Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Hail to the Redskins!
These loyal fans have been through frustrated times with their beloved franchise. From coach/GM changes to name controversy to a franchise QB that could be replaced at anytime. They are in the NFL's most rival division where each NFC East team loathe one another. With the revival of America's Team, I know how much these hogs want to shut down that noise.
Every team in the division received great publicity this year with OBJ in NY, Dez in Dallas, and Chip Kelly's high powered offense. But Washington, in the words of Rodney Dangerfield, I tell ya, don't get no respect! They were just in the playoffs with the Rookie of the Year RG3 and a promising young team. They have a well balanced offense with a better NFL RB in Alfred Morris. Ryan Kerrigan could be a great defensive player for years to come. The team is still rebuilding but not from the bottom floor. Behind Jay Gruden and New GM Scot McCloughan, this front office can right their wrong in the draft with their 5th overall first round pick.
After trading years of draft picks for RG3, Washington can make the necessary splash tomaybe help RG3 and get his worth as their starter for years to come. I can't see a reboot at QB where they select Mariota. Even though hearing speculation of a QB "reboot". I know Gruden and the GM did not select RG3 but having 2 first round QBs, 3 counting Colt, makes any sense. I can see trading this pick would work out best. Like I said they will except RG3 as the starter and get him help. The offensive line needs help. In this year's draft, no linesmen is worthy of a top 5 pick. I see sliding back to Cleveland's 12 or even Houston 16 could still land you the 2nd or 3rd best offensive lineman. By all the rumors around Mariota falling, teams will want to jump up at him. Don't be sure Winston is picked #1 overall and he gets in the mix and is there at #5. All hell breaks loose and the NFL insiders will lose their sh*t!
Since a trade is not possible in a mock draft (or I would have traded this pick for four fried chickens and a Coke), I had to select a player worthy enough for a Gruden.
A future Gruden Grinner, Randy Gregory will start opposite of Ryan Kerrigan in new DC Joe Barry's defense replacing the void left by former LB Brian Orakpo. GM McCloughan held positions in offices of both NFC West defensive powerhouses 49ers and Seahawks. He knows importance of great linebacker play. DC Berry is a former linebacker coach who would love to build around a young linebacker group. Ryan Kerrigan is a proven star and 2012 draft pick, Keenan Robinson, returned from IR his first 2 seasons to record 134 tackles at inside linebacker. Add the top pass-rushing OLB Randy Gregory in the mix, Barry can have a pretty good linebacker core to compete in the NFC East. McCloughan added defensive veterans S Jeron Johnson, DL Terrance Knighton, CB Chris Culliver, and DL Stephen Paea. McCloughan is moving forward by revamping the defense.
"A 3-4 outside linebacker with the length, toughness and closing burst to immediately help a run defense. Gregory could stand to add more weight to his frame and needs plenty of technique work and a patient coach for his pass-rush skill to match his traits. High-ceiling, low-floor prospect." -NFL.com
By being a "High-ceiling, low-floor prospect," you would want to put him in a great system with coaches to get the best out of his athletic ability. I would like to see him fall to 13 for the Saints to draft but we don't draft LBs in the first round (Last LB drafted in 1st round, Mark Fields in 1995). Gruden wants his team to be bigger and stronger. The team hired New strength coach Mike Clark who uses a Olympic-style weightlifting program. This will help Gregory who needs more size to his 6'5" 235lbs body frame. I don't think his character issues would matter in drafting him 5th overall. They signed DeSean Jackson after being released over character issues. The talent is there with Gregory and I don't see missing out over a problem that can be fix. The team knows Jay Gruden leads with a tough mindset. Gruden is a offensive coach but will welcome Gregory to his defense that ranked 29th in points. I expect trade but Gregory is great value at 5th overall.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
|2||Tennessee Titans||DE Leonard Williams - USC||Tee Word||85%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Dante Fowler - Florida||Khannar|
|4||Oakland Raiders||WR Amari Cooper - Alabama||arcuate|
|5||Washington Redskins||DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska||Lostastic|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||Dave Choate|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Kevin Sean Held|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||gulf shores|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|14||Miami Dolphins||Ralph Malbrough|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||The Irish Assassin|
|17||San Diego Chargers||LeedsSaint|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||jmcmillan_93|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Matt Mosley|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Matt Mosley|
|31||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|32||New England Patriots|