The team has continued to stay busy in free agency since we last updated you on our Mock Draft Tracker. The signing of unrestricted free agent LB Darryl Tapp brings on board a veteran presence in the locker room, an outside pass rush and a solid special teams contributor to help fill the void left by Lorenzo Alexander.
They’ve also re-signed TE Fred Davis and agreed to terms on a deal sealing the return of CB DeAngelo Hall.
So how do these moves affect the experts’ Mock Draft predictions?
Before we move on to the updated mock drafts (scroll down if you wish) we want to examine how the aforementioned moves could affect the team’s draft strategy. All of these moves demonstrate that the team approached the offseason by placing an importance on re-signing their players and along the way have added veteran depth creating competition for minicamps.
Something else these moves illustrate is that the once immediate hole that needed to be filled in the secondary isn’t so glaring of a hole anymore. That’s not to say that the team has changed their philosophy or desire to add depth to the safety and/or cornerback positions but the recent signings do offer some flexibility come April. If the team chooses to do so then the front office can sit back and see how the first fifty selections pan out. The Redskins can now afford to take more of a ‘Best Player Available’ approach to continue to build upon their championship roster.
Fun fact of the day: The Redskins are set to return twenty-one of the team’s twenty-two starters from last year’s NFC East Championship Team. Good stuff, right?
By no means have they backed themselves into a corner. The team has options, something that should offer a breath of fresh air for Redskins fans everywhere.
So here’s an updated look at different Mock Draft boards and a few players the experts think the Redskins may have their eye on. Consensus is still with the Redskins selecting secondary help but the players are still in flux with two defensive backs from Mississippi State represented, for all of you SEC fans out there. Keep in mind that this is not an exact science but, according to scouts, there are some very talented players left on the board at number 51.
WalterFootball.com – Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State – Updated 4/2/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “Slay is an aggressive corner with good length. He is skilled in playing the hands of the receiver and forces incompletions because of it. Slay’s toughness translates when it comes to his run defense and special teams play. He’s going to have to prove his speed at the combine, but he should go in the middle rounds.” Click here for Slay’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Antoine Cason
Last Week: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
DraftTek – Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State – Updated 4/2/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “SEC receivers were hoping Banks would head to the NFL after his second-team All-SEC junior season, but they had to deal with the tall, lean three-year starter’s ball skills and competitive streak for another season before he headed off to challenge pro receivers. He has experience playing a number of spots in the secondary, beginning his career as a safety, before eventually settling on the boundary corner and nickel spots. His skills is man coverage were under-utilized at Mississippi State, and if he can keep adding weight to his long, wiry frame, has the potential to be an excellent press-man corner, a skill that will make get him selected in the top 40 picks.” Click here for Banks’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Aqib Talib
Last Week: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Fanspeak.com – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State – Updated 4/1/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: Once drafted as a major league baseball prospect, Poyer is now an All-American cornerback who uses his athletic prowess to make plays on the ball in coverage (four interceptions in 2011, seven in 2012) and tacklers miss as a kick and punt returner. He’s a fluid athlete who is quite agile and intelligent. He plays bigger than his size, but lacks strength and great speed.” Click here for Poyer’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Tarell Brown
Last Week: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
NFL Draft Geek – Eric Reid, S, LSU – Updated 4/1/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “The next SEC safety on which scouts have their eye, Reid brings the size, athleticism, intelligence and toughness to become an impact player in coverage (14 passes defended in the last two seasons) as well as against the run (91 total tackles) at the next level. The junior can get too overaggressive with his angles, but if Reid can rein in the athleticism, he has plenty of range to make plays all over the field.” Click here for Reid’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Mark Barron
Last Week: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
Football Fan Spot – Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut – Updated 4/2/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “Wreh-Wilson is a tall, tough corner, with some ball skills. His length and short area quickness makes him an intriguing prospect, but his inability to quickly flip his hips and his lack of deep, recovery speed will likely limit him to a zone-based scheme.” Click here for Wreh-Wilson’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Derek Cox
With the team’s recent signings, which position do you think the Redskins should target at No. 51?
Comment below and check back next week for an updated mock draft tracker as we inch closer to April’s draft!
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