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Washington Redskins 2015 Mock Madness

Posted Apr 6, 2015

Check out this compilation of what various league "experts" believe the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

A compilation from Redskins.com of various league experts' predictions about what the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 5-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Check back weekly until the draft -- which is being held April 30-May 2 in Chicago -- for updates!

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EXPERT: Mel Kiper Jr.; ESPN (click here for full article; must have ESPN Insider access)

SELECTION: Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri

DATE OF SELECTION: March 5, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 11)

ANALYSIS: “For the record, Ray can or should also be listed as an OLB. The Redskins have needs all over the secondary, but there just isn't value to be found at this pick slot at either cornerback or safety. And the quickest way to improve a secondary without making wholesale changes back there is to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. If the board breaks this way the Redskins could go with Ray or Randy Gregory and feel they're getting more productivity in the pass rush in 2015. Let's not forget this is another possible trade-up spot for a team that would want to get Marcus Mariota before the Jets have a chance to take him at No. 6, and given the many needs and missed picks of recent years, the Redskins might be smart to move down.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “It's hard to find many weaknesses for Ray. He pursues the quarterback and the ball like it's his last snap. An alpha male packaged in an explosive frame, Ray has the traits and skills to be a dominant pass rusher and potential Pro Bowler. He also has the athleticism and strength to play in any defensive front.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Shane Ray To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Todd McShay; ESPN (click here for full article; must have ESPN Insider access)

SELECTION: Dante Fowler Jr.; Defensive End, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: March 30, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 26)

-- Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri (Feb. 5)

ANALYSIS: “The Redskins need a pass-rusher, with Brian Orakpo gone to the Titans, and they have several options to choose from here including Randy Gregory, Shane Ray and Vic Beasley. But new GM Scot McCloughan has always put emphasis on edge players with a little bit more size, and Fowler fits the bill as a more complete player (albeit slightly less explosive) than those other three guys, with a more filled-out frame and who can set the edge better against the run. He also has the athleticism to play 3-4 outside linebacker (ran an impressive 4.61 40-yard dash at the combine).”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Strong-side 3-4 outside linebacker with the physical traits and above-average potential to set the edge or spill runs wide to an early demise. Fowler is a competitive pass rusher getting by on athleticism and inside moves right now, but has a Pro Bowl ceiling with double-digit sack potential if he takes coaching and addresses his rush technique.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Fowler To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Peter Schrager; FoxSports.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Outside Linebacker, Clemson

DATE OF SELECTION: March 17, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Danny Shelton; Defensive Tackle, Washington (Feb. 23)

-- Landon Collins; Safety, Alabama (Jan. 20)

ANALYSIS: “If things shake out this way, Marcus Mariota could be sitting right there for Washington. You've got to think the Redskins would be at least tempted to consider him. But the Washington front office took a new approach to free agency this year, resisting the usual rash of over-the-hill veteran signings and flashy names and instead picking up players in key positions at the right value. Defensive tackles Terrance Knighton and Stephen Paea and cornerback Chris Culliver were signed to smart deals and can all contribute at a high level next year. Beasley fits the base 3-4 defense, filling any void the departed Brian Orakpo left as the outside linebacker opposite Ryan Kerrigan. A coach I spoke with said he expected Beasley to weigh in around 235 pounds at the Combine and that there was a fear he was too light. Beasley not only weighed in at 246 pounds, but he also did an outstanding 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench the following day. There's a new feel in D.C., and Beasley would be a wonderful addition.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. Considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach. Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential. Teams privately gushed about his ability to carry speed at the combine to go along with his additional weight.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Vic Beasley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Rob Rang; CBSSports.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Brandon Scherff; Offensive Tackle, Iowa

DATE OF SELECTION: March 16, 2015

ANALYSIS: "Jay Gruden's success as the play-caller in Cincinnati came with one of the league's biggest offensive lines. He inherited one of the smallest in Washington and there is no question that upgrading the talent there will be an offseason priority. Not everyone sees Scherff (or any offensive lineman this year) as a top 10 talent, but he plays with the grit and physicality Washington is lacking and would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: "Like former Hawkeye Riley Reiff, Scherff has measurables and traits to play tackle in the league but might be better suited to play guard. More powerful than explosive, Reiff is not a scheme-specific talent and can maul or move in run game. Road-grader with pancake-man potential, but has holes in his pass protection that will be exposed on the next level -- especially at tackle."

