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      Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mock Drafts, Camps, Roster Predictions, 2018

      Greetings from BBQ to everyone in BGO land.

      Today we bring you another guest mock from Redskins fan and Breaking Football blogger, Nathan Britton. Last week, Steve gave us some great insights into the first guest mock – he is also with Breaking Football. Nathan has graciously given some of his time to present us with a superb mock.

      BBQ hopes you are enjoying these guest mocks. Next week will feature another guest – he is a former collegiate Division 1 offensive lineman.

      You can find Breaking Football at @Breaking_FB (twitter) or breakingfootball.com. Nathan provides mocks, free agency updates, and Redskins analysis for them on a regular basis. His insights are always thorough and well-reasoned. You can find him on twitter at @NathanBritton_ and we recommend him and last week’s guest, @SteveDraft_ as follows.

      I hope you appreciate the time and effort he put into this entry on our behalf. His update and mock is presented here in our format with no editing from me. I know you will like his perspectives on each player. I certainly do.

      FYI – we hope to have several more guests over the next month or so with their mocks each week. We will not have a free agency update tomorrow or a prospect update on Thursday. Another BBQ mock arrives on Friday.

      Let’s get right to Nathan’s mock.

      2018 Redskins Draft:

      Round One: Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama:
      Hard to pass on Derrius Guice at this spot but the need for interior pressure and depth along the line is too great to ignore Payne here. Reuniting Johnathan Allen with his college teammate, Payne adds immediate skill up front to help sure up a rather shaky defensive line.

      Round Two: Trade
      Washington receives pick 33 (Cleveland) and gives Su’a Cravens and a 2019 4th round pick (Cravens has burned his bridges with the team and will be moved before the year starts, packaging him and a draft pick should help the skins move up).

      Round Two: Ronald Jones, RB, Southern California:
      Washington has struggled to find a solid run game, and has lacked a true homerun hitter since Clinton Portis was in his prime. Chris Thompson has become a versatile weapon out of the backfield but has shown durability issues, Jones has the blazing speed and vision needed to be successful in the NFL. He has the tools to become the feature back in an offense that needs a true playmaker. If Jones lasts into the second round Washington should make a move to get him.

      Round Four: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech:
      Settle is a big bodied DT who will eat up blocks and add interior pressure to help Allen and Ioannidis get into the backfield. Washington has lacked a true NT for their 3-4 defense and has paid heavily in the run game. At 6’3 320 pounds Settle will help with depth and closing running lanes along the defensive line. Not to mention he is a local kid who has ties to defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.

      Round Five: Kevin Toliver, CB, Louisana St.:
      Losing Kendall Fuller and presumably Brashaud Breeland this offseason, cornerback becomes an area of weakness depth wise. With Norman aging and Fabian Moreau not having shown much, Washington should look to add another young player in the defensive backfield. Toliver is a big physical corner who can come down and help with the run. He is a little raw but with coaching he could turn into a solid piece for Washington.

      Round Six: Cody O’Connell, OG, Washington St.:
      O’Connell will fill a need on the offensive line for Washington. Depth was an issue and starting center Spencer Long and starting guard Shawn Lauvao possibly leaving via free agency, it isn’t getting stronger. O’Connell can come in right away and help alongside Trent Williams and second year center Chase Roullier.

      Round Seven: Ray-Ray McLoud, WR, Clemson:
      Newly acquired QB Alex Smith thrives when he has multiple weapons, the Redskins lack those. Between Jordan Reed’s injuries and Josh Doctson’s slow progression another speedy target should be on Washington’s wish list. McCloud is that guy. He’s got top end speed and is versatile enough to be moved all around the offense. He will be a great option for Jay Gruden and Alex Smith.

      Round Seven: Zach Crabtree, OT, Oklahoma St:
      Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are as tough as it gets, both playing with serious injuries last season. Crabtree can come in and be a solid depth piece in case one of them goes down. He has size and strength to be a solid fill in at the next level should Washington need a replacement plan for one of their tackles.

      Thanks to Nathan for providing us with a great mock to start the week. We will have a guest mock again next week from another expert. BBQ hopes you like these perspectives from Redskins draft and free agent gurus.

      Hail To The Redskins!
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Free Agency, Mock Drafts, Camps, Roster Predictions, 2018 started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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