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Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0

Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0

I ran through my first Redskins-only seven-round mock draft of the season. While the Fanspeak program I used does give the option of trades, I decided not to do them on this first go-around to keep it simpler.

As you’ll see with the second-round pick, I went with what I think the Redskins will do and not what I personally would do given the same set of choices.

Unlike the real draft, this one will be redone a few times over the next two weeks. Your thoughts and suggestions in the comments are, as always, appreciated.

Round 1, Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky—This showed how tough the Redskins’ top pick may be and why fans may not be happy with it. All three of the top running backs were off the board as were top inside linebackers Reuben Foster and Haason Reddick. There wasn’t a defensive line prospect who wasn’t a huge reach. With a trade down not available, I went with Lamp as the best available player even though I don’t like the value.

Round 2, D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas—Joe Mixon was the best player on the board. Personally, I might take a chance on the PR problems that would come with the pick but I’m trying to do what the Redskins will do and I don’t see them doing that. Foreman was highly productive in college, leading FBS in rushing yards with 2,028 and is a good blend of size (6-0, 233) and speed.

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Round 3, Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa—I desperately want to get some defensive line help but the board just won’t let me. With this draft being so deep at defensive back I had to pull the trigger here when a pretty good one fell to me in Round 3. King was a four-year starter at Iowa who also played nearly half of the Hawkeyes’ special teams snaps. He doesn't have ideal size (5-10, 201) but he makes up for it with football IQ and desire.

Round 4(a), Nazair Jones, DE, North Carolina—Finally, some DL help here. At 6-5, 304, Jones can help out against the run immediately. His pass rushing skills may never develop but he would be a young upgrade on early downs.

Round 4(b), Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma—He was a unanimous first-team All-American with 80 receptions for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns. At 6-0, 178 he is’t a physical presence but has the speed (4.34 in the 40 at his pro day) to be productive.

Round 5, Duke Riley, ILB, LSU—At 6-0, 223 he could take a year to pack on a few pounds, play some special teams, get some experience and be ready to contribute in 2018.

Round 6(a), Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas—He underachieved as a senior but he has good length and power. He will need to add to his 274 pounds. Wise could be some good raw material to give to Jim Tomsula.

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Round 6(b), Sam Rogers, FB/TE, Virginia Tech—I know that Jay Gruden doesn’t use fullbacks but Rogers could also play some tight end and be a special teams star. This is a case of taking a Scott McCloughan-type “football player”.

Round 7(a), Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor—Fuller has good size at 6-5, 307. Could be a good backup in 2018.

Round 7(b), Deangelo Brown, NT, Louisville—Here’s another project D-lineman for Tomsula. Brown was a playmaker for the Cardinals, post 16 tackles for loss last year.

Review: While I didn’t address the D-line early, I addressed it often, with three Saturday picks giving Tomsula some projects to work on. I would like to get a lot more impact out of the first-round pick but it just wasn’t there. As a consolation, I look for Lamp to take over the starting role by the middle of training camp and allow the team to save $4 million in cap money by moving on from Shawn Lauvao.

Westbrook could be my steal, sort of like 2014 fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder. I don’t see him having as much impact as Crowder did as a rookie but he could be a very productive player by his second or third years.

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Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Following a slew of reports that cast doubt on the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted Tuesday that the impass is not about money. 

If the report is true, then Washington has run out of good options for retaining Cousins in the long term.

It's possible the team could use a third-straight franchise tag to keep him next season, but the price tag around $34 million would be astronomical for one season.

The transition tag would be worth in the neighborhood of $28 million. 

Russini doesn't elaborate on the reasons behind her report that Cousins wouldn't be happy in Washington regardless of price. But it's important to note that both teams and players have incentive to create leverage in contract negotiations through the media. 

The Redskins have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Cousins. 

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Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Interior offensive line

Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Interior offensive line

Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?

Up today…

Position: Interior offensive line

On the roster: Guards Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Kalis, Isaiah Williams; Centers Spencer Long, Chase Roullier, Ronald Patrick

Locks: Lauvao, Scherff, Kouandjio, Long

As noted here this morning, there seemed to be a pretty good chance that Lauvao would be on his way out. But free agency and the draft went by and no serious challenger for him was acquired. It looks like they will let him play out the last year of his free agent contract and then see what they want to do with him next year when he will be a 30-year-old free agent.

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The Redskins might like Kouandjio, going into his third season, to emerge as a viable option as Lauvao’s successor. He was not up to the task in a couple of spot starts last year. But, just like Lauvao, he can take some comfort in the fact that the organization did not expend any major resources on bringing in another guard for competition.

Scherff went to the Pro Bowl in his second year in the league. He will be a fixture at right guard for the next decade or so, provided the Redskins can figure out a way to get a third high-priced offensive lineman under the salary cap (in addition to tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses).

Long did a solid job in his first year as the starting center. He will anchor the line again this year. He is eligible for a contract extension and it will be interesting to see if talks heat up between now and training camp.

On the bubble: Roullier

In an ideal Redskins world, the rookie sixth-round pick would be able to learn center and both guard spots well enough to be a workable fill-in on game days. In the real world, that may not work. During minicamp, offensive line coach Bill Callahan told me that while he had been impressed with how well Roullier had picked things up so far, the real test will come with the pads on in Richmond.

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Long shots: Catalina, Kalais, Williams, Patrick

You never know what will happen during the preseason but it seems that the practice squad is the best hope for any of these guys to be around Ashburn in the fall. If injury or issues with Roullier’s development create a hole in the depth chart in the 53-man roster the organization is likely to go outside to find help off the waiver wire. Two or three on this list are likely to be back for another shot in 2018.  

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