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Brandon Scherff To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Dane Brugler; CBSSports.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Marcus Mariota; Quarterback, Oregon 

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Outside Linebacker, Clemson (March 16)

DATE OF SELECTION: March 29, 2015

ANALYSIS: "With Robert Griffin III struggling to regain the promise he showed as a rookie, the Redskins are doing thorough homework on Mariota, bringing him in for a private visit prior to the NFL Draft. Whether or not it's simply due diligence or genuine interest, the former Duck is a possibility at No. 5 if he's still on the board.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: "Scheme-based quarterback who will face the same challenges that several quarterbacks before him have faced in terms of learning how to read defenses and go through progressions. The tape was less kind to Mariota than expected, but his size, athleticism and consistency of football character throughout his career are necessary traits in becoming a good-to-great quarterback. Mariota's ability to create outside the pocket will help win games here and there and buy him time as he plies his craft. However, to reach his potential and match the play with the traits, he must develop more poise and feel in the pocket and improve his field vision. Mariota is no lock to be a great NFL quarterback, but his floor is much higher than any of the quarterbacks drafted in 2014."

READ MORE:
-- Report: Marcus Mariota To Vist The Redskins



EXPERT: Pete Prisco; CBSSports.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

DATE OF SELECTION: March 24, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Outside Linebacker, Clemson (March 17)

ANALYSIS: “They need a speed edge rusher in the worst way.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect.”

READ MORE:
-- Nebraska Prospects Give One Final Look At Pro Day



EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah; NFL.com/NFL Network (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

DATE OF SELECTION: March 18, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri (Feb. 25)

-- Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Mar. 18)

-- Leonard Williams; Defensive End, University of Southern California (Jan. 14)

ANALYSIS: “Gregory would be an excellent replacement for Brian Orakpo.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: "A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect."

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Gregory To The Redskins


EXPERT: Bucky Brooks; NFL.com/NFL Network (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Outside Linebacker, Clemson

DATE OF SELECTION: March 30, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 27)

-- Landon Collins; Safety, Alabama (Jan. 19)

ANALYSIS: “New GM Scot McCloughan loves long, rangy athletes with speed and quickness. Beasley is a dominant pass rusher with exceptional first-step quickness and closing burst.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. Considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach. Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential. Teams privately gushed about his ability to carry speed at the combine to go along with his additional weight.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Vic Beasley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Chris Burke; SI.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Outside Linebacker, Clemson

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Brandon Scherff; Offensive Tackle, Iowa (Feb. 5)

DATE OF SELECTION: March 13, 2015

ANALYSIS: “Beasley demolished the combine, putting to rest most of the fears associated with his size or speed. Adding him to the starting lineup with Ryan Kerrigan would give Washington a fearsome 1-2 punch at OLB, while allowing Trent Murphy to remain in a rotational role.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: "Projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. Considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach. Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential."

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Vic Beasley To The Redskins


EXPERT: Charlie Campbell; WalterFootball.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Leonard Williams; Defensive End, University of Southern California

DATE OF SELECTION: March 30, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Andrus Peat; Offensive Lineman/Tackle, Stanford (Jan. 30)

-- Dante Fowler Jr.; Linebacker, Florida (Feb. 23)

-- Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (March 9)

-- Brandon Scherff; Offensive Tackle, Iowa (March 16)

ANALYSIS: “The Redskins lost Brian Orakpo in free agency and could use another pass-rusher to team with Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy. Joe Barry could get a versatile weapon for his defense with Williams, who played the three-technique for Barry's mentor Monte Kiffin as a freshman and would also be a perfect fit as a five technique in a 3-4.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Enormously powerful defensive lineman. Has the look and feel of the biggest, strongest kid on the playground but hasn't figured out how to unlock his natural gifts and consistently dominate the rest of the kids on the playground just yet. Williams can play in an odd or even front, and is able to hold the point as a two-gapper or disrupt upfield. With coaching and more experience, Williams should be able to match the athleticism with the power and become a consistent Pro Bowler with a ceiling that goes even higher than that.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Williams To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Great Blue North Draft Report (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: April 6, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida (Feb. 10)

-- Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 10)

-- Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri (March 19)

-- Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (March 23)

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Strong-side 3-4 outside linebacker with the physical traits and above-average potential to set the edge or spill runs wide to an early demise. Fowler is a competitive pass rusher getting by on athleticism and inside moves right now, but has a Pro Bowl ceiling with double-digit sack potential if he takes coaching and addresses his rush technique.”

