NFL mock draft 2.0: Pre-combine

NFL mock draft 2.0: Pre-combine
February 18, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates after sacking USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10.

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With the four-day NFL Combine kicking off on Saturday, it's time for the latest CSNwashington 2014 mock draft. Another update comes after all the running, jumping, poking and prodding takes place. Here's how we see the first two rounds at this point, but first...

* Previously I had Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson to the Redskins at No. 34. As you’ll soon see, this version ended with Washington selecting Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Truitt. In a perfect world, I’d rather see the selection of a right tackle to protect the RGIII investment. This mock had seven OTs selected in the first 33 picks - including Richardson - and a positional drop-off kicks in from there. No worries seeing as the Redskins have plenty of needs elsewhere.

The defensive line could use an infusion of youth, not to mention talent and bodies. The 6-foot-6 Tuitt recorded 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. After playing around 325 pounds last season as a junior, Tuitt reportedly dropped 25 pounds in preparation for the combine. That could change him to a pure 4-3 end, but previously the thought was he would play defensive tackle or end in a 3-4. 

*Not that the Redskins are looking for a QB - let's hope not - but the passers are always headliners at the combine. However, at least some of the top candidates will pass on passing.

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Alabama's A.J. McCarron won't be throwing, choosing instead to wait for their Pro Days. Central Florida's Blake Bortels and Fresno State's Derek Carr are iffy, meaning Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater could have the stage all to himself. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and San Jose State’s David Fales, who starred in the 2012 Military Bowl are sleeper arms to watch.

*Louisville safety Calvin Pryor should be considered if he slips to the 34. In this mock, he did not. Northern Illinois strong safety Jimmie Ward is another one to watch after reports of a strong Senior Bowl performance bumped him up into second round/early third consideration.

For the entire mock draft, click here.