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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.

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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is trying to make landlines cool again with this Redskins phone

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is trying to make landlines cool again with this Redskins phone

There was once a time in America — before cell phones became everyone's fifth limb — where people would rely on these things called landlines, which had these things called cords, which plugged into these things called walls, and they'd call each other at home. This was back during VCRs and when humans would play outside. It was a strange period.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. apparently yearns for that long-lost era, however, because the NASCAR driver just bought himself a new house phone. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill, "I bought it at the electronics store in the nearest shopping center" house phone.

No, he found himself something much better. Check this beauty out:

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From now on if you call my house I'll be answering with my helmet phone. #ebaygold

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That's right — Earnhardt Jr., who reps the Redskins as hard as any famous person, actually took the time to go on eBay and purchase that gorgeous relic. Dare we say he made a (waits for the crowd to get quiet) good call?

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Dallas sportscaster really doesn't want you comparing the Cowboys' O-line to The Hogs

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Dallas sportscaster really doesn't want you comparing the Cowboys' O-line to The Hogs

You'd think that comparing an offensive line to The Hogs — that famous unit who played a major role in the Redskins' best days in the 1980s and '90s — would come across as a compliment.

But one Dallas sportscaster didn't take it as such when a CSN reporter tried to do so. 

On Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Training Camp, Newy Scruggs joined Chris Miller and Doc Walker to talk about the Cowboys. During that discussion, Miller asked Scruggs if the team's revered offensive line could end up as the second coming of The Hogs.

Scruggs responded by calling that thought disrespectful. Not disrespectful to The Hogs, however.

"We've already had a great wall in Dallas that won three Super Bowls, OK?" Scruggs said with a tone that was a mix of annoyed and incredulous. "Why can't they be that next version? Let's not compare them to something that's over in Washington."

To see Scruggs' full answer to Miller's question and his entire explanation for why he didn't like it, watch the video above. And for any Redskins fans who don't like the way he spoke about The Hogs, here's the man's Twitter. Now, tweet away.

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