By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on April 22, 2014
The 2013 NFL season was an absolute disaster for the Washington Redskins. From winning the division to 3-13, this past season was an utter debacle for the team. That said, the Redskins can get back on track by nailing the 2014 NFL Draft. With that in mind, ladies and gentlemen, here is a Washington Redskins' seven-round mock draft, late-April edition.
Due to the trade that netted them Robert Griffin III, the Redskins do not possess a first-round pick.
Brandon Meriweather simply isn't starting quality anymore, and as a result, the Redskins pick up Jimmie Ward here. Ward is an instinctive, reliable player who could develop into something special.
RGIII's protection should be a priority for the Redskins, and their interior line is the best place to start. Chris Chester and Shawn Lauvao are both better suited for backup roles, and by picking up Cyril Richardson, the Redskins are patching up at least one side of their interior line.
A versatile offensive lineman capable of playing every spot on the line except center, Michael Schofield would greatly improve the Redskins' line. Schofield could take over for either Chester or Lauvao inside, or take over for Tyler Polumbus at right tackle as an instant upgrade.
Perry Riley is a solid inside linebacker, but the team could use another player to play with Riley after they lost longtime starter London Fletcher to retirement. Yawin Smallwood is a nice run-stuffer with the potential to develop into an upper-echelon starter, and he would be a solid addition next to Riley.
For as great as Jordan Reed is, the Redskins still need a backup to the playmaking tight end. Joe Don Duncan isn't the most well-known player in this draft, but he has legitimate NFL potential and the talent to become a starter.
The Redskins could use some depth at the cornerback position, and that's exactly what Bennett Jackson is best suited to provide. Jackson isn't ever going to develop into a starter, but he can provide depth and some solid special teams play.
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