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Chiefs' Poe could give Redskins big problems

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Chiefs' Poe could give Redskins big problems

Here are five keys to Sunday’s Redskins-Chiefs game plus a prediction:

1. Do the Chiefs have anything to play for? They are a game behind the Broncos for the AFC West lead but Denver holds the tiebreaker with two head-to-head wins and the Broncos don’t have a team with a winning record left on their schedule. The Chiefs don’t really have to fear losing the fifth seed as they are three games ahead of the Ravens and Dolphins for that spot. It’s not rest your starters time by any means but you have to wonder how much motivation the Chiefs will have.

2. Although they don’t get much attention in fantasy leagues due to the nature of the KC offense, Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery make a pretty good wide receiver tandem. Both of them are capable of making a spectacular catch, especially Bowe. As noted earlier this week, Alex Smith throws to Jamaal Charles a lot (team-leading 55 receptions) and also like to go to former running back and slot receiver Dexter McCluster (42). But it seems like when teams start to focus on those two, Bowe (45 rec/533 yards/4 TD) or Avery (34/524/2) will come up with a key catch.

3. The interior of the Redskins’ offensive line will have its hands full with nose tackle Dontari Poe. At 6-feet-3, 346 pounds he is more of the traditional big load type of NT rather than the more athletic ones that are becoming the trend. The second-year player out of Memphis has 4.5 sacks, 37 tackles and has knocked down four passes.

4. The Chiefs’ leading interceptor is Quintin Demps, who plays free safety but has started just four games and plays a little more than half of their snaps. According to the guys a Pro Football Focus Demps has been thrown at just 19 times this season. Getting four picks in that few targets is a pretty good percentage. Robert Griffin III should make sure he knows when he’s in the game and tread carefully when going in his direction.

5. This one has the potential to get ugly early. The Chiefs have outscored their opposition by 53 points in the first half (156-103). Meanwhile, the Redskins are very slow starters. They have been outscored by a league-high 51 points in the first quarter (88-37) and a total of 69 points in the first half. If they can’t get off to a fast start, it could be a long, cold, rainy/icy afternoon at FedEx Field.

I think that the Redskins will hang with the Chiefs for most of the game but I don’t think they get it done.

Chiefs 20, Redskins 14

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on offense. Will look at the defense a little later this morning.

Offensive line

G Dorian Johnson, Pitt—The Redskins probably would want him to add a few pounds to his frame, as at 6-5 he currently carries “only” 300 pounds. He’s smart, tough, and athletic.

G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State—At 6-4, his weight is about right at 319 pounds. A three-year starter with a great power game and pass protection skills that will need to be coached up.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Tight end/receiver

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech—He’s big enough to be your blocking tight end and athletic enough to line up split out wide.

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma—One of the most productive receivers in the country and a Heisman finalist. He’s a little small at 6-0, 178 but he has excellent deep speed.

Running back

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma—As a true freshman in 2014 he set the national record by rushing for 427 yards in a game against Kansas. He probably doesn’t have that kind of monster game in him at the next level but he will be a solid, reliable back who can handle a heavy workload.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State—A very productive runner and pass catcher who posted over 2,200 yards of offense last year.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Quarterback

QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt—Nobody would have batted an eye if he had gone off the board in the third or maybe even the late second round. If the Redskins are concerned about Kirk Cousins leaving as a free agent, Peterman carries a very similar set of skills.

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami—Another QB many thought may be off the board by now, Kaaya has the mental makeup to succeed at quarterback but his game needs a lot of polish.

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Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 29, 25 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

At Redskins Park—Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft; conference calls with players selected; Gruden will speak to media shortly after Redskins’ final pick.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 13
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 25
—Training camp starts (7/27) 89
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 134

The Redskins’ best late-round picks since of the last 10 years

While no aspect of drafting in the NFL is easy, it is much harder to find key contributors on the last day of the draft than it is in the first three rounds. The Redskins will have seven picks in this afternoon's draft to try to find one or two of them. 

Since the 2007 draft the Redskins have taken 56 players from the fourth round on. Of those, 45 played in at least one NFL game but only 12 of them were the Redskins’ primary starter at their positions for at least one season. Here are the five best of those players.

QB Kirk Cousins (round 4, 2012)—He was probably the most controversial pick on this list since the Redskins had just drafted Robert Griffin III a couple of days earlier. History proved Mike Shanahan right.

RB Alfred Morris (6, 2012)—This pick came a few hours after and with much less noise than the Cousins pick did. Many believed that the Redskins were set a running back with Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Morris not only surprised many by making the team but he lined up as the Week 1 starter. He went on to break the team’s single-season rushing record by piling up 1,613 yards rushing.

LB Perry Riley (4, 2010)—He didn’t get into the lineup until midway through his second season. Riley was always solid for four-plus seasons as the starter but never spectacular. The team let him go last year in training camp and he played well for the Raiders after they picked him up.

CB Bashaud Breeland (4, 2014)—Breeland started 15 games as a rookie. At first he was in the slot but after DeAngelo Hall was injured in Week 3, Breeland moved to the outside and he has stayed there ever since. He has seven career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

WR Jamison Crowder (4, 2015)—At 5-9, many teams thought Crowder was undersized and he didn’t run a great 40 at the combine. But he was big enough and fast enough to break the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season and then to lead the team in touchdowns with eight last year.

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