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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.

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: The five Redskins under the most pressure entering camp

Need to Know: The five Redskins under the most pressure entering camp

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 21, six days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 201 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 51 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 20
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 29
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 43

Five Redskins who are under pressure going into training camp

QB Kirk Cousins–Going first with the most obvious. He’s under pressure to get this team back to the playoffs. Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine will help the running game and perhaps the defense will improve. But this team still will rise and fall by scoring points through the air. From his point of view, he’s on a one-year deal. If he is going to get a record long-term deal next year–or get the Redskins to cough up $35 million on the franchise tag–he’s going to need to play well.

WR Terrelle Pryor–He also is in the one-year contract situation so he needs to impress all 32 teams to drive up his value. He’s also being counted on to replace the 1,000-yard production of either Pierre Garçon or DeSean Jackson. Or maybe both. That’s a lot to put on the plate of a player in just his second full-time year at his position.

CB Josh Norman–Cousins has the highest 2017 salari on the team but Norman has the biggest contract on the team and he didn’t have the impact to match it last year. It’s not that he had a bad year but it’s reasonable to expect more interceptions and fewer penalties. It’s fair to give him a pass with it being his first year in the system. However, the Redskins have a window to release him without a debilitating cap hit after this season and if the value isn’t there you can’t rule out them pulling the trigger.

S Su’a Cravens–Everyone knows that Cravens is perhaps a step slow for a safety. He needs to make up for it with anticipation, which means paying attention to all the details in practice and doing a lot of extra film study. There is no questioning his work ethic but it’s a lot to absorb in a hurry.

OLB Preston Smith–When he is on, few are better. When he’s off, he can disappear for games on end. Consistency is the key for Smith this year. If he catches on and starts playing at his best all the time, he may be in line for a lucrative contract extension next offseason. If he falters, Trent Murphy, Junior Galette, and Ryan Anderson all will be waiting to lay claim to his snaps.

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Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually. 

Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes. 

But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.

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"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."

When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.

"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."

Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill. 

But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.

"It's always accurate," he said.

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