Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda caught up with NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah at the 2017 Scouting Combine to talk draft fits for the Redskins in the first round and beyond.
There's already been a lot of variety to first round mock draft picks for the Redskins this year, but NFL Netowrk's Daniel Jeremiah went in a completely different direction than everyone else in his mock recent version.
Instead of one of the talented defensive linemen or an athletic defensive back, Jeremiah pegged Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp to go No. 17-overall to Washington.
It may not be a flashy pick, but bringing in someone like Lamp could solidify the Redskins' offensive line for years to come.
"I think he is a rock solid football player," Jeremiah told Redskins.com. "You can plug in and play him anywhere down the line. I think if you look at [offensive line] coach [Bill] Callahan and people in Dallas would say, 'We are taking another first round offensive lineman.' It has worked out pretty well for them. Just continue to throw resources at that, which is going to help your quarterback which is Kirk Cousins or whatever the game plan is there. It is also going to help your running game and take the pressure off there. It's going to keep the defense off the field because you can control the line of scrimmage. The kid can play center, guard, or tackle and you have to get your best five on the field."
Jeremiah added that Lamp is a "technician" who has "really strong hands."
"He is explosive and doesn't get over extended or out of position at all when you study him," Jeremiah said. "When you watch him versus the Alabama team this year and all the edge rush talent they have, they got after everybody they played but they did not get after Forrest Lamp. He shut those guys out and made it look pretty easy.
"To me he is one of the safer picks. Even though he might not be from a prestigious school, he is one of the safest picks in the draft."
If Lamp were to be available at pick No. 17 and the Redskins decided he was the right man to take in the first round, it would mark the second time in three seasons that Washington went with an offensive lineman in the first round.
Brandon Scherff, of course, was picked No. 5-overall in 2015. He's started all 32 regular season games for the Redskins over the last two seasons and was named to his first Pro Bowl last year.
While Jeremiah believes Scherff has a little more of a mean streak in him, Lamp stays more on-balance.
"In terms of pass protection, I think Forrest is a more accomplished player coming out of college," Jeremiah said.
With a "deep" crop of secondary talent, Redskins could get someone productive in Rounds 2 and 3
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This year's group of defensive prospects, particularly safeties and cornerbacks, is one of the deepest in recent memory.
If Washington ultimately decides to go with something other than a cornerback or safety in the first round, Jeremiah still believes the Redskins can get an impact player on the second day of the draft.
"There are a lot of names you can sort through and pick out there," Jeremiah said. "I look at the safety position and the guys in the second and third round range. There is Marcus Williams from Utah who is explosive and has great ball skills like a pure centerfield safety. Josh Jones from NC State who is going to probably run in the 4.4 range and jump out of the gym and he can play some corner or safety. There is Obi Melifonwu from UCONN who went to the Senior Bowl; he is a 6-foot-4, 219-pound safety that lined up at corner on some of the drills. They compare him to Byron Jones who has done a nice job at safety in Dallas. They're going to have a lot of options with those three."
Could the Redskins go wide receiver in the first round again?
Say both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon – both of whom will officially become free agents on Thursday at 4 p.m. – sign with teams other than the Redskins.
Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant and Maurice Harris will all still be returning, and there's still plenty to like about Josh Doctson even though he appear in just two games his rookie season, but Washington may need to add another piece to the wide receiving corps.
The Redskins could look at Clemson's Mike Williams or Western Michigan's Corey Davis in the first round.
Both prospects are 6-foot-3 and weigh more than 210, providing size that could come in handy in red zone situations.
"They are big-time guys and they are every bit being worth a top 10 or 15 pick," Jeremiah said. "It could be a situation that if you want to go that route and one of those guys gets there you can move around and make that happen. Outside of that when you get to the bottom of the first round, John Ross is someone I would keep an eye on from Washington. If you looking to replace Jackson, he's got that elite speed. Same conference, same speed. He would fit in nicely and as you go through the draft you start looking at guys like [Cooper] Kupp from Eastern Washington and Shelton Gibson from West Virginia, who can fly. You have all kinds of options out there."