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Washington Redskins 2017 Mock Madness
March 29, 2017 04:50 PM
A compilation from Redskins.com of various league experts' predictions about what the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 17-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Check back weekly until the draft -- which is being held April 27-April 29 in Philadelphia -- for updates!



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

SELECTION: Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford

DATE OF SELECTION: March 22, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State (Feb. 15, 2017)
> Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State (Jan. 19, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"Like I mentioned in Mock Draft 2.0: At what point should a team forget about what's conventional and just take the best football player? That's the value in McCaffrey here. The Redskins like Rob Kelley, but McCaffrey brings a different element to the offense as a runner and receiver, and he can be a return man, too. McCaffrey's 4.48 40 and 37.5-inch vertical at the combine eliminated any doubts about his athleticism."

READ MORE: Christian McCaffrey To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 15, 2017


PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (Feb. 8, 2017)
> JuJu Smith-Schuster; Wide Receiver, USC (Dec. 13, 2016)

ANALYSIS: "Some character red flags and a deep running back class could lead to Cook falling a bit, but he's far too talented to drop out of the first round. Running back is a big need for the Redskins, and Cook is an explosive playmaker who's also an adept pass-catcher out of the backfield. He looks like a true three-down back in the NFL."

READ MORE:Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 13, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Forrest Lamp; Guard, Western Kentucky (Feb. 8, 2017)
> Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 19, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"Peppers is a unique athlete, with the ability to excel at the nickel position as well as play as a high safety. He will also be a major difference-maker on special teams."

READ MORE: Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 20, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Mitch Trubisky; Quarterback, North Carolina (March 7, 2017)
> John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington (Jan. 26, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "The ultra-explosive runner would alleviate pressure on Kirk Cousins in the Redskins' backfield."

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 30, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"This is probably earlier than I personally would go with Peppers, but withDeAngelo Hallon the back end, Peppers would be allowed to play in space and be deployed all over the field like he was at Michigan."

READ MORE:Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 15, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU (Feb. 16, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "Now that Peppers showed he's perfectly capable of handling deep-half responsibility, the Browns will grab him up."

READ MORE:Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins? EXPERT: Charley Casserly; NFL.com (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Caleb Brantley; Defensive Lineman, Florida

DATE OF SELECTION: March 28, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Feb. 11, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"The rebuilding of the defensive line continues."

READ MORE:Caleb Brantley To The Redskins?


EXPERT: Will Brinson; CBS Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple


DATE OF SELECTION: March 23, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama (March 3, 2017)
> Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama (Feb. 23, 2017)
> Corey Davis; Wide Receiver, Western Michigan (Feb. 16, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"Monster lead-up to the draft could end up with Reddick going higher, but for now I'm going to peg him back to Washington, because it makes a lot of sense, and given the way the chips fell here, it's entirely plausible to see happening."

READ MORE: Haason Reddick To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Pete Prisco; CBS Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Forrest Lamp, Offensive Lineman, Western Kentucky

DATE OF SELECTION: March 16, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Budda Baker; Safety, Washington (Feb. 15, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"He played tackle in college, but most scouts think he will slide inside in the NFL."

READ MORE: Forrest Lamp To The Redskins?



EXPERT:Dane Brugler; CBS Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

ANALYSIS: "McDowell has an impressive blend of size, athleticism and power to be effective from multiple positions along the defensive line."

READ MORE:Malik McDowell To The Redskins?




EXPERT:Rob Rang; CBS Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Zach Cunningham; linebacker, Vanderbilt (Feb. 8, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins surrendered an average of nearly 120 yards per game on the ground in 2016 and only three teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) allowed more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of the combine after a run-in with medical personnel but his talent is undeniable. Possessing remarkable closing speed and the physicality to intimidate, he could prove a steal at this point in the draft."

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?




EXPERT:Chris Burke; Sports Illustrated (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt

DATE OF SELECTION: March 22, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt (March 15, 2017)
> Derek Barnett; Defensive End, Tennessee (Feb. 8, 2017)
> Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Jan. 30, 2017)
> Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 3, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"One of the remaining playmakers on offense would be mighty tempting here, but Washington still has holes to fill on defense. Cunningham would help there, as he'd give them a three-down defender at inside linebacker."

