The Washington Redskins have entered a new age for the franchise. They hired two-time Coach of the Year Ron Rivera to come in and change the culture and direction of the team. They have seven total picks but only two selections in the Top 100. Due to this, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a move back from second overall. However, I’m still not sure where other teams are valuing a move up to number two, so for this updated Redskins 7-round mock draft, they will be staying put.
The Redskins did a good job building depth and filling needs in free agency, but they still have major holes at tight end, offensive tackle, linebacker, and cornerback, as well as minor holes at positions like wide receiver, EDGE, and safety.
Round 1, Pick 2: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Chase Young is the top player in this class. While I don’t think he’s as rare a prospect as many think, he’s still an elite prospect. He pairs an elite physical profile with dominant production. He’s got a big frame and is a plus athlete for the position. He’s also well developed in his pass rush technique, using quick and efficient hands to keep his body clean. Young’s biggest strength is his ability to burst off the line of scrimmage. He has rare explosiveness and is consistently in the backfield before tackles can even get a hand on them.
Young still has some room to develop as a run defender; for someone his size, he should play with a little more weight in his pockets. He’s a good run defender but could improve at setting a strong edge. The Redskins have bigger needs than edge rusher, but Young is the best player in the class. Pairing him with the defensive front already on the roster should produce immediate results.
Round 3, Pick 66: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
In my eyes, this is the best-case scenario for the Redskins pick at #66. Prince Tega Wanogho is a physical specimen at 6’5″ and 308 pounds, and he’s also a solid athlete for his size. His feet are quick and nimble, and it makes him a very efficient pass protector. He possesses long arms, which helps him shield from defenders. On top of his ability in pass protection, Wanogho is also a very strong run blocker. He’s explosive and possesses excellent play strength. His upside is that of a top-10 left tackle, and I believe he has a strong floor as well. Wanogho is a second-round talent that could be on the board when the Redskins are picking in the beginning of the third round.
Wanogho has some issues, like any prospect. His pad height is consistently an issue, and his hand placement at times is poor. His physical gifts give him both a high floor and strong potential, but in order to develop into true franchise tackle, he must clean up some of his game. Regardless, Wanogho would have a very good chance to walk in and be a starter for the team on Day 1.
Round 4, Pick 108: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
At one time, Bryce Hall was viewed as a potential first-round prospect, but an Achilles injury has dropped Hall all the way down to a potential Day 3 selection. Possessing a very good frame with adequate athletic ability, Hall is a prototypical Cover 3 cornerback who plays best when using his instinct and length to make plays.
Yes, the injury is a concern, but this is a chance for the Redskins to take a Top-50 level player at one of their biggest needs, in the fourth round. Hall would fit well with what Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio want to do. He would instantly compete for one of the outside cornerback spots.
Round 4, Pick 142: Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
I knew I needed to look for a tight end soon, and I was lucky enough to take one of the remaining dynamic playmakers. In my eyes, the weakest position on the Redskins roster is tight end. New offensive coordinator Scott Turner likes his tight ends to do everything from lining up on the line of scrimmage to lining up in the backfield, in the slot, or even out on the boundary. Though Bryant isn’t who’d you want on the line of scrimmage as a run blocker, he is a dynamic, versatile weapon in the passing attack.
Bryant is a strong athlete who provides very good route running and explosive plays after the catch. He’ll never be confused for a great blocker, but he shows quality effort on film. He has had drop issues before, but his ability in contested situations helps to cover this problem. Bryant would be a strong addition to the tight end room, but it would be wise to add another in-line option early in next year’s draft or free agency.
Round 5, Pick 162: Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
The Redskins are in need of a WR2. Personally, I think 2019 sixth-round pick Kelvin Harmon could fill that spot nicely, though it wouldn’t shock me to see the Redskins take a WR at #66 or on Day 3, if the value is right. Here, they take Gabriel Davis, who has WR2 level upside, but also brings a skill-set they lack. Davis is a true vertical receiver who provides better deep speed than they get from Kelvin Harmon, and he’s also taller than Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims. A lack of route running polish and elite athletic ability leads me to question Davis’ ceiling, but Davis would provide very strong, young depth to a growing receiver corps.
Round 7, Pick 216: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
The Redskins already took a high-upside tackle at #66, with the expectation that he’ll be the future at left tackle. However, the value of Trey Adams here is too good for me to pass up. He’s a long-time starter at Washington, who at one point was thought of as a Top-50 prospect. However, that was a few seasons and a number of injuries ago. Adams still has that potential, however, and if the Redskins can bring him in and keep him healthy, he could eventually replace Morgan Moses at the starting right tackle spot. Wanogho and Adams would be a very strong, young tackle duo.
Round 7, Pick 229: Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
Already having addressed cornerback earlier on Day 3, picking Harrison Hand is more than just filling a need. He provides versatility, energy, and is a strong locker room presence. Hand is exactly the kind of player Ron Rivera is looking for, as he continues to build the foundation for his roster. Efficient in both coverage and run defense, Hand would likely start to see the field by the end of his rookie campaign.