It’s the offseason! Now’s when things get fun. I did a seven round mock draft, pretending to be Doug Williams and Co. and find the next generation of young Redskins.
Round 1 – Da’Ron Payne, DT (Alabama)
Payne continues a trend of the Redskins looking to the Crimson Tide for defensive help. In 2017, they went for Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson back to back, and Payne will allow them to keep building their defense with another stud defensive lineman from a school they love, and reunite him with Jonathan Allen, one of his close friends on his college team.
Round 2 – Mark Walton, RB (Miami)
Walton is a day one starter, who can immediately help a stale Redskins running game. He moves with quickness and possess a burst that no one else on the Redskins roster has. Add him, and you have a three headed monster of Walton, Perine and Thompson. That should make Alex Smith’s life a lot easier as the season wears on.
Round 4 – JC Jackson, CB (Maryland)
Jackson is a physical freak, who will impress at the combine, with film that jumps off the screen at you. Off-field concerns led to his dismissal from the Florida Gators program, but DJ Durkin’s group at Maryland has been able to reach Jackson, and he’s turned his life around since his arrival in the DMV. Keep him in town where he’s comfortable, and you could find a nice replacement for Kendall Fuller at a great value.
Round 5 – Dante Pettis, WR (Washington)
Pettis fills two needs, as he can return kicks and punts while possessing great lateral quickness and straight line speed. He’s fast, elusive, and does a lot of damage after the catch. Jay Gruden can scheme him open, and Alex Smith can deliver passes that allow Pettis to do his thing. Pettis passed Desean Jackson for PAC-12 all-time return TDs, and can use those skills while he learns an NFL playbook.
Round 6 – Dorian O’Daniel, LB (Clemson)
O’Daniel was a tackling machine in Ben Boulware’s absence, and can immediately contribute on Special Teams, as he did in college. He provides athletic depth at a position of need. Just a good fit all around.
Round 7 – Joe Ostman, EDGE (Central Michigan)
Ostman is a high-motor guy who has a reputation for a mean streak. Sounds exactly like the kind of player Washington has been targeting under the current staff’s leadership. His showing in the East-West shrine game should have landed him firmly on Greg Manusky’s radar.
Round 7 – Van Smith, S (Clemson)
Smith was progressing nicely in his development when he abruptly declared for the draft this winter, a year earlier than scouts thought he should. This is a similar situation to Bashaud Breeland, where a guy needs some time to develop raw ability. The Redskins appear poised to have some depth at Safety, and can allow Smith to learn and develop under Torrian Gray and his group.
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