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Need to Know: Will the Redskins take a cornerback in the first round?

Need to Know: Will the Redskins take a cornerback in the first round?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 14, 13 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 3
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 28
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 40
—Training camp starts (7/27) 104
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 149

Could the Redskins draft a cornerback in the first round?

When you look through lists of Redskins draft needs, cornerback is rarely near the top of them if it appears on the lists at all. However, the Redskins are not in a position to reject talented players at any position.

The Redskins have Josh Norman as one starter. He is in his prime and under contract for four more years and there is no reason to think that he will need to be replaced any time soon. But beyond him, there are plenty of question marks.

Bashaud Breeland is in the last year of his contract. Kendall Fuller struggled last year and while there is hope he will live up to his potential he might not ever develop into a starter. Quinton Dunbar is a nice fourth corner but he’s not someone you want to rely on 1,000 snaps per year. Redskins are not on the short list of NFL teams that couldn’t use a quality cornerback.

This draft is deep in cornerbacks and the quality starts in the first round. There are four cornerbacks who could get first-round grades:

Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State is very quick and a good run defender in addition to having elite pass-defending skills in both press and off coverage.

—In what was supposed to have been an off year for the Buckeyes, they could have both of their corners go in the first round, maybe in the top 20. Gareon Conley needs some more polish, particularly against the run, but he has good ball skills and has the potential to be a good one.

—LSU has produced a few good defensive backs and Tre’Davious White could be the next one. He improved tremendously from 2015 to 2016.

—Another SEC product, Quincy Wilson of Florida, also is a good bet to go in the first round. At 6-1, 211 he has good size and he puts it to good use with his physical style. He also uses it to make this spectacular, one-handed interception against Kentucky.

With so many good cornerbacks in the first round the chances are good that one will be the player with the best grade when they are on the clock. When I did a mock draft for the Redskins recently pick No. 17 came on the board and the top three players on the board looked like this:

This illustrates a dilemma that teams face all the time early in the draft, when you don’t have a great need at a position but you fear you will regret bypassing a player at a premium position. We may see how the Redskins handle it on April 27.

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Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually. 

Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes. 

But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.


"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."

When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.

"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."

Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill. 

But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.

"It's always accurate," he said.


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Top selling jersey in Virginia and Maryland is not a Redskin or Raven

Top selling jersey in Virginia and Maryland is not a Redskin or Raven

Virginia and Maryland may be Washington Redskins/ Baltimore Ravens country, but their fans are not buying their jerseys. That is at least for the month of May. 

NFLShop.com released their top jersey sales for May 2017 on Thursday morning and the un-retired Marshawn Lynch was the top seller for the nation in the 31-day span. Even if his return does not pay off on the field for the Oakland Raiders, it paid off in terms of sales. 

In the same release, NFL Shop revealed the top jersey per state in the same month and it was not a Washington Redskin or Baltimore Raven at the top of the list for Virginia and Maryland. Instead, it was Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady. 

Brady, a five-time Super Bowl champion, was the top seller in 17 different states, the most of any player.

The latter is not that surprising, but Brady owning Virginia and especially Maryland is. 

In terms of the Top 25 overall, there are no Redskins or Ravens making the list. Overall Brady was No. 2, followed by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The first rookie, DeShaun Watson, came in at No. 5.

There may be a multitude of reasons for the Brady-love, aside from the typical bandwagon fans, but it does make one think which jersey are you confident in buying?

Other notable jersey sales:

#6 Derek Carr -- Oakland Raiders quarterback
#11 James Conner -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back 
#17 Colin Kaepernick -- San Francisco 49ers (currently unsigned quarterback)
#25 Adrian Peterson -- New Orleans Saints running back

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