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Washington Redskins 2017 Mock Madness

Posted Apr 14, 2017

Check out this compilation of what various league "experts" believe the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 17-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

A compilation from Redskins.com of various league experts' predictions about what the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 17-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Check back weekly until the draft -- which is being held April 27-April 29 in Philadelphia -- for updates!


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

SELECTION: Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford

DATE OF SELECTION: April 4, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State (Feb. 15, 2017)
  • Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State (Jan. 19, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "I could see McCaffrey jumping into the top 10 after his combine performance (4.48 40 and 37½-inch vertical) proved his athleticism. For now I'm leaving him here, where he'd play some running back and slot receiver and return kicks and punts."

READ MORE: Christian McCaffrey To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple

DATE OF SELECTION: Arpil 12, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama (April 4, 2017)
  • Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State (March 15, 2017)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (Feb. 8, 2017)
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster; Wide Receiver, USC (Dec. 13, 2016)

ANALYSIS: "Reddick is a true three-down linebacker with the ability to cover in space and get after the QB on passing downs. His performance at the Senior Bowl and testing numbers at the combine catapulted him into the first round. Mixon would be a first-round pick if not for major off-field concerns. He's a natural pass-catcher and looks like a three-down back in the NFL. Kazee is a natural ball hawk who had 15 interceptions the past two seasons and shined during Senior Bowl practices. At just 5-10¼, 184 pounds, he has the toughness to compete with bigger wide receivers."

READ MORE: Haason Reddick To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple

DATE OF SELECTION: April 4, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March, 13 2017)
  • Forrest Lamp; Guard, Western Kentucky (Feb. 8, 2017)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 19, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Reddick can play off the line of scrimmage on run downs and rush off the edge on passing downs. He is an elite athlete who has really helped himself during the postseason." 

READ MORE: Haason Reddick To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Mitch Trubisky; Quarterback, North Carolina

DATE OF SELECTION: Arpil 11, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State (March 20, 2017)
  • John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington (Jan. 26, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "If the Redskins are unable to sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal in the coming weeks, they could elect to draft his successor on draft day."

READ MORE: Mitch Trubisky To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 30, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "This is probably earlier than I personally would go with Peppers, but with DeAngelo Hall on the back end, Peppers would be allowed to play in space and be deployed all over the field like he was at Michigan." 

READ MORE: Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins?

EXPERT: Chad Reuter; NFL.com (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Malik Hooker; Safety, Ohio State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 30, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March 15, 2007)
  • Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU (Feb. 16, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Hooker's range is unbelievable; only team needs push him down this far." 

READ MORE: Malik Hooker To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Caleb Brantley; Defensive Lineman, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: March 28, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Feb. 11, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "The rebuilding of the defensive line continues."

READ MORE: Caleb Brantley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Will Brinson; CBS Sports (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Deshaun Watson; Quarterback, Clemson

DATE OF SELECTION: April 6, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (March 3, 2017)
  • Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama (Feb. 23, 2017)
  • Corey Davis; Wide Receiver, Western Michigan (Feb. 16, 2017)
  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (March 23, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Surprise! With the Kirk Cousins situation hardly resolved, the Redskins snag a quarterback in the middle of the first round who gives them some leverage. They can strike a deal to trade Cousins now or let him walk and still have a quarterback. It?s actually a pretty smart solution."

READ MORE: Deshaun Watson To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Pete Prisco; CBS Sports (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Mike Williams; Wide Receiver, Clemson

DATE OF SELECTION: April 12, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Forrest Lamp, Offensive Lineman, Western Kentucky (March 30, 2017)
  • Budda Baker; Safety, Washington  (Feb. 15, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "They signed Terrell Pryor to a one-year deal, so he might not be around for long. There would be nice value here in taking Williams."

READ MORE: Mike Williams To The Redskins?



EXPERT: 
Dane Brugler; CBS Sports (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

ANALYSIS: "McDowell has an impressive blend of size, athleticism and power to be effective from multiple positions along the defensive line."

READ MORE: Malik McDowell To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Rob Rang; CBS Sports (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 6, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt (Feb. 8, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins surrendered an average of nearly 120 yards per game on the ground in 2016 and only three teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) allowed more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of the combine after a run-in with medical personnel but his talent is undeniable. Possessing remarkable closing speed and the physicality to intimidate, he could prove a steal at this point in the draft."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Chris Burke; Sports Illustrated (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 29, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt (March 22, 2017)
  • Derek Barnett; Defensive End, Tennessee (Feb. 8, 2017)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 3, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "If those who continue to question his level of desire are to be believed, a McDowell pick is not risk-free. But the potential reward is pretty apparent, too. They don’t build ’em like McDowell, who has top-five talent among this class if he finds his motivation."

