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Need to Know: How many of their players did the Redskins draft?

Need to Know: How many of their players did the Redskins draft?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 24, six days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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Here are five facts about the Redskins’ draft history:

—The Redskins currently have 20 players that they drafted on their roster. The longest tenured among them is Kedric Golston, taken in the sixth round in 2006. Of the 22 players who are widely considered to be on the top of the team’s depth chart at their positions, 10 were drafted by the Redskins.

—The Redskins have drafted 36 players in the last four drafts. That’s the most for the team in any four-year span since the draft went to seven round. Of those players, 17 remain on the roster. They have two players from the 12 they took in 2011 (Kerrigan, Paul), six of the nine from 2012 (Griffin, LeRibeus, Cousins, K. Robinson, Morris, Compton), four of seven from 2013 (Amerson, Reed, Thomas, Thompson), and five of eight from last year (Murphy, Moses, Long, Breeland, Grant).

—The Redskins have drafted 34 players from Notre Dame in their history, the most of any college. However, they haven’t taken anyone from the Fighting Irish since they tabbed tackle Jim Molinaro in the sixth round in 2004. Next to Notre Dame, the Redskins have drafted the most players from USC (29) and Penn State (21).

—Of those 20 players who are draft picks who are still on the roster, more came from the fourth round (5), than from any other round—Perry Riley, Kirk Cousins, Keenan Robinson, Phillip Thomas, Bashaud Breeland.

— The Redskins have drafted 16 players in the seventh round in the last seven drafts going back to 2008. None of those players remain on the roster. The have had five seventh-rounders in the last three drafts—TE Ted Bolser, K Zach Hocker, RB Jawan Jamison, CB Richard Crawford, and S Jordan Bernstine—and none are still around. Not even a reserve/special teams type in the bunch.

Timeline

—It’s been 117 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 142 days until they play another one.

Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 6; Redskins minicamp starts 53; Redskins training camp starts 97

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

Few Redskins players draw more heated fan reaction than Ryan Grant. In three seasons with Washington, Grant has never missed a game, but he also hasn't produced much. His career stats: 39 catches for 412 yards and two touchdowns. 

Regardless, Jay Gruden and the Redskins coaching staff appreciates Grant in a way few fans understand. Grant is able to back up both the slot and outside receivers, and knows the roles of all the players.

"He’s really strong, he’s in great shape, and he’s Mr. Consistent," Gruden said of Grant. "Everything we ask him to do he does, and he does it right."

When Jamison Crowder missed time in Richmond with a hamstring strain, Grant stepped into Crowder's slot role. When Josh Doctson hurt his hamstring and missed time, Grant stepped into his role on the outside of the offense.

Throughout camp, Grant has displayed good hands and an adept knowledge of the offense. 

"No matter where he lines up, no matter what we ask him to do, he can come in the core and block the safety, whatever we want him to do, he can run whatever route from whatever positon and he runs at the right depth, perfect angles coming out of them," Gruden said. "He’s just ‘Steady Eddie,’ and that’s why I like him. I like consistent, smart players and that’s what Ryan is."

Against the Ravens in the Redskins first preseason game, Grant hung on to a tough catch over the middle to give the team one of very few offensive sparks. The problem for fans as it relates to Grant has not been preseason play. It's been inconsistent play in regular season games. 

Gruden believes that could change this year.

"I think people may be surprised with how many balls Ryan Grant might catch. Either way, could happen, I don’t know. I can’t foresee the future there, but I would be just fine with Ryan Grant being the target of a lot of balls."

To state the obvious: Grant is definitely making the roster. Behind Terrelle Pyror, Crowder and Doctson, Grant is the Redskins fourth wideout and one of the few players on the roster that is interchangeable among the Washington receiver positions. 

Grant's career best season came in 2015 when he caught 23 balls for 268 yards and two TDs. Based on his preseason, it seems Grant could surpass those totals in 2017. Much of his early season work has been a result of injuries to Doctson and Crowder, but make no mistake, Grant has been impressive in practice. 

Will it translate to the real games? The opprotunity seems only likely to arise if the Redskins deal with injuries at the receiver spot. 

Last year, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards, but DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon accounted for more than 2,000 of those yards. Doctson, Crowder and certainly Pryor are likely to be the major recepients of Cousins' aerial prowess. Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson accounted for another 1,618 yards last year.

Keep in mind, this is the last year of Grant's rookie contract. If there was ever a time to show in games what coaches have long seen and loved in practice, this would be the year. It seems only an injury would give him a major opportunity. If the situation came to pass, Gruden would have faith in Grant. 

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