Redskins: 5 potential three-round mock scenarios for the 2019 NFL Draft
Scenario 4: Grabbing T.J. Hockenson
Round 1, Pick 15: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Round 2, Pick 14: QB Will Grier, West Virginia
Round 3, Pick 12: S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Round 3, Pick 32: EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
T.J. Hockenson may not be on the board when the Redskins pick at 15. But if he is, he may be the best offensive weapon available. If Washington wants to fix their problems in the receiving corps, adding a talented tight end while targeting some receiver help later would be a smart move.
Getting Grier in this scenario would help the offense, too, as they would have a potential quarterback of the future and a top weapon for him in Hockenson. Passing on a receiver to pair with Grier in the first three rounds would be risky, but in the fifth round, there will be plenty of potential playmakers on the board and it’s possible the team could target one of Grier’s West Virginia teammates in David Sills or Gary Jennings.
This time in Round 3, we focused on defense to bolster that side of the ball. Deionte Thompson has the potential to be a long-term complement to Landon Collins and at the least, would upgrade the team’s safety depth. Considering that many thought he was a potential first-round pick before struggling late in the season, getting him at this juncture is a good value.
And to polish off this scenario, we grabbed Jaylon Ferguson to help on the edge. Ferguson is not athletic at all and had a dreadful 3-cone time at his pro day. Still, he had 45 sacks in college and could use his skills in that area to become a fine rotational edge rusher. It’s a risk given his lack of athleticism, but with few quality edge players left on the board, Ferguson was the best option.
The biggest issue here would be passing on receiver early. But, it remains possible, as the team could target two or three late-round guys and let them compete for spots on the roster.