Here are the results from the #MockFour Twitter draft for the Washington Redskins. To follow along with the entire draft go here.
I also want to thank the Assistant G.M.’s in our Warroom:
Scott Jennings, Kelsie Carpenter, Ken Merigolo, Mark Bullock and Stuart McDaniel
-We talked about going in a couple different directions, but we were focused on two main things. 1: make sure we are getting value with the pick 2: make sure we are filling a legitimate need. Our primary was focus was on fixing the secondary, and while we would have loved to have grabbed a free safety prospect, there just wasn’t value there in the 2nd round. We had hoped to trade back, but a couple deals fell through at the last minute. We ended up debating a couple corners, but felt that Taylor offered the best value. He’s got good size and speed and should be a day one starter on the outside.
-Our hope here was that a safety that we loved would be here at this pick, but by the time our pick came up there wasn’t anyone we really loved (as a 3rd round pick) on the board. We were also considering some offensive line options, but most of them went before we selected as well. Since we didn’t love any one player we really tried trading back to take advantage of this class’s depth. We couldn’t work out a deal so we decided to make a selection that was a bit against our original plan. We drafted TE Jordan Reed to be a replace free agent Fred Davis. Reed like Davis is a movement tight end, and could make an early impact in the Redskins offense.
-We finally were able to move back in the draft, swapping 4th rounders with the Texans and picking up their 7th round pick in the process. Duke Williams is one of the better 2nd tier safeties out there and is a nice value pick at this spot. In reality he probably shouldn’t start, but given the Redskins lack of quality safeties, he could have a very real chance.
-Currently the Redskins offensive tackle depth chart looks pretty bleak, especially projecting forward. Quessenberry is a great value pick here and a guy who thrived at the Senior Bowl. He projects well in a zone scheme and could move inside if needed. Quessenberry could even have a chance to start this year, given how poor the competition is.
-The Redskins secondary is a mess, particularly from a long term perspective. While we already added one corner, getting another as talented as Davis makes sense here. He can play inside in the slot and add more speed and potential to the position. We were hoping a running back would fall here, but our target Kenjon Barner went a few picks prior.
-Alfred Morris was a true find for the Redskins last season, but behind him Washington only has question marks. Roy Helu is returning from injury, and it is unclear what he will bring to the table this season, and Evan Royster did not fare well as the back-up last season. Jamison offers some quickness and speed that should complement Morris and the Redskins offense really well. He’s a great fit and value at this pick.
-Depth among pass rushers is extremely limited for the Washington Redskins. Last year a combination headlined by Rob Jackson and Lorenzo Alexander struggled to make up for the impact of an injured Brian Orakpo. This year Alexander is now playing in Arizona and Jackson is facing a 4 game suspension to start the season. Johnson we feel may be limited overall, but is a guy who could be a nice situational pass rusher, and offer key depth in this area.
-The Redskins have three of their receivers hitting free agency after 2013, and could use some more youth there. Collins would also give the Redskins another receiver who projects into the slot, which is an area the Redskins lack behind Santana Moss. Collins is from Mount Union the same school that has produced Cecil Shorts and current Redskin Pierre Garcon. He has some nice upside and we feel he can follow in their footsteps.
Here are the Draft Thoughts from my assistant G.M. Scott Jennings:
MockFour was a little different than the previous one we were a part of. A lot of odd picks, reaches, and talent falling that hadn’t fallen previously. Most of the safeties we had with a 2nd round grade were off the board when Pick #51 came up. Cornerback was the consensus biggest need and had the most talent on the board. The decision was between Darius Slay and Jamar Taylor, and I preferred Slay, but Taylor is a very good value here and we took him.