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Need to Know: Five top Friday night draft possibilities for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Five top Friday night draft possibilities for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 1, 46 days before the Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.

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The Redskins have made their top pick. offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. Here are five players they could take a close look at in Rounds 2 and 3 tonight:

DB Eric Rowe—At 6-1, Rowe is a good candidate to be converted to safety; that’s where he started for three years at Utah before moving to cornerback last year. He has solid coverage skills and is physical.

RB T. J. Yeldon—They invested their top pick in a lineman to bolster the running game so perhaps they look for a running back who can add some pop to the running game. Yeldon isn’t a burner but he’s quick and can make tacklers miss.

QB Garrett Grayson—Friday may be a day too early for the Redskins to go after a quarterback but if Jay Gruden wants a pocket passer who can be ready to see action in 2016 they might need to get Grayson. He’s not the most talented QB left on the board but he could be the most NFL ready.

Edge Eli Harold--With Randy Gregory likely to be off of Scot McCloughan's board due to some failed drug tests, Harold is their best available edge rusher. At 247 they might want him to add a little bulk but he can set the edge on the run pretty well.

S Jaquiski Tartt—The level of competition at Samford makes him tough to judge. But he’s clearly a tough, smart, physical player who is capable of developing into a starting safety within a season or two.

Timeline

—It’s been 124 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 135 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 46; Redskins training camp starts 90; Redskins @ Giants 146

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.