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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 13, 36 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 45
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 60
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 72
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 124
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 181

Looking at the 2017 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, draft pick

There is a chance that Cousins will be gone via a trade but the chances are he will still be here. If he hasn’t signed and the vibe in the building is that he won’t, the Redskins could pick a quarterback in any round from the first one. If he has signed or the feeling is that he will, scratch the draft pick and put Nate Sudfeld back at No. 3.

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Running backs: Rob Kelley
Backups: Chris Thompson, Matt Jones

If they carry a fourth running back it could be Mack Brown, or perhaps Keith Marshall of the 2016 draft pick can stay healthy. There was some chatter that Scot McCloughan might target an upgrade at running back in the draft but after his abrupt firing we don’t know where that stands now.

Wide receivers: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson
Backups: Jamison Crowder (slot receiver), Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, draft pick

This area was in trouble after the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon but the signing of Pryor mitigates that to an extent. The key is Doctson being healthy and being able to step in as a big contributor after only two games of action and very little practice. With Pryor on a one-year contract, a mid-round draft pick could be groomed to replace him in 2018. Another draft pick (they have 10 picks and could trade for more) could take Grant’s roster spot.  

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, draft pick

One specific need that Jay Gruden mentioned when the spoke to reporters at the combine was a blocking tight end. That makes me think that they will find one in a draft that, for a change, is deep at the position. Carrying a fourth tight end and keeping Niles Paul around for special teams is a possibility.  

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, C Spencer Long, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: G Arie Kouandjio, T Ty Nsekhe, 1-2 draft picks

I know that everybody wants to run Lauvao out of town and that may happen at some point. But until I see someone else on the roster I believe Jay Gruden will be comfortable starting I’ll keep Lauvao at the top of the depth chart. Off of the chart from last year is Kory Lichtensteiger, who retired. They could look to bring back John Sullivan as a backup center.

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Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 25, one day before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 16
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 28
—Training camp starts (7/27) 92
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 137

Wrapping up the Redskins pre-draft presser

We’ve looked at a some of what Redskins college scouting director Scott Campbell said during his pre-draft press conference on Monday, covering possible trades, who makes the final call on those trades, and how the organization handles character issues. Here are a few more bullet points from Campbell’s presser:

—Asked if the Redskins would draft to fill needs or take the best available player, Campbell gave the stock answer. “I guess as you asked the question, you kind of framed it and the way I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.” So, there you go. That said, don’t be surprised if the best players as defined by the Redskins in the first few also happen have the “bonus” of filling one the team’s top two or three needs.

—The needs could line up well because the strength of the draft as Campbell sees it coincides with side of the ball where the Redskins need the most help. “Well, I’m excited because I think it’s one of the strongest, deepest classes on the defensive side of the ball that I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve told the guys upstairs I’m excited because we’re going to get better . . . And several different positions – sometimes it’s just maybe defensive line or outside backers or corners. Across the board on defense, I’m really excited about the class and the guys we’re going to bring in are going to help us.”

—The draft board is still used after the draft ends and the scramble for undrafted free agents starts up. “There’s going to be guys left on the bottom of that board that didn’t get drafted that we had rated as draftable,” said Campbell. “So that’s our No. 1 targets. I assign a scout to all the coaches, and really the coaches talk to the players – once the draft ends, let me be clear, it’s after the draft ends when we start making calls – the scouts are on the phone with the agent finding out what our competition is, how much.” Campbell said that money isn’t much of a factor in recruiting the undrafted players; selling opportunity is the key.

—The draft board was influenced by former GM Scot McCloughan but adjustments have been made since he was fired in early March. “Well, he certainly had influence on it because we all met as we always did the last couple of years and every team does. You meet right after the all-star games before you go to the combine and kind of get an initial ranking of how you like the guys. Of course Scot hadn’t been here since, so just like when he was here before, there’s adjustments being made to the board with the new information.”

—The 2016 draft class did not contribute a lot but does not mean that there is more pressure on the organization to do better this year. The pressure is always there regardless. “Always pressure. Every year’s pressure,” said Campbell. “I grew up in an NFL household. My dad was a coach and a player for 40 years. Pressure every year to perform, that’s what the NFL is. You’ve got to perform every year.” His father was Marion Campbell who played in the NFL for eight years and then coached for 21 seasons including stints as the head coach of the Eagles and Falcons.

—Campbell also asked for a little patience with the 2016 draft class, citing a group from a few years ago. “It takes a couple of years to develop a class,” said Campbell. “People are saying the ‘14 class had some success. Well, if I read articles and see what happened and what was said right after that draft, our grades in the mock drafts were not very good. It takes time. Morgan Moses didn’t start his first year, you know, but he’s come on to be one of the best right tackles in the league. That’s my opinion anyway. It takes time to develop. I still think with time, that class [2016] will be just fine.” I guess I buried the lede here—Campbell reads draft grades.

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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. 

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