Redskins late-April three-round 2019 NFL mock draft, with a trade back
Pick No. 46 – Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown was originally believed to be a first-round draft pick. He had a good showing at the combine, but other draft picks did a great job of improving their stock, and were able to leap frog Brown, bumping him into the second round. Sometimes, early top-end draft picks are over scrutinized (see Jonathan Allen). There is nothing wrong with these players. They are just overshadowed by the novelty of newly-discovered, rising prospects.
After watching film on Brown, he looks to be Pierre Garçon 2.0. He can run all the routes, and he can do it from inside or outside. He may be slightly slower than the players off the board before him, but a 4.49 forty time is nothing to shake a fist at. There’s an ongoing joke, that asks the question, “If speed is so important, why do all the leagues best wide receiver run a 4.5?”
He also has great run-after-the-catch ability, and is an able and willing blocker. He might not be as physically gifted as his teammate D.K. Metcalf, but there is something to be said about him still leading the team in receptions and yards even before Metcalf went down. The Redskins don’t need another physical freak at receiver; they already have a few that may or may not pan out this year. What they need is a Swiss army knife of a player with top-end talent, that wants the ball no matter the situation.