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Need to Know: RG3 ranking based on static analysis

Need to Know: RG3 ranking based on static analysis

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 11, 13 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

In a recent ESPN Insider article, Robert Griffin III was ranked 19th among NFL quarterbacks. The rankings were from a survey of league insiders including personnel executives and coaches. Needless to say, this ranking caused a bit of a stir among Redskins fans and analysts.

—I think that many of those who were doing the voting were engaging in static analysis. They looked at his 2013 performance and based their ranking on that. Griffin was 22nd among qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating so a ranking of 19th is about right based on that. But that ignores what he showed us in 2012. If you held a draft of all NFL quarterbacks, Griffin would go much higher than 19th. He’d certainly go top 10 and, if you were looking to build a team for the next 5-10 years, maybe top five. Much higher than 19th in any case.

—Besides his 2013 performance, the insiders expressed concern about his long-term health and his personality. The injury concerns are legitimate, even though he apparently got through last year none the worse for wear. But although Griffin may well be a high-maintenance employee to an extent, it seems to me that perceived issues about his leadership and overall makeup stem from ex-coach Mike Shanahan. It is likely that many of those surveyed have either talked to Shanahan or, based on what they have heard from the media and the league rumor mill, side with the former coach.

—Where should he rank? If I’m picking a QB for the 2014 season there are about a dozen or so guys I’d pick ahead of him; Aaron Rogers, the old guard like Manning and Brady, the young guns have had some success like Russell Wilson and Colin Kapernick and a few others who have guided their teams to successful seasons like Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan. If I have an expansion team and I get to pick any QB I wanted, Griffin would come in behind Luck, Rogers (he just turned 30), and maybe Kaepernick and Wilson.

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Timeline

—Former Redskins tight end and current radio broadcaster Chris Cooley was born on this date in 1982.

—It’s been 194 days since the Redskins played a game; in 58 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 27; Final cuts 50; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 65

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Defense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Defense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on defense. We looked at the offense earlier this morning.

Defensive line

DL Caleb Brantley, Florida—At some point his talent will make it worth the risk of taking him after he was charged with striking a female in a bar. For the Redskins that may be the fifth round.

NT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC—He’s a load at 6-1, 331. Tu'ikolovatu is a true nose tackle who punches hard and fast, ties up blockers, and can tackle well when he gets free.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Linebacker

ILB Jordan Evans, Oklahoma—A three-year starter who could step into an inside linebacker role after a year of grooming. Evans led the Sooners with 98 tackles and had four interceptions and 2.5 sacks.

Edge Bryan Cox Jr., Florida—Look for him to be under consideration later in the day. The son of the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker of the same name, Cox has size and ability but is inconsistent. He is athletic enough to make the move from defensive end to outside linebacker but they might limit him to a pass-rushing role while he is learning.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Defensive backs

CB Howard Wilson, Houston—Some scouts think he may have been a first-round pick if he had returned for his senior year. The Redskins have a lot of numbers at the position so he could get that redshirt year he may need.

S Desmond King, Iowa—A four-year starter who played 94 percent of the Hawkeyes’ defensive snaps. He’s smart, tough, and tenacious. King doesn’t have ideal size at 5-10, 201 but he has the coverage skills to play free safety and even cover the slot if needed.

S Tedric Thompson, Colorado—He is more of a true free safety than King. Thompson tied for the FBS lead with 23 passes defensed (7 interceptions, 16 broken up).

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on offense. Will look at the defense a little later this morning.

Offensive line

G Dorian Johnson, Pitt—The Redskins probably would want him to add a few pounds to his frame, as at 6-5 he currently carries “only” 300 pounds. He’s smart, tough, and athletic.

G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State—At 6-4, his weight is about right at 319 pounds. A three-year starter with a great power game and pass protection skills that will need to be coached up.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Tight end/receiver

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech—He’s big enough to be your blocking tight end and athletic enough to line up split out wide.

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma—One of the most productive receivers in the country and a Heisman finalist. He’s a little small at 6-0, 178 but he has excellent deep speed.

Running back

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma—As a true freshman in 2014 he set the national record by rushing for 427 yards in a game against Kansas. He probably doesn’t have that kind of monster game in him at the next level but he will be a solid, reliable back who can handle a heavy workload.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State—A very productive runner and pass catcher who posted over 2,200 yards of offense last year.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Quarterback

QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt—Nobody would have batted an eye if he had gone off the board in the third or maybe even the late second round. If the Redskins are concerned about Kirk Cousins leaving as a free agent, Peterman carries a very similar set of skills.

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami—Another QB many thought may be off the board by now, Kaaya has the mental makeup to succeed at quarterback but his game needs a lot of polish.

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