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Need to Know: What will the Redskins do with pick No. 17?

Need to Know: What will the Redskins do with pick No. 17?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 19, eight days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 23
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 35
—Training camp starts (7/27) 99
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 144

What will the Redskins do in the draft?

Let’s take a big-picture look at the Redskins’ draft and see what might happen. Here are five possible generic outcomes with the imaginary $100 in casino chips spread around on them.

Draft a defensive lineman, $10—Although the position is the most glaring need on the team it seems likely that the team will go for the 21st straight year without taking a D-lineman in the first round (last one Kenard Lang, 1997). It just doesn’t look like there will be one there who is even remotely worth the 17th pick. Better to hope for Caleb Brantley or Taco Charlton to be there in the second,  

Draft another defensive player, $30—It’s easy to see the Redskins possibly having their choice of a talented inside linebacker like Reuben Foster or Haason Reddick, one of a few very good cornerbacks, or an edge rusher such as Takkarist McKinley or Derek Barnett. Any of those players has the potential to improve the defense immediately.

Draft an offensive player, $30—I get the impression that Jay Gruden likes either Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey a lot. Maybe he likes both of them. It could be that if one or both is on the board at No. 17, Gruden lobbies hard to take the running back. I think both could well be gone and I don’t see another offensive player o the board being a good value. That’s why the chances are better that the pick will be on defense.

Trade up, $10—They could want to jump up and take Foster, Cook, or McCaffrey but it would be costly. Moving up just four spots to pick No. 13 likely would cost them their third-round pick, which is a steep price for a team with a lot of needs.

Trade down, $20—While I think that the Redskins would be more receptive to a trade down over than they would be for one to move up there is still a relatively slim chance. A team has to want to move up and the talent in the last half of the draft is pretty even. It could happen but a lot of moving parts have to fall into place.

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