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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.

Timeline

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.

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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Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.

TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.

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Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.

There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.