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49ers GM Lynch: We have a 'ton of options' at No. 2 pick, won't rule anything out

49ers GM Lynch: We have a 'ton of options' at No. 2 pick, won't rule anything out

After placing the exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins and beginning what seems like serious contract negotiations, the odds of the Redskins trading their quarterback seem lower than a month ago. Still, if there was to be a trade partner, the most logical landing spot would be San Francisco.

The 49ers don't have a QB. (Seriously, they don't have a quarterback on their roster.) Their new coach, Kyle Shanahan, was with the Redskins when Cousins was drafted. Their new coach's father, Mike Shanahan, has repeatedly gushed over Cousins' talent and moxie. And the Niners hold the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. 

The second overall pick is a big asset to dangle in possible trade talks, and it seems like new San Francisco GM John Lynch would consider doing just that. 

"The great thing is I have the No. 2 pick -- we have the No. 2 pick -- and a ton of options because of that at our disposal," Lynch told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's hard to say what a trade for Cousins would look like, but it's clear the No. 2 pick would need to be involved. It's also clear the new regime in San Francisco wants to land not just a place holder at QB, but somebody they can win games with. 

"Free agency is something that we’re examining a lot of guys," he said. "Other options as well. So both Kyle [Shanahan] and I from the start, that’s one thing we’ve talked a lot about in our discussions. I'd love to tell you that strong safety, free safety -- that position you have to have and I believe it's important, but the quarterback position is one you have to hit on, and we’re looking to do that."

Lynch talked about the crop of rookie quarterbacks, some that the Niners met with in Indianapolis, and also said he would not close the door on the return of Colin Kaepernick. It's hard to think, however, that a rookie QB or Kaepernick could deliver the results of Cousins, who last season nearly threw for 5,000 yards.

Plenty of options for San Francisco, but a good quarterback is hard to come by. 

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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