Washington Redskins 2014 Mock Draft with Player Scouting Profiles
New head coach Jay Gruden is looking to make an early footprint on what Redskin fans hope will be an overhauled roster, while the front office is planning to gain as much value as possible without a first-round draft selection.
Here's a fresh look at some of the Redskins' options come early May.
Round 2: Pick 2
Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss. State
If the Redskins are all in on Robert Griffin III, then protecting him is first and foremost.
While I tend to like a wide receiver with this pick, the poor performance by Washington's offensive line last season warrants upgrading the unit with the team's top choice.
At 6'4", 340 pounds, Gabe Jackson is obviously a massive specimen, who boasts assured power but with good athleticism and deceiving quickness. He could step in right away at left guard, moving Kory Lichtensteiger to his more natural center position and helping the offensive line shore up its interior.
Round 3: Pick 2
Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
Unfortunately the Redskins can't afford to focus on just one side of the ball, so they can switch to defense here and cash in on great value with UConn's Yawin Smallwood.
Not only does London Fletcher's retirement contribute to the Redskins' need at inside linebacker, but production does so as well. The linebackers didn't play up to par last season, and the 6'2", 230-pound Smallwood would give the Redskins an athletic linebacker who can stick with tight ends, cover guys out of the backfield and get after the quarterback.
Round 4: Pick 2
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Taking advantage of a deep wide receiver class, the Redskins find a way to hold off on pass-catchers with their first two picks and land awesome value with Donte Moncrief in the fourth round.
Moncrief has the desirable frame (6'3", 236 lbs) of a No. 1 wideout and the playmaking ability to become a go-to guy in the NFL. Adding the Ole Miss product to the Redskins roster would allow Pierre Garcon to move to a more natural No. 2 receiver spot, and it would bring more size to RG3's arsenal.
I'm looking forward to digging into more Moncrief tape in the coming week or so.
Round 5: Pick 2
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
The obsession continues, and I can't help it. It's an unhealthy combination of falling in love with Seantrel Henderson's measurables (6'8", 345 lbs) and the dire need for an upgrade on the right side of Redskins' offensive line.
While the red flags surrounding Henderson would appear enough to bypass this prospect, the potential upside, if he's available in the fifth round, is entirely too great.
If I'm the Redskins' front office, I believe in my coaches to get the most out of a guy who has what it takes to become a top player at his position.
Round 6: Pick 2
De'Anthony Thomas, WR, Oregon
If teams begin to fall for De'Anthony Thomas the way I have over the past couple months, then it's highly unlikely the Oregon running back is hanging around in the sixth round.
But then again, we've seen wilder things happen.
You'll notice I have Thomas listed as a wideout rather than a running back, and that's because a team will get the very most out of him from the slot receiver position. He has top-notch acceleration and speed, underrated hands and the ability to score every time he touches the ball. But running a small-frame track star between the tackles will only limit how long he lasts in the NFL.
Instead, adding Thomas to an arsenal with Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed and perhaps Donte Moncrief would help to increase the offense's explosiveness and playmaking ability.
Not to mention, the Redskins' special teams were beyond pitiful last season, and Thomas offers help as both a kick and punt returner.
You can check out some of my personal notes on Thomas, here.
Round 7: Pick 2
Jay Bromley, DL, Syracuse
The closer we get to draft day, the higher Jay Bromley's stock will likely rise. Teams are going to appreciate his athleticism, his versatility and his ability to rush the quarterback in the pass-happy NFL.
The Redskins lacked a pass rush for much of last season, and upgrading the defensive line will help the entire front seven. Bromley is a leaner defensive tackle but with a knack for getting after the passer. He's quick off the line, active with his hands and a constant worker.