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

      Greetings from BBQ to all in BGO land.

      Here it is - the final mock of 2017. The big event arrives tomorrow and the roster will be full of new prospects before you know it. BBQ is grateful for your mocks, links, comments, and suggestions during the mocking process. It has been helpful, informative, and downright fun – thank you for making this offseason blog a success.

      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 love 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 final mock for 2017.

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

      Round One: Trade
      The Redskins trade down to the latter portion of round one and pick up a second rounder and a 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:
      Derek Barnett, OLB/DE, Tennessee
      Forrest Lamp, OT/G, Western Kentucky
      Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
      Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio St.
      Haason Reddick, ILB/OLB, Temple
      O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

      Round Two: Justin Evans, FS/SS, Texas A&M
      When a player is compared to Troy Polamalu, the compliment is universally recognized as a potential for super stardom. The versatile safety for the Aggies has drawn these comparisons and rightfully so. The SEC stud can actually serve as a receiver as well, but that is not likely. Explosive player. Hard hitter. Can play both safety positions effectively. Good closing speed on the ball. Running backs try to avoid him. Very aggressive. Does not bite on fakes from receivers. Range in the open field is superb.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Adoree Jackson, CB, Southern California
      Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
      Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
      Budda Baker, FS, Washington
      Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio St.
      Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

      Round Two: Kevin King, CB, Washington
      The first thing that stands out is Kevin King’s lack of gaudy numbers, but don’t let that fool you. He played opposite from Sidney Jones and the PAC 12 shutdown corner usually was placed against the bigger receivers. As a bigger corner this Husky could help to neutralize the bigger wide receivers of the NFC-East and the NFL. He has good speed. Fierce defender. Can defend jump balls effectively. Could be a starter from day one, certainly no later than after a few games.

      Round Three: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
      There are several inside linebackers who garner more publicity, 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.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
      D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
      Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
      Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
      Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
      Nate Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
      Montravius Adams, DT/DE, Auburn

      Round Four: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
      Ray Rice saw his career end for 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 the Redskins front office is willing to answer and do so in the affirmative. No one questions the elite talent that is Joe Mixon. The Sooner is a true first round talent – possibly the second best running back in the 2017 class. The Big 12 dynamo is electric and powerful at the same time. If he can assure the Redskins that lack of maturity is no longer an issue, then Mixon is a major steal here.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
      Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
      Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
      Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
      Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
      Ryan Glasgow, DE/DT, Michigan
      Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
      Vincent Taylor, DE, Oklahoma St.

      Round Four: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/DE, Alabama
      The Redskins continue to rebuild their defensive line this offseason (now with the draft) 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 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.

      Round Four: Isaac Asiata, G, Utah
      This very strong and powerfully built guard could be a target for the Redskins. Asiata has played tackle and center, but mostly out of necessity due to injuries along the Utes offensive line. The PAC 12 lineman has the prototypical size to play inside and left guard is his natural position. Excellent in the rushing offense, but will need some work in the pass protection schemes. This four year starter could crack the starting lineup by mid-season, maybe sooner.

      Round Five: Jarron Jones, DE/DT, Notre Dame
      The Redskins are massively overhauling the defensive line and are taking no prisoners. 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. He can disappear at times during a game, but Jim Tomsula will likely provide good coaching and motivation.
      Other Possible Targets:
      Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
      Charles Walker, DE/DT, Oklahoma
      Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego St.
      DeDe Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
      John Johnson, FS, Boston College
      Taylor Moton, G/OT, Western Michigan
      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:
      Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown
      Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri
      Delano Hill, SS/FS, Michigan
      Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
      Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma
      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: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M
      Ricky Seals-Jones was a five star recruit for the Aggies of the SEC, but has failed to live up to the hype. However, some pundits feel that his best days are still ahead of him as he does flash occasional bouts of greatness. At 6-5 and 240, he would be a definite target in the end zone for jump balls and various fade routes. He likely needs two years to get a feel of the NFL. He ceiling is very high, but can he reach it? The Redskins front office may think so. Could potentially play defense/special teams when the opposing team lines up for a field goal – jumping and raising those long arms would be interesting.
      Other Possible Targets:
      James Quick, WR, Louisville
      David Jones, FS, Richmond
      Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
      Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon
      Dylan Donahue, OLB, West Georgia
      Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh
      Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
      Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
      Ben Braden, G, Michigan

      Round Seven: Caleb Brantley, DE/DT, Florida
      Depending which pundit you follow, Caleb Brantley is widely considered to be a first or second round talent. However, a domestic violence situation surfaced this week and Brantley could be facing a La’el Collins type of judgment. Now, let’s get to the football argument. Very quick burst off the ball and stuffs running backs regularly. Relentless motor. Able to get consistent pressure on the quarterback. Can play inside or outside. Fully expects double teams against him and anything less is an insult. Easily opens lanes for the linebackers. If Brantley does fall, and it is expected, will the Redskins take a chance?

      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
      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, 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
      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 final mock and prospect lists for 2017. The draft is almost here!

      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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