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Washington Redskins 2017 Mock Madness

Posted Apr 27, 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: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (April 4)
  • Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State (Feb. 15)
  • Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State (Jan. 19)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins are moving Su'a Cravens, last year's second-round pick, to safety, but he's an in-the-box guy. They still need a center fielder, and Hooker is a ball hawk. He had seven interceptions -- three for touchdowns -- in his lone season as a starter."

READ MORE: Malik Hooker To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (April 12)
  • Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama (April 4)
  • Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State (March 15)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (Feb. 8)
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster; Wide Receiver, USC (Dec. 13, 2016)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins could trade back and try to still get Cook. He fills a huge need on their offense and has game-breaking ability. The two concerns: his history of shoulder issues and the people he surrounds himself with."

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (April 25)
  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (April 4)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March, 13)
  • Forrest Lamp; Guard, Western Kentucky (Feb. 8)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 19)

ANALYSIS: "I know the Redskins have defensive needs, but Cook would be outstanding in this scheme." 

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook 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)
  • John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington (Jan. 26)

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: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 26, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State (April 18)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March 27)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 30)

ANALYSIS: "Foster could fall due to off-field concers and worries about injuries, but he fits a need for the Redskins, bringing a tough playmaker into the fold." 

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple

DATE OF SELECTION: April 21, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (April 14, 2017)
  • Malik Hooker; Safety, Ohio State (March 30)
  • Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU (Feb. 16)

ANALYSIS: "The Temple pass rusher was one of the top risers throughout the postseason draft process; he can line up outside or inside for Washington." 

READ MORE: Haason Reddick To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Takk McKinley; Defensive Lineman, UCLA (April 24)
  • Caleb Brantley; Defensive Lineman, Florida (March 28)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Feb. 11)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins lack a true free safety."

READ MORE: Malik Hooker To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Deshaun Watson; Quarterback, Clemson (April 6)
  • Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (March 3)
  • Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama (Feb. 23)
  • Corey Davis; Wide Receiver, Western Michigan (Feb. 16)
  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (March 23)

ANALYSIS: "Assuming he falls because of the off-field issues, the Redskins seem like a logical landing spot for the super-talented linebacker."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Charles Harris; Defensive End/Linebacker, Missouri

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Mike Williams; Wide Receiver, Clemson (April 17)
  • Forrest Lamp, Offensive Lineman, Western Kentucky (March 30)
  • Budda Baker; Safety, Washington  (Feb. 15)

ANALYSIS: "They have to get better rushing the passer and Harris is the guy who could do that. He is a player scouts have really pumped up to me in recent weeks."

READ MORE: In His Eyes, Charles Harris Has The Talent To Be A Top Pick In Draft



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

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Gareon Conley; Cornerback, Ohio State (April 17)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (March 27)

ANALYSIS: "The pre-draft process has not gone well for Foster who falls out of the top 15, but the Redskins would be a nice landing spot, answering Washington's need for a thumper at linebacker."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

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

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: Charles Harris; Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Missouri

DATE OF SELECTION: April 20, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt (March 22)
  • Derek Barnett; Defensive End, Tennessee (Feb. 8)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 3)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (March 29)

ANALYSIS: "Washington doesn’t need to draft an edge rusher just because Trent Murphy will open the season on a four-game suspension. But it might draft one because there wasn’t much depth there in the first place. Harris can get after the QB and seems comfortable in space."

READ MORE: In His Eyes, Charles Harris Has The Talent To Be A Top Pick In Draft


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

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 25, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 1)
  • Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt (Feb. 8)
  • Forrest Lamp; Guard, Western Kentucky (April 5)
  • Gareon Conley; Cornerback, Ohio State (April 25)

ANALYSIS: “Gareon Conley was slotted here in a previous version. It really sounded like the Redskins were going to select him, but that's no longer the case in the wake of the rape allegations.

