4/21/20: Today's Mock Draft

Burner's Burning Questions: 4/21/20: Today's Mock Draft

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The 2020 NFL draft is two days away – this Thursday night! We’re getting closer in this process and now we have a few ideas about what the team needs at this juncture. The process of team building never ends and BBQ is about to take a look at what could happen in the draft this week.

Today, we bring you the latest mock of the 2020 offseason. The mocks have varied throughout the offseason and we will continue to add/subtract players to/from the list as any relevant information becomes available. The Redskins currently have picks in rounds one, three, four, five, and seven. They also have a compensatory pick in the fourth round and an extra seventh round pick via a trade.

Will BBQ match or surpass the success that it had with the 2019 mocks? It will be difficult and very challenging, but it is a task that we embrace. With that kind of success, we truly believe it helps the members of BGO to focus on the players who are prospects that the Redskins are seeking. It feels good to provide everyone here with the kind of service you expect from BBQ. Ok, it is time to look at the prospects!

We will produce three mocks this week. We will also post abbreviated mocks prior to day two and day three of the draft.

Without any further delays, let’s take our latest look at the 2020 draft with this mock.

Upcoming Dates
- Days until the virus passes: Hopefully, very soon
- Days until the 2020 NFL Draft: 2
- Days until the Redskins season opener: 145

Pre-Draft: Trade
The Redskins trade Trent Williams for a fourth round selection.

Round One: Chase Young, Edge/DE, Ohio St. – 6’5, 265
Arguably the best overall player in the draft is there for the taking and the Redskins turn in the (virtual) card. Young is the next great pass rusher in a program that has produced some incredible talent at the edge position in recent years. The impact would be immediate. A quarterback’s nightmare. Excellent run defender. Perfectly tailored for a 4-3 defense.
Other Possible Picks:
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Isaiah Simmons, ILB, Clemson
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St.
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Round Two: Possible Prospects
The Redskins lack a second round selection, but here is a list of players who could be targeted if they can acquire a pick in this round.
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana St.
Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio St.
Lucas Niang, OT, Texas Christian
Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi St.

Round Three: Trade
The Redskins trade down in round three and they are able to add a fourth, fifth, and sixth rounder.

Round Three: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue – 6’5”, 245
Hopkins is an excellent receiver and can run any route you assign to him. He is superb in shorter and intermediate routes, but is generally not a deep threat. Decent hands, but does need to secure the ball quickly after a catch. Hopkins will likely need to add about ten pounds of muscle to his frame. Decent blocker on sweeps, screens and downfield passes, but not in short yardage situations. This Boilermaker will not be a starter for much of the season as he will need time to adjust to the defenses of the NFL, but Hopkins should see plenty of playing time. Upside is very good.
Other Possible Picks:
Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Jeremy Chinn, FS, Southern Illinois
Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California
Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

Round Four: Saahdiq Charles, OT, Louisiana St. – 6’4”, 320
Saahdiq Charles has been busy this offseason. He has added twenty pounds of bulk and muscle to his frame. The biggest knock on Charles was his lack of strength, but his offseason regimen has scouts re-assessing that claim now. He is mobile and while some of his techniques need minor adjustments, this Cajun County Bayou Bengal is definitely ready for life at the next level. Could become a starter by mid-season, maybe sooner.
Other Possible Picks:
K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio St.
Michael Pittman, WR, Southern Cal
Matthew Peart, OT, Connecticut
Ben Bartch, OT, St. John
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia
K'Von Wallace, SS/FS, Clemson
Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska

Round Four: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas – 6’6”, 220
Is Collin Johnson underrated? If so, advantage Redskins. Many pundits thought he would enter the 2019 draft after a solid junior season. The talented Longhorn was projected to be a second round selection. Johnson decided to stay with the Longhorns for one more year, but a hamstring injury limited his senior season and is now hindering his draft status. Poor quarterback play over the years limited him as well. Johnson is very talented and will likely have a solid NFL career.

Round Four: Ben Bartch, OT, St. John – 6’6”, 310
Who? Ben Bartch. From where? St. John – in Minneapolis. He’s good and is highly underrated. Bartch will need some time to learn the nuances of being a tackle in the NFL, but he has all of the intangibles to succeed. He wasn’t highly recruited out of high school (in Oregon) and started out as a tight end. Could be a legitimate starter at tackle by mid season or sooner. Quick learner and is still growing into his frame. In fact, he will likely add another ten pounds or so of muscle to his frame.

