Redskins mock draft projections are primarily defense

Redskins mock draft picks have the Redskins going primarily defense in the first round, as expected.  The Redskins are set with the 17th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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The Redskins had one of the worst NFL defenses this season.  It’s easy to blame this or that for the Redskins missing what would have been their second consecutive playoff appearance, but fact is, you can place that blame primarily on the defense.  The Redskins finished the regular season with the third best offensive in the NFL.  Overall, they had the second ranked passing offense, in which QB Kirk Cousins set a franchise record with 4.758 yards passing.

The Redskins squandered a high-octane offense with a sub-par defense.  The defense was asked 28th in the NFL.  They were 25th in pass defense and 24th in rush defense.  Worse yet, they were ranked last in the NFL in third down defense.  There is little doubt among Redskins Nation that GM Scot McCloughan’s off-season focus must be on the defense.  In fact, the blame game has already been clear in Ashburn as head coach Jay Gruden has dismissed the entire defensive coaching staff.

Looking at the 45 NFL mock drafts that have been updated since January 1, 2017, 36 of the 45 mock drafts project the Redskins to go defensive with the 17th overall pick.  Here is the breakdown of the 45 mock drafts.

Defensive Line:  14 mock drafts

Linebacker:  10 mock drafts

Safety:  9 mock drafts

Wide Receiver:  5 mock drafts

Running Back:  3 mock drafts

Cornerback: 3 mock drafts

Offensive Line:  1 mock draft

If you want to start researching potential draft picks that mock drafts are projecting for Washington, you can check them out.  We will list popular defensive choices.

Defensive Line:  DL Malik McDowell (6 mock drafts), DL Soloman Thomas (3 mock drafts), DL Taco Charlton (2 mock drafts)

Linebacker:  Zack Cunningham (4 mock drafts), Reuben Foster (3 mock drafts)

Safety:  Malik Hooker (3 mock drafts), Jamal Adams (3 mock drafts)