The 5th pick belongs to the Washington Redskins who are coming off a drama filled 4-12 season under first year head coach Jay Gruden. We all know the history of RGIII and Gruden’s apparent dislike for him. With Marcus Mariota off the board in our mock draft I expect the Skins to stay on the defensive side of the ball with their 5th pick. It’ll be interesting to see how new general manager Scott Mcloughan does in his first draft with the organization. Offensive tackle is a possible target that could be used with the 1st round pick. A trade down could always be in the works if the Skins so chose. Brandon Scherff from Iowa and Andrus Peat from Stanford would be the targets to pair opposite tackle Trent “Silverback” Williams. However, I believe the Skins will give 2014 third round pick Morgan Moses a chance to win the starting job opposite Williams for 2015. New defensive coordinator Joe Barry coached the Chargers linebacker the previous four seasons. That’s the route I expect Washington to go with this selection. Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy are the projected starters heading into 2015. Kerrigan is the alpha dog of the group and Murphy had a solid rookie campaign. I believe the Skins will want more of an explosive type player that Murphy does not possess on an every down basis. With the 5th pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the Washington Redskins select…
Shane Ray- Defensive End/Outside Linebacker (Missouri)
Ray would provide the type of explosiveness the Redskins are lacking opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Trent Murphy is a nice player but he’s more of a role player in my eyes especially at this point in his career. Ray led the SEC in sacks last year with 13.5 while playing 4-3 defensive end. The Redskins were tied for 21st last year in sacks so he’ll be a boost to that number. He would need to transition to an outside 3-4 backer which many scouts believe his athleticism allows him to do. Ray often relies on his freakish skills rather than developing his pass rush technique which he will need to improve upon at the next level. Joe Barry could aid in this process from his previous experiences. His ability to drop in coverage will be key as well or he’ll become too much of a one trick pony. He could very well be a work in progress but this is certainly a position of need for Washington. The top outside pass rushers will most likely fall within the first 13 picks so it’s vital they grab one early as opposed to waiting in the later rounds.
Impact on the Eagles:
Shane Ray and Ryan Kerrigan would be a very nice 1-2 punch coming off each edge to get after whoever is playing quarterback for the Eagles. Lane Johnson and Jason Peters are probably the two most equipped pair of tackles to be able to stymy this duo. If Ray lives up his athletic hype he will still cause problems in other ways if it’s not getting to the quarterback. The Redskins picking at 5 are more than likely going to add a talented player that will compete in the NFC East for years to come. On the other hand, they have botched top draft picks previously.
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