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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan clearly intends to own the 2017 NFL draft, at least the latter stages of it.
For the second time today and for the third time since the draft started on Wednesday, the Redskins have made a deal that got them a 2017 draft pick.
The latest one was a deal with the New York Jets. With the Redskins on the clock with the 21st pick of the fifth round (No. 158 overall) the Jets gave them their 2017 fourth-round pick in exchange for that fifth rounder.
After getting 2017 picks on Thursday and today, the Redskins now have two picks in the fourth round next year and two in the sixth. They also now have a the Saints’ fifth-round pick after dealing their own pick in that round to the 49ers for tight end Derek Carrier.
And the Redskins now have three more picks in this year’s draft, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. If they use those picks they will have a total of seven, having already taken four players.
Five-star defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.) has committed to Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Kaindoh, who is ranked as the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the No. 4 overall prospect in the country in the class of 2017, is listed at 6-5, 241 pounds.
He is a native of Essex, Md. who played high school football in the state before transferring to IMG.
For a time, 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball had pegged Maryland as the favorite to land Kaindoh. Only days later, he released a list of four schools that were to be his finalists and Maryland was not among them.
Now, he has committed to the Terrapins.
In the first full recruiting cycle under head coach DJ Durkin, Maryland continues to build a class worthy of already being one of the nation’s 25 best.
Kaindoh becomes the first five-star player, according to Rivals.com rankings, and is paired with four-star quarterback Kasim Hill and four-star fellow IMG defensive lineman Cam Spence. The class also includes highly regarded local three-stars Jordan McNair and Ayinde Eley.
Since moving to the Big Ten, beefing up both the offensive and defensive lines has been a priority. With former Virginia head coach Mike London as the team’s defensive line coach, that continues.
Watch highlights of Kaindoh below.
After trading down in the fourth round, the Redskins have chosen Temple defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis in the fifth round (No. 152 overall).
At 6-3, 299, Ioannidis is not huge but he is very powerful and able to stand up to double teams. He played both inside and outside with the Owls but it is likely that he will stick to the inside with the Redskins.
Ioannidis is known as a tough, muscular player who can succeed in a two-gap system. He is primarily a run stuffer but he showed some ability to rush the passer as well.