Redskins Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions After First Week of Free Agency
The NFL draft represents one of the biggest influxes of personnel to an organization. New starters and a handful of franchise players are selected every April and begin working to change the fortunes of their respective organizations.
Each team heads into the offseason with a set of needs. Prior to the NFL draft, free agency allows teams to address some of their needs with veteran and sometimes premium players.
This offseason, the Washington Redskins have attempted to shore up their offensive line while coping with restricted cap resources. While signing players like right tackle Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos, the Redskins have also had to cope with losing valuable players like DeAngelo Hall and Lorenzo Alexander.
The Redskins' free-agency moves have not changed their list of needs to this point. The secondary and offensive line remain top priorities, but more moves are likely in the works. Here, we mock the full NFL draft for the Redskins considering the recent moves in free agency.
Rd. 2, No. 22: David Amerson, CB NC State
The Redskins' biggest need heading into the offseason was the secondary, and the release of DeAngelo Hall further highlights that need. Corner and a coverage safety remain glaring holes that the Redskins will need to plug if they hope to return to the playoffs.
David Amerson is a tall, aggressive player that has the ability to play corner, but his most natural position may be as a safety. With corners like Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes shooting up draft boards, Amerson may fall right into the Redskins' lap in the second round.
Rd. 3, No. 32: Jordan Mills, RT Louisiana Tech
The Redskins' pass protection struggled with Tyler Polumbus at right tackle. They have since let him walk in free agency. Jeremy Trueblood is a stopgap at best, but the Redskins will still be searching for a long-term solution at right tackle.
Jordan Mills is a massive individual at 6'5", 316 pounds and a nasty blocking demeanor to go along with it. There are few pure right tackles in this draft (a la D.J. Fluker) but Mills is one player who will make his money at the next level from the right side.
Rd. 4, No 22: Robert Alford, CB Southeast Louisiana
Make no mistake: The Redskins will be spending multiple picks on their secondary in this draft. This draft class is filled with mid-round prospects with the ability to emerge reliable starters.
Robert Alford is a true speedster who has been moving up draft boards since the Senior Bowl. With 4.39 speed and excellent instincts, Alford represents a great mid-round value for coverage-needy teams.
Rd. 5, No. 21: Bruce Taylor, ILB Virginia Tech
The Redskins have one of the NFL's premier inside linebackers in London Fletcher, but his days as a pro are numbered. This past season, Fletcher showed clear signs of aging and the Redskins have to be concerned about his long-term future.
Bruce Taylor flashed "Fletcher-like" qualities at Virginia Tech this past season with great awareness and seasoned instincts. Taylor is flying below the radar at this point but has all the tools to be an anchor for 10 years in the NFL.
Rd. 5, No. 29 (from New England): Joseph Fauria TE UCLA
It is unclear at this point what the future holds in store for Fred Davis, but there is a very real possibility it is not in Washington. The Cleveland Browns have shown interest in Davis and have significantly more cap room than the Redskins.
Joseph Fauria is a true receiving tight end. At 6'7", he's a great red-zone target. Fauria struggles in blocking but would be a nice complement to Logan Paulsen in the Redskins offense.
Rd. 6, No. 23: James Wilson G Florida
The Redskins spent two mid-round picks on offensive guards (LeRibeus and Gettis) last year, but neither have blossomed into starters. The offensive line helped produce the league's best rushing attack last year. But pass protection continues to be an issue.
James Wilson is a developmental/project guard that has the tools but needs to mature his technique. Wilson has experience against top defensive talent from the SEC and the size to be an effective blocker in the NFL.
Rd 7, No. 22: Trey Wilson CB Vanderbilt
Once again, the Redskins hit the cornerback well to solidify their biggest weakness. There is no guarantee that every corner drafted will make the final roster, but it is important to bring in new bodies and increase competition.
Trey Wilson is a late-round corner that lacks the measurables or elite speed of a Dee Milliner or Xavier Rhodes. However, Wilson plays faster on tape than his track time and has above-average instincts, putting him superior position to make plays.