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Need to Know: Speculating on the Redskins' second-round pick

Need to Know: Speculating on the Redskins' second-round pick

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?

In the last couple of mornings I’ve looked at what I see as the three top possibilities for the Redskins to draft with the No. 5 pick and I also threw out three dark horse possibilities.

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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Timeline

—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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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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