Washington Redskins Mock Draft: Full 7 Rounds

Shae CroninCorrespondent IApril 9, 2012

Washington Redskins Mock Draft: Full 7 Rounds

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    Even with the 2012 NFL draft just weeks away, there's still plenty of time for all the moves and shakes. 

    Since addressing their need at receiver with additions like Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon, the Redskins are still left with a number of holes to fill with their seven draft picks.

    Robert Griffin III may be a surefire pick for the Redskins in the first round, but how does Mike Shanahan and the front office strategize to get the most out of their remaining selections?

Round 1: Robert Griffin III

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    For all of those who want to argue the Indianapolis Colts taking Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck, I encourage you to call me with a fair enough wager. 

    Forget the risk, forget the style and forget the what-ifs.

    When Griffin works out for the Redskins and brings success to Washington, no one will ever look back to what the team had to give up in order to acquire the No. 2-overall pick. 

    After two Super Bowl victories, do you think anyone is really thinking back to what it cost the New York Giants to acquire Eli Manning on draft day in 2003?

Round 3: George Iloka

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    As much as the Redskins need help on the right side of their offensive line, most of that opinion comes from the uncertainty of Jammal Brown and his questionable durability throughout a season.

    If Brown can play, then so be it.

    I don't think many Redskins fans would have an issue with it. 

    Assuming so, the Redskins could have a shot at Boise State safety George Iloka. Although Iloka's talents in combination with a shallow safety class make him more of a second-round value, the Redskins could get lucky if Iloka makes it to the third round. 

    Iloka is an athletic and long safety who likes to play center field and can come down into the box and make a big tackle.

    Chances are slim that he's available here, but wilder things have happened. 

Round 4: Trumaine Johnson

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    Following the ridiculous salary-cap penalties, the Redskins will likely be forced to restructure some current player contracts as well as release some guys that hold too much against the cap.

    In my opinion, the first two to come to mind are Trent Williams and DeAngelo Hall. 

    For obvious reasons, the Redskins aren't prepared to cut Williams, but a restructuring plan is a respectful scenario.

    Hall, on the other hand, is a veteran coming off of a down season in 2011 in which many questioned his effort and commitment. 

    Regardless of what happens to Hall, the Redskins can use help at the cornerback position. Montana's Trumaine Johnson is little-known corner from a small school who has all the tools to make it at the next level.

    At 6'2", 203 pounds, Johnson is physical in coverage, he has good instincts and he brings more than enough size to the position. 

Round 4: James-Michael Johnson

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    Despite the two sides in general agreement of a re-signing, London Fletcher and the Redskins still remain apart.

    Whether it be cap room, waiting on other inside linebackers to help price the market or some dollar figure holdup, the Redskins are left with a gaping hole in the middle of their defense. 

    That said, even if Fletcher does return (as expected), he's an aging veteran who will someday have to hang up the cleats.

    Drafting an inside linebacker this year will place the rookie in a nice internship-like position with the team. 

    Nevada's James-Michael Johnson is a versatile backer who plays with great instincts but never enough power. Because of it, Johnson is considered a mid-round flyer that could go as early as the third or as late as the fifth.

    With two fourth-rounders in this draft, the Redskins could snag a good one with Johnson and rely on solid coaching and Haslett's scheme to transform him into a beast. 

Round 5: Mike Brewster

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    Not only is current center Will Montgomery replaceable, but the Redskins could also look to draft their future center in the same class that they draft their future quarterback.

    For obvious reasons, the two could grow and succeed together.

    At one point early on, Brewster was commonly mocked as a late first-rounder.

    Brewster is an experienced center prospect with good measurables, and Mike Shanahan would enjoy his intelligence at the position.

    Brewster has the build and the instincts, but he'll likely need to get stronger in order to handle 3-4 defenses at the next level.

Round 6: Cyrus Gray

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    Sometimes you fall in love with a prospect and become his biggest fan.

    Such is the case with Cyrus Gray.

    Shanahan has a good stable of young running backs, but Roy Helu isn't the most durable and Tim Hightower remains a free agent after blowing out his knee last season.

    At that point, it's only Evan Royster left for the Redskins.

    Cyrus Gray is an experienced running back who can serve as a dual-threat out of the backfield.

    Shanahan would take a liking to Gray's pace and versatility, and he could allow the youngsters to battle it out in camp.

Round 7: Blake DeChristopher

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    With NFL talent just down the Beltway, the Redskins have seen enough of the players at Virginia Tech.

    At this point in the draft, the Redskins are looking for depth.

    What better area for depth than the offensive line?

    DeChristopher has experience with mobile quarterbacks (Taylor, Thomas) and under Shanahan's scheme, you never know how lineman can develop.