Redskins Saturday Spotlight: Seven-round mock draft with trades
By Ian Cummings
If a team knows how to scout and play the draft board, they can turn a second-round pick into a first-round pick with ease. This is where top talents can trickle through the breadth of the talent pool, and this is where teams can truly find great value.
Having a second-round pick is of the utmost importance, especially for the Redskins, for one reason: The need for offensive playmakers. Thus, in this mock, with Bruce Allen gone, the Redskins rekindled trade negotiations with John Dorsey and offered Trent Williams once again. Dorsey, desperate for an immediate fix to the offensive line with Baker Mayfield regressing, pulled the trigger on a sensible deal that sent a second-round pick to the Redskins for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
With a new second-round pick in tow, Washington has an exciting chance to add to their talent base, and tight end is an intriguing proposition here. The second round will be the sweet spot for tight ends this year, as it’s a relatively weak class that still offers some upside. In the second round, Washington can position themselves to benefit from that upside.
Round 2, Pick 14 (via CLE) – Washington TE Hunter Bryant
The Redskins don’t just need a tight end; they need a receiving threat at tight end. Dwayne Haskins has been force-feeding targets to Jeremy Sprinkle with Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis out, and Sprinkle hasn’t been capitalizing on the opportunities. A true receiving tight end could be the X-Factor the Redskins offense needs, and Washington’s Hunter Bryant fits that profile almost perfectly.
Bryant, with a 6-foot-2, 239-pound frame, isn’t the most optimal blocking tight end, but he’s a multi-faceted receiving weapon who can line up anywhere and allow the Redskins offense to exploit mismatches. He doesn’t have the long speed of a wideout, but he has the fluidity and burst to get open, and the focus and solid hands to make the most out of his chances, something the Redskins current tight end cast can’t do.