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Washington Redskins 2018 Mock Madness
February 22, 2018 02:53 PM | Stephen Czarda
A compilation from Redskins.com of various league experts' predictions about what the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 13-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Check back weekly until the draft -- which is being held April 26-April 28 in Arlington, Texas -- for updates!



EXPERT:Mel Kiper Jr.; ESPN (click herefor full article; must have ESPN Insider access)

SELECTION: Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 21, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Baker Mayfield; Quarterback, Oklahoma (Jan. 18)


ANALYSIS:"Washington ranked last in the league in 2017 in run defense, allowing 134.1 yards per game. The 6-4, 346-pound Vea is a freakish talent who is more than a run-stopper. He has rare quickness for a player of his size and can play all three downs."

READ MORE:Vita Vea To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Todd McShay; ESPN (click herefor full article; must have ESPN Insider access)

SELECTION: Roquan Smith; Linebacker, Georgia

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 6, 2018


PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Derwin James; Safety, Florida State (Dec. 13, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Derwin James is a possibility here, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Su'a Cravens, but Smith is the best player on the board and would immediately increase the speed and athleticism on Washington's defensive front."

READ MORE: Roquan Smith To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Charley Casserly; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Vita Vea; Defensive Line, Washington


DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 13, 2018

ANALYSIS: "With Vea and Jonathan Allen, the D-line all of a sudden becomes a strength of the team."

READ MORE:Vita Vea To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Baker Mayfield; Quarterback, Oklahoma


DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 26, 2018

READ MORE: Baker Mayfield To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Bucky Brooks; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Josh Allen; Quarterback, Wyoming

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 30, 2018

ANALYSIS: "Colt McCoy serves as the team's bridge quarterback until the young gunslinger is ready to assume the QB1 role."

READ MORE: Josh Allen To The Redskins?

EXPERT: Lance Zierlein; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 30, 2018

ANALYSIS:"Big, talented defensive lineman. Many scouts foresee him making a Haloti Ngata-like impact once he figures it all out."

READ MORE:Vita Vea To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Charles Davis; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 20, 2018

ANALYSIS:"I loved the building-block pick of Jonathan Allen last year, and Vea's selection continues to bolster the defense. For a BIG man, he makes a lot of hustle plays, as well."

READ MORE:Vita Vea To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Chad Reuter; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Calvin Ridley; Wide Receiver, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 6, 2018

READ MORE:Calvin Ridley To The Redskins?




EXPERT: Will Brinson; CBSSports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Line, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 20, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Denzel Ward; Cornerback, Ohio State (Feb. 13)


ANALYSIS:"The Redskins already invested in the defensive line with Jonathan Allen last year, but no reason they can't get bigger up front. That's a plus against the offensive lines of the Eagles and Cowboys. And why not recreate a duo that managed to help propel the Crimson Tide to one or two victories over the years?"

READ MORE: Da'Ron Payne To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Pete Prisco; CBSSports.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Derwin James; Safety, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 15, 2018

ANALYSIS:"They need to get better play on the back end of their defense. James has the ability to be a playmaker in a lot of ways, even if he didn't play as well last season as expected. "

READ MORE: Derwin James To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Chris Trapasso; CBS Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Denzel Ward; Cornerback, Ohio State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 19, 2018


PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Tremaine Edmunds; Linebacker Virginia Tech (Feb. 5)

> Roquan Smith; Linebacker, Georgia (Jan. 29)
> Courtland Sutton; Wide Receiver, SMU (Jan. 22)
> Josh Allen; Quarterback, Wyoming (Jan. 15)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins plan for the future at the cornerback spot with Josh Norman now 30 years old. Ward is a feisty man-to-man corner with the awareness and athleticism needed to get his hands on a lot of footballs."

READ MORE: Denzel Ward To The Redskins?



EXPERT: R.J. White; CBS Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Tremaine Edmunds; Linebacker, Virginia Tech


DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 22, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Quenton Nelson; Guard, Notre Dame (mock trade to No. 8) (Feb. 8)
> Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (Feb. 1)
> Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma (Jan. 25)
> Josh Allen; Quarterback, Wyoming (Jan. 18)

ANALYSIS: "Zach Brown is a free agent, while Mason Foster and Martrell Spaight fit better in depth roles. Edmunds is part of the evolution of the linebacker position, players who 'devoured ball-carriers and held up in coverage simply because of their outrageous athletic gifts at their mammoth size,' per our Chris Trapasso."

READ MORE: Denzel Ward To The Redskins?
EXPERT: Walter Cherepinsky; WalterFootball (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Lineman, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins looked completely helpless trying to stop Alfred Morris in a must-win game the week after Thanksgiving. They need to bolster their defensive front, and Da'Ron Payne happens to be one of the best players available."

READ MORE: Da'Ron Payne To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Charlie Campbell; WalterFootball (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Lineman, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 12, 2018

ANALYSIS: "Reuniting Payne and Jonathan Allen could be tremendous for the Redskins' defense. Payne dominated at the point of attack in 2017, stuffing runs while showcasing his freakish speed and athleticism. On the year, he totaled 53 tackles, two half-sacks, three passes batted, an interception and a touchdown reception. I heard general managers and scouts raving about Payne all season.

Scouts were already raving about Payne's potential in the preseason. He was the Crimson Tide's best defensive lineman in 2017, following Jonathan Allen's moving on to the NFL. Payne (6-2, 319) is a run plugger with a lot of potential to grow. When given the opportunity to rush the passer in 2016 and 2017, Payne was impressive, and sources have said that he helped set up sacks for Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson, and Rashaan Evans the past two seasons."

READ MORE: Da'Ron Payne To The Redskins?



EXPERT:Steve Palazzolo; ProFootballFocus (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: James Washington; Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 18, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Minkah Fitzpatrick; Safety, Alabama (Oct. 17, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "From a strength in 2016 to a weakness in 2017, the Redskins' wide receiver corps took a step back after the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Washington adds a deep-play threat after leading the nation with 715 yards on deep (20-plus yard) passes. He has the speed and route-running to be the first receiver off the board in a wide receiver class with no clear favorite at the top."

READ MORE: James Washington To The Redskins?



EXPERT:Dan Kadar; SB Nation (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Lineman, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 12, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington (Feb. 12)
> Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (Feb. 5)
> Lamar Jackson; Quarterback, Louisville (Jan. 29)
> Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington (Jan. 22)
> Derwin James; Safety, Florida State (Jan. 15)
> Josh Allen; Quarterback, Wyoming (Jan. 8)
> Vita Vea; Defensive Lineman, Washington (Jan. 1)

ANALYSIS: "There are worse things than building your defensive line out of Alabama players. Payne is an aggressive, high-motor defensive lineman who pairs nicely with Jonathan Allen."

READ MORE: Da'Ron Payne To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Luke Easterling; USA Today (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Derwin James; Safety, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 12, 2018

ANALYSIS:"With this pick, they address a huge need on defense, adding one of this year's most impressive athletes in James, who can make a big impact from multiple positions."

READ MORE: Derwin James To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Matt Miller; Bleacher Report (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Leighton Vander Esch; Linebacker, Boise State


DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 16, 2018

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Baker Mayfield; Quarterback, Oklahoma (Jan. 15)
> Da'Ron Payne; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (Feb. 5)

READ MORE: Leighton Vander Esch To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Albert Breer; MMQB (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Marcus Davenport; Edge Rusher, Texas-San Antonio


DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 21, 2018

READ MORE: Marcus Davenport To The Redskins?

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