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    • Burner's Burning Questions: Wednesday 4/26 Mock!

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

      Greetings from BBQ to everyone in BGO land.

      Today we bring you the first of two mocks as we get closer to the draft of 2017. The second mock comes this afternoon. The draft is tomorrow and a Redskins roster will be full of new prospects before you know it.

      Tomorrow we will feature a list of first round possibilities. For Friday, we will do the same for rounds two and three. Saturday features players who could be targets in rounds four through seven.

      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: 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.

      Without any further delays, let’s take a look at the next to last mock of 2017.

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

      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:
      Forrest Lamp, OT/G, Western Kentucky
      Haason Reddick, OLB/ILB, Temple
      Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
      O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
      Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
      Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio St.
      Derek Barnett, OLB/DE, Tennessee

      Round Two: Budda Baker, FS, Washington
      The first name just screams “Football Player”, but this Husky 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. Baker 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
      Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
      Kevin King, CB, Washington
      Adoree Jackson, CB, Southern California
      Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
      Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio St.
      Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

      Round Three: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
      The Redskins have been looking for a consistent running game in recent years. Alfred Morris departed after slowing down during his last year in a Redskins uniform. 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
      Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
      Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
      Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
      Nate Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
      Montravius Adams, DT/DE, Auburn

      Round Four: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio St.
      There is no denying that Gareon Conley is a first round talent. He is a shutdown corner – one of the top three in this draft. The Big Ten standout for the Buckeyes would likely start from day one. So why mock him in the fourth round? Well, the allegations of a possible rape surfaced this week and that could affect his draft status. The accusation (and that is all it is at this juncture) is serious, but the denial is strong – very strong. BBQ will not speculate, but the Redskins are likely doing their homework. Is this another La’el Collins situation? Possibly. And the Redskins may take a chance.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Vincent Taylor, DE, Oklahoma St.
      Isaac Asiata, G, Utah
      Ryan Glasgow, DE/DT, Michigan
      Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
      Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
      Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
      Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
      Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

      Round Four: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/DE, Alabama
      The Redskins continue to rebuild their defensive line and look to the Crimson Tide – that perennial powerhouse of the SEC. They produce a lot of talent and Dalvin Tomlinson is another one of their great prospects. His specialty is run stuffing, but he became a better pass rusher later in the 2016 season. He won’t get a lot of sacks, but will bat plenty of passes down. Solid player who gladly puts team goals ahead of his own. Very intelligent. Needs to develop a little bit more of a mean streak attitude. His upside potential is possibly unlimited.

      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
      Taylor Moton, G/OT, Western Michigan
      Jarron Jones, DE/DT, Notre Dame
      John Johnson, FS, Boston College
      DeDe Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
      Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/DE, UCLA

      Round Six: 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 one 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:
      Delano Hill, SS/FS, Michigan
      Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown
      Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri
      Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma
      Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville
      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: Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
      Yes, he is the son of NFL great Hardy Nickerson. He was able to coach his son at Illinois last season and has turned his offspring into a fine player. The younger Nickerson was a superb tackler for the Illini of the Big Ten. Transferred from California a couple of seasons ago and was very productive for his three seasons in a Golden Bears uniform. Can put pressure on the opposing quarterback. Would provide superb depth. Often tackles running backs for a loss. Can step back into coverage against tight ends and slot receivers. He can provide the occasional interception. Decent speed. Would be a very good special teams player.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon
      David Jones, FS, Richmond
      Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
      Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh
      Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
      Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M
      Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
      James Quick, WR, Louisville
      Ben Braden, G, Michigan

      Round Seven: Dylan Donahue, OLB, West Georgia
      The University of West Georgia is about forty-five miles west of Atlanta. The athletics program has one interesting footnote – a women’s volleyball player in the late 1990s that stood just under seven feet tall. Now the Wolves could have a new claim to fame – a football player who could become a star in the NFL. Dylan Donahue could be legit. He has the size. He has decent speed. He has a nose for the football. Good in all phases of the game. The Gulf South product produced 20 tackles for a loss along with 13.5 sacks in 2016. He posted similar numbers in 2015. Could become a special teams standout. So much for that volleyball player.

      Undrafted Free Agent Prospects:
      Dayon Pratt, OLB, East Carolina
      Patrick Ricard, DE/DT, Maine
      Erik Austell, G, Charleston Southern
      Connor Bozick, OT, Delaware
      Adam Griffith, K, Alabama
      Chad Williams, WR, Grambling
      Darius Victor, RB, Towson
      Derrick Griffin, TE, Texas Southern
      Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
      Vernon Sainvil, OT/G, St. Francis Xavier (Canada)
      Joey Ivie, DT, Florida
      Patrick Towles, QB, Boston College
      Tony Stevens, WR, Auburn

      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, TE, 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, PW
      Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St. – NFLC, TV
      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, PW, TV
      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, TV
      Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut – NFLC, PW, TV
      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, Texas Southern – 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
      Haason Reddick, OLB/ILB, Temple – TV
      DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida St. – TV
      Josh Jones, SS, N.C. State – PW, TV
      Tedric Thompson, FS, Colorado – TV
      Derek Barnett, OLB/DE, Tennessee – TV
      Kofi Amichia, G, South Florida – PW
      Darius Victor, RB, Towson – TV
      Levern Jacobs III, WR, Maryland – TV
      Tyus Bowser, OLB/ILB/DE, Houston – TV
      Deon-Tay McManus, WR, Marshall – PW
      Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama – TV
      Connor Bozick, OT, Delaware – PW

      There is your latest mock for 2017 and prospect lists. The draft is almost here and we have one mock remaining. 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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