Round Four, Comp Pick: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR/KR, Memphis – 6’1”, 225
So anyway, is he a running back, wide receiver, or kick returner? Gibson was decent at each position a few years ago in community college. Two seasons ago, he saw little action in his first season as a Tiger. Then, 2019 happened. 38 receptions at 19 yards a catch with eight touchdowns. 33 carries at 11 yards per run and four touchdowns. 28 yards per return and one touchdown. How about his 4.39 40 speed? Explosive in all three phases – his versatility is scary good. Does Gibson remind Ron Rivera of Christian McCaffrey? Only one season of production hurts his stock, but Gibson would provide good value here.

Round Five: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford – 6’7”, 255
Looking for another sizable tight end? Look no further than Colby Parkinson. He can play the Y, H, and F positions effectively. Fundamentally sound blocker – good mechanics and flexibility, but needs to finish those blocks a bit better. Positions himself well between the defender and the quarterback. Excellent red zone and “jump ball” target. Did not drop a single pass in 2019. Slow 40 time (4.77) will limit his draft stock. In certain passing schemes, he can line up in the slot and outside for slants and various hook patterns. This versatility will keep him from dropping into the late rounds.
Other Possible Picks:
Jacob Breeland, TE, Oregon
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Thad Moss, TE, LSU

Round Five: Julian Blackmon, SS/FS, Utah – 6’0”, 190
As a former cornerback, Julian Blackmon has good ball hawking skills. After moving to safety, he lacked the overall skillsets to play deeper. However, Blackmon continued to improve and is now regarded as a good safety prospect. Better at playing closer to the line for now, but is still learning the deeper game. Solid in man to man coverage and superb in zone coverages. The more Blackmon learns how to be a free safety, the better he will become. Quick learner. His overall talent is better suited to free safety and not at cornerback. Should be able to acquire some playing time this season and is likely a starter by 2021.

Round Six: Shaquille Quarterman, ILB, Miami – 6’0”, 235
Shaquille Quarterman is a solidly built inside linebacker who is an absolute stud against the run, but is lacking in coverage skills. He has an impressive physical demeanor and lives to punish running backs at every opportunity. For now, he is a backup and will need to make the team as a special teams standout or be relegated to the practice squad for a year or two. Quarterman always gives 100% on each play and that quality affords him a legitimate chance of having a career in the NFL.
Mitchell Wilcox, TE, South Florida
Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
Tanner Muse, FS/ILB/Hybrid, Clemson
Terence Steele, OT, Texas Tech
Joe Reed, WR, Virginia
Cheyenne O'Grady, TE, Arkansas
Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin

Round Seven: Myles Dorn, FS/SS, North Carolina – 6’2”, 205
Myles Dorn is a three year starter for the Tar Heels and that could serve him well at the next level. Prototypical size for a free safety, but a bit slender for a box player. He plays well closer to the line, but has varying degrees of success as a deep safety. Good speed, but can take poor angles further away from the line. Would need to make the team as a special teams player. Practice squad candidate.
Other Possible Picks:
Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina St.
James Proche, WR, SMU
Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Reggie Floyd, FS, Virginia Tech
Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
Tyre Phillips, OT/OG, Mississippi St.

Round Seven: Cameron Clark, OG/OT, North Carolina-Charlotte – 6’4”, 310
Cameron Clark is one of those hidden small school gems that has managed to gain only minimal notoriety as an NFL prospect. However, the Redskins seem to be very interested in his services. They had meetings with him at the East-West Shrine game and there was a virtual connection recently. Clark was considered by some to be a bit slender for an offensive linemen, but he has added thirty pounds of muscle in recent months. He dominated the line of scrimmage against Clemson early in the 2019 season. Some analysts believe Clark could be a guard at the next level, but don’t be surprised if he is a starting right tackle within a year or two.

Undrafted Free Agent Prospects
This list will continue to evolve and change in the coming weeks as the Redskins meet with many players who will not be drafted.

Gage Cervenka, OG, Clemson
Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina
Mohamed Barry, ILB, Nebraska
Jeremiah Dinson, FS, Auburn
Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan
Naquan Jones, DT, Michigan St.
John Penisini, DT, Utah
Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana-Lafayette
John Hightower, WR, Boise St.
Riley Neal, QB, Vanderbilt
Keith Washington, CB, West Virginia
Charlie Taumoepeau, TE, Portland St.
Kelly Bryant, QB, Missouri
Jordan Glasgow, ILB/SS, Michigan
Lawrence Cager, WR, Georgia
Jabril Cox, ILB, North Dakota St.

Additional Notes
The fourth round comp pick comes from the deal that sent Jamison Crowder to the Jets. All other possible comp picks have been canceled out.

Free agency could continue to change some of the targets that we see in current mocks. For now, we can only speculate based on current team needs and pertinent information.

There is your first of three full mocks this week. We will have abbreviated mocks on Friday and Saturday. We’re almost there.
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