READ MORE: Malik McDowell To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Walter Cherepinsky; WalterFootball (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Forrest Lamp; Guard, Western Kentucky

DATE OF SELECTION: April 5, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 1, 2017)
  • Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt (Feb. 8, 2017)

ANALYSIS: I'm not exaggerating when I say this, but I spent about an hour last night thinking about this pick alone. I've slotted Zach Cunningham here for a while, as he was the exact prospect Scot McCloughan would've looked for. McCloughan, of course, was fired, but I still stuck with Cunningham because he filled a huge need. That's no longer the case because of the Zach Brown signing.

I ultimately decided on Forrest Lamp. There's talk that Lamp could be a top-20 pick, as teams love him. He can play all three positions on the offensive line, which has to interest the Redskins. They need an upgrade over Shawn Lauvao, which Lamp could provide. Lauvao and center Spencer Long are impending free agents in 2018, so Lamp would also provide insurance in case the latter departs."

READ MORE: Forrest Lamp To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Adoree' Jackson; Cornerback, USC

DATE OF SELECTION: April 10, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU (March 27, 2017)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March 13, 2017)
  • Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama (March 6, 2017)
  • Taco Charlton; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 20, 2017)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Feb. 8, 2017)
  • Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michgan (Jan. 26, 2017)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Jan. 13, 2017)
  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (April 3, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Based off some information, I think the Redskins' pick could come down to Reuben Foster, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree' Jackson or Reddick. Neither member of the Alabama duo is likely to make it to this pick, and the Redskins just made a steal of a signing with Zach Brown. Here, they can get a speedy slot corner who can help them defend against Odell Beckham Jr. and play on the inside of Josh Norman.

Jackson notched 55 tackles with 11 passes broken up and five interceptions in 2016. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, returned two punts for touchdowns, and made a 52-yard touchdown catch. Jackson had an awesome game against Alabama as he shut down star wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He held Ridley to only two receptions for nine yards on the night. Jackson has given the NFL proof that he is a serious cover corner prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Jackson played on offense and defense in 2015. He had 35 tackles with eight passes broken up and one interception at corner. As a wide receiver, Jackson had 27 receptions for 414 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore also returned punts and kicks.

Jackson became a starter in 2014 and was a sensation who also contributed as a wide receiver and returner/coverage defender on special teams. Defensively, the freshman had 49 tackles with 10 passes deflected. He also caught 10 receptions for 138 yards with three touchdowns on offense. On special teams, Jackson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 30 yards per kick return. For the NFL, the 5-foot-10, 186-pounder fits best as a cover cornerback. He is a fast corner to prevent separation, but can struggle with size and defenders making receptions over him."

READ MORE: Adoree' Jackson To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Steve Palazzolo; ProFootballFocus (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 5, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Leonard Fournette; Running Back, LSU (Jan. 18, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "One of the best big-play threats in the draft, Cook’s game speed is as good as it gets in the class. He can take it to the house as a runner or a receiver, and he showed what he’s capable of doing behind a subpar offensive line last season as he forced 92 missed tackles on the ground to lead the nation."

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Dan Kadar; SB Nation (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 10, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (March 20, 2017)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (March 7, 2017)
  • Budda Baker; Safety, Washington (Feb. 22, 2017)
  • Charlton; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 6, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "If Foster drops Washington should pounce to get a player who can quickly become the leader of the defense."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Emily Kaplan; MMQB (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Corey Davis, Wide Reciver, Western Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 7, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington (Jan. 4, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Should Jackson leave in free agency, the Redskins would need a No. 1 target for Kirk Cousins. Enter Davis, a polished wideout with some of the best hands in the draft. Evaluators believe he’s a sure thing, and a sure thing is exactly what Washington needs right now."

READ MORE: Corey Davis To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Luke Easterling; USA Today (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 3, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (March 16, 2017)
  • Mitchell Trubisky; Quarterback, North Carolina (March 10, 2017)
  • Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (Feb. 20, 2017)
  • Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State (Feb. 6, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "There are plenty of horses in the stable for Washington, but none of them can do what Cook can on all three downs. His complete skill set and playmaking ability would be a huge upgrade to keep the offense balanced for Kirk Cousins."

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple

DATE OF SELECTION: March 17, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jonathan Allen; Defensice Lineman, Alabama (March 7, 2007)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Feb. 6, 2017)
  • Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (Feb. 2, 2017)

READ MORE: Haason Reddick To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Eric Edholm; Yahoo! Sports (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Gareon Conley; Cornerback, Ohio State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 15, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Budda Baker; Safety, Washington (Feb. 10, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "But Conley is a well-built, highly athletic corner who could line up opposite Josh Norman and potentially give the Redskins a nice duo. The NFL East suddenly is pretty loaded at receiver, and the Redskins still have big room to improve in the secondary."

READ MORE: Gareon Conley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Peter Schrager; Fox Sports (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 21, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Marlon Humphrey; Cornerback Alabama (Feb. 28, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "I’ve seen Peppers go as high as top five in some mock drafts. He may very well. Or he can go somewhere in the 20-32 range. The scintillating past of Peppers’ repertoire is his versatility. The confounding part may be just where he fits best. He had a great week in Indianapolis and is a competitor. Curious to see how the NFL views him; and in this case — Greg Manusky."

READ MORE: Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins?

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