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Need to Know: Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options

Need to Know: Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 12, 15 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 5
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 30
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 42
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 151

Trade up/trade down options for the Redskins

I did a mock draft for the Redskins yesterday and when I made the first-round pick there really wasn’t anyone on the board at No. 17 who I thought would have sufficient impact on the team. It was a perfect situation for the Redskins to trade down and collect some more picks or, if they are targeting a particular player, use some of their 10 picks to trade up.

Let’s take the latter scenario first. Suppose the Redskins think that RB Christian McCaffrey will be the perfect addition to change their offense from good to great. But there is credible intel out there that the Eagles, who are drafting three spots earlier at 14th, will take the former Stanford star. What would it take for the Redskins to jump ahead of Philly?

Per the draft pick trade chart, the 17th pick is worth 950 points and the 13th is worth 1,150. To move up to No. 13 the Redskins would have to give up their third-round pick (No. 81, 185 points) and possibly one of their sixth-round picks. The lesson here is that moving up in the first round is very expensive. A third-round pick has about a 50 percent chance of evolving into being a starter at some point.

On the other side, suppose they don’t trade up and they’re looking at the same situation I was the mock yesterday, with nobody particularly appealing on the board. I had it set up so I couldn’t make trades but, of course, that would be an option for the Redskins.

You first thing you have to remember about trading down is that another team has to want to trade up. In other words, another team must look at the same pool of available players that you’re looking at and be excited enough about one of them to give up a future starter as part of a deal to move up.

It’s usually quarterbacks who excite teams enough to make moves so let’s say that Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina is still hanging around at No. 17 and the Texans, who have the 25th pick, see him as their QB of the future.

The 25th pick is worth 720 points so the Texans would have to come up with 230 points of value to move up. Their third-round pick (No. 81), worth 185, and their fourth rounder (No. 131), 41, would total 226. Bill O’Brien could throw in a few racks of BBQ ribs and they could call it even.

Let’s look at one more trade back that would net the Redskins a bigger haul. Cleveland needs a quarterback and they might think that they can bypass Trubisky with their two first-round picks at No. 1 and No. 12 and move up to get him a little later. The Browns have two second-round picks, No. 33 (580 points) and No. 52 (380 points). Those add up to 960 points, making it just about the right price for Washington’s 950-point pick at 17.

That would leave the Redskins without a first-round pick but they could get some quality players with three second-round picks—their own and the two from the Browns. In fact, with that 33rd pick the Redskins could jump up into the end of the first round with a Saturday pick. Their later fourth-rounder, No. 124 overall, could get them to about pick No. 29.

This is all hypothetical and the value chart is only a guide, not a hard and fast way of doing business. But it does give you an idea of what to look for if the Redskins start wheeling and dealing.

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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Need to Know: Who are the Redskins' roster locks?

Need to Know: Who are the Redskins' roster locks?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 23, 21 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on May 22.

Timeline

It’s been 142 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 110 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 21
—Training camp starts (7/27) 65
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 79

Who will surprise in 2017?

As OTAs start today, all 90 players on the roster have something to work for. But few dozen of them don’t have to work for a job. These are players who either because of their contracts or draft status or importance to the team who are locks to make the 53-man roster. Here are the 2017 roster locks.

Offense (18)

Backs: QB’s Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, and Nate Sudfeld; RB’s Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine.

I’ve had Sudfeld on the bubble ever since the Redskins drafted him but he’s past the point where they are going to give up on him and risk putting him on the practice squad. A year ago, Kelley was on the outside of the bubble and now he is a mortal lock.

WR/TE: WR’s Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder; TEs Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis

Receivers Maurice Harris and Robert Davis are close to being locks but there is a lot of competition going on in the bottom of the depth chart. Jeremy Sprinkle is likely to make it as a tight end but he may have to beat out special teams stalwart Niles Paul.

O-line: OT’s Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, G’s Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio; C Spencer Long

You can argue about Lauvao but the fact that the team did not draft or sign serious competition for him tells me he is safe. Someone who can back up a center is a lock to make the roster. That could be sixth-round pick Chase Roullier or a veteran plucked off waivers.

Defense (18)

D-line: Terrell McClain, Stacy McGee, Jonathan Allen, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

Lanier will still be a project but after keeping him last year the Redskins will hang on to him again to see if he can develop into a pass-rushing threat. Matt Ioannidis could be the sixth defensive lineman but he could get beaten out.

Linebackers: OLB’s Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Junior Galette, Ryan Anderson; ILB’s Will Compton, Zach Brown, Mason Foster

Trent Murphy will be suspended for the first four games so he won’t be on the initial 53. Martrell Spaight is close to being a lock but competition will be fierce for that last inside linebacker spot.

Backs: CB’s Greg Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar; Safeties Su’a Cravens, D.J. Swearinger

Five or possibly six positions are up for grabs here. Third-round pick Fabian Moreau is a lock to be with the organization but he could be on the PUP list.  

Specialists (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way, K Dustin Hopkins

It would be very surprising if they brought in competition for Hopkins.

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Jay Gruden views Chris Thompson as the NFL's best third-down running back

Jay Gruden views Chris Thompson as the NFL's best third-down running back

In 2016, Chris Thompson simply needed to prove to Jay Gruden that he could handle 16 NFL games.

Now, looking ahead to 2017, the fifth-year running back hopes to show his head coach he can shoulder 16 NFL games and a larger workload.

"I have a feeling that I might get a little more this year," Thompson said Monday at the Redskins Charitable Golf Foundation. "[Gruden] knows now that I'm healthy and I can stay healthy, which I think that was one of his biggest concerns. So now he sees that I can handle the load, I think that I'll get a lot more opportunities this year."

Last season was by far the best in the 26-year-old's career. He played a full slate of games after playing in just 19 over his first three seasons combined, and he set career highs in rushing attempts (68), yards (356), receptions (49), receiving yards (349) and total touchdowns (5).

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He also held up well in pass protection, a key duty for him as the team's third-down running back. And it's all of those qualities — being able to contribute on handoffs and with catches while also providing help in keeping Kirk Cousins upright — that make him an excellent fit for a popular NFL duty.

The most excellent in that duty, actually, if you ask Gruden. 

"I think Chris Thompson's role is big," he said. "When you're talking about third downs, that's the most important down in football. There's nobody better as a third-down back in my opinion than Chris. He's got a huge role on this football team." 

Gruden went on to indicate that an increase in Thompson's responsibilities is likely coming, though No. 25 will still do the majority of his work when the offense needs him most.

"Whether he does some more stuff on first- and second-down will be determined," he said. "I'm sure he will. But he's so valuable on third-down that I gotta keep him in that role for now."

A 2013 fifth-round pick who came into the league with a history of injuries, Thompson has now fully gained the trust of his coaches and teammates. The 5-foot-8 running back may be small in stature, but the Redskins know he's not small in importance.  

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