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    • Burner's Burning Questions: Free Agency, The Mock Drafts, 2016 (Continual Updates)

      Free Agency, The Mock Drafts, 2016 (Continual Updates)


      The new NFL season arrived last week and the Redskins have seen some changes in free agency. We’ll continue to update this BBQ thread as new players are signed and others depart. Today we shift our focus to the upcoming draft. In the coming weeks we will have mocks that focus on no trades, trades, and are BGO member centric. We’ll even feature two or three mocks that are extraordinary. Scot McCloughan has said he would like to get fifteen picks if at all possible. BBQ thinks that is unrealistic, but we will delve into the unusual for the fun of it.

      Feel free to offer your own ideas about the draft, free agency, team cuts, and anything else related to these subjects. Too, we’d like to see your mocks if you are so inclined.

      Without any further delays, let’s take a look at the latest mock for 2016.

      Round One: Vernon Butler, DT/DE, Louisiana Tech
      Simply put, he is strong and able to do the following: bull rush, hold the offensive lineman from making plays, sack the quarterback, generate a consistent pass rush, and contain running backs – often for a loss. The CUSA product’s motor is constantly running and does not stop. A high character person and his focus is always in the right place.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltL6872vGzs
      Other Possible Targets:
      A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
      Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
      Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
      Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
      Sheldon Rankins, DT/DE, Louisville
      Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

      Round Two: William Jackson, CB, Houston
      Here is a little secret. BBQ believes that Jackson could be the best corner prospect in this draft and would be a huge steal for the Redskins. The AAC standout has started to move up according to the pundits and he now receives a second round grade. Any higher? Not sure. Jackson has the overwhelming size that more teams covet. Very physical, but needs to be aware of personal foul penalties at the next level. Breaks quicker on the ball than any other corner that BBQ has seen in the last three drafts. Excellent closing speed. Totally frustrates quarterbacks and receivers alike.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ed52KLps6U
      Other Possible Targets:
      Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke
      Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
      Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
      Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
      Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
      Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

      Round Three: Chris Jones, DE, Mississippi St.
      With a calm and cool demeanor, Chris Jones quietly goes about his business and does it quite effectively. However, he is a powerhouse on the field. A team leader by example. Played beside Preston Smith in many defensive formations for the SEC power. In a draft that is extremely deep with defensive linemen, Jones would likely project to a late first or early second round choice in other years. Here is a video of the person who makes up the good football player.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tsLaDuSOKk
      Other Possible Targets:
      Darian Thompson, FS, Boise St.
      Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
      Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
      Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
      Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado St.
      Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

      Round Four: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
      Indiana is known as a basketball mecca and the football team is something of an afterthought. The Hoosiers have seen some good fortunes on the gridiron last few years and Howard is a big reason for that buzz. Even with Tevin Coleman (now with the Atlanta Falcons), his backfield running mate last year, Howard was a running machine and still rushed for more than 1,500 yards. He is overlooked because of being in a lower tier program within the Big Ten, but has the size and strength to excel at the next level.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzk5QUSjAY
      Other Possible Targets:
      Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan St.
      Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa
      Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
      Sean Davis, FS, Maryland
      Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
      Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah St.

      Round Five: Matt Ioannidis, DE, Temple
      Ioannidis had a special season for the Owls, but he is a bit overlooked due to playing for a perennial doormat of the AAC. Not this past year – Temple had a great season and Matt Ioannidis was a big factor in that success. He has excellent size to go with a great attitude and possesses a tenacious motor. The first team all-conference standout added about twenty pounds of bulk and muscle in recent weeks. He can slide inside for certain defensive formations. Ioannidis could quickly be a rotational player and possibly a starter within a year or two.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUY9y8vCW-w
      Other Possible Targets:
      Graham Glasgow, C/G, Michigan
      Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
      Jayron Kearse, FS, Clemson
      Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
      Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
      Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois

      Round Six: Tyvis Powell, FS, Ohio St.
      Did Tyvis Powell declare for the draft one year earlier than expected? Yes. Was it too soon? Likely so. Advantage Redskins. He would be a better prospect in the 2017 draft, but decided to enter this year. He would need a year of sitting on the bench and playing special teams, then could be ready to take on the role of starting free safety. He has the size that teams covet these days. Physical player. Powell covers the field with ease and was the team MVP in the national championship game for the Big Ten’s Buckeyes.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am1yWv_3wlk
      Other Possible Targets:
      Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
      Deiondre Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
      Jared Norris, ILB, Utah
      D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson
      Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
      Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

      Round Seven: Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
      The Redskins take another Hoosier in round seven, a project with some decent upside at the quarterback position. The fundamentally sound Sudfeld had a good senior season with nearly 3,200 yards passing. He tossed twenty-four touchdowns and just five interceptions. The numbers were twenty-one and nine for his junior campaign. He would obviously be a candidate for third string, but could quickly become a reliable backup within a year or two. The one negative would be that the 6’5”, 240 lb. Sudfeld floats his long passes a bit too much – something that should be easily corrected.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UG6y2yLcnA
      Other Possible Targets:
      Joe Thuney, G, N.C. St.
      Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
      Ian Seau, OLB, Nevada
      Terrance Smith, ILB, Florida St.
      De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi St.
      Elijah Shumate, SS, Notre Dame

      Round Seven: Clayton Fejedelem, FS, Illinois
      Are you looking for a seventh round steal? Are you looking for a seventh rounder who could start or play many minutes in a reserve role two or three years from now? Are you looking for a special teams player that is able to contribute immediately? Are you looking for a diamond in the rough? Look no further. Clayton Fejedelem is an aggressive free safety who led the Big Ten in tackles last year. He was solid in the Illini’s pro day and had a great East-West Shrine game. Fejedelem has constantly silenced his critics and continues to do so. So yes, he would be a seventh round steal.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m440K2C40o

      Undrafted Free Agent Prospects:
      Antwaun Woods, DT, Southern Cal
      Nick Beamish, C, Central Michigan
      Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky
      Jake McGee, TE, Florida
      Cassanova McKinzy, ILB, Auburn
      Tevin Carter, SS, Utah
      Giorgio Newberry, DE, Florida St.
      Ian Frye, K, Virginia
      Mike Jordan, CB, Missouri Western
      Devon Johnson, RB/FB, Marshall
      Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
      Curt Maggitt, OLB, Tennessee
      Wallace Scott, SS, McNeese St.
      Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt
      Chris Mayes, DT, Georgia
      Alonzo Russell, WR, Toledo
      Corey Marshall, OLB, Virginia Tech
      Keenan Reynolds, RB, Navy
      Deon Bush, FS, Miami
      Travis Wilson, QB, Utah
      Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
      Christian Carpenter, FS, Towson
      Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford
      Arjen Colquhoun, CB, Michigan St.
      Darrell Greene, OG, San Diego St.

      Prospects Contacted, Interviewed, Visited:
      East-West Shrine game - EW
      Senior Bowl - SB
      Combine – NFLC
      Team Pro Day – TPD
      Team Visit – TV
      Private Workout – PW

      Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado – EW
      Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn St. - NFLC
      Elijah Shumate, SS, Notre Dame – EW
      Keith Lumpkin, OT, Rutgers – EW
      Connor Cook, QB, Michigan St. - NFLC
      Keenan Reynolds, RB, Navy – EW
      Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss - NFLC
      Joe Thuney, OG, N.C. St. – EW
      Sheldon Rankins, DT/DE, Louisville - TPD
      Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson – NFLC, TPD
      Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State - NFLC
      Juston Burris, CB, N.C. St. – EW
      Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech _NFLC
      Jarran Reed, DE/DT, Alabama - NFLC
      Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois – EW
      Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn - TPD
      A'Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama - NFLC
      Darion Griswold, TE, Arkansas St. - EW
      Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts-Amherst – EW
      Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky – NFLC, TPD
      Terrance Smith, ILB, Florida St. – EW
      Charone Peake, WR, Clemson - TPD

      There is your latest mock for 2016 and prospect lists. The draft is just weeks away. We’ll post who the Redskins contact during team pro days, visits, and who they work out privately. See you as we go along.

      Hail To The Redskins!
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Burner's Burning Questions: Free Agency, The Mock Drafts, 2016 (Continual Updates) started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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