As a beat reporter for the Washington Redskins for more than a decade, I participated in many mock drafts. Many news organizations across the country conduct "Live" mocks, using beat reporters from each team to make each selection. In my opinion, these are the best mocks, as you really get a feel for the pulse of each franchise. Another good way to project a mock is to use a reputable mock as your guide for player availability. It's too easy just to project picks without a guide to limit your selections. For my final mock draft, on the eve of festivities in New York, I am using the just released (this morning) Scouts.Inc mock as my guide. For each round, I will select only players available based on their projected selections. I will also list who they project the Skins will take in parenthesis.
Now this mock is for ESPN Insiders, so if you don't have an account, you won't be able to view it.
While paying attention to need, I am selecting the best player available in some cases (with justification).
1st round- Traded to St.Louis (Rams select Alabama RB Eddie Lacy)
2nd round- Margus Hunt DE SMU 6'9" 280- While I believe Hunt will be drafted in the first round, you have to grab him if he falls out of the top-50. Pretty scary to think how Jim Hasslet could use him, especially with his 4.7 speed. Is an impact player on special teams on day one. Insurance at both DE and OLB. Dominated at the combine.
(Johnathan Banks CB Mississippi State)
3rd round- David Amerson CB/S North Carolina State 6'1" 205- Prototype size with huge upside. May have been a victim of reading his own press clippings after monster junior season. Ran 4.4 at the combine and has the long arms and big hands that are the rage in the secondary these days. Skins can slide him in at corner or FS.
(Vance McDonald TE Rice)
4th round- Barrett Jones OL Alabama 6'5" 305- Began career as a guard, was All-SEC as a left tackle during junior season. Won Rimington Trophy as nation's finest lineman as a center in 2012. Most versatile offensive lineman that has played at an elite level I have seen, perhaps ever. His advanced technique equals zone blocking master.
(Earl Wolff S North Carolina State)
5th round- Kenjon Barner RB Oregon 5'10" 200- After serving as the understudy to LaMichael James, Barner finally got a chance to carry the load for the Ducks in 2012. Timed at 4.5 at the combine, Barner plays much faster. Has great upside as receiver and is a willing pass blocker. Could push Roy Helu or fill "speed role" if Helu is injured.
(Aaron Mellette WR Elon)
5th round- Jelani Jenkins LB Florida 6'1" 245- Washington DC native was one of most highly decorated and hotly recruited prospects out of high school. Considered one of top cover linebackers in the draft, while displaying the toughness and decision making to play inside in a 3-4 scheme. Character player was academic All-SEC selection.
(Roger Gaines OT Tennessee State)
6th round- Robert Lester S Alabama 6'2" 220- Lester would have been a day two selection had he entered the draft a year ago. Three year starter with two National Championship rings, but ran slower than expected (4.6) at the combine. Do not underestimate the hands on coaching of Nick Saban and defensive backs out of Tuscaloosa.
(Jawan Jamison RB Rutgers)
7th round- Tharold Simon CB LSU 6'2" 200- Was a backup until junior season (2012), playing behind Morris Claiborne, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Has the height and speed to play against the ever growing wide receivers in the league. Inconsistent against the run and lacking ball skills, but lots of potential for a seventh round selection.
(Michael Mauti ILB Penn State)
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