Washington Redskins Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Predictions for Every Round
Entering the offseason, the Washington Redskins had numerous questions to answer.
What were they going to do on the offensive line? Well, Kory Lichtensteiger and Tyler Polumbus re-signed.
What about Fred Davis? He’s back for another year and the same goes for DeAngelo Hall.
As of now, the biggest hole on this roster remains the free safety position along with depth at various other slots.
I also need to put a disclaimer on this mock draft; I am aware that the right tackle position remains a need.
However, with Polumbus set to return and the signings of Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood as well as two young linemen in Tom Compton and Maurice Hurt, there’s simply not enough room to draft another right tackle prospect.
Below is a post-free agency mock draft.
2nd Round: Safety, Eric Reid
At one point, the former safety out of LSU was considered a first-round prospect. But there doesn't appear to be a pressing need at safety throughout the NFL, so Reid has the potential to slip to the Redskins' slot in the second round.
Last year, free safety Madieu Williams often positioned himself in vulnerable ways due to his lack of speed and athleticism, but that’s where Reid differs.
If you look up the safety position in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Eric Reid. He has the prototypical size, speed and athleticism for the position and competed at the highest level in college football.
But his aggressiveness could lead to inconsistencies, and that’s what the Redskins are going to get in a second-round pick.
He’s a prospect that exemplifies first-round talent, but he's missing just a piece in becoming a complete player.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett would be fortunate to get him and would have expectations of immediate production.
Finally, with the re-signing of Hall and the signing of EJ Biggers, the Redskins' front office can now focus on free safety.
3rd Round: Wide Receiver, Ryan Swope
Do the Redskins need another wide receiver? No.
Fully healthy, Pierre Garcon is set to prove that he’s a legitimate No. 1 wideout. Josh Morgan looks to continue as a complimentary receiver. Santana Moss restructured his contract and Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson showed flashes last season.
Still, who but Garcon is a significant threat?
Morgan is a solid player, but defensive coordinators aren’t necessarily game-planning around this guy. Moss remains a valued slot receiver and third-down specialist, but he only has one more year left. Hankerson remains inconsistent and Robinson appears limited.
Ryan Swope was arguably the most productive wide receiver in all of college football last season and is coming off an impressive combine workout.
The Redskins have other holes to fill in this round, but if Swope is on the board, then they are getting the best available.
It also can give Swope a year to learn under Moss, where working the slot appears to be most conducive to his skill set.
Remember how incredible Robert Griffin looked last year? Well, he was doing that without his primary target (Garcon) and his starting tight end (Davis).
The more talent Mike Shanahan builds around his quarterback, the more this offense can go.
4th Round: Safety, JJ Wilcox
JJ Wilcox is a work in progress. After only one year at playing safety at FCS Georgia Southern, it was good enough for NFL scouts to take notice.
A converted receiver, Wilcox has the size and athleticism that exudes potential, but he needs to be developed.
Ideally, the Redskins hope to have Brandon Meriweather as the strong safety this season, but after tearing his ACL, he’s another year removed from his prime.
Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes remain valued reserves, but are not the answer at the position while Wilcox could be in the future.
5th Round: Center, Braxston Cave
Shanahan chose to address the interior of the offensive line last year with the selections of Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis.
But neither is a natural center such as Braxston Cave.
While Will Montgomery was Mr. Consistent last year, he is in need of a backup. Last year, the Skins were fortunate as their offensive suffered few injuries in comparison to years past.
The key to a successful football team is not just having a good plan A, but having a plan B as well.
Cave was a workhorse at Notre Dame throughout his collegiate career and is another one of the “locker room” guys that Shanahan covets.
5th Round: Cornerback/Safety, Sanders Commings
Sanders Commings is a tweener defensive back. He has the size of a safety, but gained experience as a cornerback while at Georgia.
As a fifth-round pick, versatility is something the Redskins front office favors. This also provides competition in the secondary, another aspect Shanahan favors.
6th Round: Tight End, Jake Stoneburner
Even with Davis back on the roster for another year and Logan Paulsen re-signing, Jake Stoneburner is an additional developmental piece who can improve on this year’s practice squad.
Stoneburner has the athleticism to be a successful tight end, but he remains inferior as a blocker with inconsistent hands.
With the amount of continuity Shanahan has stressed this offseason, there is not much room for roster spots. That’s where the practice squad is a viable option.
7th Round: Inside Linebacker, Mike Mauti
Suffering from a torn ACL, Mauti’s draft stock has substantially been reduced. Still, Mauti is a tackling machine.
His leadership at Penn State was memorable despite the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The inside linebacker position is half complete. Perry Riley appears to have locked up the starting position for years to come while London Fletcher is returning for one more year.
Although Keenan Robinson has the potential to fill Fletcher’s role once he retires, Mauti can be used for depth purposes and competition.