Washington Redskins 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
The Washington Redskins still need to add a safety on the final day of the 2013 NFL draft. Fortunately, there are enough quality options left to choose from and there's still room for a lineman or two.
The Redskins begin their draft with two intriguing picks—cornerback David Amerson and tight end Jordan Reed are skilled, versatile players who will do more than simply provide depth.
Their selections also answered two obvious needs for the Redskins. However, the bulk of the franchise's involvement in this draft will come on its final day.
Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have five picks to utilize over three rounds. They should still target further secondary help.
A true third-down running back would also be a smart choice, as would depth along both lines. Here are some predictions for how the Redskins might use their quintet of picks on the draft's final day.
1. Both Lines Will Be Addressed
The Redskins will use at least two of their picks to find useful rotation players along both fronts. One player who could merit selection is former Tennessee defensive lineman Montori Hughes.
The Redskins met with the big-bodied tackle prior to the draft, according to Walterfootball.com. He has the size to fill in at any position along the front in the base 3-4 look.
Shanahan and Allen will also ensure they bolster the backups for their offensive line. Skilled, zone-style blockers like Tanner Hawkinson and David Bakhtiari still remain on the board.
Both suit Washington's zone-based system. They would be a good picks in any of the remaining rounds.
2. The Redskins Will Go for Another Cornerback
They may have passed on safeties so far, but the Redskins won't resist taking another cornerback. Former Illinois star Terry Hawthorne would be a great late-round fit for the way the secondary is being revamped.
By signing the 6'0" E.J. Biggers and drafting the 6'1" Amerson, the Redskins are clearly committed to getting bigger at corner. Hawthorne also offers good size at 6'0" and 195 pounds.
He is a solid tackler and plays with real tenacity. If Hawthorne is available late on, the Redskins shouldn't avoid making the pick.
3. Mike Shanahan Won't Resist a Late-Round Running Back
Mike Shanahan won't be able to resist adding another running back to his stable. It would be a wise move to boost the options behind Alfred Morris and Miguel Maysonet makes a lot of sense.
He's a quick-cutting runner and is familiar with kind of schemes the Redskins's running game is built around. His NFL.com draft profile shows how well he'd fit in Washington:
Sees snaps from single back, I formation, and pistol. Decisive upfield cuts to continue forward momentum. Sees front side lanes even if run calls for different gap. Determined runner, little wasted movement, makes a choice and sticks to it. Refuses to go down on first contact, takes some big hits because of it. Patient on zone read and sticks with mesh point.
The profile even concludes by comparing Maysonet to Morris. Adding another zone-style workhorse to the backfield would preserve the strongest position group on the Redskins' roster.
However, if Shanahan wants a contrast in styles, Ray Graham could be the answer. He is a pint-sized speedster with good pass-catching and blocking skills.
That type of versatility is missing at the position and would be a major boon to Robert Griffin III.
4. Washington Will Add a Safety
That they haven't addressed the position yet might make some anxious, but the Redskins will add a safety on the final day.
There is still a glaring hole at that level of the defense and enough talented prospects left to choose. One could be former Nevada starter Duke Williams.
He met with the team before the draft, according to The Washington Post. Williams is one of many promising options, including Shamarko Thomas.
However, Phillip Thomas remains the best choice and if he's still available at pick 119, the Redskins must pounce. What is clear is that the late rounds contain players who can help fix the biggest area of need on the team.
Expect the Redskins to complete their draft with some combination of these moves.