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Need to Know: Ragland? Henry? Who is more likely to be a Redskin?

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Need to Know: Ragland? Henry? Who is more likely to be a Redskin?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 24, the day the NFL Combine gets started in Indianapolis.

Betting on the Redskins’ draft picks

I’ve been doing a series on players who may be of interest to the Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft. So far I have five players in the Redskins Draft Countdown series and it just so happens that five is the number of propositions I like to use when breaking out the $100 in imaginary casino chips to assess the chances of future events taking place.

So let’s take the $100, the five who have been featured in the series, and see what we come up with. As always, your bets are welcome in the comment section.

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama, $20—Certainly this is an area they would like to upgrade although it’s not a hair-on-fire need like some believe it is. Will Scot McCloughan go for a defender who may be a two-down player with pick No. 21? It seems possible but perhaps unlikely.

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State, $25—If you don’t think that wide receiver is an urgent need, look at this list of 2017 free agents. If Thomas is still on the board he likely will be the best big receiver available. Will he be close enough to being the best available football player for McCloughan to pull the trigger?

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech, $15—There is a lot of mystery about Fuller. At this point he could be gone when the Redskins pick at No. 21 or he could still be there when they are on the clock in the second. I doubt that McCloughan takes him in the first but he could bite in the second.

Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss, $30—Remember that these bets are being placed on this group of players only. I’m going with Nkemdiche as the favorite here because he’s a D-lineman and I think that’s the position that is most likely to be taken with the first-round pick. While I wouldn’t rule him out I think there will be some options available who have less baggage.

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama, $10—If the Redskins didn’t already have Matt Jones I think that McCloughan would jump on Henry if he was there in the second round. He still might do it if he considers Henry to be a major upgrade over Jones. But the Redskins aren’t ready to give up on Jones so they might address other needs rather than taking Henry.

Timeline

—Former Redskins linebacker Mel Kaufman, who earned two Super Bowl rings, was born on this date in 1958.

—The Redskins last played a game 45 days ago. It will be about 200 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 14; 2016 NFL draft 64

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 22, five days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 20
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 32
—Training camp starts (7/27) 96
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 141

The Redskins week that was

Redskins full 2017 schedule released—Even with the Caps and Wizards in full playoff mode, the DMV stops to take a look and see when the Redskins will be playing. The Thanksgiving game was surprising. It’s another working day but I worked at various places since I was 14 and last year was the first time I’ve had to work on Thanksgiving so I can’t complain too much about working two in a row. It’s a small price to pay for having the best job in the world.

Don't count out any RB for Redskins at 17—Yeah, I know that NFL teams aren’t supposed to take running backs in the first round any more. But that is one of those trends that comes and goes. In 2013 and 2014 there were no RBs taken in the first. Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott in the last couple of years began to shift the thinking. If the Redskins think that Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey can help them win games more than any other player on the board they should pull the trigger.

Rise of Patrick Mahomes could bring big payoff for Redskins—It seems likely that quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky will be taken before the Redskins pick at No. 17 goes on the clock. That means that two players in whom the Redskins might be interested will be available, pushed back by the quarter backs. Could Mahomes, out of Texas Tech, push a third player back to Washington. The buzz is that a team might grab him in the first half of the first round.

The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017—When I started pulling the numbers for this post I thought I’d find more key players with salaries of under $1 million. I only found three and one of them is the kicker. This means that they don’t have very many late-round or undrafted players who are contributing a lot of value. They need more out of players like Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis and Maurice Harris. That is how a team thrives in the salary cap era. A couple of Saturday picks could make or break this draft.

Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often—There are a lot of ways the first 16 picks of this draft can work out. It seems almost certain that everyone’s favorite first-round pick, a stud defensive lineman, won’t be a realistic option on the board. This could send things in an odd direction for the Redskins. It’s fun to do a mock and I’ll do one or two more prior to draft day but there are too many variables to think that it has a high degree of accuracy. 

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Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Coming into Friday the Redskins had two unsigned restricted free agents. Now, they have just one. 

The team announced that running back Chris Thompson has re-signed. If he signed his restricted free agent tender, he will be under contract for one year with a salary of $2.7 million. 

The announcement came just as the deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets with other teams passed. That meant that Thompson had no other practical options than to sign with the team. 

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Still unsigned is linebacker Will Compton. He got a restricted free agent tender for $1.8 million. We will see how his situation plays out. 

Last season, Thompson was the team’s third-down back and he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He posted 68 rushing attempts for 356 yards and three touchdowns and 49 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. All those stats were career highs for Thompson, a fifth-round pick of the Redskins in 2013.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.