2014 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins’ Early Seven-Round Mock
Washington Redskins' Seven-Round Mock
With the 3-7 Washington Redskins' 2013 campaign falling apart at the seams, it’s never too early to start looking towards the offseason and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. There are numerous areas they must improve in, and there won’t be a better opportunity to get better than the draft.
Of those areas needing improvement, one of the biggest concerns is inside linebacker. With all four of their current inside linebackers headed for free agency this offseason and none of the starters expected back, there’s a good chance the Redskins could address the position during the draft. Even if they sign a free agent, adding a rookie wouldn’t hurt.
Despite their need at inside linebacker, the Redskins still have holes across the board. Several of Washington’s cornerbacks are also headed for free agency, and may need to be replaced during the offseason. The Redskins have been getting subpar play at guard, which could force the team to look for replacements. Wide receiver might also need some help, especially with Santana Moss nearing the end of his time in Washington.
Either way, the Redskins need to make the most of their draft picks in May. The 2014 NFL Draft will offer D.C. an opportunity to rebuild their roster and replace some of the broken pieces that have kept them in the loss column for the majority of the 2013 season.
With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Redskins could choose to do with their six current draft picks when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around.
2nd Round: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Once the 2013 season is over, all four of the Redskins current inside linebackers will be headed for free agency. London Fletcher might call it a career, which will leave them without a reliable leader in the middle. Skov is a proven difference maker who does a great job of bringing life to the defense. He plays the run exceptionally well, is a capable cover man and always finds ways to make the highlight reel. Assuming he can stay healthy in the NFL, Skov will be an outstanding addition in D.C.
3rd Round: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
The Redskins top three cornerbacks will all be free agents in 2014, and it’s highly unlikely they bring back more than one of them. Assuming that’s the case, D.C. will look to add more depth at the position via the draft. Gaines has enjoyed a terrific senior season at Missouri after choosing to skip the 2013 NFL Draft to get his degree. He’s a tremendous cover corner with the willingness to step up in run support, and should provide Washington with a quality cornerback.
4th Round: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Heading into the 2014 season, the Redskins are going to need some new wide receivers to complement Pierre Garcon. They’re losing Aldrick Robinson and Moss this season, and Leonard Hankerson is headed for surgery. By picking up a player like Abbrederis, Washington gets a productive player with the sneaky athleticism that leads to big plays. Although he won’t blow anyone away with explosiveness or blazing speed, Abbrederis has the physical tools to be a playmaker at the next level.
5th Round: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
In an attempt to continue bolstering their receiving corps, the Redskins go to the well again and grab Greene. A well-rounded receiver who has enjoyed an extremely productive season with the Seminoles, the 6’0’’, 180-pounder does a great job of getting open. He runs clean routes, has a quick burst out of his cuts and does a great job of using his hands to pull in passes. Greene doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but he makes plays, is a willing blocker and has reliable hands.
6th Round: Dakota Dozier, G, Furman
In case you haven’t noticed, the Redskins haven’t been getting great play out of right guard Chris Chester. While there’s a good chance they address the position via free agency, adding a young, promising player couldn’t hurt. Dozier is an interesting small-school prospect who has the potential to explode in the NFL. Although he played left tackle at Furman, his lack of elite quickness will force him inside. Dozier is an outstanding run blocker with the athleticism to be a superb puller.
7th Round: Keith Smith, ILB, San Jose State
Even with Skov now in the mix, the Redskins still need more help at inside linebacker. With all four of their current interior backers headed for free agency, they’ll at least need some extra depth even if they do grab one off of the open market. Smith is a raw prospect with plenty of work needed before he’s ready to be a regular contributor. Still, he’s an athletic, energetic player with the passion to develop into a quality backup in the NFL.