Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 2, 45 days before the Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.
A busy day ahead
Scot McCloughan got up to his desired number of draft picks and that sets up a busy Saturday for him and the rest of the Redskins’ staff.
In a trade with the Seahawks, McCloughan added three picks to the Redskins’ stockpile. Added to the three they have already used and the four they already have, Washington has 10 picks.
In his meeting with the media on Monday, McCloughan mentioned a couple of times that he would like to acquire enough picks to have at least 10.
Here are the picks that the Redskins have at their disposal today:
It seems likely that after meeting some needs in the first three rounds, McCloughan will very much be in best player available mode rather than trying to fill immediate needs. Most of the players chosen on Saturday will be reserves and players the team may try to develop into starters at some point a year or more down the road. Of the 40 players chosen in the fourth round last year, only five started more than half of their teams’ games. Just over half of the fourth rounders, 21 players, did not start any games. The percentages go down in the lower rounds.
The bottom line here is that if you haven’t filled your needs already, it is very risky to figure that you are going to do so on Saturday. That doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with a fourth-round player like Bashaud Breeland (15 starts as a rookie) or a sixth rounder like Alfred Morris (16). But relying on players picked on Saturdays to fill your immediate holes is not a good way to do business.
It should be noted that McCloughan didn’t necessarily want to stockpile extra picks in order to draft more players. He also wants to be able to move up if he wants to.
“If you can acquire them [additional picks], you can still use them to go back up if need be,” he said. “If all of the sudden a good player starts falling, you have more ammunition to go back up and get [him].”
So stay alert and be prepared for some surprises as McCloughan maneuvers to try to get some more depth.
—It’s been 125 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 134 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 45; Redskins training camp starts 89; Redskins @ Giants 145
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