After hearing former general manager Charley Casserly say earlier in Tuesday's Sports Junkies show that Deshaun Watson isn't a slam dunk top pick in the NFL Draft, J.P. Flaim got to thinking: Is there a series of events that would conclude with the Redskins thinking about drafting Clemson's star passer?
Yes, Flaim knew that he'd come across as crazy when he posed that question, but if Watson slides into the second round, he says he'd consider it, especially with the uncertainty behind Kirk Cousins' future in D.C. His other co-hosts shot the idea down quickly by citing the Redskins' need to draft defensive players, but Flaim said in the second round, Watson might be the best player available, which is something Scot McCloughan has valued in the past.
So, if the Redskins tag Cousins again, meaning the quarterback position is still murky in Washington, is Watson worth a look? Or are the other three Junkies right in not taking the thought too seriously? Watch the full video in the player above to hear both sides of the argument, then decide where you stand.
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Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is still going strong at age 34 this season, and he's said that he plans to return to the Ravens in 2017. This season Suggs has performed well as he leads the team in sacks with eight and was also named an alternate to the Pro Bowl. But even though Suggs is still performing well in his 15th season in the NFL, the Ravens would be wise to select an edge pass rusher who could eventually fill the void left by Suggs when his career is over.
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In Ben Standig's first mock draft he has the Ravens picking UCLA pass-rushing, outside linebacker Takkarist McKinley. McKinley piled up 10 sacks for the Bruins in his senior season, which were the third most in the PAC 12 and the 11th most in the country.
With Suggs playing out the final two years of his contract, McKinley could learn from Suggs while also using his explosiveness to be an immediate impact player for a Ravens team that ranks in the bottom half of the league this season in sacks with 30.
In addition to Suggs getting up there in age, fellow outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is 32 years old and hasn't been very productive in his time on the field this season, which has been limited due to injuries.
While the Ravens defense was solid for the most part in 2016, you can never have too many pass rushers, especially when Baltimore has to find a way to get past the Pittsburgh Steelers and their high-powered offense to win the AFC North.
McKinley is rated as the 23rd overall prospect by CBS Sports, which cites his speed and flexibility as the reasons why he can be an effective player in the NFL.
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The Redskins enter week 17 of the NFL regular season with a spot in the playoffs on the line.
A win against the New York Giants will moves the Redskins to 9-6-1 and reward them with a berth in the 2016 NFL Playoffs.
The Redskins have been a tough team to beat at times this season, but have lacked a tight consistency on defense needed to cement themselves as one of the NFL's truly elite teams.
One of the areas the Redskins need to improve the most is defending the run.
Through 15 games, Washington ranks 25th in the league in rushing yards per game allowed (117 ypg), and they've allowed the fourth most rushing touchdowns (18).
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In Ben Standig's first mock draft, he has the Redskins addressing this weakness by selecting Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell with the 21st overall pick.
McDowell, who stands at 6-6 and weighs 276 pounds, was named first-team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press and a second-team All-American by CBS Sports.
In his junior season he led the defensive line with 36 tackles, despite playing in just nine games.
Ziggy Hood and Matt Ioannidis currently line up on the interior of the defensive line and while they are fine players, McDowell would be an added boost. With defensive end Chris Baker becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and Ricky Jean Francois hitting free agency in 2018, the Redskins need to begin addressing the future of the defensive line.
CBS Sports has McDowell ranked as the 18th best player in the country on their NFL Draft big board.
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