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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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Redskins Playbook: Niles Paul forcing a fourth tight end roster spot?

Redskins Playbook: Niles Paul forcing a fourth tight end roster spot?

Redskins coaches appreciate Niles Paul. Not just for the immense physical skills, a 6-foot-1, 225 lb. college receiver turned NFL tight end and fullback. He works hard every day at practice, and demands the same from his teammates. 

Last season, Paul landed on the injured reserve after an injury in London during a Week 8 tie against the Bengals. Because of that, some speculation emerged that Paul could be the odd man out in the Redskins tight end group, behind Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and fighting with 2017 draft pick Jeremy Sprinkle, not to mention veteran Derek Carrier. 

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After two preseason games, it's clear Paul is ready to fight for that spot. Against Green Bay on Saturday night, Paul logged a touchdown catch and a fumble recovery on special teams, showing the versatility that makes him so valuable to Washington. 

For Paul, he's just happy to be back on the field. 

"I got my season cut in half last year. I just want to be back on the field by any means necessary. I've just been missing it. I've been missing football in my life," Paul said after the game (full video above).

Paul's acrobatic TD grab showed that he still has the explosiveness to help the offense, but his special teams play is what will keep him on the roster. It also helps that head coach Jay Gruden complimented Paul for an outstanding camp and work ethic. 

"His speed looks where it was before the injuries. I mean, I think he's had an outstanding training camp so far. He's done so many different things. And that's one of the toughest positions," Gruden said of Paul. 

The Redskins offense hasn't hit full cylinder yet, but Paul thinks the return of Jordan Reed will help. 

"We're missing a major piece and that's Jordan Reed," he said. "We got some fine tuning to do."

Considering Reed's injury history, and backup tight end Vernon Davis starting the season at 33, a healthy Paul is a luxury for the Redskins. He stands to make nearly $2.5 million this season, but he also brings versatility. Paul is happy to play fullback, a role that seems to be growing, as well as all over the field on special teams. 

Washington will absolutely keep Reed and Davis. With his play this preseason, Paul seems a sure thing too. And if the squad wants to keep their draft pick in Sprinkle, who has tremendous size and has shown promise, four tight ends on the 53-man roster looks like the future. 

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With Spencer Long on the shelf, could Redskins make a run at Nick Mangold?

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With Spencer Long on the shelf, could Redskins make a run at Nick Mangold?

News broke late Monday night that Redskins' center Spencer Long underwent a minor knee scope and is expected to miss two weeks. That timetable spells good news for Washington, as that would bring Long back to the team before the first regular season game against the Eagles on September 10th. 

In the meantime, expect rookie Chase Roullier to take over at center for the Redskins. A 6th round draft pick, Bruce Allen and the Washington brass moved up to select Roullier, and the young player out of Wyoming had a strong training camp. 

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"He’s done a great job, he really has. For a rookie to come in here and handle all the things he has to handle, it’s been very impressive," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Roullier in early August. 

Still, Jay Gruden has been very clear about the need for a backup center on the roster. Last season the team brought in veteran John Sullivan during the year to provide depth at the position after Kory Lichtensteiger went down with injury.  Sullivan ended up starting one game for Washington, and is now playing with the Rams. 

With Long on the mend, the only other center on the Redskins roster is Roullier. Ronald Patrick is listed with the more generic OL designation though he has played center too.

It seems likely the team will move quickly to add another center, and one name that will get suggested is Nick Mangold. An 11-year veteran that played his entire career with the Jets, Mangold has more experience than Long, Roullier and Patrick combined.

He's also played the position at a very high level. Twice named to the NFL's All Pro team, Mangold has made seven Pro Bowls, most recently in 2015.

It's not entirely clear why Mangold isn't on an NFL roster already. He worked out for the Ravens this offseason, though some reports suggested Mangold wanted more guaranteed money than was discussed. 

A quick look at his Twitter feed does not suggest a guy missing the NFL life. A big soccer fan, Mangold seems very dialed in to London's Tottenham Hotspur and the New York City Football Club. (Check his Twitter out here)

If the team truly believes Long should not miss any regular season action, Mangold is probably not a fit. At 33-years-old with an impressive resume, Mangold likely doesn't want to come back just to be a backup, and Gruden has repeatedly talked about Long's ability and potential in the middle of the line. Should Long suffer a setback, the equation could change. 

Other names are likely to pop up for tryouts, as the 'Skins must consider more interior line depth. Making a run at Mangold might be something fans want to do, though it might not make sense at this point.

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