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    • Burner's Burning Questions: Free Agency, The Mock Drafts, 2017 (Continual Updates)

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      Free Agency, The Mock Drafts, 2017(Continual Updates)

      Greetings from the offices of BBQ World Headquarters.

      Today we bring you the first mock of the 2017 offseason and it features nine draft choices. The original plan was to post one mock in January and another one in February, but we could post an additional mock or two before the beginning of free agency in early March. The need for two new coordinators may make the extra mocks necessary.

      After free agency begins, the frequency of mocks will increase as players are re-signed and added from other teams. During the week of the draft, we will have a mock each day. Please keep in mind that the first mock will likely look much different than the final mock. Many factors will dictate those changes.

      Feel free to offer your own ideas about the draft, free agency, team cuts, team additions, coaching changes 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 first mock for 2017.

      Team Needs:
      Free Safety
      Defensive Line
      Wide Receiver
      Inside Linebacker
      Left Guard
      Running Back

      Round One: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
      A physical specimen and a physical player. The All-SEC linebacker would be a force in the middle. Will need to improve by just a small amount in the passing game, but many scouts think he will adapt to the NFL offensive schemes quickly. Has the speed to stay with tight ends and receivers coming over the middle. Zeroes in on running backs with laser like precision. Has a quick step on blitz packages and should get to the quarterback in an instant.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
      Jamal Adams, FS, LSU
      Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan St.
      John Ross, WR, Washington
      Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
      Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St.

      Round Two: Budda Baker, FS, Washington
      The first name just screams “Football Player”, but Baker is a very talented free safety and possesses superior speed. The All-PAC-12 performer can cover large swaths of the football field and is tenacious in coverage. Plays with unending confidence. A bit of a liability in the running game, but his quickness makes up for that skillset. Can focus in on receivers and stay with them step for step. Needs to improve his tackling and should do so with good coaching. A natural free safety.
      Other Possible Targets:
      D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
      Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan
      Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
      Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
      Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
      T.J. Watt, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin

      Round Three: Jarron Jones, DE/DT, Notre Dame
      Jones is a productive force at defensive tackle and end. He has superb athleticism for a man his size and figures to play more at the end, but could slide inside at times. Jones has the potential to dominate offensive linemen when he is in a groove and can live in the backfield. The ACC standout uses his length to block passes and possesses a respectable pass rush.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
      JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
      Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
      Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
      Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
      Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

      Round Four: Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
      The Redskins add a very talented and highly underrated receiver in the fourth round from the Big 10. The system he was in limited his receptions, but his talent probably yields many more catches in a friendlier offense. Chesson will likely need a year to learn the nuances of an NFL offense, but could contribute meaningful minutes in the latter part of his rookie season. However, his overall talent could have him on the field sooner.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Vincent Taylor, DE, Oklahoma St.
      Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
      Johnathan Ford, FS, Auburn
      Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor
      Jaleel Johnson, DE, Iowa
      Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
      Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
      Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

      Round Four: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
      It’s not out of the question to see this selection so early. Jordan Reed is possibly one concussion away from his career coming to an end. Vernon Davis is a good and reliable target, but his role is strictly as a backup and relief end. Enter Bucky Hodges – a talented athlete with unique skills to match. The ACC stud would be a reliable target in the offense, but does need to work on his blocking skills. The former quarterback has the size and bulk to be a solid tight end in the league.

      Round Five: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
      Scot McCloughan wastes little time in trying to improve the defensive line. While TV announcers could have a fun time trying to pronounce his name, Kpassagnon, a CAA standout, has impressive size to go along with impressive skills. In 2016 alone he had twenty-one tackles for a loss and eleven sacks. Swats passes down with ease.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown
      Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah
      Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
      Taylor Moton, G/OT, Western Michigan
      Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
      Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
      Riley Sorenson, C, Washington St.

      Round Six: Jay Guillermo, G/C, Clemson
      Jay Guillermo is versatile and can play either guard or center. He would be drafted for depth purposes, but could be a starter within a year or two. The ACC lineman has the massive size that is favored in the NFL for inside positions on the offensive line. He could be better suited for guard where the Redskins have a need on the left side. Good pass protector, but would need to work on the running game.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Josh Harvey-Clemons, SS, Louisville
      Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
      Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi St.
      Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri
      Isaac Asiata, G/C, Utah
      Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington

      Round Six: Kai Nacua, FS, BYU
      Kai Nacua is rated high by some pundits and others have a lower round grade on him. It could be the price of not playing for a top P5 program, but he is a very good free safety. Nacua is a ballhawk with good speed and superior instincts. Possesses better than average size for a player of his position and uses it to his advantage. Matches up well with taller receivers and speedsters well downfield. A true interception machine. He would provide excellent depth and should be a standout on special teams.

      Round Seven: Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh
      The world as we know it may end if Scot McCloughan drafts three defensive linemen in 2017. It could happen as it is a huge need and the All-ACC standout from Pitt would be a good addition late in the draft. Clogs up the middle very well. Would be solid in the running game, but does not bring much of a pass rush. Needs to develop a little more of a mean streak. Good attitude and true teammate. Could develop into a fine rotational player.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Hardy Nickerson, OLB/ILB, Illinois
      Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech
      Darius Hamilton, OLB, Rutgers
      Chunky Clements, DE, Illinois
      Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
      Richie Brown, ILB/OLB, Mississippi St.

      Undrafted Free Agent Prospects:
      C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
      Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma
      Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville
      Matt Elam, DT, Kentucky
      Cam Keizur, C, Portland St.
      Adam Griffith, K, Alabama
      Gunner Kiel, QB, Cincinnati
      Marquez White, CB, Florida St.
      Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
      Christian LaCouture, DT, LSU
      Patrick Towles, QB, Boston College
      Johnny Mundt, TE, Oregon
      Tanner Gentry, WR, Wyoming

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


      There is your first mock for 2017 and prospect lists. Free agency and the draft will be here before you know it. 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, 2017 (Continual Updates) started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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