Robert Griffin III Tops Washington Redskins Mock Draft: Full 7 Round Predictions
If only we were able to know exactly what GM Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan were planning to do in the draft, none of this prognosticating would be necessary.
Alas, they haven't told any of us and I don't have a crystal ball, so it's time for another mock draft.
By now, it's all but guaranteed that the Redskins will use their hard-earned and much-debated second overall pick to reel in Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.
While most, if not all, of the pre-draft hype has circulated around Griffin it's important to remember that there are still six picks left to the Redskins after they go in the first round.
With the cap penalties handed down by the NFL, the Redskins find themselves pinching pennies and looking not only to fulfill needs in this year's draft, but also adhere to value.
There's no doubt the 2012 draft will be an interesting one to watch unfold for the Washington Redskins.
Let's look at what the Redskins could do across all seven rounds of the 2012 NFL draft.
Round 1, Pick No. 2: Robert Griffin III, Baylor
My, oh my, how Redskins Nation has waited for this day.
The Redskins bet the farm on RG3, giving up what essentially amounts to three future starters in order to purchase the No. 2 overall pick from the St. Louis Rams.
I may be jumping the gun a bit but I believe it is money well spent.
Immediately after Andrew Luck puts on blue and white, we'll get to see Waco's favorite son don burgundy and gold and, in essence, see a new era of Redskins football ushered in.
The 'Skins fill their greatest need from the get-go in drafting RG3.
This was a sure thing. The rest of the draft? Not so much.
Round 3, Pick No. 69: Brandon Washington, G, Miami
In an earlier article I wrote about the draft, I had the Redskins looking to add to the defense in the third round.
After a little reevaluation, I feel that after RG3, the Redskins' most immediate need is depth along the offensive line.
With that in mind, I like Brandon Washington.
Coming into his senior season, Washington was a first team All-ACC pick at guard but an injury to tackle Seantrel Henderson forced Washington to make the leap from the interior of the line to the exterior.
Washington didn't exactly flourish at tackle and Al Golden was particularly vexed with Washington after a poor showing against North Carolina and star defensive end Quinton Coples.
While another year at 'The 'U' would have helped Washington immensely, it seems as though tension was brewing between he and Al Golden and the NFL was just too good an opportunity to pass up.
Prior to 2011, though, Washington made his case as a legitimate prospect at guard, and at 6'3", 320 pounds he certainly has the prototypical frame to get coached up and become a future anchor for the Redskins' interior line.
Round 4, Pick No. 102: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
The Redskins have made huge leaps this offseason to add depth at the receiver position.
Pierre Garcon and an under-the-radar guy like Josh Morgan are huge additions to Washington's skill corps.
Yet Santana Moss is on the decline and veteran possession receiver Jabar Gaffney's latest Twitter episode indicates that the Redskins could use another young playmaker.
Joe Adams fits the mold.
He's a lightning bug, open field specialist who has the ability to pick up yards after the catch.
All told, he's a born-and-bred slot receiver whose greatest asset is his initial burst and ability to separate. After adding five pounds to his frame after the Senior Bowl, Adams may have impacted his forty time but he is still a great mid-round addition for the Redskins.
What D.C. gets is a multi-faceted slot receiver who can also contribute big in special teams as he had 324 yards and four touchdowns as a punt returner in 2011.
With his skill set and given the opportunity to understudy Santana Moss for a few seasons, Joe Adams could be a huge steal in round four.
Round 4, Pick No. 109: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
Initially, I wanted to see Markelle Martin out of Oklahoma State slated here as the Redskins' next big thing at safety.
With the lack of depth in this year's safety class, though, it's unlikely that Martin would last until the fourth round.
Luckily, the Redskins will have a good shot at picking up sleeper Brandon Taylor out of LSU.
I'd like to make this clear: I'm not looking at Taylor because he happens to hail from the same SEC powerhouse as a recently departed Redskins safety.
No, it has everything to do with the fact that Taylor played in the nation's best secondary and still managed to produce sizeable numbers despite the type of talent he shared defensive duties with.
At 5'11", 210 pounds, Taylor is a hard-hitting, combative safety who loves contact. His 71 tackles in 2011 were good enough for third on the team behind Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu.
