Redskins 7-Round NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The 2016 college football regular season is in the books, save conference championships and a handful of rivalry and Big 12 games. We present the Redskins NFL Draft projection.  An annual exercise at the DC Pro Football Report, a series of mock drafts to preview who the Redskins might select in the NFL draft.

Redskins Mock Draft DCPFR uses FanSpeak’s mock draft simulation, with AI making the selections for the other 31 teams. This is not speculation as to where these players will be selected in the draft, simply a simulation of whom we believe Washington may select, based on available talent in the simulation.

As it stands now, FanSpeak projects the Redskins to select 22nd overall. The current Redskins GM loves the SEC, despite that, the chips fell heavy B1G in this mock. We were tempted to go offense early, but it’s time to add some blue bloods to the defensive unit.

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Redskins NFL Mock draft 1.0
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22: R1 P22
DL MALIK MCDOWELL
MICHIGAN STATE
6’6″ 276
-Play maker can play anywhere along the front, but figures as a 3-4 defensive end.

54: R2 P22
ILB RAEKWON MCMILLIAN
OHIO STATE
6’2″ 243
-Leader of the solid Ohio St. defense, may be even better in NFL.

86: R3 P22
C/G PAT ELFLEIN
OHIO STATE
6’3″ 300
-Most NFL ready offensive line prospect, equally adept at guard or center.

108: R4 P5
DL TACO CHARLTON
MICHIGAN
6’6″ 285
-Much like McDowell, can disrupt anywhere along the defensive front.

125: R4 P22
CB KEVIN KING
WASHINGTON
6’3″ 192
-Secondary leader on best defense west of Bama. Has length the GM loves.

156: R5 P14
RB ELIJAH HOOD
NORTH CAROLINA
6’0″ 220
-Inexplicably underutilized by UNC in ’16, game breaking skills and size to match.

201: R6 P22
S TONY CONNER
OLE MISS
6’0″ 213
-Four year starter is leader of the “Land Shark” defense in Oxford.

202: R6 P23
WR JOSH REYNOLDS
TEXAS A&M
6’4″ 195
-Competing with a trio of 5-star’s, Reynolds is the most productive.

240: R7 P22
QB CHAD KELLY
OLE MISS
6’2″ 224
-Nephew of Jim Kelly, the gunslinger has had some rocky off the field episodes.

Notes: Scoring points has been no problem for the Burgundy and Gold this season, but…. contract issues loom at quarterback and wide receiver. Despite that, we are counting on Kirk Cousins returning and Josh Doctson coming back strong, along with at least one of the two veteran starters at WR. So, we addressed defense in Mock 1.0. The Redskins haven’t drafted a defensive lineman in the first round since Kennard Lang in 1997. Malik McDowell and Taco Charlton would be a great infusion of youth and much needed height on the DL. Raekwon McMillan is a big, nasty, run stopper and would go a long way toward improving a defense that has trouble against the run. Kevin King is a 6’3″ corner and we all know, you can never have enough corners. Tony Conner is a highly decorated, four year starter who would press for playing time early. On the other side of the ball, Chad Kelly will likely go much earlier in the draft, but we couldn’t pass up his potential to compete behind Cousins. Elijah Hood is a three down back with the speed to go the distance, while carrying 220 pounds for between the tackles. Josh Reynolds has been the most consistent receiver on pass happy Texas A&M, despite competing for targets with a trio of highly regarded 5-star recruits. Pat Elflein is the most NFL ready OL prospect in the draft. A guard early on, he has excelled after moving to center this season. Seems like a perfect fit to the existing mix along the OL.