteran LBs they have stop gaps on the roster.
When he fully develops Taylor can be a really good WILL LB, who can cover and has the sideline to sideline range you want.
118: CB AMIK ROBERTSON, LOUISIANA TECH
-Robertson is clearly undersized when you look at him, but once you turn the game film on it’s tough to find where his lack of size is a factor. He has some of the best ball and coverage skills in this draft class and is physical enough to handle receivers who are far bigger than him.
Robertson’s size wasn’t a factor in college, but there will be enough of a concern of how it plays at the NFL level that he should slide to the late 3rd-early 4th range. He reasonably could start as a rookie for the Redskins, and be a long term option on the outside.
142: WR QUARTNEY DAVIS, TEXAS A&M
-The benefit of a deep WR class is some guys are going to slide. Davis is an intriguing slot prospect, who has a good catch radius and decent quickness. He should push Sims and Quinn for the starting slot role, and at worst could be the 4th WR on the team.
While this isn’t the top starting caliber WR the Redskins need to pair with Terry McLaurin, Davis does offer an upgrade to the current depth chart.
162: TE JOSIAH DEGUARA, CINCINNATI
-Deguara was a solid two-year starter at Cincinnati and showed good athletic ability at the Combine. What makes him an intriguing option for the Redskins though is his value as a blocker and ability to project to an H-Back role. Ron Rivera has always used a fullback, and currently the Redskins don’t have an option on the roster.
Deguara might not have the upside in developing into a starting TE, but he could be the number 2 TE who also works as a lead blocker/H-back roles as well. For a 5th round pick he might see the field quite a bit.
216: OT CALVIN THROCKMORTON, OREGON
-Throckmorton is listed as an OT, but he really can play any position along the offensive line. He could reasonably be a quality back-up for RT or any interior position, and adds a lot of late round value in a utility back-up role. He might never be in the mix for a starting role, but he’s got a solid floor.
229: DL CARLOS DAVIS, NEBRASKA
-Carlos Davis never fully lived up to his hype at Nebraska as a top recruit. He is a stout powerful defensive tackle, but he needs to show he’s more than just a clogger in the middle. He showed some decent athleticism at the Combine, but that doesn’t appear on tape enough. For the Redskins though he’s a fair developmental option who can round out the interior defensive line group.
This is a solid class behind Chase Young. Davis, Robertson and Tega Wanogho are all potential starters and could even end up starting as rookies. Taylor has some future starting potential and at worst is a good back-up special teamer. Deguara should see a fair amount of work as a blocker and number 2 TE. The remaining picks offer various levels of depth and upside as well.
While this is an ideal draft class if you don’t acqurie any more premium picks, it does show how thin this Redskins roster will be next season. A lot of positions will still be up in the air, and there can be a domino effect. If Tega Wanogho isn’t ready at LT and the Redskins didn’t add a top TE and/or WR, you are putting Haskins in a bit of a rough spot. That has to be a concern going forward. What do you guys think? Are you okay with this draft class?