MockOne is a draft where bloggers and draftniks of all 32 teams come together to conduct a draft. Teams are on the clock and are capable of trading with G.M.’s of other teams to help add to some of the realism. I was the G.M. of the Washington Redskins and below is a run down of the Redskins picks and my thoughts with those selections. For the full Mock go here
-I couldn’t believe the way these safeties were falling as just Vaccaro and Cyprien were off the board when my pick came up. I originally tried to swing a couple trade down deals but didn’t feel I was getting enough value back in counter offers, and with Reid still there staying put seemed to work. Reid isn’t as consistent as I’d like to see, but he has elite potential and should be considered a great value at this pick.
-I love Barrett Jones and this is ridiculously low for him (though I realize some people bump him down) No he would test the best at the Combine if he were allowed to workout, but the kid can play football. He was an All-SEC guard, before moving to LT his junior year where he won the Outland Trophy and was an All-American, then he moved to center this past year where he won the Rimington award. He plays with excellent technique is and is incredibly smart. He’s also a leader and shows incredible toughness, as he played in the National Championship Game with torn ligaments in his foot. He could probably play any position on the line, though is probably best suited inside at either guard or center. He would maybe get a RT look, but really he should compete and win the starting LG job.
-Another offensive lineman I’m pretty high on. Quessenberry has a lot of versatility like Jones, but he’s probably best suited at RT. He should be capable of competing and even winning the RT job at some point this season. Offensive linemen have the benefit of helping in both the run and pass game, and Quessenberry and Jones should make RG3 and Morris that much more dangerous. I considered some corners and safeties, but didn’t feel there was any good value here, when I couldn’t trade back I went with Quessenberry.
-I really didn’t go into this draft thinking I’d be taking John Simon, and never would I have thought I would take him with a late 5th round pick. Simon is a two year captain at Ohio State, who has always gotten praise for his leadership and work ethic. While not working out at the Combine due to injury he’s expected to test well at his Pro Day, given his dedication to working out. He was highly productive these past two years and was first team All-Big Ten this past season. He’s a bit shorter than most teams will like as a DE/OLB, but he can get pressure and get penetration, there is zero reason to have him fall this far. The Redskins pass rush was pretty non-existent without Brian Orakpo last season and that can’t happen again. Simon gives them depth in that department, and Haslett can get creative he will find a way to have Orakpo, Kerrigan and Simon all on the field together at once.
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-Barner was another guy I was slightly surprised to see this low. While there are questions about how he can do running inside or in any feature back role, he’s a tremendous value at this point. Barner would be a great complement to Alfred Morris and the perfect weapon for the zone read offense. He can help also by catching balls out of the backfield and returning kicks/punts.
-I think this is a good value pick for Michael Williams. No he’s not going to stretch the field or put up great receiving numbers, but he fits the Redskins perfectly. The Redskins run the ball 53% of the time last season and were among the league’s worst teams at throwing the ball deep (over 20 yards). Williams may still not be a great receiving option, but he should do well in the short area, particularly the red zone. Adding him in addition to the offensive linemen, should make everyone else better. Griffin should have a lot more time in the pocket and Morris won’t have to deal with breaking so many tackles, at or behind the line of scrimmage.
-Hyde is a nice value pick here in the late 7th round. He fills a need position and has shown some starting potential down the line. He should help on special teams early in his career as well.