READ MORE:
--
2015 Mock Drafts: Fowler To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Steven Ruiz; USA Today (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Defensive End, Clemson

DATE OF SELECTION: April 2, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 5)

ANALYSIS: “Randy Gregory’s slip-up is Beasley’s gain. The Clemson standout wasn’t far behind Gregory as a prospect to begin with. Beasley will give Washington a replacement (and upgrade) for the departed Brian Orakpo.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. Considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach. Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential. Teams privately gushed about his ability to carry speed at the combine to go along with his additional weight.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Beasley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Matt Miller; Bleacher Report (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Leonard Williams; Defensive End, University of Southern California

DATE OF SELECTION: March 24, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida (Feb. 24)
-- Brandon Scherff; Offensive Tackle, Iowa (Feb. 2)

ANALYSIS: “Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean-Francois were added to the defensive line this offseason to go along with Jason Hatcher, but outside of Knighton at nose tackle, none of these players will strike fear in offensive coordinators. And while some will want an edge rusher here to play opposite Ryan Kerrigan, it's worth remembering that Trent Murphy was a second-round pick of the team last year.

Williams can play the 5-technique position from Day 1 and become the team's second most impactful defender behind Kerrigan. He's athletic, strong, versatile and can bump inside to the 3-technique on passing downs when the team goes to a four-man front.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Enormously powerful defensive lineman. Has the look and feel of the biggest, strongest kid on the playground but hasn't figured out how to unlock his natural gifts and consistently dominate the rest of the kids on the playground just yet. Williams can play in an odd or even front, and is able to hold the point as a two-gapper or disrupt upfield. With coaching and more experience, Williams should be able to match the athleticism with the power and become a consistent Pro Bowler with a ceiling that goes even higher than that.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Leonard Williams To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Michael Schottey; Bleacher Report (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 10, 2015

ANALYSIS: “Fowler isn't a complete prospect yet, but we've seen in recent years that teams are willing to over-draft talented athletes who project as one-dimensional pass-rushers in their first couple of seasons. Fowler fits that description well, and he's going to test off the boards, solidifying his status toward the top of the draft.

For Washington, it's tempting to say they don't need a pass-rusher with Trent Murphy drafted last year and the possibility of re-signing Brian Orakpo, but rushers are rarely thought of as something a team can have too many of, and a new defensive coordinator is sure to shake some things up anyway.”

NFL.com ANALSIS: "Strong-side 3-4 outside linebacker with the physical traits and above-average potential to set the edge or spill runs wide to an early demise. Fowler is a competitive pass rusher getting by on athleticism and inside moves right now, but has a Pro Bowl ceiling with double-digit sack potential if he takes coaching and addresses his rush technique."

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Dante Fowler Jr. To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Pat Kirwan; CBSSports.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 24, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

--Randy Gregory; Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 5)

--Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida (Feb. 17)

ANALYSIS: “The Brian Orakpo experiment is over and the Redskins need a pass rusher opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Fowler is a 260-pound pass rusher that can play from any stance and he is big enough to play all three downs.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Strong-side 3-4 outside linebacker with the physical traits and above-average potential to set the edge or spill runs wide to an early demise. Fowler is a competitive pass rusher getting by on athleticism and inside moves right now, but has a Pro Bowl ceiling with double-digit sack potential if he takes coaching and addresses his rush technique.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Dante Fowler Jr. To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Lance Zierlein; NFL.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Vic Beasley; Outside Linebacker, Clemson

DATE OF SELECTION: March 26, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS:

-- Brandon Scherff; Offensive Tackle, Iowa (Feb. 5)

-- Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri (March 3)

ANALYSIS: “Beasley's offseason workouts (with additional weight on his frame) have teams feeling some type of way, and with Orakpo gone, this works.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. Considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach. Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential. Teams privately gushed about his ability to carry speed at the combine to go along with his additional weight.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Vic Beasley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Charles Davis; NFL.com/NFL Network (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Outside linebacker; Nebraska

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 25, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri (Feb. 10)

ANALYSIS: "Gregory -- a freak athlete who brings scheme versatility, the ability to disrupt in the passing game and hold up a lot better than many realize against the run -- would be a fit for any team drafting in the top five, because you just can't beat the upside as a disruptive force on defense. I also like Shane Ray here if he drops, and this is a spot where teams looking at Marcus Mariota could move, but if they stay put and don't have interest in Mariota, Gregory makes a lot of sense.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: "A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect."

