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Need to Know: Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the NFL draft

Need to Know: Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the NFL draft

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 13, 14 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 4
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 29
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 41
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 150

Five low-risk picks for the Redskins

Many analysts are wondering how the Redskins’ front office structure, or lack thereof, is going to affect their draft strategy. Some think that the dismissal of Scot McCloughan, which came at an awkward time to say the least, will push the Redskins into a very conservative mode for the draft. The focus will be on players with high floors and not high ceilings, according to this line of thinking.

While I don’t necessarily buy this narrative—I don’t think that Bruce Allen is afraid to take a chance—it’s interesting to examine safe picks. Here are some low-risk picks who might be on the board when the Redskins’ first- and second-round picks are on the clock.

G Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky—He’ll be able to be plugged in at guard or center and play there the next seven-plus seasons. Lamp won’t excite anyone, particularly Jay Gruden, but he will be a solid contributor.

S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut—A four-year starter who is very athletic and savvy. Melifonwu has great size (6-4, 224) and is an excellent downhill tackler.

Edge Takkarist McKinley, UCLA—He’s quick and athletic enough to come in and get half a dozen sacks as a rookie. McKinley also has a high motor and a solid work ethic.

S Budda Baker, Washington—A three-year starter for the Huskies, Baker also can cover in the slot. He plays with a passion that makes up for his lack of stature (5-10, 180).

DL Caleb Brantley, Florida—He has the bulk (6-3, 307) to be an asset against the run and the burst to create pressure on the quarterback. Brantley is just the sort of tough, physical lineman that Jim Tomsula could mold into a very productive player.

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The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.

"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."

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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.

Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.

"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

You already know the Redskins' 2017 schedule. But do you know what makes each opponent on that schedule a threat, or what pressing question each of those teams needs to answer?

With free agency and the draft in the past, and OTAs now picking up, it's finally time to really start previewing the upcoming NFL season. With that in mind, CSNmidatlantic.com has created a gallery that does just that. 

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Look no further than the link above or below to find out the new faces the Redskins will be dealing with starting this fall, as well as where their foes are strongest. Plus, you'll get a look at a to-do item the 13 franchises that Washington's slated to play must address out in order for their own campaigns to be successful. 

As a Redskins fan, you're familiar with all things Burgundy and Gold. Allow this gallery to update you on everyone else.

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