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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.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Report: Odell Beckham could miss regular season games after preseason hit

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Report: Odell Beckham could miss regular season games after preseason hit

Odell Beckham Jr. took a hard hit to the leg in Monday night's preseason game against the Browns. Immediately following the play, it seemed Beckham might have sustained a serious knee or lower leg injury, especially as the wide receiver collapsed in pain walking to the locker room

Reports came out that showed Beckham merely sustained an ankle sprain and that X-rays and an MRI revealed no major problems. On Wednesday, however, ESPN reported that the Giants wideout could miss regular season games with the ankle issue. 

From ESPN.com:

It's "not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season," according to one source.

The Giants open their season on September 10th against the Cowboys in Dallas, a key NFC East battle. 

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Arguably the most explosive receiver in the NFL, losing Beckham, even for just one game, would be a big blow for Big Blue. New York's offense hasn't scored a touchdown yet this preseason, and Eli Manning and company did not have a particularly good year in 2016 either.

The Giants offense ranked 26th in the NFL in scoring at just 19.4 points-per-game. The Redskins, even with their red zone struggles, ranked 12th at 24.8 PPG.

Despite the Giants offensive struggles, Beckham still produced in 2016. He posted 101 catches for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns over 16 games. It marked the first year of his three season career he was able to suit up for all 16 games.

This offseason, the Giants brass tried to make the offense better, adding veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and taking tight end Evan Engram in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Offensive line remains a significant concern for New York, especially with the 36-year-old Manning behind center. 

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Breaking down injuries on O-line, Reed's return

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Breaking down injuries on O-line, Reed's return

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler talk Spencer Long's injury and the implications for the offensive line, plus talking Jordan Reed. Listen below now!

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