READ MORE: Zach Cunningham To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Walter Cherepinsky; WalterFootball (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Zach Cunningham; Linebacker, Vanderbilt

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 1, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "I want to give the Redskins a safety, inside linebacker or a five-technique, as they desperately need to upgrade the interior of their defense. One of the top players available happens to fill one of those positions. Zach Cunningham is the sort of player the Redskins have coveted over the years; he has the size and experience that Washington prefers its prospects to have."

READ MORE: Zach Cunningham To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):


> Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (March 13, 2017)
> Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama (March 6, 2017)
> Taco Charlton; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 20, 2017)
> Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Feb. 8, 2017)
> Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michgan (Jan. 26, 2017)
> Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Jan. 13, 2017)

ANALYSIS: "The Redskins could use more talent on their defense, including corner help. Bruce Allen has done well drafting cornerbacks in his career - see Nnamdi Asomugha and Aqib Talib -, and Washington could use another to go with Josh Norman. Bashaud Breeland struggled last year and is in the final year of his contract. Here is a cover corner to go with Norman and Kendall Fuller.

White produced some huge plays early in 2016 on his way to totaling 35 tackles with 14 passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder is fast with the ability to prevent separation, but he can struggle with big receivers. Some team sources have said they graded White in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

White totaled 44 tackles with seven passes broken up and a punt returned for a touchdown in 2015. He had some struggles with big receivers in Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell that season. White played well in 2013 and 2014 with two picks in each year and solid run support. He had 55 tackles as a freshman and 33 stops as a sophomore. White showed steady ball skills over his career, batting away seven passes in 2013 and six as a sophomore."

READ MORE: Tre'Davios White To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 14, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Leonard Fournette; Running Back, LSU (Jan. 18, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"Cook had been going higher in my previous mock drafts, but other positions came off the board first in this one. Cook is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball, and he does a nice job of maximizing his run blocking, as evidenced by his nation-leading 90 forced missed tackles last season. He hits the edge as well as any running back in the class, and that same big-play ability is on display in the passing game, where he can create mismatches out of the backfield or split out wide."

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: March 27, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple (March 20, 2017)
> Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (March 7, 2017)
> Budda Baker; Safety, Washington (Feb. 22, 2017)
> Charlton; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 6, 2017)

READ MORE: Reuben Foster To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Emily Kaplan; MMQB (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Corey Davis, Wide Reciver, Western Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 7, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington (Jan. 4, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"Should Jackson leave in free agency, the Redskins would need a No. 1 target for Kirk Cousins. Enter Davis, a polished wideout with some of the best hands in the draft. Evaluators believe he's a sure thing, and a sure thing is exactly what Washington needs right now."

READ MORE: Corey Davis To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Jonathan Allen; Defensive Lineman, Alabama

DATE OF SELECTION: March 16, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Mitchell Trubisky; Quarterback, North Carolina (March 10, 2017)
> Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (Feb. 20, 2017)
> Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State (Feb. 6, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"He's a top-five talent in my book, but Allen's shoulder issues could send him tumbling. Washington scoops him up to address one of their bigger needs."

READ MORE: Jonathan Allen To The Redskins?



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

SELECTION: Haason Reddick; Linebacker, Temple


DATE OF SELECTION: March 17, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Jonathan Allen; Defensice Lineman, Alabama (March 7, 2007)
> Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Feb. 6, 2017)
> Christian McCaffrey; Running Back, Stanford (Feb. 2, 2017)

READ MORE: Haason Reddick To The Redskins?




EXPERT: Eric Edholm; Yahoo! Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Gareon Conley; Cornerback, Ohio State

DATE OF SELECTION: March 15, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Budda Baker; Safety, Washington (Feb. 10, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"But Conley is a well-built, highly athletic corner who could line up opposite Josh Norman and potentially give the Redskins a nice duo. The NFL East suddenly is pretty loaded at receiver, and the Redskins still have big room to improve in the secondary."

READ MORE: Gareon Conley To The Redskins?



EXPERT: Peter Schrager ; Fox Sports (click herefor full article)

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: March 21, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

> Marlon Humphrey; Cornerback Alabama (Feb. 28, 2017)

ANALYSIS:"I've seen Peppers go as high as top five in some mock drafts. He may very well. Or he can go somewhere in the 20-32 range. The scintillating past of Peppers' repertoire is his versatility. The confounding part may be just where he fits best. He had a great week in Indianapolis and is a competitor. Curious to see how the NFL views him; and in this case - Greg Manusky."

READ MORE: Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins?
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