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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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The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.

"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."

MORE REDSKINS: A FULL SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF WASHINGTON'S OPPONENTS

Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.

Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.

"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

You already know the Redskins' 2017 schedule. But do you know what makes each opponent on that schedule a threat, or what pressing question each of those teams needs to answer?

With free agency and the draft in the past, and OTAs now picking up, it's finally time to really start previewing the upcoming NFL season. With that in mind, CSNmidatlantic.com has created a gallery that does just that. 

CLICK HERE FOR CSN'S SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF THE REDSKINS' 2017 OPPONENTS

Look no further than the link above or below to find out the new faces the Redskins will be dealing with starting this fall, as well as where their foes are strongest. Plus, you'll get a look at a to-do item the 13 franchises that Washington's slated to play must address out in order for their own campaigns to be successful. 

As a Redskins fan, you're familiar with all things Burgundy and Gold. Allow this gallery to update you on everyone else.

CLICK HERE FOR CSN'S SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF THE REDSKINS' 2017 OPPONENTS