Manny's 2012 Washington Redskins NFL Mock Draft

Manny GeraldoCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2012

Manny's 2012 Washington Redskins NFL Mock Draft

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    As a Ravens fan quipped last week at Pickles Pub in Baltimore, "didn't the Redskins have a bye season?," it has seemed that way to fans for say, the last decade.

    Only John Travolta has arguably suffered more in the 2000s. Three Razzie nominations? Battlefield Earth? Domestic Disturbance? Old Dogs?  C'mon John!

    This is Shanahan and Bruce Allen's third draft together. To quote Fabolous, "death comes in threes." This is the pivotal draft that will either propel the Redskins' future to success or keep them mired in futility.

    In other words, this is a DAMN IMPORTANT DRAFT!

    This serves as my first mock draft of 2012, but do not fret, as there will surely be more. Without mock drafts, how else would we get through the work day?


Round 1: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

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    No need for introductions here. One word describes this pick -------> JACKPOT!

Round 2: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin

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    The Redskins' offensive line is one of the worst in the league.

    The interior of the line is the weak link on a weak line. The 'Skins need to address the guard position if the running game is going to improve.

    The Badgers always boast one of the best offensive lines in the country. Their linemen are well coached and adept at run blocking. Zeitler has done a great job all season opening the lanes for Heisman candidate Montee Ball.

    Zeitler would be a mainstay for the next decade.

Round 3: Winston Guy Jr., S, Kentucky

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    LaRon Landry is a beast on the field...when he's on the field.

    "Dirty 30" has ended consecutive seasons on the injured reserve list, and his health is a major concern for a 27-year-old safety becoming a free agent. The 'Skins will likely franchise tag Landry, but drafting either his replacement or his insurance policy is a smart move.

    Guy is an above-average player on a below-average team. He's a tackling machine (120 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss) and a hard hitter with good speed and discipline.

    Guy is a great value selection in the third round.

Round 4, No. 1: Evan Rodriguez, TE, Temple

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    Fred Davis was putting together a great season before his lack of discipline and love for the marijuana resulted in a four-game suspension.

    With his status in doubt for next year and Cooley's health a concern, the Redskins needs to find another receiving tight end. The NFL has become tight end friendly, and TEs are a rookie quarterback's security blanket.

    Evan Rodriguez is a big and fast tight end in the same vain as Aaron Hernandez, who was coached by current Owls head coach Steve Addazio while at Florida.

    If Davis is eligible to play all next season, Rodriguez would be a great complement as well as a replacement for Cooley whose days in a Redskins' jersey are likely numbered.

Round 4, No. 2 (from Oakland): Carmen Messina, ILB, New Mexico

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    I originally thought wide receiver with this selection, but Moss returns along with Gaffney, and I'm anxious to see what strides Leonard Hankerson will make in his second season.

    I'm also secretly hoping that the Redskins make a play for Robert Meachem in the free-agency period. As great as London Fletcher is (and he's great), he's 36 years old, and the defense must prepare for life after London, even if it's not for another two seasons (again, he's great).

    It's unclear whether Rocky McIntosh is going to be a Redskin next season, and I'm not all the way sold on Perry Riley. Mesina was an All-Mountain West first-team selection after recording 142 tackles (including 21 tackles against Boise State) and three sacks this past season.

    He's a great tackler with sound fundamentals, and with Fletcher's tutelage, could develop into a productive starter.

Round 5: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California

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    Schwartz has been a solid offensive lineman for the Bears, and his 50 career starts speaks to his durability as a player.

    Has started at both tackle positions and has great size at 6'6", 318.

    Schwartz would provide depth behind both Trent Williams and Jammal Brown.

Round 6: Derek Moye, WR, Penn State

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    Moye had a disappointing senior season after showing so much promise during his junior season.

    However, with the PSU scandal and the lack of a passing game, Moye still managed to put together a solid senior season.

    Moye is a raw talent, but the potential is worth a draft pick. He's an experienced receiver with good speed and at 6'5" could be a monster in jump ball situations.

    The 'Skins lack height at the receiver position, and a player with his ability and height could present scary matchups, especially in the end zone.

Round 7: Greg McCoy, CB/KR, TCU

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    McCoy is an average cornerback but an excellent kick returner.

    CBS Sports named him a first-team All-American after he ranked fourth nationally with a 31.6 kickoff return average, including two touchdowns on the seasons.

    Paired with Brandon Banks, McCoy would give the Redskins a dangerous return team duo.