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

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


      Greetings from BBQ to all in BGO land.

      Today we bring you the second 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 many changes to the coaching staff makes the extra mock necessary. We are re-doing this particular mock on the first day of February – the last day of January revealed that the Redskins do not have a seventh round pick – a condition created by the dynamics of the Derek Carrier trade with the 49ers.

      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 early mocks will likely look much different than the final mocks. Many factors will dictate those changes. Along the way we will feature mocks that have trades (including today). Too, we will not be featuring mocks that have a trade involving Kirk Cousins – only if and when that actually happens.

      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.

      An extra note that we will continually post throughout the mocking process: These mocks may not necessarily be what BBQ wants or what the members at BGO may prefer. These mocks are designed to try and get into the mind of Scot McCloughan and see what he will do.

      Without any further delays, let’s take a look at the second mock for 2017.

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

      Round One: Trade
      The Redskins trade down in round one to the latter stages and pick up a third rounder and a 2018 third rounder.

      Round One: Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
      The Redskins waste no time in repairing the defensive line and grab the All-Big Ten defensive lineman. The commitment to the line is real and genuine. Wormley is tenacious and very consistent – rarely makes mistakes. Extremely intelligent. He is a 3-Tech who will probably line up on the outside on most plays, but will kick to the inside at times. Very disruptive in the running game and gets occasional pressure on the quarterback. Probably needs to add about ten pounds of bulk and muscle. A dedicated team player.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
      Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan St.
      Jamal Adams, FS, LSU
      Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
      Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
      O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

      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 very aggressive 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
      Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
      Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
      Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
      Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
      Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU

      Round Three: Forrest Lamp, OT/G, Western Kentucky
      Injuries have taken a toll on Shawn Lauvao and the Redskins likely need a replacement at left guard. Enter Forrest Lamp, guard/tackle of the CUSA’s most prolific offense. He could start immediately at left guard. Has the versatility to play tackle, but is better suited to be on the inside in the NFL. The four year starter on the left side had great games against the likes of SEC powerhouses LSU and Alabama. Very aggressive. Solid in the run game. Very good in the passing game.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
      Jarron Jones, DE/DT, Notre Dame
      JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
      Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
      Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
      Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut

      Round Three: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
      There are several inside linebackers who garner more attention, but Walker comes from a Big Ten program that receives lesser attention. Couple that with him being something of a sleeper prospect and it is not surprising to learn that he is rated a bit lower. But Walker should be rated higher and could be a starter on day one. Has extreme quickness – gets to the quarterback quickly and limits running backs coming out of the backfield. Would need to improve his coverage skills, but is very intelligent and a quick learner.

      Round Four: Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
      The Redskins add a very talented and highly underrated receiver in the fourth round from the Big Ten. 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:
      Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
      Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
      Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor
      Jaleel Johnson, DE, Iowa
      Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
      Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
      Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

      Round Four: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
      There are strong rumors of Bashaud Breeland moving to free safety and the Redskins decide to take a corner. As one of the better athletes to come out of the Southland Conference this season, Langley is a tough defender with genuine football intelligence. Started his collegiate career at the University of Georgia and was moved to safety out of necessity (injuries to other players). Feeling that corner was still his natural position, he transferred to Lamar and had an impressive career. Good size, solid speed, nose for the football, excellent defender.

      Round Five: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
      Ray Rice saw his career end with a fist to the face of his wife on an elevator. It was brutal. Joe Mixon slapped a young woman over two years ago and the tape is also brutal. Does the young man deserve a chance? It could be a question that Scot McCloughan is willing to answer and do so in the affirmative. No one questions the elite talent that is Joe Mixon. The Big Twelve dynamo is electric and powerful at the same time. If he can assure the Redskins GM that lack of maturity is no longer an issue, then Mixon is a major steal here.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Marquez White, CB, Florida St.
      Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
      Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
      Taylor Moton, G/OT, Western Michigan
      Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
      De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan

      Round Six: 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:
      Jay Guillermo, G/C, Clemson
      John Johnson, FS, Boston College
      Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri
      C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
      Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
      Duke Riley, ILB, LSU
      Isaiah Jones, WR, East Carolina

      Round Six: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
      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 PAC Twelve standout from the Northwest would be a good addition late in the draft. Clogs up the middle very well. Qualls would be excellent in the running game, but does not bring a pass rush and that lowers his draft stock just a bit. He did have four sacks this past season, but that was against lesser competition. Likely would be used as a rotational player and on short yardage situations.

      Undrafted Free Agent Prospects:
      Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan
      Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma
      Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville
      Matt Elam, DT, Kentucky
      Cam Keizur, C, Portland St.
      Adam Griffith, K, Alabama
      Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
      Christian LaCouture, DT, LSU
      Kai Nacua, FS, BYU
      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

      Billy Brown, WR, Shepherd – EW
      Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown St. - EW
      Erik Austell, OT, Charleston Southern – EW
      De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan - EW
      Tony Stevens, WR, Auburn - EW
      Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan – EW
      Joey Ivie, DT, Florida – EW
      Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky – SB
      Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan – SB
      Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar – SB
      Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M - SB
      Marquez White, CB, Florida St. – SB
      Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan – SB
      Tarell Basham, DE/OLB, Ohio - SB
      Zach Banner, OT/G, Southern Cal - SB
      Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn - SB
      Dalvin Tomlinson, DE, Alabama – SB

      There is your second 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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