Among the items on the Redskins’ to do list in free agency are to locate both help on the defensive line and at wide receiver.
Add one of each to pending free agents reported to be on their radar screen.
The D-lineman, per Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports, is Terrell McClain, a 2011 third-round pick of Carolina’s.
In addition to the Panthers he has also played for the Texans, Patriots, and for the last three years with the Cowboys. Last year, he started 15 games and registered 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.
The 28-year-old is not one who is going to put up gaudy stats but he is a good disrupter and as a 3-4 end he would be a good replacement if they lose Chris Baker to free agency.
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Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes is also reported to be of interest to the Redskins.
Holmes would not be the top-line guy they would need to step in and replace Pierre Garçon and/or DeSean Jackson should they leave in free agency. But he would give them some experienced depth. Holmes came into the league with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012 before spending the last four seasons with the Raiders.
Holmes’ best season came in 2014 when he started 13 games, caught 47 passes for 693 yards and four touchdowns. In the last two years combined, however, he started three games and caught just 28 passes for 164 yards and seven TD’s. At 6-5 he has the height the Redskins seem to be targeting in receivers.
Again, he’s not the answer by himself if the Redskins find themselves shorthanded at receiver but he could work as the fourth or fifth receiver and play some special teams.
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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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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:
- 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.
- 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."
- 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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