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Need to Know: How many draft picks do the Redskins have?

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Need to Know: How many draft picks do the Redskins have?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 25, 30 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

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Today’s question is from Twitter:

We’re over three months away from the draft and a lot can happen. But, hey, if you want to talk about the draft, we’ll talk about it.

The Redskins have eight picks in the draft, which will be held in Chicago on April 26-30. They have their own picks in rounds 1-5 and in round seven. They will have the 21st pick in the first round and then alternate picks 21 and 22 in each round with the Texans, who also were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and who also had a 9-7 record. Washington got the better pick in the first round due to having played a weaker schedule than Houston.

They do not have their own sixth-round pick, having traded it to the Buccaneers as part of the Dashon Goldson trade. In that deal they got Tampa Bay’s seventh-round pick. And last year they got the Saints’ sixth-round pick in this draft as part of a trade of picks in the 2014 draft.

To sum it up, the Redskins have one pick in each round 1-6 and two in round 7 for a total of eight.

They are unlikely to add to that total through picking up any compensatory draft picks. Those will be awarded in March via a formula that considers free agents lost and signed last year and their contract values. The Redskins signed Chris Culliver, Stephen Paea, Terrance Knighton, and Jeron Johnson as free agents. The only qualifying Redskins players who signed elsewhere were Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson, Brian Orakpo and Jarvis Jenkins. All but Orakpo signed relatively modest deals and according to the formula they signed more free agent value than they lose. That adds up to no compensatory picks. (For more details on the compensatory pick formula, which the NFL has not made public, scroll down in this article.)

Will Scot McCloughan trade out of the first round? You can’t rule it out; he showed last year that he is willing to wheel and deal. Last year he turned seven picks into ten plus that sixth in this year’s draft. But despite many predicting that they would trade out of their top pick, they stood pat at fifth overall.

It appeared that the Redskins were willing to listen to trade offers when they were on the clock but the phone didn’t ring. The lesson there is that it takes two to make a deal and there has to be a player on the board that another team thinks is worth trading up for. So McCloughan may be very willing to deal out of the first round for the right deal but if he can’t scare up a trade partner he will be forced to stand pat and use the pick.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 15 days ago. It will be about 230 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 30; NFL free agency starts 44; 2016 NFL draft 94

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Trent Murphy had offseason foot surgery to repair broken bone, per source

Trent Murphy had offseason foot surgery to repair broken bone, per source

Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy underwent surgery this offseason to repair a broken bone in his foot, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Murphy has completely healed and is a full participant at training camp. 

The injury came late in the 2016 season and he played the Redskins final game of the season with the broken foot. He was listed on the injury report for that game as limited with a foot injury. He was not listed on the Week 16 injury report against the Bears.

Hit with a four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs this offseason, Murphy won't suit up for the Redskins until Week 6. He will be forced to miss the first four games, and then the Redskins have a bye in Week 5. 

Murphy had a breakout season in 2016, finishing the year with nine sacks and 47 tackles. A second round pick in 2014, Murphy had a combined six sacks in the two seasons prior. Last offseason, Murphy was tasked with gaining weight for a position switch to defensive end. After he gained the weight, outside linebacker Junior Galette was lost for the season, and Murphy was moved back to outside linebacker. 

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Redskins' Gruden will readjust to calling plays by going off script

Redskins' Gruden will readjust to calling plays by going off script

RICHMOND—The Redskins offense is dealing with some challenges on the field. Their top two wide receivers from last year left as free agents and replacements Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson have little game experience with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Tight end Jordan Reed (toe) was a surprise entry on the PUP list. Running back Rob Kelley needs to prepare to get ready to carry the load for 16 games.

There is one other change the team must deal with. Sean McVay, the team’s offensive coordinator, left in January to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. He had been calling the plays for the past two years. That duty will now fall on head coach Jay Gruden.

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Play calling is not new to Gruden. He did it from 2011-2013 for the Bengals when he was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. Gruden also made the play calls in 2014, his first season as the Redskins head coach.

Still, he wants to make sure that he’s ready to retake the play caller’s headset. The method he will use is to throw away the script.

“I think early on we’re going to have scripted practices, and once we get going, get our main core of plays in there, I think we’ll have a lot of unscripted practices where I can call plays,” he said. “So I think that’s the most important thing, the unscripted practice. Whether it’s two -minute, whether it’s drives down the field, whether it’s third downs, all that good stuff, do a lot of unscripted work, red zone and go from there, but I feel pretty comfortable already.”

That certainly makes sense. Games are not scripted and the successful play callers who can adjust to the ebb and flow of the game. You can’t duplicate the dynamic but you can come close in 11 on 11 work on the practice field.

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Another key to making this work will be trusting his defensive and special teams coaches. If Gruden can’t delegate to them he will be getting pulled in too many directions on game days.

“How well I handle that will be how successful I will probably be as a coordinator calling plays and as a coach,” he said. “I feel good about the staff that I have around me. Coach [Greg] Manusky and Jim Tomsula and Torrian Gray on the defensive side of the ball, I don’t think I have to worry so much about that, Ben Kotwica, Bret Munsey on the special teams. The big thing is I have got to be involved in the football game, make sure I’m ready for the red flag tosses and all that good stuff, but for the most part I have confidence in the defense and special team coaches and players.”

We will see how well it works out. As a rookie coach he occasionally seemed to be overwhelmed by all that he had piled on his plate (the situation was complicated by his curious decision not to hire a quarterbacks coach). But now, with three years under his belt and an exponentially better understanding of what is involved in coaching an NFL game, there should be more confidence that he can handle it.

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