Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 16, 22 days before the NFL draft.
Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which eventually will get here, I’m told.
—It’s not a grocery list, people. You don’t grab your cart and head to aisle five to pick up a tackle first then zip over the produce to find a fresh cornerback after that and so on. You really don’t know what your board is going to look like when you’re on the clock. Even if you think you desperately need a starting right tackle it does you no good to just take a tackle if there isn’t one on your board who is capable of starting. Or if there is another player who is much better at his position than the tackle you’re staring it. You have to take the better player.
—With all of that said, I still wouldn’t be surprised if the factors of need and best available player magically melded together in the form of Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouankjio. I’m putting my (figurative) money on him to be the Redskins’ pick at 34.
—Since they are picking near the top of each round the Redskins should get someone who is capable of starting in 2014 with their top pick and someone who can start by 2015 with their third-round pick. The four players they pick on Saturday will be depth, special teams, and maybe, if they’re lucky, a 2015 or 2016 starter.
—The Redskins might like to trade down in the second round to pick up some additional selections. But it’s not like going up the window at a bank to get a ten and two fives for a $20 bill. You can’t call Roger Goodell and say, hey, I’d like two thirds and a fourth for this second rounder. There has to be a team that is willing to trade up. And in a draft that’s deep like this one is, teams may be reluctant to give up picks to move up. Don’t be surprised if the Redskins try to move down but fall.
—We will be getting our first look at how Bruce Allen drafts when he has the final say over personnel. In his first job as a GM in Oakland, Al Davis always had the final word. And in Tampa Bay, Jon Gruden already had a Super Bowl ring so he had plenty of influence in the process. Here Allen has the control and while he will take input from Jay Gruden, Scott Campbell, and others it’s his call. It takes a while to build up a history to see what Allen looks for so this is just a first step.
—It’s been 108 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 144 days until they play another one.
—Days until: First veteran minicamp 13; NFL Draft 22; Training camp starts 98
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