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Need to Know: Redskins legend Williams among the best players drafted at No. 17

Need to Know: Redskins legend Williams among the best players drafted at No. 17

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 10, 17 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 7
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 32
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 44
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 153

The best No. 17 draft picks ever

What kind of player can the Redskins get at No. 17? They can get a Hall of Famer or they can get a player who doesn’t start a single game. Here is a look at the best five players taken with pick No. 17 since the 1970 merger.

1990, Emmitt Smith, RB, Cowboys—At 5-9, some thought Smith was too short to succeed in the NFL but he went on to become the all-time leading rusher in history. After getting his feet wet as a rookie, Smith led the NFL in rushing four out of the next five years. If the Redskins go running back at 17 they will hope he is half as good as Smith.

2001, Steve Hutchinson, G, Seahawks—He won’t be eligible to be in the Hall of Fame until the 2018 selection process. Hutchinson may not make it on the first try but his five first-team All-Pro selections with both the Seahawks and Vikings should get him in eventually.

2007, Chad Greenway, LB, Vikings—The career-long Viking was a steady playmaker in Minnesota until he retired last month. His career stat line shows 11 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight forced fumbles, 11 recovered fumbles, and 18 sacks.

2010, Mike Iupati, G, 49ers—Maybe going guard at No. 17 isn’t the worst thing he in the world but he would need to be at least as good as Iupati, who has four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro selection on his resume.

1978, Doug Williams, QB, Bucs—Redskins fans remember him well from his Super Bowl XXII heroics but he had some good seasons with the Bucs. In December if 1979, about 24 months after the Bucs lost to go to 0-26 in their existence, Williams led them to their first playoff appearance as they won the NFC Central. His star in Tampa faded, however, and after a three-year stint in the USFL he joined the Redskins and the rest is history.

Honorable mention: CB Louis Wright (1975) was a two-time All-Pro for the Broncos. The last defensive linemen the Redskins selected in the first round, DE Kenard Lang (1997), had a pretty solid career but only the beginning was in Washington; he left for the Browns as a free agent after five years with the Redskins. S Johnnie Johnson was a takeaway machine, with 22 interceptions and 22 fumb1e recoveries in 10 seasons, mostly with the Rams. I don’t think that anyone would take a kicker at No. 17 in today’s NFL but if you do you’d better get as much out of him as the Raiders have gotten from Sebastian Janikowski in his 17 seasons.

Besides Lang, the Redskins have taken two other players with the 17th pick since the merger. DT Bobby Wilson (1991) collected a Super Bowl ring as a rookie but he accomplished little else in four seasons with the Redskins. CB Tom Carter (1993) had a better career, tallying 27 interceptions in nine NFL seasons with the Redskins, Bears, and Bengals.

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Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.

TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.

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Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.

There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.