Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 11, 16 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 6
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 31
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 43
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 152
I’ve taken some fan questions recently that require a long form answer. This morning I’ll do some quick hitters.
I’m not sure I buy Peppers to the Redskins at No. 17; he seems to be a better value later in the first round. But I will say that “jack of all trades” in today’s NFL is a feature, not a bug. The NFL is moving towards players who can play multiple spots. With the no-huddle offenses in vogue, it helps to have a player who can line up in their safety spot, at nickel linebacker or cover the slot. It also helps in case of injuries or when the other team likes to spread things out. Peppers can be quite a weapon for a defensive coordinator who can figure out how to use him. And if he can play some snaps on offense, so much the better.
While some aspects of the offense will change, I don’t see the Redskins using the I formation as a primary way of lining up. Jay Gruden would much rather line up with three wide receivers and/or two tight ends than two running backs. That gives him more options. On the seven or so plays per game that they do want to use a fullback it likely will be Paul.
That is something that remains to be seen. They have four potential double-digit sack edge rushers as I discussed in this post yesterday so they certainly have the personnel up front to be aggressive. It will come down to how much confidence Greg Manusky has in the secondary’s ability to cover on an island. The confidence probably will be there in corners Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. Whether he has faith in safeties Su’a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger may be another matter.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Of their 10 picks, assuming they don't acquire more, how do you see them divided up? I got 2DL, 2S, 1CB, 1ILB, 1EDGE, 1TE/HB, 1WR, 1G/C.— Rett Copple (@RettCopple) April 10, 2017
I usually have done at least a couple of seven-round Redskins mock drafts by now but my first is coming in the next few days. But just taking a stab at it now, I’d go with yours with a few changes. I’d take one of your safeties and make him a running back. I’m not completely buying the Gruden love affair with Rob Kelley; it could be more of a “love the one you’re with” situation. Unless a wide receiver is way too good to pass up when they’re on the clock I’d say they take another offensive lineman, perhaps a tackle. Finally I think there is a very good chance they take a quarterback at some point although I’m not sure what position would be removed if that happens.
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