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02/17/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/17/2017 12:26

Washington Redskins 2017 Mock Madness

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 here for full article; must have ESPN Insider access)

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 15, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State (Jan. 19, 2017)

ANALYSIS: 'At what point should a team forget about what's conventional and just take the best football player, period? That's a question that could come into play with Cook, whom some teams will have graded as nearly on par with Leonard Fournette. The Redskins like Rob Kelley, but they don't have a home-run hitter like Cook, who could help take some pressure off QB Kirk Cousins, assuming he's back.'

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster; Wide Receiver, USC (Dec. 13, 2016)

ANALYSIS: 'Peppers is a polarizing prospect in scouting circles. He needs to be protected from deep zone coverage, and he did not have much ball production at Michigan, with just one career interception. But he is a special athlete with elite speed and a unique knack for keeping blockers off his pads. His electrifying return ability will also be an asset in the NFL.'

READ MORE:Jabrill Peppers To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Forrest Lamp; Guard, Western Kentucky

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 19, 2017)

ANALYSIS: 'Lamp could play either guard or center for the Redskins.'

READ MORE: Forrest Lamp To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 26, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'If the Redskins lose DeSean Jackson in free agency, they could look to add a speedster with a similar game via the draft.'

READ MORE:John Ross To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 30, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'Washington would be lucky to get one of my favorite players in the draft in this spot. With his ability to reduce inside and rush the passer in sub-packages, the Redskins might be able to challenge the Cowboys' Great Wall 2.0.'

READ MORE:Solomon Thomas To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Tre'Davious White; Cornerback, LSU

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 16, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan (Jan. 23, 2017)

ANALYSIS: 'White has earned high marks for his coverage ability.'

READ MORE:Tre'Davious White To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 11, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'Thomas is a solid run defender who can give you an inside pass rush as well'

READ MORE: Solomon Thomas To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Corey Davis; Wide Receiver, Western Michigan

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 16, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'Going back-to-back wideouts in the first round after taking Josh Doctson seems excessive, but if the Redskins exit free agency with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both leaving, it won't seem weird at all.'

READ MORE: Corey Davis To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Budda Baker; Safety, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 15, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'They had real shaky play from their safeties last season. This is a kid who can step in and give them range and the ability to tackle in the run game.'

READ MORE: Budda Baker To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION:Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 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 here for full article)

SELECTION: Zach Cunningham; linebacker, Vanderbilt

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford

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. Cunningham, the SEC's leading tackler in 2016 and a two-time first-team all-conference selection, possesses the speed and instincts to help shore up Washington's run defense.

READ MORE: Zach Cunningham To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Derek Barnett; Defensive End, Tennessee

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 8, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford (Jan. 3)
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Jan. 30)

ANALYSIS: 'There is more of a need in Washington for help between the tackles than another edge presence. Barnett, though, is strong enough and active enough to play hand in the dirt up front at times, which would max out how many athletes the Redskins can get on the field in their front seven.'

READ MORE: Derek Barnett To The Redskins?

EXPERT: Walter Cherepinsky; WalterFootball (click here for 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 here for full article)

SELECTION:Solomon Thomas; Defensive Lineman, Stanford

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 6, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Chris Wormley; Defensive Lineman, Michgan (Jan. 26, 2017)
  • Jabrill Peppers; Safety, Michigan
  • Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State (Jan. 13)

ANALYSIS:'The Redskins could use young talent on the defensive line. Here's a potential impact-making end or outside linebacker.

WalterFootball.com was the first to report that Thomas intended to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The junior enjoyed an excellent 2016 season as a big presence on the edge of the Stanford defense. On the year, he had 62 tackles with 15 for a loss, eight sacks and one forced fumble.

Thomas has good speed off the edge with strength and physicality. The 6-foot-3, 273-pounder could fit in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker. Some team sources graded Thomas out as a second-round pick for the 2017 NFL Draft but think he could go in Round 1, while other teams think he is more likely to be selected on the first day than make it to Day 2. Teams really like Thomas off the field as well.'

READ MORE: Solomon Thomas To The Redskins?

EXPERT: Steve Palazzolo; ProFootballFocus (click here for full article)

SELECTION: Leonard Fournette; Running Back, LSU

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 18, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'One of the most intriguing prospects in the draft, Fournette has the power and speed that turns heads, but the question marks in the pass game may make him more of a mid-round option. The Redskins will gladly take him here as they love to run downhill behind one of the better run-blocking offensive lines in the league. Fournette is just one year removed from leading the nation in rushing grade and missed tackles forced with 83, and if he's back to his sophomore year form, the Washington offense has added yet another piece to one of the league's best units.'

READ MORE: Leonard Fournette To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 13, 2017

PREVIOUS SELECTION(S):

  • Reuben Foster; Linebacker, Alabama (Jan. 30, 2017)
  • Taco Charlton; Defensive Lineman, Michigan (Feb. 6, 2017)

ANALYSIS: 'I continue to go back and forth with McDowell and Michigan's Taco Charlton with this pick. It will be worth monitoring closely how much interest Washington shows in both players.

Should they draft a quarterback? In 2017, no. In 2018, if Kirk Cousins doesn't have a long-term deal, yes.'

READ MORE: Malik McDowell To The Redskins?

EXPERT: Emily Kaplan; MMQB (click here for full article)

SELECTION: John Ross; Wide Receiver, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Jan. 4, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'This makes so much sense that I almost feel silly doing it. There is a sense that free-agent-to-be DeSean Jackson has played his last down in Washington. Meanwhile, Ross' skillset has been called Jackson-like by multiple scouts. I think Scot McCloughan probably wants to address defense in this draft, but if the shoe fits this well, just put it on.'

READ MORE: John Ross To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Dalvin Cook; Running Back, Florida State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 6, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'Washington has a handful of backs who can get the job done, but none of them have Cook's elite level of talent and versatility.'

READ MORE: Dalvin Cook To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Malik McDowell; Defensive Lineman, Michigan State

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 6, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'A reminder again that this is what I think will happen and not what I would do for each team. Malik McDowell in the first round is something I'd stay far away from, but it's very easy to see clubs being tempted by his size, athleticism and the flashes he's shown as a defensive lineman for the Spartans.

McDowell has moments where he looks like a top-15 pick, but he too often has games where he's invisible. An injury in the 2016 season didn't help with the perception that his motor doesn't run hot enough, either. But banking on his developmental worth, Scot McCloughan can sit at his desk as general manager and see a blue-chip 3-4 defensive end who can put his defense over the top.

With potential needs at wide receiver and running back, depending on free agency, McCloughan could go a number of directions here. But after selecting Josh Doctson in Round 1 last year, it would make sense to get a defensive end with huge potential while there's one available.'

READ MORE: Malik McDowell To The Redskins?

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

SELECTION: Budda Baker; Safety, Washington

DATE OF SELECTION: Feb. 10, 2017

ANALYSIS: 'This might feel like a reach to some, but with the two top safeties off the board Baker might not last much longer if the Redskins pass at this spot. Baker has the makeup of the kind of player general manager Scot McCloughan seeks: tough, feisty and versatile. On the surface, this might feel like a luxury pick, as Baker isn't a true center fielder and might have some overlap skills to Su'a Cravens. But the two can coexist as tone setters on an improving defense. Baker's ability to cover the slot makes him a valuable four-down player, when you consider his value on special teams as well.'

READ MORE: Budda Baker To The Redskins?