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Mock Madness 2012: Survey Of Mock Drafts

Posted Mar 6, 2012

The NFL Scouting Combine is over and free agency is on the Redskins' horizon. In the meantime, why not track down mock drafts? Some project Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon to the Redskins.

The NFL Scouting Combine is over and free agency is on the Redskins' horizon.

In the meantime, why not track down mock drafts?

Since mid-January, mock drafts have been proliferating around the web. Post-combine, another round of mock drafts has arrived, in which draft gurus – and wannabe gurus – put their predictions to paper.

And just who are their picks? For the eighth year in a row, Redskins.com does the work for you.

Since our first Mock Madness in early February, we’ve once again scoured the Internet for mock drafts. Stay tuned to Redskins.com for Mock Madness updates leading up to the NFL Draft!

Without further ado...

NFL.com, Albert Breer (Feb. 29)
TRADE-Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: The Redskins are thought to be among potential trade partners with the Rams. What will Mike Shanahan like in Griffin? Writes Breer: "[He] likes his quarterbacks to have athleticism and swagger. Check. And check."

NFL.com, Chad Reuter (Feb. 29)
Pick 6: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Comment: Reuter had the Redskins taking Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in his first mock draft. Now he's switched gears and has the Redskins drafting Coples. This would be a stunner, if it happens. The Redskins don't have a need at outside linebacker or defensive end -- and Coples is thought to be a better prospect at 4-3 defensive end than 3-4 outside linebacker.

NFL.com, Bucky Brooks (Feb. 29)
Pick 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Comment: Brooks' last mock draft had the Redskins drafting Griffin at No. 6, but now he sees the Cleveland Browns trading up to grab the Baylor quarterback. So the Redskins settle on Claiborne, a sensible pick "due to his impressive skill set and immense potential," Brooks writes.

NFL.com, Steve Wyche (Feb. 28)
Pick 6: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Comment: Wyche also has the Browns as the frontrunners to trade up for Griffin. That leaves the quarterback-needy Redskins going with Tannehill. "[The Redskins] have to do something at QB," Wyche writes, "and there was just too much buzz at the combine about Tannehill going much higher than expected, even though he didn't perform."

ESPN.com, Mel Kiper (Feb. 19)
Pick 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Comment: If there's a mock draft Hall of Fame, then Kiper is first ballot! Kiper's pick of Claiborne in his first mock draft sent Redskins-watchers into a tizzy. He sticks with Claiborne to the Redskins in his second mock, although he expects team officials to "move off this pick." Kiper adds: "He's the top corner in the draft, and while the Skins have offensive needs, they should also be willing to draft best available when possible because the roster needs more talent, period."

CBSSports.com, Clark Judge (March 5)
TRADE-Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: A quarterback at any cost? So says Judge: "The Redskins need a quarterback and should do anything ... everything ... to get this guy."

CBSSports.com, Pete Prisco (March 5)
TRADE-Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: Heisman Trophy winner Griffin is 6-2 and 220 pounds. Playing in a spread offense, he passed for 6,000 yards and 78 touchdowns in four seasons at Baylor. He also rushed for 2,000 yards.

CBSSports.com, Pat Kirwan (March 5)
TRADE-Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: Do the folks at CBS Sports know something? Kirwan, the former NFL.com analyst, has the Redskins trading up for Griffin as well, saying that "Mike Shanahan will build a nice offense around the great athletic skills RG3 has to offer."

CBSSports.com, Dane Brugler (March 5)
Pick 6: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Comment: Brugler initially had the Redskins picking Ryan Tannehill, but now it's Blackmon (with RGIII going to Cleveland at No. 4). Says Brugler: "The Redskins need to add playmakers to their offense and Blackmon might be too good to pass up with this pick...Blackmon brings a big, talented target that could vastly improve Washington's pass attack -- regardless of who is throwing the football."

CBSSports.com, Rob Rang (March 6)
Pick 6: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Comment: Rang has the Rams picking RGIII at No. 2, suggesting a trade with the Browns or the Redskins is a possibility. If the Redskins can't make a deal, then it's another call for Blackmon. Rings Rang: "Due to his fearlessness over the middle, strength to break free of tackles and sticky hands, Blackmon is an ideal fit in Mike Shanahan's West Coast offense."