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Gregory To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Nate Davis; USA Today (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

DATE OF SELECTION: March 21, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Danny Shelton; Defensive Tackle, Washington

ANALYSIS: “GM Scot McCloughan has been busy fortifying his D-line, but lost sack man Brian Orakpo to Tennessee. Enter Gregory, who should form a nice tandem with Ryan Kerrigan.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Randy Gregory To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Don Banks; SI.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Dante Fowler Jr.; Outside Linebacker, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: April 2, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTION:  Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska (Feb. 24)

ANALYSIS: ”In need of a difference-maker off the edge with oft-injured pass-rusher Brian Orakpo moving on in free agency, Washington is in prime position to select either Florida’s Fowler or Nebraska outside linebacker/defensive end Randy Gregory. Washington has had its share of issues with players testing positive for marijuana in recent years – as Gregory did at last month’s scouting combine – so perhaps that will tilt the pick Fowler’s way.

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “Strong-side 3-4 outside linebacker with the physical traits and above-average potential to set the edge or spill runs wide to an early demise. Fowler is a competitive pass rusher getting by on athleticism and inside moves right now, but has a Pro Bowl ceiling with double-digit sack potential if he takes coaching and addresses his rush technique.”

READ MORE:
--
2015 Mock Drafts: Fowler To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz; USA Today (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

DATE OF SELECTION: March 19, 2015

PREVIOUS SELECTION: Dante Fowler Jr.; Defensive End (Feb. 27)

ANALYSIS: “The Redskins’ pick could be one of the draft’s turning points, as a trade or surprise selection could drastically alter the first round. Replacing Brian Orakpo with the rangy edge rusher Gregory would be the best marriage of addressing a need and pursuing long-term rewards.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect.”

READ MORE:
-- Nebraska Prospects Give One Final Look At Pro Day


EXPERT: Charley Casserly; NFL Network (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Randy Gregory; Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

DATE OF SELECTION: March 15, 2015

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect.”

READ MORE:
--2015 Mock Drafts: Gregory To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Brian Baldinger; NFL.com/NFL Network (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Shane Ray; Defensive End, Missouri

DATE OF SELECTION: March 13, 2014

ANALYSIS: “Ryan Kerrigan made the transition to OLB. Ray can do the same thing to fill the void left by Brian Orakpo.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “It's hard to find many weaknesses for Ray. He pursues the quarterback and the ball like it's his last snap. An alpha male packaged in an explosive frame, Ray has the traits and skills to be a dominant pass rusher and potential Pro Bowler. He also has the athleticism and strength to play in any defensive front.”

READ MORE:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Shane Ray To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Doug Farrar; SI.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Kevin White; Wide Receiver, West Virginia

DATE OF SELECTION: March 18, 2015

ANALYSIS: “Whatever it is that Jay Gruden is trying to accomplish with his quarterback situation—and at this point, we're not entirely sure—he's going to need a top-level receiver in Washington, D.C., as he had in Cincinnati with A.J. Green. The Redskins have the speed quotient covered with DeSean Jackson, and the possession aspect with a number of players. But White has the ability to take the top off any defense with his acceleration, he's a wizard at times with contested catches, and he's only going to get better in the right offense. The combination of 4.35 speed that transfers to the field and his 6'3", 215-pound frame makes White a tantalizing target for any team in the top 10.”

NFL.com ANALYSIS: “He's not just a product of West Virginia's system -- he's talented. White showed off 23 reps on the bench press and a blazing 4.35 40 at the combine, proving he has the top-end speed to go with the size and strength. White came into West Virginia with very limited confidence, according to team insiders, but when he left, he had realized his rare talent. White lacks the polish of Amari Cooper, but some teams already believe he has the best upside of any wide receiver in this draft.”

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