With bowl season upon us, much of the NFL world is taking a last look at some of the prospects who will be available in the 2017 NFL draft.
Looking ahead, the Redskins have many needs, the biggest on the defensive side of the ball. 109 mocks are currently available in our database, which may be found HERE.
Three players stand out at this juncture, a pair of defensive lineman and an inside linebacker. The Redskins have not used a first round selection on a defensive lineman since Kennard Lang, twenty seasons ago. While Washington spent a second round selection on Su’a Cravens in the 2016 draft, he projects more of a safety, due in large part to size and recent quotes by coaches.
2017 Prospect Profiles
Malik McDowell DL Michigan State-
At 6’6″ 276 pounds, McDowell brings an elite combination of both athleticism and size. Considered a three technique by most, McDowell projects anywhere across a three man front. The junior has a great first step, strong hands and the highest potential ceiling of the position group. Will he be available when the Skins pick? Much depends on how the season plays out.
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Taco Charlton DL Michigan-
Very similar in size at 6’6″ 272 pounds, Taco Charlton has been scouted a five technique. While better suited for the edge, Charlton could play inside, especially in four man fronts, if he adds bulk to his frame. With more agility and balance than his rival Spartan, Charlton can also rush from a stand up stance, much like Redskins outside linebackers do now in the 3-4 scheme.
— Michigan Football (@MichiganGFX) December 1, 2016
Zach Cunningham ILB Vanderbilt-
Cunningham has been one of the fastest rising prospects in this draft class. Arriving in Nashville at barely 200 pounds, Cunningham has added 30 pounds of muscle, without diminishing the athleticism that makes him a special talent. A potential three down starter, Cunningham brings sideline to sideline play, sorely lacking on the current roster. Cunningham is also reliable in coverage.
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— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) December 9, 2016
Other potential defensive lineman, inside linebackers in the first round.
Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
Raekwon McMillan ILB Ohio State
Jonathan Allen DL Alabama
Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M