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Need to Know: 5 best defensive backs drafted by the Redskins

Need to Know: 5 best defensive backs drafted by the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 2, six days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Could the Redskins be looking for a defensive back in the draft? Here are the five best defensive backs the Redskins have drafted since the advent of the common draft in 1968 (per the career Approximate Value metric used by Pro Football Reference).

1. Champ Bailey, Round 1/7 overall, 1999 (Career AV 114)—You can debate the circumstances of his departure and the impact of Clinton Portis compared to Bailey. But Bailey has had one heck of a career.

2. Darrell Green, 1/28, 1983 (CAV 100)—Feel free to take a shot at the CAV metric here. Although Bailey has been great, I’m not sure an objective observer would take him over Green in their primes. And they both had long primes. You could blame honors voters during Green’s career for this as well. They voted Bailey to more Pro Bowls (12 for Bailey to 7 for Green) and named Bailed first-team All-Pro more often (3-1). Those honors affect the CAV calculation.

3. Carlos Rogers, 1/9, 2005, (CAV 47)—It’s quite a drop from the top two on this list to here, from Hall of Fame caliber to above average. Rogers was notorious for dropping potential interceptions; he had only eight in six seasons with the team. But I always pointed out that the dropped picks meant he was always around the ball.

4. Fred Smoot, 2/45, 2001, (CAV 43)—He made an immediate impression with his outgoing personality and distinctive Southern style of speaking and he was a pretty good player to boot. He ended up playing seven of his nine NFL seasons with the Redskins.

5. LaRon Landry, 1/6, 2007 (CAV 38)—Two words here—unrealized potential. He would have had a chance to team up with Sean Taylor until he was tragically lost. Then Landry was frequently lined up 30 yards deep from the line of scrimmage, leaving him too far away to utilize his aggressive skills. Then, after looking like an all-world safety in the Redskins’ new 3-4 scheme in 2010 for half a season, an Achilles injury and subsequent disagreements over treatment ended his Redskins career.

Update: Since I've already received inquiries about Sean Taylor's spot on the list, I should note that he he is ninth with a career AV of 33. Of course having a long career is key to that metric and it certainly wasn't the fault of Taylor or the Redskins that he didn't have a long, productive career. You'd have to think that at this point in time he would be third on this list had he lived, well above Rogers and perhaps on the way to closing in on Green and Bailey (although corners to tend to have longer careers than safeties).

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—It’s been 124 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 127 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: NFL Draft 6; Training camp starts 82; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 98

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Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 6 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Cardinals Week 13

3:47 left in Q4, Cardinals ball at their own 34, 4th and 1, Cardinals leading 24-23

David Johnson up the middle to ARZ 48 for 14 yards (Josh Norman).

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Tandler: What's worse than a punch in the gut? A gut punch you don't see coming. The Redskins had pulled to within a point with plenty of time left to get a winning score—if the defense could get a stop. When Bruce Arians sent out his offense on fourth and one, the Redskins had to watch for Carson Palmer to try to draw them offside. In fact, Joe Barry told the Redskins not to expect a snap and to be sure not the jump. But they did snap the ball and Johnson ran for the easiest 14 yards up the gut you’ll ever see. The air was out of the Redskins’ comeback balloon and Palmer all but put it away a few plays later with a 42-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson.

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Finlay: This is not the first 4th Down conversion on our list of bad plays, but perhaps the most important one. Washington desperately needed this stop, and the defense thought they had it on the 3rd down play prior. Only Arians did not flinch about going for it, much to Barry's surprise, and the 'Skins D had no shot at Johnson. This play illustrated the weakness of Washington's defensive front perhaps better than any other run all season.

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With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

Kirk Cousins' price tag just moved even higher with the news that he will replace Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl. ESPN's John Keim reported the roster move first.

Ryan's Atlanta Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 44-21 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers. That victory means Ryan will not be available for the Pro Bowl, held this Sunday in Orlando. Cousins got his spot as an alternate.

Cousins gets the spot deservedly. This season he passed for 4,917 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing 25 TDs to 12 INTs. In two seasons since being named starter for the Redskins, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards. 

The Pro Bowl nod for Cousins will only make the Redskins pending contract talks that much tougher. The quarterback played in 2016 under the franchise tag, which netted him nearly $20 million. This season Washington could again place Cousins on the franchise tag, with a price tag around $24 million. Both sides can still work for a long-term deal, though the value of that contract would likely soar past $100 million and closer to $120 million.

Some questions exist within the Redskins organization if that is too much money devoted to one player, even if it is a Pro Bowl quarterback.

It's fitting that Cousins is subbing in for Ryan, who has found much success playing under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. All signs points to Shanahan taking over as the 49ers head coach after the Super Bowl, and a report emerged that San Francisco would make a strong push to obtain Cousins, either in free agency or via trade. 

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