Washington Redskins Mock Draft 1.0
The Washington Redskins have already addressed some key areas in free agency but will have much more work to do in the 2014 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for Washington, they only have six total picks this year, which does not include a first-round selection. Their first pick will be the second pick in the second round, or the 34th overall pick. Places they will need to draft will be at the cornerback, safety, defensive line and offensive line positions. Even adding a wide receiver or two would be a smart move for the Redskins.
Round 2, Pick 34: CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State)
Roby has been considered one of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft. With Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard and Marcus Roberson projected to go ahead of Roby, the 5-foot-11 corner would be the top prospect at his position left by the time Washington's first pick rolls around.
The 'Skins are in need of some young talent in their secondary with CB David Amerson being the only young, promising player. Roby is a tantalizing pick for Washington as he posted a 4.39 40-yard-dash and 38.5-inch vertical at the combine. The corner also had 35 passes defensed in the past two seasons for the Buckeyes.
Round 3, Pick 66: OG Cyril Richardson (Baylor)
Washington struggled mightily in 2013 in protecting QB Robert Griffin III. If the team wants success for not only it's quarterback but also for its franchise as a whole, it needs to shore up its offensive line.
The signing of free agent OG Shawn Lauvao is a good start, but more improvements are needed. Richardson could go as early as the second round, but could fall nicely into Washington's lap at the second pick in the third round. The Baylor Bear has a past with RGIII, and is a physically appealing prospect as he's 6-foot-5 and 329 pounds.
As veteran OL Will Montgomery is still a free agent, Richardson could be the type of young, raw talent the Redskins could move to the center position.
Round 4, Pick 102: WR Brandon Coleman (Rutgers)
With the signing of WR Andre Roberts this offseason, the Redskins have finally acquired a number two wideout. But what Roberts (5-foot-11) and WR Pierre Garçon (6-foot) still lack is size. While both have speed and Garçon may be deceptively strong for a 6-foot receiver, neither have the ability to go up and contest for a pass or pull one in for an important touchdown.
What impresses most is Coleman's size: 6-foot-6, 225 pounds. Now that's what I'm talking about Washington. In 2013, Coleman only recorded 34 catches, 538 yards and four touchdowns. However, he posted an impressive 43 catches, 718 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012.
In 2013 and 2012, he averaged 15.8 and 16.7 yards per catch. While Coleman may not be a go-to receiver, he has the size and ability to be an end-zone target and to make big gains per catch for the Redskins, something their receivers don't do now.
Round 5, Pick 142: DE Michael Sam (Missouri)
Ah, yes, the most interesting prospect in the draft (outside of QB Johnny Manziel). I've heard all of the negative reports on Sam and his abilities, but I believe the defensive end out of Missouri has something special. He's been described as a "tweener," and posted a horrid 4.91 40-yard-dash, 17 bench press reps and a 25.5 vertical at this year's combine. But he has still managed to be very successful in college despite his poor measurables.
The 6-foot-2, 261 pound defensive end has found a way to be successful despite not having the size, speed or loose enough of hips (seriously, loose hips?). This has to tell you something. This tells me that he has the drive, work ethic and mind to play the sport of football.
Even with the signing of DT Jason Hatcher and DE Clifton Geathers, Washington still needs so more talent and depth. Sam has had success being a pass rusher at Missouri, which is what Washington needs. Since he is a “tweener,” he could rush the pass from the defensive end spot or the outside linebacker position. If all else fails, Sam could be a nice situational pass rusher, depth player or even a special teams guy.
Round 6, Pick 178: SS Vinnie Sunseri (Alabama)
While Washington has some players to throw around at the cornerback positions, they remain pretty thin at their safety spots. FS Brandon Meriweather will be returning to Washington in 2014, but their strong safety spot is questionable as Reed Doughty has started for the Redskins in that position over the past few seasons.
Sunseri would be a strong addition to Washington's defense as he has experience on one of the nation's top collegiate defenses over the past few years. Sunseri was an important starter on the Crimson Tide's defense until his junior season in 2013 was cut short due to a torn ACL on Oct. 19. Before his injury, Sunseri showed impressive ball skills as he had two interceptions in a month and a half in 2013, both of which were returned for touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound strong safety would present Washington with a playmaking ball-hawk that the defense dearly needs.
Round 7, Pick 217: RB De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon)
A running back? Yes, a running back. If there's one thing I've learned over the past few years, it's that GM Bruce Allen loves drafting running backs. Usually former head coach Mike Shanahan would take these running backs and turn them into studs (Clinton Portis, Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Tim Hightower and Ryan Torain), but I feel Allen loves having a plethora of running backs to choose from.
RB De'Anthony Thomas would be a sexy pick for many reasons. First of all, he has shown huge playmaking abilities due to his quickness and elusiveness. He's also proven to be a great receiver besides just carrying the ball. In his three years at Oregon, he recorded 113 catches, 1,296 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns in addition to 1,890 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns on 243 carries (7.77 yard per carry).
Thomas would be a great late-round talent to pick up that Allen and new head coach Jay Gruden could use as a situational player or a kick/punt returner and to round out the running back depth chart.