Redskins 2016 NFL Draft Order Set

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Earlier today the NFL announced the selection order for the 2016 NFL Draft and, just like last year, the Washington Redskins will go to Chicago with eight picks. Here they are:

  • No. 21 (1st round)
  • No. 53 (2nd round)
  • No. 84 (3rd round)
  • No. 120 (4th round)
  • No. 158 (5th round)
  • No. 187 (6th round, from the Saints)
  • No. 232 (7th round, from the Buccaneers)
  • No. 242 (7th round)

Last year, Washington traded it’s 2016 sixth round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for safety Dashon Goldson and Tampa’s seventh round pick in 2016. So that extra seventh round pick is from them. Washington made up for the loss of that sixth round pick in a deal with the New Orleans Saints last year, effectively replacing the one the Skins traded to Tampa. This all turns out to be a good deal for Washington because the Skins would have had the 197th selection, but they gave that to Tampa. The pick from New Orleans is the 187th selection, so Washington moved up ten spots in the sixth round — for whatever that is worth.

As I mentioned, the Skins went to Chicago with eight picks last year and wound up with ten by the time new general manager Scot McCloughan was done wheeling and dealing.

Last year, Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan parlayed eight picks into 10. Earlier this month, McCloughan said he wanted to come out of the 2016 draft with 12 picks.

“The thing is, the more you kind of swing at it, the more chances you’ve got to hit,” McCloughan said from the annual NFL Owners Meetings in Boca Raton, Florida earlier this month. “And I think last year we had a solid draft – we got some guys that came in and helped us win a division – we’re going to keep adding to it. And the more picks I can get, the more younger guys – the more healthier guys – I’m going that route.”

McCloughan’s desire for more than seven picks in the draft is driven by his belief that good NFL rosters are built through the draft, not free agency.

“I preach and preach and preach and I’ll never change: you build through the draft,” he told the Redskins website. “You identify your own – who can play, but not just from a talent standpoint, but from a personality standpoint, character standpoint, a passion standpoint, a competitive standpoint where you know, ‘This guy fits what we’re looking for. We can build on these guys.’ And they teach younger guys how to do it.”

The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Chicago.

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  • i love the new team building strategy that SM uses . . . and I read an article from John Keim a while back basically calling the last 2 drafts successes and stating that IF we can have a good draft this year it will be the first time in over 30 years that the Skins have had 3 successful drafts in a row . . . here’s to hope!!!

  • Interesting. I’m not sure the 2014 Draft was successful. The Skins had no first round pick that year. The second round pick was Trent Murphy. He’s okay, but not a starter [not once Junior Galette is healthy] and ideally you want a starter from the second round. In the third round, Morgan Moses looks like a winner, but I’m not sure we can say the same thing about Spencer Long. If he develops into a good starting center or guard, that’s a win, but he hasn’t done that yet. In the fourth round, Bashaud Breeland was obviously a big win. That pick worked out brilliantly. In the fifth round, Ryan Grant looks like a marginal NFL player to me. He got lots of good press early, but he doesn’t do much in real games. After that, Lache Seastruck, Ted Bolser and Zach Hocker were all cut. So we got one very good player [Breeland], one good player [Moses] and a couple of question markes in Murphy and Long. Not a terrible draft, but not a great one either.

  • The 2015 draft, on the other hand, was definitely a big success.

  • i think 2014 was pretty good . . . getting a starting corner, a starting tackle, a starting guard/center and a contributing LB/DE is a pretty decent haul . . . if grant contributes anything it will be even better

  • I think it’s a good draft if anything comes from Spencer Long. He didn’t impress me last year. They’re going to try him at center because he didn’t do well at guard. If he solves the problem at center, he’s a win. Otherwise, he’s a wasted 3rd round pick. The Breeland pick is really the cream of that crop.

  • i thought he did a pretty good job pass blocking, especially later in the year . . . but was not very good run blocking . . . but i do think there is a good chance, with his build and playing style, that he becomes a quality center . . . i guess we’ll find out.

  • Thomas Threlkeld wasn’t the consensus on Long by the end of the season that he was equal to or surpassed Luvauo in performance? If the rumors are true that they plan to test him at center in camps them he must be view positively within Redskins park. True they’d like a bigger option than 78 or a better snapper than 67, but the impression I get is that he is viewed as one of their 5 best OL. If you view him on a par with Moses then, you have 3 starters from one draft. The major detriment of course being Murphy overdrafted and ill suited as a 3-4 OLB.

  • I never heard that Long was viewed as equal to Lauvao. [Not that Lauvao is any great shakes himself.] The fact that Long was one of the five best healthy lineman on the roster last season doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a good player. My understanding is the Skins view Arie Kouandjio as an eventual upgrade to Long and Lauvao at guard and moving Long to center is a last-ditch effort to get something out of the draft pick. Lauvao is a mystery since he’s had multiple surgeries since his injury in September 2015 and may never be suitable to start an NFL game again. I think the Skins understand that Kory Lichtensteiger is under-sized at center and really only appropriate for a zone blocking scheme and they would like to move him out. Since Josh LeRibeus was such a poor center last season [another wasted 3rd round pick], Long is their last hope of finding a center on the roster. If he fails, they’ll have to look outside the roster. I hear lots of talk about the Skins drafting Ryan Kelly from Notre Dame, but it seems high to take a center at 21 and I doubt he will still be on the board when they select again at 53. Still, it wouldn’t shock me to see the Skins take a center in the 2016 draft. I certainly wouldn’t want to go into training camp with Spencer Long as my only option.

  • I think it was Cooley who made the 61 77 assessment.

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