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NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper, Jr. Gives the Redskins a pass rusher

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Defense!

Mel Kiper, Jr. is back with his latest mock draft as free agency slows down, and we're less than a month away from the draft. The Hair gave the Redskins a new OLB in his first mock of the season, and switched it up to QB in his 2nd. Now he is back to an EDGE rusher with the top QBs(Kyler Murray #1, Dwayne Haskins #6, Drew Lock #13) being out of reach.

Kiper gives the Redskins Florida State OLB Brian Burns, a pick that would make plenty of fans happy if they miss on QB. The Redskins lost Preston Smith in free agency, and have been looking for a big playmaker across from Ryan Kerrigan for years. Burns fills a huge need and is one of the top defensive prospects in this draft.

Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State

If Washington wants Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, it might have to trade up. And since I can’t project trades here, Lock isn’t on the board at No. 15. So with a void left by Preston Smith signing with the Packers in free agency, the Redskins go with the best edge rusher on my board in Burns (6-foot-5, 249 pounds), who is rising after the combine. He can bend the edge as well as any pass-rusher in this class.

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