The Redskins could go with another cornerback like Adoree Jackson or Kevin King, or perhaps Charles Harris. However, Reuben Foster is way too good to pass up at this juncture. He has dropped a bit in the wake of testing positive at the combine, but given the big need at inside linebacker, I don't think the Redskins pass on him at No. 17."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Charles Harris, Defensive Lineman, Missouri

DATE OF SELECTION: April 17, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama (April 17)
  • Adoree' Jackson; Cornerback, USC (April 10)
  • Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU (March 27)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March 13)
  • Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama (March 6)
  • Taco Charlton; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 20)
  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Feb. 8)
  • Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michgan (Jan. 26)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Jan. 13)

ANALYSIS: "Based off some information, I think Washington's pick could come down to Reuben Foster, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree' Jackson, Haason Reddick, or Charles Harris. If Foster gets to their pick, I think the Redskins would be thrilled as he is their first choice. After Foster, I think there will be a big debate between the others. I think the deciscion would come down to Harris or Jackson. This is a deep cornerback draft, so Washington could lean toward the rusher with its first pick. Additionally, Harris is loved by teams for his football character.

Harris started off the 2016 season with underwhelming performances against West Virginia and Eastern Michigan, totaling five tackles in those games. However, he exploded versus Georgia with three sacks and seven tackles. In November, Harris grew red hot, racking up 4.5 sacks over two games. He totaled 61 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, two passes batted and two forced fumbles on the year.

Harris is a speedy edge rusher who broke out in 2015 with 56 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and notched two sacks. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Harris is a fast edge rusher who puts a lot of heat on the quarterback. He is very similar to Vic Beasley and Shane Ray."


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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: April 24, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

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

ANALYSIS: "While Washington doesn’t have to draft a running back in the first round, Cook is a good fit as he brings big-play potential that consistently showed up on tape despite a subpar showing at the combine. He led the nation with 90 missed tackles forced in 2016 and his game speed makes him a weapon in the passing game. Cook’s game is a good combination of big-play ability and short-area feel that allows for maximizing his run blocking on any given play and he should have an immediate impact behind Washington’s ever-improving offensive line."

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 26, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

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

ANALYSIS: "I still see Foster as a first-round pick tonight. He was too good at Alabama to drop that far."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Mitch Trubisky; Quarterback, North Carolina

DATE OF SELECTION: April 26, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Corey Davis, Wide Reciver, Western Michigan 9March 7)
  • John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington (Jan. 4)

ANALYSIS: "To land Trubisky, a team might need to get into the top 10. Why not Washington, a franchise with a history of splash? The Redskins can’t afford the franchise tag carousel with Kirk Cousins forever. Trubisky is the most consistent and accurate passer of this crop, but he still might need some grooming after only 13 starts at UNC. Let Trubisky sit one year behind Cousins, then reap the (less expensive) rewards. *Trade with Jets."

READ MORE: Mitch Trubisky To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 17, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State (April 3)
  • Mitchell Trubisky; Quarterback, North Carolina (March 10)
  • Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (Feb. 20)
  • Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State (Feb. 6)

ANALYSIS: "Washington could go in many different directions here, and it’s tough to project what that front office will do. That said, if Allen is still on the board here, it likely makes their decision much easier. Even with a sub-par combine and concerns over the long-term health of his shoulder, Allen is a top-10 talent who would be an absolute steal this late."

READ MORE: Jonathan Allen To The Redskins?


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

SELECTION: Jonathan Allen; Defensice Lineman, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (April 17)
  • Jonathan Allen; Defensice Lineman, Alabama (March 7)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Feb. 6)
  • Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (Feb. 2)

ANALYSIS: "Jonathan Allen seemed like a lock for the top five when the 2016 college football season ended, but concerns about his lack of athleticism and his shoulder injuries—which have resulted in arthritis—have pushed him down the board. A team like Indianapolis or Baltimore could stop his slide in a best-player-available situation, but Washington also has a massive need for a new 5-technique defensive end.

Allen is a baller and truly one of the most explosive players in college football last season—if I had a Heisman Trophy vote, he would have been my winner—and that's too good to pass up here in the middle of the first round. If team doctors have signed off on Allen, he's a steal at this spot."

READ MORE: Jonathan Allen Enters The NFL Wanting To Show Complete Skillset


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

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: April 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jarrad Davis; Linebacker, Florida (April 25)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March, 21)
  • Marlon Humphrey; Cornerback Alabama (Feb. 28)

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