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Need to Know: Retooling the Redskins' identity and other NFL draft thoughts

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Need to Know: Retooling the Redskins' identity and other NFL draft thoughts

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 13, three days before the Redskins’ hold their rookie minicamp.

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Here are five final thoughts on the 2014 NFL Draft (just don’t hold me to the “final” part).

—The selection of Trent Murphy was all about leverage in 2015. Rewind to the owners meetings when Gruden said that he would be fine with letting Brian Orakpo play out the season on the franchise tag. “At the time we did it we weren’t sure who would be available” in free agency. In other words, if they had an alternative they might not have tagged Orakpo. Enter Trent “Alternative” Murphy. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

—“Tough, high-character guys, high motor guy are what you want to add to your football team and we feel like we’ve done a good job,” said Gruden about the team’s top three draft picks. But that description fits almost the whole group. We’ve heard the Redskins called a talented team. But have you ever heard someone say that they are the toughest group you’ll face all year, won’t quit, will scrap and fight until the clock reads 0:00? Anyone? Didn’t think so. This is something that they are trying to change.

—The selection of a kicker always draws some snickers and that’s understandable. But while I have no particular inclination to run Kai Forbath out of town, the 2013 numbers are what they are—24th in field goal percentage, 30th in touchbacks, and 32nd in net kickoff average. That performance warrants a strong challenge and if you have to burn your second 7th-round pick to do so I can’t work up much disagreement with it.

—It will be interesting to compare the career tracks of Cyrus Kouandjio and Morgan Moses over the next few years. Kouandjio, the offensive tackle out of Alabama, was gone before the Redskins actually picked, taken by the Bills just a couple of selections before Washington took Murphy with the second-round pick they acquired from Dallas. I always thought that Kouandjio would be the better player if his knee stayed stable and perhaps the better way to proceed would have been to keep the 34th pick, take Kouandjio, and then perhaps Murphy at 66. According to reports he was off of the Redskins’ board due to the knee so it wasn’t going to happen. But teams are sometimes wrong about medicals, we’ll see how it plays out.

—Since it’s never too early to look ahead, the Redskins finally have a first-round pick in 2015. They have all of their own picks so one selection each in rounds 1-7. Washington is unlikely to get any compensatory picks since more free agents were signed than lost.

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—It’s been 135 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 117 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: Rookie minicamp 3; Training camp starts 71; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 86

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NFL Draft 2017: Top 5 names you want to hear Roger Goodell call

NFL Draft 2017: Top 5 names you want to hear Roger Goodell call

More than 220 players will be drafted over the next three days in Philadelphia, but only five of them make the CSN All-Name team. There are plenty of candidates, but it takes a lot to make this list.

To be clear, this list does not represent the Top 5 players for the Redskins to target. It doesn't even represent players the Redskins might be interested in. These guys just have awesome names. 

Honorable Mention

  • Jake Butt - TE, Michigan - The jokes are too easy, but he did land a toilet paper sponsorship.
  • Corn Elder - CB, Miami - Not enough people named Corn in the world. 
  • Eddie Vanderdoes - DT, UCLA - Vanderdoesitall. 
  • Erik Magnuson - OT, Michigan - This has to be the name of an actual Viking. Has to. 

No. 5 - Forrest Lamp - OG/C Western Kentucky - Invoking a Best Picture winner and the name of a household appliance. Just tremendous. So good he's already landed an endorsement deal. I love lamp. 

No. 4 - Budda Baker - Safety, Washington - Whether you like it for the religion or just the alliteration, it's fantastic.  

No. 3 - Tyus Bowser - OLB, Houston - The bad guy in Mario? The photoshops will be tremendous.

No. 2 - Raekwon McMillan - LB, Ohio State - The Chef. Don't mess with the Chef. 

No. 1 - Taco Charlton - DT, Michigan - It takes a lot to beat Raekwon, but this is the best draft name in years. Everyone loves a Taco.

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is finally upon us. Finally.

For the Washington Redskins, the 2017 NFL Draft represents a chance to find impact players, a search that begins with the 17th pick overall in the first round. All those discussions about whom the Redskins will select with their first pick will be answered Thursday night during the NFL's biggest offseason event.

To keep up with the NFL Draft, you'll need two things: A screen to watch it on and this live blog. Redskins fans and NFL fans who want to stay up to date with surprise picks, trades, analysis and anything else draft-related will want to keep this page open all night.

RELATED: FINAL 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT

What: 2017 NFL Draft, Round 1
When: Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

Here's what's happened so far. Let's head to the live blog:

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT TRACKER

 

5:05 PM - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has arrived. Surprisingly enough, fans aren't booing him. We'll have to wait until 8:00 p.m. for that.

4:45 PM - We're three hours away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it looks like the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing their choice for the No. 1 overall pick.

4:30 PM - JP Finlay is on the scene in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft. Several Redskins fans are out and about early.

4:15 PM - Oh, this is going to be fun. Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is reportedly advising other teams on their picks at the draft. 

4:00 PM - And with that No. 17 pick, the Redskins could go in several different directions. There will be plenty of defensive lineman and pass rushers to choose from, as well as several high-end cornerbacks. JP Finlay identified the 22 players considered in-play for the Redskins at No. 17.

3:45 PM - The Redskins have the No. 17 pick. With the 2017 NFL Draft starting at 8:00 p.m., we are expecting the Redskins to make their pick at rough 10:15 p.m. ET.

3:30 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

3:15 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

3:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.