Washington Redskins post-trade seven round mock draft
By Ian Cummings
In this draft class, the Washington Redskins would take home plenty of talent. They would effectively solidify the position of cornerback with Fitzpatrick and Neal, an area that was put into question following the trade of Kendall Fuller. In this draft, the Washington Redskins also grab a big defensive lineman, a skilled running back with NFL traits, and a linebacker steal in the sixth round. The Alex Smith trade hurt in some respects, but with these selections, the Washington Redskins’ defense can quickly rebound.
The two biggest omissions from this group are, quite obviously, quarterback and offensive line. Multiple opportunities with given to draft a quarterback like Kyle Lauletta, and while having him on the team would be a tremendous achievement, Alex Smith is not far along enough in his career arc to draft his successor. The drafted quarterback would sit for at least three years, and even then, it’s not a given that Smith’s play drops off enough to warrant a switch.
Thus, the selection of developmental quarterback was avoided, in order to grab talented players like Siran Neal and Tim Settle in the middle rounds. Also missing is the acquisition of an offensive lineman. Yes, it is a need. But it is a need the Washington Redskins can fill through free agency, and a need they can also remedy partially by re-signing Tony Bergstrom. The offensive line is closer than one might think. Only one starter and some more depth pieces are needed. Thus, from a standpoint of necessity, it was passed over in this mock.
The loss of a third round pick hurt immensely, in this sense. Many talented players went off the boards between Round 2 and 4, including some interior offensive linemen that would have fit well in the Washington Redskins scheme. Still, the players selected in this mock help. Sony Michel, in particular, is a player who can take some of the burden off of an offensive line with his lateral quickness, burst, and all-around ability. That’s something Redskins fans haven’t seen from their running backs in some time.
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