2011 NFL Mock Draft: Washington Redskins 7-Round Projections
It is hard putting together an accurate mock draft considering all the Washington Redskins’ possibilities, including potential trades. Coach Mike Shanahan has hinted in recent days that he may want to trade up, but with few chips in their hands, the Redskins may struggle to find a feasible, mutually beneficial trade.
While the New England Patriots seem to be the best trading partner for the Redskins, coach Bill Belichick has hinted that he has many suitors and is probably eyeing better trades out there. No other teams appear desperate enough to trade two mid-round picks for the 10th spot. And that’s not even considering the strategy that goes into trading for future draft picks.
A whole book could be written evaluating the potential trades the Redskins could make in this draft. For simplicity’s sake, I am thus going to assume the Redskins keep the picks they have.
First Round, Pick 10 (10), Cameron Jordan
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The Redskins’ biggest need is on defense. They came in near last in the league in many of the measures in 2010, and are struggling to adjust to the 3-4. Albert Haynesworth has proven himself to be a useless load of weight that the team needs to shed immediately.
The Redskins’ defense could use a quality pass rusher to fill in at OLB and a nose tackle to replace Haynesworth. But a pass rusher could have the most immediate impact.
Cameron Jordan is an athletic, dominating pass rusher who has played the 3-4 and is known for his versatility and good work ethic. He would fit well into the team and is at the top of the draft pool at defensive end.
Unless the Redskins can work a good trade, a player of this caliber will not be available by their next pick in the second round.
Second Round, Pick 9 (41), Colin Kaepernick
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At this point in the draft, it seems the best tackles who could fill in at the nose will have already been taken. This position is in high demand, and teams such as the Bears could snatch up players like Marvin Austin at the end of the first round.
Unless a true tackling gem happens to drop, the Redskins should use this pick on a quarterback who can be developed as an eventual starter. Here, I think Colin Kaepernick would be a great pick.
Kaepernick is intelligent, hard-working and has great abilities both in the pocket and running outside of it. Though he played at Nevada, maybe not in the best league, he smashed a lot of records in college and seems capable of becoming a solid NFL quarterback.
Fifth Round, Pick 13 (144), Darvin Adams
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A fairly deep class of wide receivers is available this year, but the position is not a priority need for many teams this season. In that case, the Redskins may be able to snag a quality WR with their third pick.
Darvin Adams has proved his worth as a receiver for the Auburn Tigers, and was one of Cam Newton’s favorite targets there. The Redskins' receiving corps had a frustrating tendency to let well-delivered balls slip through their hands last season which makes this even more of an attractive move. Adams is known for his good hands and catching ability on the run, which will help the Redskin’s solve this problem.
Adams also has the height and vertical jump to get over the defender. In addition to his athletic capabilities, he is known as a hard worker, who would put effort into learning his routes and contributing to the team. The Redskins could use more players like this.
Fifth Round, Pick 24 (155) Jermale Hines
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LaRon Landry was the only safety who was turning in a consistent, quality performance before his injury last year. The Redskins could certainly use another player to add depth to the position.
Jermale Hines of Ohio State has the build and athleticism to become a solid starter and noteworthy NFL player one day. There is a strong chance he will still be available in the fifth round, and many of the other safeties expected to be available at this stage lack his size and speed.
Sixth Round, Pick 12 (177) DJ Young
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The Redskins’ offensive line is another unit that warrants attention. The current roster has let both Jason Campbell and Donovan McNabb get sacked an unacceptable amount of times. Last year’s pick, Trent Williams, has turned in a fine performance so far but more help will be needed to improve the line as a whole.
DJ Young, an OT out of Michigan State, might be able to develop into a viable role. He is a large, athletic player who is aggressive and good at blocking the run. He is also versatile, having played defensive tackle his first two years in college.
Seventh Round, Pick 10 (213) Chris Neild
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Nose tackle is another obvious need for the Redskins that the draft doesn’t seem to have an easy answer for. It may have to be addressed through other means or in next year’s draft. However, there is also the option of taking a NT in the 7th round with lots of upside potential.
Chris Neild would have been a risky choice in the earlier rounds as he lacks some of the measurables, particularly size, to be a top pick. Nevertheless, smaller nose tackles have made it in the NFL, and Neild has been a quality player at West Virginia, capable with his hands and a hard-worker. He has the potential to develop into a solid backup or future starter and is worth the risk in the 7th round.
Seventh Round, Pick 21 (224) Ryan Winterswyk
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In the late rounds, the focus should remain on building up the defense. Here, they can take a chance on a player, and should look for another DE for additional depth.
Ryan Winterswyk is known for possessing good instincts and an aggressive, competitive nature. He has only improved his abilities throughout his college career and has vast upside potential.
His animal instincts could help breathe life and a renewed sense of urgency into a defense led by the lazy Haynesworth.
Seventh Round, Pick 50 (253) Josh Jasper
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The follies of the Redskins’ recent kickers would be comedic if it weren’t so damaging for the team. Sean Suisham proved to be a disaster who couldn’t perform under pressure, and he lost several games for the Redskins in 2009. Graham Gano has several key misses under his own belt.
Josh Jasper is known for being accurate, and more importantly, can maintain himself under pressure. He also has a strong leg. He would be a good pick for this last round, as the Redskins badly need a kicker that has some consistency.