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2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT 8.0: Toughest Team On The Board

2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT 8.0: Toughest Team On The Board

You know that impossible-to-shop-for relative when it comes to birthdays and holidays? When it comes to mocking the 2017 NFL Draft, that relative is the Washington Redskins.

This isn't some clickbait ploy. Trust me — I spend way too much time pondering picks for such nonsense.

For the first round, the Redskins are damn tricky and, frankly, frustrating. Their needs simply don't mesh with the overall draft board. That's based on my projections for their 17th overall pick, but my mock isn't out of whack compared to others.

For say the Cowboys and Ravens, no sweat. Whether we're talking about their top need on offense (wide receiver) or defense (pass rusher), Baltimore will have options without having to reach or causing future roster issues. Dallas won't have any issue adding help for its suspect secondary and defensive line. Things just don't fit as nicely for the Ashburn crew.

Based on straight needs, the Redskins ideally land defensive line help. However, there might be just a single option — Michigan State's Malik McDowell — considered worthy of the 15-25 range and he's not a coveted a nose tackle.

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Washington could consider drafting an inside linebacker for the long haul even after signing free agent Zach Brown, but the top two options — Rueben Foster and Hasson Reddick — are not available in this version. Wide receiver and cornerbacks could end up getting pushed down into the Redskins' range, but those aren't areas of need now and arguably the future.

The best prospect available might Forrest Lamp. He plays guard. Washington needs a better option on the left side, but selecting an interior offensive lineman in round one for the second time in three years might make coach Jay Gruden's head explode.

All of this is why some mock drafters are slotting the Redskins a running back even though Gruden has done nothing but praise Robert Kelley.  Maybe Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey make sense if available, but the idea of going RB in the first isn't terribly appealing and either player could squeeze out the effective Chris Thompson.

Regardless, the Redskins can still land a stud and someone capable of helping immediately. Just remember that team president Bruce Allen said in light of the current transition with the organization's general manager role, the team's "draft board" would make the final decision. Combined with the way the early picks might shake out, seemingly anything is possible for Washington in round one. Heck, that could even include quarterback, which would mean every single position unit is in play at 17. 

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals


Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

After missing all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a toe injury, Jordan Reed has returned to practice for the Redskins. According to coach Jay Gruden, the Pro Bowl tight end participated in everything in today’s session, the first one open to the media since Reed was activated off of the PUP list on Sunday.

“I'm feeling good,” Reed said. “It felt obviously great to be back out there with my teammates and getting back to work.

Reed said that the toe was “100 percent right now,” a good sign for a Redskins’ offense that has struggled to move the ball in the preseason.


“We’re easing him back in the offense,” said Gruden. “He did some good things in the passing game, we put him in the running game a little bit. [He] did good, he looks well.”

Gruden said that here is a chance that Reed will play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday.

“I’d like to get him back out there and get in the running game a little bit, get involved, and catch a couple of passes,” he said.

But Gruden emphasized that Reed will not play if the training staff thinks there is a risk of re-injuring the toe.


Reed wants to get out there and play some.

“I think it's real important just to feel some hits and live bullets at me and things like that - get my feet under me,” said. “I think it's really important.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he is happy to get one of his favorite weapons back. He noted that he had all of his top pass catchers on the field for the first time since the start of camp.

“I think just as important as having Jordan back was having our whole offense together for the first time,” said Cousins. “Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, some of the other guys who have at times take off days here and there. We haven’t had many days when the whole group was together.”

Whether the whole group is together on Sunday or not, it looks like they all will be one the field when the games start to count on September 10.

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Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Redskins fans really want to see Junior Galette on the field. They really, really want to see him on the field. For his part, Galette wants back out there too, just check his social media. 

Good news then came Wednesday afternoon when Washington coach Jay Gruded revealed that Galette was back at practice after missing the better part of two weeks with a hamstring injury. Galette, remember, hasn't played in two seasons for the Redskins, missing both years with Achilles injuries. 

"[Galette] did some team excercises. He did all the individuals. He did some team stuff, not a lot, but he just wanted to get in there and get his feet wet and see how he felt," Gruden said of the outside linebacker. "He felt pretty good."

Now, assuming Galette practices all week without a setback, Gruden will have a decision to make. After losing Trent Murphy for the season to a knee injury in the first preseason game against Baltimore, the Redskins go from a situation where production from Galette went from a luxury to a necessity. Do the Redskins want, or even need, to see Galette get some live game action before Week 1 against the Eagles? Or is it best to keep Galette safe and sound on the bench during the remaining two preseason games?

"I would like to get him some action before he plays because he hasn't played in a couple years," Gruden said. 

"I would like to get him out there, but I also don't want to jeopardize his hamstring and have him re-injure it. There is a fine line there," the coach said. "We will have to wait and see how he does."

Early in training camp in Richmond, Galette looked like a force. His speed off the edge was apparent, and he showed repeatedly an ability to stop the run as well.

The Redskins need to see that this fall. And Gruden is the only one to decide if he needs to see that in August.


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