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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 latest mock as we get closer to the draft of 2017. The big event occurs in less than a month and the roster will be full of new prospects before you know it.

      The frequency of mocks will increase each week. During the week of the draft, we will have a mock each day. 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.

      We had a game changer earlier this month. It has forced BBQ to re-think the entire mocking process for 2017. We are not going to complain about it, but simply deal with a new direction and make the changes necessary.

      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 love 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 the Redskins brain trust and see what they will do. It’s now a very different and difficult task, but we’ll try to do our best.

      Without any further delays, let’s take a look at the latest 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 very latter stages and pick up a second and fourth rounder.

      Round One: Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan St.
      The commitment to the defensive line this offseason is real and totally obvious. With a new defensive line coach, the Redskins are placing a new emphasis on the front seven. The All-Big Ten stud is a powerful force who is a major disruption for opposing quarterbacks and running backs alike. Although he could play inside for a few snaps each game, his greatest potential is likely at end. There are a couple of concerns about his work ethic, but those fears are somewhat overblown and he could shine with Jim Tomsula as his position coach. McDowell recently added fifteen pounds of muscle and his measurements are now 6-6, 295.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
      Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
      O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
      John Ross, WR, Washington
      DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
      Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

      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:
      Justin Evans, FS/SS, Texas A&M
      Kevin King, CB, Washington
      Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut
      Adoree Jackson, CB, Southern California
      Haason Reddick, ILB/OLB, Temple
      Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan

      Round Two: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
      Ok, who is Adam Shaheen? He’s a tight end from Ashland. Ok, does Ashland have a football team? Yes, they do have a football team. Ok, where in the world is Ashland? It’s in Ohio – we think. The team is known as the Eagles – we think. They are in the GLIAC – we think. It’s a mouthful. What we do know is that Shaheen switched from basketball to football last year. He put up excellent numbers. He is a great blocker. Runs a 4.5 forty. He’s a freakish athlete. Could have a career that is equal to or better than Rob Gronkowski. Oh, and he goes 6-7, 280. Let that sink in for a bit.

      Round Three: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
      The Redskins have been looking for the right running back to fit into Jay Gruden’s system in recent years Matt Jones wasn’t the answer. Rob Kelley is a good running back, but only in a relief role. Chris Thompson is a passing down back. D'Onta Foreman from the BIG 12’s Longhorns could be the answer. He’s a big, powerful, bruising, and intimidating back who has a great reputation for picking up major chunks of yardage every time he touches the ball. Incredibly quick. A true goal line threat. Consistently breaks tackles. Very effective on screen passes. A team first player.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
      Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
      Montravius Adams, DT/DE, Auburn
      Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
      Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio St.
      Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

      Round Four: 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 (Affiliated) standout uses his length to block passes and possesses a respectable pass rush. Specialty is stuffing running backs at the line of scrimmage.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
      Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
      Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/DE, Alabama
      Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
      Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
      Vincent Taylor, DE, Oklahoma St.
      Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

      Round Four: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
      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 with the Cardinals. Good size, solid speed, nose for the football, excellent defender.

      Round Four: Ryan Glasgow, DE/DT, Michigan
      The Redskins decide to snatch another defensive lineman in this round as they waste little time in trying to improve the defensive line. The Big Ten defensive lineman adds to an overhaul. Glasgow, the younger brother of Detroit offensive lineman Graham Glasgow, is a relentless defender who can play tackle and end interchangeably. With a humble attitude, the Wolverine takes a simple blue collar approach to the game and does his job. Dominant in the run game and is an effective pass rusher.