Draft Countdown, Scott Wright (March 5)
TRADE-Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: One of my favorite independent draft sites. Wright originally had the Redskins staying put at No. 6 and drafting Justin Blackmon, but now he foresees -- like many others -- a trade for RGIII. "Not only is Griffin an outstanding athlete with a rare skill set for the position, but he also earns high marks for his intangibles such as maturity, intelligence, work ethic and leadership ability," Wright writes.

National Football Post, Wes Bunting (Feb. 15)
Pick 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Comment: Bunting was the first mock draft guru to project the Redskins trading up to No. 2 for Griffin. In his second mock, it's the Browns who end up drafting Griffin at No. 4 in Bunting's mock. As for Claiborne, he is "the best prospect still on the board at any of the priority positions and you can never have too many corners."

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks (Feb. 22)
Pick 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Comment: Banks still doesn't see the Redskins getting Griffin. (Cleveland nabs him by trading up to No. 2.) But in his second mock he no longer thinks Ryan Tannehill is in the Redskins' picture. So Banks joins the chorus of mock draft gurus going with Claiborne. But wait, there's more! "Here's an interesting theory I heard recently that makes some sense: Mike Shanahan loves Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who he coached in the Senior Bowl, and might try to trade down into the 20s of the first round to take him. Weeden is 28 and that scares a lot of teams, but he's mature and ready to play in the NFL right away, and the Redskins don't have time to wait around for someone to develop."

SBNation.com (March 5)
TRADE- Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: The fast-growing sports blog site sticks with the trade-up scenario for Griffin, beating out the Browns by offering a better deal. "Washington will recognize the value [of Griffin] if Cleveland cannot, throwing its picks at the Rams and coming out better in the long run," according to SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber.

WalterFootball.com (March 2)
Pick 6: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Comment: Another one of my favorite independent draft sites, mostly because they have a 5-round mock draftfor 2012 and a 2013 projection as well. They stick with Reiff for their second mock, but acknowledge the pick is hard to predict. Fair enough. What about Round 2? The Redskins get Ryan Tannehill! Now that's value, considering some say the Redskins will draft him at No. 6. And in Round 3 it's Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon, son of New York Jets great Al Toon. Finally, what happens in the 2013 NFL Draft? The Redskins will pick 26th overall -- that means playoffs next season! -- and select Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers.

Great Blue North Draft Report (Feb. 25)
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Comment: If the Redskins don't see progress in Jammal Brown's hip this offseason, then grabbing an elite offensive tackle in Reiff could be the way to go. Since Cleveland grabbed RGIII in a trade to No. 2, Great Blue North has the Redskins trading up into the late-first round and selecting Brandon Weeden. In the third round of this mock, the Redskins pick up another Oklahoma State prospect in strong safety Markelle Martin.

KFFL.com (Feb. 29)
Pick 6: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Comment: This popular fantasy football site has the Redskins going for the best running back in the draft, although a trade-down is a possibility. "Richardson would give Mike Shanahan the workhorse he has needed since coming to Washington," KFFL posits.

NFL Draft Dog (March 51)
TRADE- Redskins trade up to No. 2 via St. Louis Rams, select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Comment: Go dog Go! Writes Draft Dog: "It will probably take next year's first-round pick and a couple second- and third-round picks for the Redskins to get Griffin. Is he worth all that? Absolutely! Griffin completed 72.36 percent of his passes. Very powerful, accurate arm and he is dangerous with the ball in his hand." Woof.

Football's Future (Feb. 22)
Pick 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Comment: Another Claiborne selection. The 6-0, 185-pounder logged five interceptions as a sophomore and six interceptions as a junior last year. Plus he averaged nearly 24.9 yards per interception return.

Pro Football Weekly, Nolan Nawrocki (Jan. 24)
Pick 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Comment: Historically, the Redskins like to pick defensive backs high -- since 1999, they have selected eight cornerbacks or safeties in the first three rounds of the draft. So picking Claiborne at No. 6 has precedence for this franchise. Says Nawrocki: "Mike Shanahan coached Champ Bailey in his prime and knows the value that a shutdown cornerback can bring to a defense."



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