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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.

Nickel coverage

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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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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