NFL Mock Draft 7.0

The NFL draft is drawing near, with the first round just two weeks from Thursday!

Our friends at Fan Speak have a mock draft feature, complete with the full 7 rounds.

This is our 7th NFL Mock draft and in this episode we offer a pair of mocks, with the two freshest player databases available. (FanSpeak and CBS Sports) The databases are updated most every Tuesday, providing fresh rankings.

Of course the best and longest running mock draft database is right here at DC Pro Sports Report, with 183 already online.

For more information on each player, simply selected the hyperlink embedded in his name.

CBS Database (Updated April 12)

21: R1 P21
CB MACKENSIE ALEXANDER
rSO 5-10 190
CLEMSON

53: R2 P22
ILB KENTRELL BROTHERS
SR 6-1 235
MISSOURI

84: R3 P21
DL CHRIS JONES
JR 6-6 310
MISSISSIPPI STATE

120: R4 P22
RB ALEX COLLINS
JR 5-11 224
ARKANSAS

158: R5 P19
C EVAN BOEHM
SR 6-2 302
MISSOURI

187: R6 P12
QB KEVIN HOGAN
SR 6-4 228
STANFORD

232: R7 P11
CB KEIVARAE RUSSELL
JR 5-11 190
NOTRE DAME

242: R7 P21
WR DE’RUNNYA WILSON
JR 6-5 224
MISSISSIPPI STATE

Entire 7 rounds of draft HERE

NOTES: The 2016 NFL draft features a half dozen playmakers at cornerback. Conversely, it may hold the deepest defensive tackle crop in recent memory. If the Skins want an impact corner, they need to make the selection in the first round, as the top talent at the position will be gone by the time they select in day two. Mackensie Alexander is much like his former Clemson teammate Bashaud Breeland, both players departing after their redshirt sophomore seasons. Make the pick and sit back and enjoy the best pair of cover corners in the NFC east, for at least the remainder of the decade. Kentrell Brothers is a thumper at inside linebacker and may offer even more than the highest expectations for the departed Keenan Robinson. You like Preston Smith? Well, his former Mississippi State teammate, defensive lineman Chris Jones has an even higher ceiling. The former 5-star recruit is tall enough to disrupt passing lanes and strong enough to anchor a three man line. Alex Collins is thought by many to be the #3 back in this draft class, but when all is said and done, may emerge as the most productive. 20 touchdowns in the SEC last season gives you a glimpse of his productivity. Evan Boehm is my favorite center in the draft. The former Missouri All-SEC selection is described as a coke machine with arms and legs. ‘Nuff said. If you have viewed our first six NFL mocks, you will have noticed that Kevin Hogan is a regular selection. He doesn’t have the big arm, but he fits very nicely into Jay Gruden’s scheme, with a skill set, not unlike Kirk Cousins. Keivarae Russell‘s talent evaluation varies wildly by scout, we find him available in round 7 in the CBS database, yet many have him as a day two selection. I can’t think of a player whose draft value was more negatively impacted by the combine than former Mississippi State wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson. The 6’5″ dual sport star (Basketball) ran slow and didn’t jump well, but was very productive in Starkville, a red zone match-up nightmare.

Fanspeak Database (Updated April 12)

21: R1 P21
CB ELI APPLE
JR 6-1 199
OHIO STATE

53: R2 P22
RB DERRICK HENRY
JR 6-3 242
ALABAMA

84: R3 P21
ILB JAYLON SMITH
JR 6-2 235
NOTRE DAME

120: R4 P22
DT MALIEK COLLINS
JR 6-2 311
NEBRASKA

158: R5 P19
DE SHAWN OAKMAN
SR 6-8 287
BAYLOR

187: R6 P12
C AUSTIN BLYTHE
rsSR 6-2 298
IOWA

232: R7 P11
QB KEVIN HOGAN
SR 6-4 228
STANFORD

242: R7 P21
CB/S BRIAN POOLE
SR 5-10 210
FLORIDA

Entire 7 rounds of draft HERE

NOTES: Eli Apple emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation in 2015. Long and athletic, Apple and Breeland would give the Redskins a pair of top cover corners for years to come. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry is the prototype battering ram. Henry grows stronger as the game goes on and has enough speed to break long runs. Matt Jones would be better served in a committee role, with Chris Thompson as the third down, change of pace back. Jaylon Smith was the top linebacker in the draft and a potential top-5 selection, before a severe knee injury late last season. Smith would be the equivalent of a redshirt, spending the 2016 season in injured reserve. With the return of rookie Martrell Spaight from season long IR, the Skins have enough depth inside to wait a year on Smith. With a dozen interior defensive lineman worthy of selection in the top half of the draft, Maliek Collins would be a nice selection with the 120th overall pick. It would make sense to move the 6’1″ Stephen Paea inside to nose tackle, giving Collins time to develop. The Redskins have, by far, the shortest defensive line in the NFL. Shawn Oakman would help in that regard in a big way. The 6’8″ physical specimen has run across some off the field questions of late, probably enable a selection in the 5th round. The Skins offensive line is beginning to take shape with a nice core of talent. Center remains a work in progress and Austin Blythe would be a nice project, hopefully ready to take over by the Fall of 2017, if not sooner. The Redskins need a developmental quarterback and local product (McLean, VA) Kevin Hogan seems the perfect fit. Hogan has more wins that any quarterback in Stanford history, including Andrew Luck and John Elway. No wide receiver in this mock, because I would like to see Quinton Dunbar get another look at his natural position on offense. Forced into play at corner due to injury last season, former Florida teammate Brian Poole could take his spot in the defensive backfield. Capable at corner and safety, Poole was the third ranked safety coming out of high school in 2012, behind only 1st round picks Shaq Thompson and Landon Collins.

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