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      Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mocks, Camps, OTAs, Roster Predictions, 2019

      Greetings from BBQ to everyone in BGO land and guests from social media – we hope you become a member here.

      The 2019 NFL draft is just under four months away, but it will be here before you know it. It’s a bit early in the process, but we do have a few ideas what the team needs in late April. The process of team building never ends and BBQ is about to take a look at what could happen later this spring.

      Will BBQ match or surpass the success that it had with the 2018 mocks? It will be difficult and very challenging, but it is a task that we embrace. With that kind of success, we truly believe it helps the members of BGO to focus on the players who are prospects that the Redskins are seeking. It feels good to provide everyone here with the kind of service you expect from BBQ.

      We will feature two mocks each week – one that features a successful return of quarterback Alex Smith and one that features him not returning. This mock has him not returning – whether it be by PUP, IR, or forced retirement.

      Without any further delays, let’s take our latest look at the 2019 draft with this mock.

      Round One: Jachai Polite, Edge/OLB, Florida
      Jachai Polite the Elite. He is truly elite and will have an immediate impact opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Good speed. Takes several angles towards the quarterback. A likely double digit sack edge rusher in his first year. Big and strong at 6’2”, 260. Deceptive moves can throw a left tackle off at times. He does have a bull rush, but relies more on the way he moves. Very good spin moves. Solid body control and excellent mental focus. Highly competitive at all times.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Cody Ford, G/OT, Oklahoma
      Clelin Ferrell, OLB, Clemson
      A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
      Montez Sweat, Edge/OLB, Mississippi St.
      Jachai Polite, Edge/OLB, Florida
      Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
      Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St.
      Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

      Round Two: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
      Arcega-Whiteside could be the most accomplished receiver prospect in the 2019 draft. He has elite skills and is simply a master at all of the tree routes. Routinely makes incredible catches. A true highlight reel. Ability to separate from defenders on a regular basis. A powerful red zone target – fades and slants are a specialty. Long strides give him an advantage over safeties. Often gains good yardage after the catch.

      Other Possible Picks:
      D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
      Rashan Gary, DE/OLB, Michigan
      Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina St.
      Jaquan Johnson, SS, Miami
      Brett Rypien, QB, Boise St.
      Jalen Jelks, OLB, Oregon
      Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
      Nasir Adderley, SS/FS, Delaware

      Round Three: Juan Thornhill, SS, Virginia
      D.J. Swearinger alienated coaches and players alike in recent weeks and the Redskins released him. Juan Thornhill can step in on day one and be even better than Swearinger. Thornhill is a smart and savvy player at strong safety. He has good size, speed, and the intangibles to excel at the next level.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
      J.R. Reed, SS, Georgia
      Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St.
      Germaine Pratt, ILB, North Carolina St.
      Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
      Connor McGovern, OC/OG, Penn St.
      David Sills, WR, West Virginia
      Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

      Round Three (Comp Pick): Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota St.
      Easton Stick has been steadily rising on draft boards for several months now and for good reasons. He’s a winner and there have been a few whispers that Stick is a better prospect than another Bison product – Carson Wentz. Comparisons aside, Stick can make all the throws accurately. He is also accurate on the run. Consistently goes through his progressions quickly. NDSU utilizes a pro-style system. Very good mechanics. Solid pocket passer, but can effectively scramble when needed.

      Round Five: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
      Jordan Reed can’t stay healthy for an entire season it seems and Vernon Davis could be a cap casualty. Isaac Nauta is a solid route runner who can stretch the field. Dependable receiver. Blue collar type of worker who is an effective blocker in the rushing offense and on screens and downfield passes. Has the ability to leave linebackers in his dust. Has the ability to separate from slot corners.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
      Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
      Corbin Kaufusi, DE, Brigham Young
      Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
      Max Scharping, OT/OG, Northern Illinois
      Juwan Johnson, WR, Penn St.
      Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
      Lester Cotton, OG, Alabama

      Round Five (Comp Pick): Max Scharping, OT/OG, Northern Illinois
      Max Scharping is a good tackle, but he has the skills and traits that will likely move him to the inside at the next level. A bit too stiff to play tackle in the NFL, but would be much better inside. Good in pass protection. Good in the rushing offense. Would need a year in the league in order to adjust to the next level. Could be a reliable left guard after learning the position. Excellent size. Smart player and quick learner – with such traits, he could be a starter by mid-season.

      Round Six (Comp Pick): Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Virginia
      How would you like a receiver who has running back skills and combines his talents to look like a Larry Centers and Chris Thompson type of player? Highly underrated. Lack of height will hurt him in the draft (5’8”, 200), but he has the speed and power to be a much more durable player than Thompson. He has been the leading receiver for Virginia over the years.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Joe Dineen, ILB, Kansas
      Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, Georgia
      Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
      Carl Granderson, OLB, Wyoming
      Kingsley Keke, DE/DT, Texas A&M
      Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock

      Round Seven: Ului Lapuaho, OT, BYU
      It’s no secret that Ty Nsekhe struggled this past season in backup duty and will be in his mid-thirties this year. Ului Lapuaho at 6’7”, 330 is similar in size to Nsekhe and would bring a youthful infusion to the tackles. Hailing from the state of Utah, the massive lineman has served his Mormon mission (Australia) and is likely ready to be a quality backup at the next level.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville
      Olive Sagapolu, DT, Wisconsin
      Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh
      Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford
      Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
      Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse
      Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri

      The extra sixth round comp pick that the Redskins had recently was surrendered when Terrelle Pryor was released late in the season by the Jets. As a result of that transaction, the Redskins will now receive only three comp picks in the 2019 draft (3rd, 5th, 6th). When free agency opens, the changes to the roster will also have an effect on the draft. Mocks in January look much different than mocks in the spring. For now, we can only speculate based on current team needs and performance to date.

      There is your second mock today. We will have two mocks again next Friday. The mocks will continue to be posted this winter and early spring, then the volume of mocks will increase as we get closer to the draft.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mocks, Camps, OTAs, Roster Predictions, 2019 started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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