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Fan questions, Part 2: Murphy, who ran the Redskins' draft and, of course, Tanard

Fan questions, Part 2: Murphy, who ran the Redskins' draft and, of course, Tanard

I got a lot of great questions this week so I did two parts. Part one ran yesterday, let's get right in to today's batch of questions.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk what are the chances of Cousins taking RGIII's position it he has a bad weeks 1-4?

— My name is My name (@UncleJ77) May 14, 2014
I would put them at pretty close to zero. Unless Griffin is really, really bad--say 2 TD's, 10 INT's, and the Redskins are an ugly 0-4 bad--Gruden is going to stick with the quarterback the franchise gave up so much to acquire. I don't anticipate that happening at all but Griffin gets at least two seasons to establish himself before the team even thinks about other alternatives.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Can Seastrunk return kicks and/or Punts? Does he have experience with either?

— mlk2106 (@UncleJesseHair) May 14, 2014
I checked his Baylor stats and he has one kickoff return for 13 yards so it sounds like a squib kick accidentally landed in his hands. Still, it would not surprise me to see him lining up to field some kickoffs and some punts during rookie camp this weekend. They will at least give him a shot at it and see how it works out.
@Rich_TandlerCSN ..what kind of impact will tenard jackson make if he is NFL ready by pre season and there after..? Can he upgrade secondary

— christopher (@massageking69) May 14, 2014
I am not at all bullish on Jackson's chances of having an impact. In my recent early projection for the 53-man roster I don't have him making the team. This, after all, is a player who has played in all of 12 games since Jim Zorn's last year as coach of the Redskins. But I'm very prepared to be wrong on him, maybe he can successfully come back and contribute.
@Rich_TandlerCSN sounded like JG and RG3 had a fair amount of say in the draft. But supposed to be BA's show. Your take? #RedskinsTalk

— Adam (@HailToOldDC) May 14, 2014
I'm not so sure it's accurate to say that Griffin had "say" in the draft. Gruden did mention some texts from him in connection with Seastrunk but he doesn't say if they came in before or after the pick. In any case, a few texts lobbying for your friend is hardly "say". And, yes, Gruden had influence. But Allen had the final say. We haven't heard of there being any disagreements in the draft room so perhaps who had the last word was a moot point. If you've done you draft preparation properly all decisions should have been made in advance.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Do you think Trent Murphy will play any ILB? #RedskinsTalk

— AJ (@AJ_bus) May 14, 2014
He might line up inside in some nickel pass rush packages but he won't line up alongside Perry Riley if that's what you're asking. It's a very tough position to learn and I don't think they'll heap that onto his plate along with needing to learn the pass rush responsibilities. As far as the future, I'll put it into the never say never category. I don't think it's in the plans right now but maybe if they're sitting here a year from now without a permanent solution at the position they might consider moving Murphy inside.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @CSNRedskins What role if any will Brandon Jenkins have this year? Especially now with Murphy?? #RedskinsTalk

— RMA_VA (@ICEMANVA) May 14, 2014
That is something that will have to be sorted out over the next weeks and months. If he is going to have a role, he first has to become an active participant on special teams. He was not very enthusiastic about special teams last year and that led to him being healthy but inactive for 11 of 16 games last year. If he becomes good on kicking teams he'll be active and he'll get a chance to earn a role on defense. But the first step is special teams.
@Rich_TandlerCSN is it crazy for me to think that the skins new UDFA WR Hoffman might be on the roster come week 1?

— Warpath (@WarpathDC) May 14, 2014
Crazy? No. Irrationally optimistic? Perhaps. Yes, the guy is 6-4 and he does hold all of the BYU career receiving records and that's a school with a history of filling the mountain air with footballs. But there are serious questions about his durability; he missed time with a torn labrum, torn rib cartilage, and hamstring while with the Cougars. And he's not very physical, he'll have to learn to get off the line in the NFL. Right now I'd put him on the practice squad but we'll see what he looks like over the next few months.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Do you think that the nickel setup we saw in preseason last yr might be a precursor to how they use Murphy? #RedskinTalk

— drscoundrels (@drscoundrels) May 14, 2014
I think that's what they have in mind, lining up Kerrigan with his hand in the dirt and having Orakpo and Murphy rush from a two-point stance. A lot will depend on how fast Murphy can get up to speed and execute what's required of him. I don't think we'll see much of it during the preseason. That had the feel of Shanahan throwing Haslett a bone. If they're serious about using it, we won't see it much until Sept. 7.

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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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