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Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook both meet with Redskins at NFL Combine

Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook both meet with Redskins at NFL Combine

Even with their red zone issues, the Redskins had one of the NFL's top offenses in 2016, finishing third in the league in yards per game. Consider that, plus the fact that Washington's defense didn't put up much resistance against their opponents, and the widespread opinion is that the team should nab a defender with their first-round pick at No. 17 in the draft.

That doesn't mean the decision-makers are just ignoring offensive players, though, and two such players — Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey — told reporters at the NFL Combine that they've both met with Washington this week in Indianapolis.

Cook and McCaffrey are two of the most appealing running backs in this year's class, and will appear in the top three of most analyst's rankings along with Leonard Fournette.

One of those analysts, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., actually has the Redskins taking Cook in his latest mock draft, so at least in his mind, Washington meeting with the Florida State product isn't just a cursory event. With that being said, the 'Skins will be vetting tons of prospects at the Combine, so these interviews certainly don't mean that fans in the DMV should start making room in their closet for a Cook or McCaffrey jersey.


If either player is indeed available when the Redskins are up to make their selection in April, the classic "best player available vs. drafting a position of need" argument would occur again. The team's backfield isn't set by any means even with contributors like Robert Kelley and Matt Jones on the roster, but on the list of priorities, running back lags far behind areas like defensive line, linebacker and safety.

Could the Redskins afford what would be somewhat of a luxury pick when there are other holes that need to be filled? That's something the front office will need to weigh. And by meeting with Cook and McCaffrey, it appears that they are in fact evaluating it, at least to some extent.


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Redskins 2017 NFL Draft preview: What you need to know about the Redskins' draft

Redskins 2017 NFL Draft preview: What you need to know about the Redskins' draft

The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.

The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent. 

How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?

Scroll through CSNmidatlantic.com's 2017 Redskins draft preview for the most in-depth coverage of the team's draft you'll find before the big night.

What will the Redskins' draft strategy be for the 2017 Draft?




What are the Redskins' biggest draft needs? 




  • Feeling a safety? Malik Hooker and Budda Baker both figure to be in the mix when the Redskins first pick on Thursday night.


What are mock drafts projecting the Redskins to do at No. 17?





Other Redskins draft storylines that Redskins fans should know



Draft busts: 15 draft busts taken in Round 1

NFL Draft history: The best players taken 17th overall


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Kirk Cousins tweets about signing an extension – but don't get your hopes up Redskins fans

Kirk Cousins tweets about signing an extension – but don't get your hopes up Redskins fans

From February to July of 2016, Redskins fans anxiously waited for news that quarterback Kirk Cousins would agree to a contract extension with the franchise. It never happened. It's late April, and Cousins and Washington are on the same track in 2017. 

While fans grow wary of the lack of movement towards a new deal, some league sources think contract talks will heat up as the calendar draws closer to the July 15 deadline. 

That doesn't mean Cousins can't have a good sense of humor about things.

To be clear, this is another year of Cousins working to promote the Holland Hospital in his hometown in Michigan. This is not an extension with the Redskins. And it gave a number of Redskins fans an outburst of excitement before a stark realization. Below are a few Twitter responses:

Considering how testy the contract talks between the 'Skins and Cousins representatives have been at times, it's good to see the club's all-time single season passing yards record holder be able to laugh about things. 

It doesn't, however, mean much about the actual negotiations between Washington and Cousins. 


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