      Round Five: Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego St.
      At 6-5 and 330 pounds, Nico Siragusa obviously has the size to play on the line and he also has the talent. The long term starter for the Aztecs is not related to that other Siragusa, but he could forge a solid career in the NFL. The MWC product is powerfully strong and helps to open big holes for running backs. Struggles a bit with pass protection and will likely need a year to learn and perfect those techniques – as such, he is very teachable and a good teammate.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
      Charles Walker, DE/DT, Oklahoma
      John Johnson, FS, Boston College
      Taylor Moton, G/OT, Western Michigan
      Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/DE, UCLA
      Isaac Asiata, G, Utah

      Round Six: Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma
      Jordan Evans was considered a fringe prospect before the 2016 season. In some ways he is still an obscure prospect, but the BIG 12 linebacker for the Sooners could be the best sleeper prospect of the 2017 draft. Good tackler. Superior athleticism. Hard-nosed player. Very physical. Excellent in pass defense. Very quick. Always knows where the football is located and gets there quickly. Shoots gaps with lightning speed. Good run defender. Probably needs to add about five to eight pounds of muscle. Excellent special teams prospect.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown
      Ahkello Stribling, CB, Colorado
      Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
      Jay Guillermo, G/C, Clemson
      C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
      Richie Brown, OLB/ILB, Mississippi St.

      Round Six: Jay Guillermo, G/C, Clemson
      Jay Guillermo is versatile and can play either guard or center. That’s a good reason for the Redskins to take a flyer on him. Also, there is a need to have a backup at center. He would be drafted for depth purposes, but could actually 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. Good pass protector, but would need to work on the running game.

      Round Seven: Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado
      There are some humongous, towering, massive mountains in Colorado – Telluride, Pikes Peak, Mount Elbert, Crestone Peak, Josh Tupou. He’s big! He eats only meal a day – it last about eight hours. Ok, enough of the lame one liners. Let’s get to the obvious – Very strong. Plays with a passion. Good at the point of attack. Handles double teams with ease. A major cog in the middle. Excels in the rushing defense. Provides a decent pass rush. Can play in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense. At 6-3 and 355, the PAC 12 standout can actually run a 5.3 forty. A true Buffalo indeed.
      Other Possible Targets:
      James Quick, WR, Louisville
      Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
      Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon
      Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
      Ben Braden, G, Michigan
      Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh
      Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
      Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M

      Round Seven: David Jones, FS, Richmond
      David Jones is a really special athlete. He was selected the preseason defensive player of the year in the CAA, but an early season injury derailed part of his senior season. He returned a few weeks later and was still able to capture second team All-American honors. Last summer, Jones was projected as a second or third rounder and considered to be one of the top five free safeties available in the 2017 draft. If the Redskins are looking for a major steal, Jones would fit that profile. Decent speed. A special teams standout. Goes 6-3, 215. Plays the middle of the field like a boss. Wins/bats away “jump” balls consistently. Excellent attitude. Diligent student of the game. Graduated early (December).

      Undrafted Free Agent Prospects:
      Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan
      Patrick Ricard, DE/DT, Maine
      Matt Elam, DT, Kentucky
      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, NFLC
      Dalvin Tomlinson, DE, Alabama – SB, NFLC
      Patrick Vidal, DL, Catholic Univ. – PW
      Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford – NFLC
      Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St. – NFLC
      John Ross, WR, Washington – NFLC
      O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama – NFLC
      JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern Cal – NFLC
      Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina – NFLC
      Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson – NFLC
      Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M – NFLC
      William Holden, OT, Vanderbilt – NFLC
      Danny Isidora, G, Miami – NFLC
      Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech – NFLC
      Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford – NFLC
      Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida – NFLC
      Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama – NFLC
      Chris Godwin, WR, Penn St. – NFLC
      Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova – NFLC
      Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan – NFLC
      Adoree Jackson, CB, Southern Cal – NFLC
      Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas St. – NFLC
      Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St. – NFLC
      Budda Baker, FS, Washington – NFLC
      Jamal Adams, FS, LSU – NFLC
      Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan St. – NFLC
      Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut – NFLC
      Cameron Lee, G, Illinois St. – NFLC
      Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado – TPD
      Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State – PW
      Patrick Towles, QB, Boston College – TPD
      Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan – TV, PW
      Patrick Ricard, DE/DT, Maine – TPD, PW
      Derrick Griffin, TE, Rice – TPD
      Niles Scott, DT, Frostburg St. – TV
      Dayon Pratt, OLB, East Carolina – TPD
      T.J. Watt, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin – PW
      Chad Williams, WR, Grambling – PW

      There is your latest mock and prospect lists. Free agency is winding down 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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