It’s been a couple of years since we’ve done much serious mock draft tracking. Last year we knew the Redskins would pick Robert Griffin III in the first round and this year they are without a first-round pick. Since the vast majority of mocks go only one round, there are just a few left to choose from.
But there are some who will go the distance or at least beyond the first. Let’s take a look at some of these mocks and see who they have the Redskins taking.
These folks seem to have the needs figured out pretty well and they go with the conventional wisdom in rounds two and three. With the 51st overall pick, Walter (or whoever it is) says that Mississippi State CB Darius Slay will be selection. They pick up on something that has been discussed here, the fact that although the Redskins do have three front-line corners in DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, and E. J. Biggers, all of them have contracts that expire after this season.
In the third, the pick is safety Phillip Thomas of Fresno State. I have to think that most Redskins fans would be very happy if the Redskins could come out of Friday night at the draft with a cornerback and a safety.
The geeks also see the glaring need at cornerback and they send NC State cornerback David Amerson to the Redskins. “A true ball hawk, Amerson has the instincts and ball skills to be an interception machine at safety, but also the speed and athleticism to cover outside the numbers,” they say. They also note that Amerson can play safety.
Perhaps because of Amerson’s versatility they have the Redskins going to the defensive line in the third round. The draft geeks have Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins coming to D. C. They point out that Jenkins is a run stuffer, something the Redskins lack at nose tackle. I would point out that a run stuffing NT (Jenkins played at anywhere from 335 lb. to 370 lb.) is a dubious investment when playing in a passing division in a passing league but we’ll see.
I think we have a pattern developing. These guys also have the Redskins taking Amerson with the first pick. Do you think that everyone looked at their 30th-ranked pass defense and figured out they need help back there.
Wait, South Carolina safety D. J. Swearinger in the third? It seems to be uncertain that he will even be there when the Redskins pick at 51 as seems to be one of those “hot” names. But I think most fans would take Amerson and Swearinger right now and move on to Saturday at the draft. I suspect the Redskins, especially Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris, would too.
This one is put together by “a football fan” according to the masthead. He may not have the credentials of some of the “experts” but he does have the time and willingness to put together a seven-round mock so let’s give it a look.
The fan is also on the cornerback in the second bandwagon and he goes with Slay of Mississippi State. And he also goes to form with a safety in the third, JJ Wilcox of Georgia Southern. Still on the board would be another safety from the Peach State I think the Redskins would prefer, Bacarri Rambo of Georgia.