Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 24, 14 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.
Question of the day
I’m back from the combine but I’m still going to control the question of the day before throwing it back out to the readers. Sticking with the draft questions
Who might the Redskins take in the second round?
Let’s go a little further out onto the speculative limb here and look at three players the Redskins might take in the second round. These are in no particular order.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri—A lot would have to line up for this to happen. Scot McCloughan would have to determine that his past troubles, which include two marijuana possession arrests, getting kicked out of the Missouri program, and an allegation that he pushed a woman down a flight stairs, are indeed in the past. The GM also would have to conclude that football is important to DGB and that he would work to use his size (6-5, 237), and speed (4.5 in the 40) up to his potential. Even if all of that lines up, a team picking ahead of the Redskins could come to a similar conclusion and grab Green-Beckham before the Redskins get a shot.
DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma—If they bypass Washington’s Danny Shelton in the first round they could look at Phillips to fill this critical spot in the 3-4 defense. At 6-5, 329, he fits the “big guys win” mold that McCloughan is fond of. But as noted in this post from a couple of weeks ago, they will need to figure out if he is over some back troubles that cost him time in 2013 and if they affected his play in 2014. He didn’t have a motor that ran all the time and McCloughan will have to sort out if that’s a function of being a big man or of the back problems. And McCloughan would have to consult with Joe Barry to see if a 6-5 nose tackle is too tall to function the way that Barry wants.
S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss—You may have noticed a pattern here in that players in the second round have a lot to like but they tend to have major holes in their games. If they weren’t flawed they would be first rounders. At 6-2, Prewitt has the height that McCloughan likes in his defensive backs but at 208 the Redskins might want him to put on a few pounds. He possesses a good football I. Q. and he was a team captain of a very good Ole Miss defense. Will he work to correct the holes in his game?
Tandler "scouts" Kerrigan
The setup here was that I was asked to pretend like I was a scout or GM conducting an interview with Ryan Kerrigan at the NFL Combine when he was coming out of college.
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—It’s been 58 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 201 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 14; Redskins offseason workouts start 55; 2015 NFL Draft 65
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