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Need to Know: Ross' fast 40 may put him out of Redskins' reach

Need to Know: Ross' fast 40 may put him out of Redskins' reach

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 5, four days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 43
—NFL Draft (4/27) 53
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 132
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 189

Sunday morning six pack

1. It appears that we finally have some movement on the Chris Baker front.

Now, if I’m Baker I probably would wait until free agency actually starts and see if he gets any other offers and get a little bidding going. But that’s his choice. He seems to want to stay and if he doesn’t accept the offer and the Redskins find a D-lineman who will, they could pull the offer and Baker would be looking for work elsewhere. If the Redskins don’t try to lowball him the chances are good he’ll be back.

2. Washington WR John Ross has been mocked to the Redskins frequently as a potential DeSean Jackson replacement. I never thought it would happen and what happened yesterday seals it. After speeding into the combine record books in Saturday, he’ll probably be gone by the time pick No. 17 comes around.

3. I got a question about how much cap space the first-round draft pick will consume:

Again, I don’t expect the pick to be Ross but the contract will be the same regardless of what position the draft selection plays. It will be a four-year deal worth $11.5 million. The first-year cap hit will be $2.1 million and it will gradually rise to $3.7 million in the fourth year. The Redskins will have a fifth-year option in their first-round pick. The cost of that will be determined by the position the player plays.

4. The Redskins being involved in a blockbuster trade would have made my job easy for a long while, but there were just too many red flags that made the supposed proposal make no sense at all.

5. I am firmly on record as saying that the Redskins need to get Kirk Cousins signed to a new contract. But they can’t mess around too long with offers like the $20 million average annual value deal that was reported recently. Such proposals are simply a waste of time. If the Redskins are looking for the Cousins camp to come down off of $24 million, which seems to be their number, they need to make a substantial leap in their offer, maybe up to $22 million. That might persuade the Cousins camp to do some actual negotiating. Otherwise they could just run out the clock until likely unrestricted free agency in 2018. If it looks like things are headed in that direction it’s time to call Kyle Shanahan and play let’s make a deal.

6. Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell would fill a huge need for the Redskins and he could well be available at pick No. 17. But it appears that he may have some, uh, coachability problems.

That won’t fly in the NFL.

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Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 25, one day before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 16
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 28
—Training camp starts (7/27) 92
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 137

Wrapping up the Redskins pre-draft presser

We’ve looked at a some of what Redskins college scouting director Scott Campbell said during his pre-draft press conference on Monday, covering possible trades, who makes the final call on those trades, and how the organization handles character issues. Here are a few more bullet points from Campbell’s presser:

—Asked if the Redskins would draft to fill needs or take the best available player, Campbell gave the stock answer. “I guess as you asked the question, you kind of framed it and the way I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.” So, there you go. That said, don’t be surprised if the best players as defined by the Redskins in the first few also happen have the “bonus” of filling one the team’s top two or three needs.

—The needs could line up well because the strength of the draft as Campbell sees it coincides with side of the ball where the Redskins need the most help. “Well, I’m excited because I think it’s one of the strongest, deepest classes on the defensive side of the ball that I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve told the guys upstairs I’m excited because we’re going to get better . . . And several different positions – sometimes it’s just maybe defensive line or outside backers or corners. Across the board on defense, I’m really excited about the class and the guys we’re going to bring in are going to help us.”

—The draft board is still used after the draft ends and the scramble for undrafted free agents starts up. “There’s going to be guys left on the bottom of that board that didn’t get drafted that we had rated as draftable,” said Campbell. “So that’s our No. 1 targets. I assign a scout to all the coaches, and really the coaches talk to the players – once the draft ends, let me be clear, it’s after the draft ends when we start making calls – the scouts are on the phone with the agent finding out what our competition is, how much.” Campbell said that money isn’t much of a factor in recruiting the undrafted players; selling opportunity is the key.

—The draft board was influenced by former GM Scot McCloughan but adjustments have been made since he was fired in early March. “Well, he certainly had influence on it because we all met as we always did the last couple of years and every team does. You meet right after the all-star games before you go to the combine and kind of get an initial ranking of how you like the guys. Of course Scot hadn’t been here since, so just like when he was here before, there’s adjustments being made to the board with the new information.”

—The 2016 draft class did not contribute a lot but does not mean that there is more pressure on the organization to do better this year. The pressure is always there regardless. “Always pressure. Every year’s pressure,” said Campbell. “I grew up in an NFL household. My dad was a coach and a player for 40 years. Pressure every year to perform, that’s what the NFL is. You’ve got to perform every year.” His father was Marion Campbell who played in the NFL for eight years and then coached for 21 seasons including stints as the head coach of the Eagles and Falcons.

—Campbell also asked for a little patience with the 2016 draft class, citing a group from a few years ago. “It takes a couple of years to develop a class,” said Campbell. “People are saying the ‘14 class had some success. Well, if I read articles and see what happened and what was said right after that draft, our grades in the mock drafts were not very good. It takes time. Morgan Moses didn’t start his first year, you know, but he’s come on to be one of the best right tackles in the league. That’s my opinion anyway. It takes time to develop. I still think with time, that class [2016] will be just fine.” I guess I buried the lede here—Campbell reads draft grades.

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Redskins 2017 NFL Draft preview: What you need to know about the Redskins' draft

Redskins 2017 NFL Draft preview: What you need to know about the Redskins' draft

The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.

The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent. 

How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?

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