Taylor shows a good burst and equally good instincts in the secondary which makes him an ideal candidate to fight for a safety spot in the Redskins secondary that is in need of some playmaking talent.
With the Redskins defensive front seven looking more and more solidified, new blood in the secondary would offer up some competition to newly signed veteran Brandon Meriweather and help complete what could be a rock-solid Redskins defense in 2012.
Round 5, Pick No. 141: Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
I said before that I liked Brandon Mosley and my opinion hasn't changed.
Mosley was a second team All-SEC selection as a senior and started 23 games for the Tigers after arriving in Auburn as a JUCO standout defensive end/tight end in high school prior to that.
His athleticism from his tight end days certainly lent itself to his ability to become a big part of Auburn's run game as Mosley often laid down huge blocks, springing erstwhile Tiger Michael Dyer for big gains.
Mosley is still raw in that he is far more competent in run blocking than he is in pass blocking.
Still, at 6'6", 315 pounds with the ability to move, Mosley has the basic ingredients to become a consistent tackle at the next level.
With the health concerns of Jamaal Brown and off-field issues regarding Trent Williams, the Redskins would be wise to take a guy like Mosley who, along with Brandon Washington, could provide some much needed depth to the offensive line that will be tasked with protecting Washington's new prized weapon.
In short, Mosley is the kind of offensive tackle prospect that the Redskins should be clamoring for. Big, athletic and full of potential.
And a steal in the fourth round.
Round 6, Pick No. 173: Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia
London Fletcher was (thankfully) re-signed by the Redskins last week so, at least for the time being, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that the beating heart of the 'Skins defense is intact.
Yet, facts are facts. Fletcher is 35 and only getting older and it's now time to start looking down the road and considering who — if anyone — can replace No. 59.
Right now, Perry Riley is first in line behind Fletcher. While Riley has shown progress, there's something to be said for depth and having an additional body in the mix to ramp up competition.
Like Fletcher, Najee Goode enters the draft as a relative unknown. Granted, West Virginia is slightly more high profile than John Carroll but the fact remains that the former walk-on is not brought up with the Dont'a Hightowers and Luke Kuelchys of this year's class.
When you dig deeper, though, it starts to become clear that Goode is a potential diamond in the rough.
At West Virginia, Goode logged in serious time at every linebacker spot in the now gone 3-3-5 odd-stack defense.
In 2010, Goode was a staple of a West Virginia defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally in most major statistical categories.
While he's still a little raw, Goode is a bull at 6'0" and 245 pounds and plays with a lot of power, especially in defending the run.
While he posted solid numbers in his senior year (87 tackles, 14 TFL, five sacks, int) he also had a great showing at the East-West Shrine Game and ran a 4.6 forty at the combine.
Goode's a worker. He's smart, strong and embraces collision.
Expectations for guys taken in the sixth round are never high, but when a late-rounder reveals himself as a star in the making, the payoff is that much bigger.
With London Fletcher there to emulate, Goode could make a case for himself as a late round gem.
Round 7, Pick No. 213: Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
With a safety already checked off the list the Redskins would be looking to add in a cornerback for good measure.
With veteran DeAngelo Hall and Maryland alum Josh Wilson currently holding down the starting spots at corner, a sleeper like Isaiah Frey would add an interesting dimension to the Redskins' secondary.
Frey is a three-year starter and two year all-conference player who at 5'10", 190 pounds plays with good closing speed and doesn't shy away from covering bigger receivers.
In 2011, Frey had 32 tackles to go along with an impressive five picks.
Where Frey could be effective is in zone packages or playing man-off coverage. Especially when he's young and still trying to get his bearings, the Roseville, CA native could be a contributor in nickle and dime packages.
There's no arguing that the Redskins' secondary needs a facelift and it's apparent through the Redskins' offeseason moves that they're equally aware of this.
Hall, Barnes, and new additions Cedric Griffin and Leigh Torrence will all be looking to develop into a more consistent secondary this offseason.
A hungry, capable late-round pick like Frey could help to light a fire under his veteran brethren and instill a bit of fighting spirit in the Redskins' corners.
What Frey lacks in pedigree and elite coverage skills he makes up for in tenacity and a willingness to go up and challenge receivers.
I like that in a late-round corner prospect and the Redskins should too.