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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: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 23, 14 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 6
—NFL Combine (3/2) 7
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 53
—NFL Draft (4/27) 63
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 199

Free agent moves—Offense

Free agency starts two weeks from today. The Redskins have plenty of needs, both big and small. Let’s take a look around and see what offensive positions they might be looking to bolster when things get going. I’ll follow up with the defense in the next few days.

Quarterback—It could be a yawner at this position or there could be plenty of drama. If Kirk Cousins gets franchise tagged or defies current expectations and signs a long-term deal, the depth chart will remain the same. If he is gone via a trade, things could be shaken up. While they may draft a QB in late April they could go for a mid-priced veteran as insurance.

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Running back—The Redskins have a depth chart loaded with young, unproven talent at this position. If they want a veteran presence in the meeting room they could look at someone like Robert Turbin (McCloughan had a hand in drafting him in Seattle in 2012) or maybe Knile Davis.

Wide receiver—Things will get very interesting if the word on the street comes to pass and both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson are gone. They have a presumably healthy Josh Doctson in line to replace one but they would need a veteran. Maybe Kenny Stills or Kenny Britt, both young and productive, could be under consideration. If one of the veterans stays they likely will get depth in the draft.

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Tight end—Vernon Davis seems likely to be back. If he’s not, the Redskins probably would rather have an alternative to Niles Paul as Jordan Reed’s primary backup. The probably won’t swim in the deep end of the pool with Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook. But maybe they will look at Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl twice in Cincinnati while Jay Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

Offensive line—Yesterday, JP and I discussed what they might do at left guard if they want to upgrade from Shawn Lauvao. Perhaps they could go for Kevin Zeitler, another Bengal who played under Gruden. But he will command a contract in the $8-$10 million range and with Brandon Scherff coming up for an extension next year that might be too much to spend at the guard position. Look for the Redskins to take an eventual Lauvao replacement in the draft.

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If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

It still seems like a long-shot the Redskins trade Kirk Cousins, but if there is one persistent rumor, it's that the San Francisco 49ers want the Washington passer. The story is too familiar at this point: New Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was in D.C. when Cousins was drafted and wants the quarterback to come run his offense in San Francisco. With the second overall pick, the 49ers have a tremendous asset they can dangle in trade talks.

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Whether or not any of this rumor is true, it sure makes for engrossing speculation. With the NFL Draft Combine next week in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn't be shocked to see the trade go down.

That's the backdrop. Beyond the debate of the merits of trading an established QB like Cousins, which is a very serious debate, there's also the notion of what player the 'Skins would select with the second overall pick.  

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It's worth examining the impact players available to Washington with the second selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the options are varied, including perhaps a new QB. Check it out. 

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