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Fan questions: Jack linebacker, Breeland's ceiling, and undrafted receivers

Fan questions: Jack linebacker, Breeland's ceiling, and undrafted receivers

We got a great response to the Twitter mailbag this week, enough good questions to do two parts. If you don't see your question answered here, check back tomorrow. Let's dive right in:
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Do you think the #Redskins will try to add another TE, OT, and DL before the start of training camp?

— Tony Tambasco (@tambascosauce69) May 20, 2014
Depends on what you mean. Will they add camp fodder types to help them get through practice and play during the first and fourth preseason games? That seems likely, particularly at offensive tackle where they have just four players. Are they going to sign anyone who would seriously challenge for a roster spot? I doubt it. First of all, there aren't very many players who have a legitimate shot at making the 53 on the street right now. Second, they seem to be pretty set at those positions right now. Now, they do have second priority on waiver claims (behind the Texans) so if someone gets cut who would be an upgrade they could make a move if another team releases a useful player.
@Rich_TandlerCSN who is going to play inside backer next to Riley? — Ford Kendrick (@Fckendrick) May 20, 2014
It looks like there's going to be something new, something called, wait for it, a competition. Yes, I know that concept hasn't been heard of much around Redskins Park but right now it looks like Keenan Robinson, Darryl Sharpton, and Akeem Jordan will fight it out for the starting job at Jack linebacker. It could end up being done by committee with Sharpton and Jordan playing on first- and second-down packages and Robinson coming in for nickel situations.
@Rich_TandlerCSN many have praised the high ceiling of Breeland. If he was such a steal, why did some many cbs go before him? #RedskinsTalk

— George Carmi (@Gcarmi21) May 20, 2014
This just in--the draft doesn't always get it right. Perhaps you could have asked the same thing about Richard Sherman a few years ago after he was drafted in the fifth round; a lot of CB's went before he did, too. Not that Breeland is going to be as good as Sherman. But show me a draft where the corner who had the best career was taken first, the second best second, and so on. Breeland's draft stock dropped due to him being a step slow in the 40 and because many think he should have stayed in school for another year. He has room to get better (thus the discussion of "ceiling"). We will see how it turns out.
@Rich_TandlerCSN . #RedskinsTalk . Do you see us keeping Kofi Hughes and Cody Hoffman.

— Danielle Long (@DANIELLECLAUD) May 20, 2014
Danielle is referring to two undrafted free agent receivers the Redskins signed. I think Hoffman, who is listed at 6-4, has a shot. Tarik wrote about him the other day and he is taking the fact that he wasn't drafted as a challenge. But he has a lot to learn, especially when it comes to getting off the line when he's being jammed. We'll follow his progress during the rest of the offseason and in training camp. Hughes seems to be more of a long shot. I didn't see him do much good or bad during the minicamp but we didn't get that long to look at them. Right now I'd say that Hughes' best shot is the practice squad this year.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @RedskinsTalk Who has a better chance of starting on the OL this season: Morgan Moses at RT or Spencer Long at RG?

— B&G (@3igees) May 20, 2014
Good question. It's too soon to tell. The way I see it setting up, I think that Tyler Polumbus is the more vulnerable starter so that could clear a path for Moses. But Long might be a bit more pro ready, especially that guard is nominally an easier position for a rookie to learn. I'll give the edge to Long while allowing for the possibility that Moses could come on strong in training camp and beat out Polumbus while Chris Chester hangs on at right guard.
@Rich_TandlerCSN with the new players along with current how much do you think our pass rush and tackling has improved

— Eric (@farms36) May 21, 2014
I hate to pull out the "too soon to tell" card for a second straight response but that's the case here. We won't know about tackling at least until we see them in pads this summer and probably not until we see a few games. The pass rush should be better with additions of Jason Hatcher and Trent Murphy and the added emphasis on coaching pass rush techniques. It's not hard to imagine them being in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks but the proof will be when they get out there on the field.

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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