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    • BBQ Guest Mock: Ian Cummings, Riggo's Rag

      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.

      Today, we bring you the second guest mock of the off-season and it comes from a familiar friend – Ian Cummings of Riggo’s Rag and twitter. He has provided draft analysis and Redskins analysis for several years now. Ian continues to hone his craft each year during the in-season and off-season as he continues on a path to a career in sports journalism. He is one of the best Redskins analysts out there and it is always an honor and pleasure to feature his work here.

      BBQ now resumes the guest mocks each week until early April and we will feature a Redskins fan/mock specialist. It became a popular feature last year and we are happy to bring it back to BGO.

      In this mock from Ian, he goes in depth and provides what the Redskins could do in the draft – all with detailed analysis. I enjoyed reading it earlier and I hope you enjoy it as well.

      Be sure to follow him on twitter at:

      Without any further delays, let’s take a look at Ian’s mock and free agency prognostication.

      Ian’s Seven Round Mock:

      Hey, guys! Thanks for having me on the site. I recently did a seven-round mock draft over at Riggo’s Rag ( https://riggosrag.com/2019/02/01/red...-embrace-tank/ ), so I’ve intentionally mixed it up a bit in this mock (although there are some similarities). If you want to see that mock, you can check it out on Riggo’s Rag. But for now, here’s my guest mock for BGO:

      Round 1 - Oklahoma OL Cody Ford
      There were a number of worthy options at this juncture, with Jachai Polite, Greedy Williams, D.K. Metcalf, T.J. Hockensen, and two safeties garnering consideration. But after seeing how much the Patriots’ offensive line opened up for them in the Super Bowl, and how imperative that unit was to the offense’s success as a whole, I decided to prioritize the Redskins’ void at left guard by drafting Oklahoma lineman Cody Ford. Ford was a tackle in college, but he should translate well to the interior in the pros. With plus athleticism, mobility, and power, and a hunger for dominance that’s never quenched, Ford’s addition would immediately elevate a Redskins offense that needs a facelift, and fast.

      Round 2 - Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler
      The size-speed combo had a heavy influence on the Redskins first pick in this mock, and that’s no different in Round 2. Washington needs a dynamic playmaker on offense, and Hakeem Butler is exactly that. In his final season with the Cyclones, Butler logged 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns on just 60 receptions, good for an average yards per reception of 22.0. At 6-foot-6, 225, Butler has the frame to be a dominant vertical receiver, but he also has the athleticism to develop other aspects of his game. Coupled with Paul Richardson’s speed (He’s costing $8 million a year so that experiment isn’t done yet), Butler could be a great get.

      Round 3 - Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox
      Call this a “looks the part” pick. You wouldn’t be wrong. Knox wasn’t particularly productive in his collegiate career. With three Day 1-2 caliber receivers competing for catches around him, Knox never came close to being the focal point of the Rebels offense. That said, he flashed a number of traits, such as athleticism and body control, that will bode well for him as a receiving tight end in the NFL. He’s already a decent blocker, which would be an upgrade for the Redskins. And in time, he could develop into a No. 1 tight end.

      Round 3 (Compensatory Pick) - Boston College S Will Harris
      Now to defense. With two starting slots pending at safety, I needed a safety who projected as a starter in the NFL, or at least that kind of upside. At the tail end of Round 3, many of the options were picked clean, and I found myself deciding between Iowa’s Amani Hooker and Boston College’s Will Harris. Hooker is undoubtedly talented; he comes from a pure football player factory in Iowa, and he has the smarts and the on-ball production to intrigue. I wanted a safety with a little more upside, however, and so I decided on Will Harris, a 6-foot-2 defensive back who’s a surprisingly fluid mover for his size. He impressed in the Senior Bowl, and if his on-field traits are confirmed by a good combine performance, he’ll be hard to pass up.

      Round 5 - North Dakota State QB Easton Stick
      I picked Easton Stick in Round 5 in my Riggo’s Rag mock draft as well. Why? Because he’s really the only developmental quarterback prospect I like this late. Brett Rypien is the most attractive option outside of the first two rounds, but he didn’t last this far. Still, Stick has his perks that make him stand out among the remaining prospects. He’s mobile, which is an automatic plus, and almost a necessity, in Jay Gruden’s West Coast scheme. He has a somewhat elastic arm, and he plays with a competitive fire. That said, the intangible aspects of Stick’s game need major refinement. But that’s why he goes here. He’s a project and some young insurance for a Redskins quarterback room that desperately needs it.

      Round 5 (Compensatory Pick) - James Madison CB Jimmy Moreland
      I love some of the mid-round cornerback prospects in this draft, and Jimmy Moreland is no exception. Feisty and flash-like on the field, Moreland transcends his size (5-foot-11, 175) to make an impact on every play. With ball exceptional ball skills, he logged 18 interceptions and 63 pass deflections over the course of his career at James Madison. His size may cause him to drop in the draft, but he has the traits to be an eventual starter, if he can add weight. With Josh Norman only getting older and less cost-effective, this is the kind of investment the Redskins need to make.

      Round 6 - Notre Dame LB Drue Tranquill
      If you ask me, the Redskins need at inside linebacker isn’t really a need at all. Reuben Foster should factor into the starting equation as long as his situation checks out, and Zach Brown, while he wasn’t great last year, still provided starting-quality play. And if the team decides to part ways with both Brown and Mason Foster, Shaun Dion Hamilton not only showed promise, but stayed healthy, which was the biggest concern surrounding his game when he was drafted. The Redskins 2019 starters could very well be on the roster, but depth can still be added. That’s where Notre Dame’s Drue Tranquill comes in. He doesn’t stand out from a traits perspective, and he’ll be 24 in his rookie season. But Tranquill brings energy and awareness, and at the very least, he can be an effective spot-starter or coverage linebacker.

      Round 7 - Northern Illinois EDGE Sutton Smith
      I really wanted to take an offensive tackle at some point in this draft, but it just wasn’t in the cards. By the time I got to this pick, most of the options were gone. So instead, I went with Sutton Smith, the Northern Illinois edge rusher who logged 56.5 tackles for loss and 29.0 sacks in two seasons as a full-time starter. At 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, Smith is drastically undersized as an edge, but he has a tireless motor and has good quickness. The Redskins could play around with Sutton a bit, and use him as a versatile reserve chess piece at linebacker. At worst, he’s a solid special teams contributor.

      BBQ’s Thoughts:
      Thanks to Ian for a highly detailed examination of what the Redskins could do in the draft. He put a lot of thought and work to it. Feel free to comment on any aspect of what he has written here.

      BBQ will have a mock draft tomorrow.

      Again, be sure to follow Ian on twitter at:

      Riggo’s Rag is located at:
      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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