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Fan questions: Redskins' depth, Seastrunk, O-line and more

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Fan questions: Redskins' depth, Seastrunk, O-line and more

I got a lot of great questions this week so we're going to do this in two parts; look for more tomorrow. Let's dive right in.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Which of this year's Redskins rookies will make a significant impact this season?

— Gene Wu (@TheWuWu) May 14, 2014
I don't see any of them having a "significant" impact if you're talking about having seasons like RG3 and Alfred Morris in 2012. But if you're looking for a Redskins rookie of the year, I'll make Lache Seastrunk my favorite. When we asked Jay Gruden which of his pick he was most anxious to see on the field he named Seastrunk. I think that the former Baylor back will get some opportunities in relief of Morris and will make some SportsCenter top 10 type runs.
@Rich_TandlerCSN which position on offense and defense do we have the best depth in? #RedskinsTalk — ThePorchReport (@ThePorchReport) May 14, 2014
I just talked about that exact topic yesterday on Redskins Nation so let's go all multimedia here with a video answer to this question:

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@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk project starting OLine week 1?

— Gary (@gimmedemcookies) May 14, 2014
Obviously Trent Williams will be the left tackle and I think Shawn Lauvao is pretty well locked in at left guard. Do the other three who are on top of the depth chart right now keep their jobs, at least for the start of the season? Mike McGlynn and possibly Adam Gettis will push Kory Lichtensteiger at center, Spencer Long will challenge Chris Chester, and Morgan Moses will give Tyler Polumbus a run for his money. My projection is subject to change after seeing some of these guys on the field but right now my projection is that the starters on Sept. 7 from left to right will be Williams, Lauvao, Lichtensteiger, Chester, and Moses.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Surprised no ILB "project" was taken in the draft? More they like who they have or not like who was available?#RedskinsTalk

— Derek Childress (@Poker_Donkey) May 14, 2014
Not really. From what I hear they like Keenan Robinson and he is their "project" guy. They would like to have him ready to start by Week 1 or at least at some point during the season. Until then, Akeem Jordan will probably hold the spot down with some others rotating in on nickel packages. If they liked somebody they might have taken him but they didn't think there was a particular need there because of Robinson.
@Rich_TandlerCSN seems like there is a crowded backfield now that seastrunk is here. Who gets cut in your opinion? #RedskinsTalk

— S.N. (@SankyNagz) May 14, 2014
It was already crowded with Chris Thompson coming back from injured reserve and now Seastrunk leaves them with five tailbacks on the roster. Obviously Alfred Morris isn't going anywhere. As far as the rest, pick two between Thomas, Seastrunk, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster. Seastrunk is probably safe but he has a lot of development to do before taking over a significant role. Helu, I believe, stays around for that reason. That would leave Thompson and Helu on the outside looking in.
@Rich_TandlerCSN What's the word on Spencer Long playing center? #RedskinsTalk

— AJ (@AJ_bus) May 14, 2014
No word right now. Some think that will be his NFL position in the long term and I'm sure they are thinking about it. But for right now, he's a guard and he'll have plenty to learn there. Would I be shocked if he's the starting center for the 2015 season opener? Not in the least.
@Rich_TandlerCSN what does our new OLB coach bring to the table and how is he going to make our starters better? — HTTR (@BrandonLeta) May 14, 2014
Excellent question. Brian Baker's title is outside linebackers coach but he's really the pass rush coach. He won't just work with Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and the others, he'll also work with Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Perry Riley and everybody else in the front seven to try to teach them pass rush techniques. Among the Pro Bowl pass rushers Baker has coached are DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams, Robert Porcher and Luther Elliss. We'll have to wait and see what specifically they do differently but his hiring shows that there will be an added emphasis on getting pressure on the QB.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk which of our picks do you see starting

— Slappy (@VolSkins) May 14, 2014
Right now I don't see any of them starting on Sept. 7. It could be quite a different story by November. By then, there's a decent shot that Morgan Moses and Spencer Long will make up the right side of the offensive line.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Does the addition of Murphy hint at someone moving back to the D-line? Will they move to a 4-3? Who'll be gone in 2015?

— J. Brown (@Jaybro215) May 14, 2014
No, nobody is moving anywhere. No, they're not changing to a 4-3. In case you hadn't heard, Brian Orakpo is on a one-year deal called the franchise tag. Murphy gives them options if they can't or don't want to pay what Orakpo will be looking for in 2015.

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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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