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    • Today's BBQ Mock: 2/8/19

      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 now two and a half 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 about 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 no longer feature two mocks each week. There is no way Alex Smith will play in 2019 and his career is likely over.

      Upcoming Dates:
      - Days until the NFL Combine: 18
      - Days until the opening of Free Agency: 34
      - Days until the NFL Draft: 76
      - Days until the 2019 Regular Season Opener: 209

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

      Round One: Clelin Ferrell, OLB, Clemson
      Grabbing one of the best players from a national champion has been a strategy for the Redskins in recent years, but this time the player comes from Clemson. Clelin Ferrell is an elite talent at edge. He has elite pass rushing skills. He has an elite motor that never stops. His strength is elite. Ferrell will need to adjust from having is hand in the dirt on the line of scrimmage to a stand up 3-4 linebacker, but should make the transition smoothly.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Cody Ford, G/OT, Oklahoma
      T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
      A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
      Montez Sweat, Edge/OLB, Mississippi St.
      Jachai Polite, Edge/OLB, Florida
      Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
      Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

      Round Two: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
      As an established offensive weapon, Deebo Samuel started to catch the attention of scouts by his second year for the Gamecocks. Excellent route running skills. Superior moves against the elite cornerbacks of the SEC cemented his legacy at South Carolina in 2018. Samuel has solid speed to go with his elusiveness – he can gain major chunks of yardage after a catch. If he has a step on any defender, Samuel is a sure bet to reach the end zone.

      Other Possible Picks:
      D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
      J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
      Jaquan Johnson, SS, Miami
      Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St.
      Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
      Nasir Adderly, FS/SS, Delaware
      DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Mississippi
      Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

      Round Three: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
      Sternberger could start from day one, but probably needs to add ten to fifteen pounds of bulk and muscle to his long frame. He is an absolute monster after the catch and can drag a defender (sometimes two defenders) twenty or thirty yards with ease. He has a solid receiving skillset and is not afraid to go over the middle. Fantastic red zone target. Routinely goes up high for jump ball catches. Typically wins any contested catch. Very good blocker, but still some room for improvement.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
      J.R. Reed, SS, Georgia
      Brett Rypien, QB, Boise St.
      Jalen Jelks, OLB, Oregon
      Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St.
      Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
      Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina St.
      Juan Thornhill, SS, Virginia
      Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
      Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
      Connor McGovern, OC/OG, Penn St.
      David Sills, WR, West Virginia
      Michael Deiter, OG, Wisconsin

      Round Three (Comp Pick): Brett Rypien, QB, Boise St.
      Rypien is probably the most pro-ready player in this draft, but there is still room to grow and learn. Quick release makes him difficult to sack. Solid mechanics. Decent accuracy. Superb pocket passer and solid pocket awareness. Able to go through his progressions quickly, effectively, and cleanly. Good mobility and can extend plays as needed. Hits receivers in stride, thus allowing for extra yards after the catch. Needs to learn how to deal with pressure and should add about ten to fifteen pounds of bulk to his frame.

      Round Five: 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 he 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.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
      Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
      Iman Marshall, CB, Southern California
      Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
      Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
      Carl Granderson, OLB, Wyoming
      Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama St.
      Juwan Johnson, WR, Penn St.
      Corbin Kaufusi, DE, Brigham Young
      Trace McSorley, QB, Penn St.
      Lester Cotton, OG, Alabama

      Round Five (Comp Pick): Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
      Ozigbo is certainly not the most accomplished running back in the 2019 draft, but he has skills that definitely will serve him well at the next level. At 6’0”, 235, this Cornhusker is strong and powerful. He will not run away from defenders and is not a downhill threat, but Ozigbo will run through those same defenders and can gain five to eight yards with ease. Good receiver on screens and short passes. Typically takes three or four tacklers to bring him down.

      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:
      Chuma Edoga, OT, Southern Cal
      Mecole Harman, WR, Georgia
      Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
      Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, Georgia
      Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
      Kingsley Keke, DE/DT, Texas A&M
      Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock

      Round Seven: Joe Dineen, ILB, Kansas
      Joe Dineen is a tackling machine and is superb in both the rushing defense and pass coverage. However, he will need to make his marks on special teams early in his career. He is deceptively quick and rarely makes mistakes. If Dineen can find his niche as a special teamer and as a quality backup as a linebacker, then his career in the NFL could be a lengthy stay.

      Other Possible Picks:
      Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville
      Ului Lapuaho, OT, BYU
      Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
      Olive Sagapolu, DT, Wisconsin
      Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford
      Ulysees Gilbert, ILB, Akron
      Keelan Doss, WR, California
      Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
      Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse
      Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri

      In Conclusion
      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. The extra seventh rounder that the Redskins were projected to receive will not happen due to the NFL’s Rule of 32. As a result, 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 late 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 latest mock today. We will have another mock 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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