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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Full Redskins mock draft, state of inside LBs

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Full Redskins mock draft, state of inside LBs

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

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 2
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 27
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 39
—Training camp starts (7/27) 103
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 148

The Redskins week that was

My take on five of the most popular post from the past week on CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0—I’ve said that I don’t like the first-round pick of G Forrest Lamp; I don’t think a guard will have enough impact to help the team improve. I did like the fourth-round selection of Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. He has the potential to be the deep threat that the team will miss after the departure of DeSean Jackson. Westbrook won’t be as good or as feared as Jackson but he could provide enough of a downfield threat to loosen up defenses.

What position will the Redskins take in the first round?—A look at the draft board should seriously tamp down expectations of the team getting an impact defensive lineman in the first round. It just doesn’t look like one will be there unless they want to gamble the Malik McDowell will mature into a consistent star.

Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options—Moving up in the first round is expensive; even going up a few slots would cost the Redskins a possible future starter. Moving down might be the way to go in this draft since there may not be a whole lot of difference between the players available midway through the first and those who will be around late in the first. But you have to find someone who wants to trade up.

Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the draft—With the Redskins having undergone some poorly timed front office turmoil with the dismissal of Scot McCloughan just as free agency started, some are saying that the team will take a low-risk approach in the draft. I’m not so sure they will but if they do value high floors over high ceilings, here are some possible early-round picks.

Brown adds playmaking element to Redskins' inside linebackers—The addition of Zach Brown should mean better, more athletic play from the team’s inside linebackers. But Brown’s one-year deal means that the top three players at the position will be free agents in 2018. That means that the Redskins could well be looking to add talent at inside linebacker in the draft, perhaps in the first few rounds.

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

After missing all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a toe injury, Jordan Reed has returned to practice for the Redskins. According to coach Jay Gruden, the Pro Bowl tight end participated in everything in today’s session, the first one open to the media since Reed was activated off of the PUP list on Sunday.

“I'm feeling good,” Reed said. “It felt obviously great to be back out there with my teammates and getting back to work.

Reed said that the toe was “100 percent right now,” a good sign for a Redskins’ offense that has struggled to move the ball in the preseason.

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“We’re easing him back in the offense,” said Gruden. “He did some good things in the passing game, we put him in the running game a little bit. [He] did good, he looks well.”

Gruden said that here is a chance that Reed will play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday.

“I’d like to get him back out there and get in the running game a little bit, get involved, and catch a couple of passes,” he said.

But Gruden emphasized that Reed will not play if the training staff thinks there is a risk of re-injuring the toe.

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Reed wants to get out there and play some.

“I think it's real important just to feel some hits and live bullets at me and things like that - get my feet under me,” said. “I think it's really important.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he is happy to get one of his favorite weapons back. He noted that he had all of his top pass catchers on the field for the first time since the start of camp.

“I think just as important as having Jordan back was having our whole offense together for the first time,” said Cousins. “Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, some of the other guys who have at times take off days here and there. We haven’t had many days when the whole group was together.”

Whether the whole group is together on Sunday or not, it looks like they all will be one the field when the games start to count on September 10.

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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Scot McCloughan told Adam Schefter he cried when he left the Redskins

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Scot McCloughan told Adam Schefter he cried when he left the Redskins

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter hosts a podcast called "Know Them From Adam." His guest on Wednesday's episode was former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan, who discussed everything from his professional plans to predictions for breakout rookies this year.

Schefter often wraps up podcast interviews by asking his guest the last time he or she cried. When he put the same question to McCloughan, he got a very sincere answer. 

"Probably when I walked out of the Redskins building," McCloughan said. He was relieved of his general manager position in March after two years in Washington.

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Elaborating, McCloughan said his tears came from a passion for his job and colleagues. 

"Just passion. A lot of good people there," he said. "A lot relationships you build with coaches, with players, ownership, secreteries, janitors. Just knowing you're leaving that and you're not coming back to it. It's just passion for the people that work so hard in the building."

McCloughan's admission that he cried leaving the Redskins comes on the heels of his decision to join Twitter. His first tweet was about how much he missed the franchise and its fans. 

Since joining the social media platform, McCloughan has fielded football questions and reiterated his affection for his time in Washington.