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.
—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
In case you missed it
- Combine: Five Redskins Storylines
- Why the Redskins need to release RG3 today
- NFL Combine Preview: Alabama's Reggie Ragland the best possible fit for Redskins?
- Should the Redskins draft a second power running back?
- End is near: Bruce Allen says RG3 will get a new opportunity
- A (long) list of the most impressive draft picks made by Scot McCloughan