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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: 3 quotes that stood out during OTAs

Redskins Playbook: 3 quotes that stood out during OTAs

With Memorial Day weekend between now and the Redskins next batch of OTAs, let's look at the three best quotes from the first organized team session. For Redskins fans, the biggest looming issue remains the contract negotiations between Kirk Cousins and the organization, but there are plenty of other spots worth watching. 

1) Bad recruiting - A long-term deal might not get done, but that doesn't mean the talks aren't moving along. Cousins sounded almost optimistic but also knows that football is never a sure thing. To explain, he told a story from his high school days:

I’ve just kind of learned from previous experiences and if you know my story going back to high school, I played my senior year of high school with no scholarship offers, in fact there was a coach here from Northwestern today who was my recruiting coach at Northwestern, he’s still the running backs coach 10 years later at Northwestern and I was getting recruited by Northwestern, wanted a scholarship, they didn’t offer me, and it was just a reminder that you never know what’s going to happen. 

2) Sky's the limit - Despite the high-cost addition of Josh Norman, the Redskins secondary in 2016 was hardly a strength. Much of that came from poor safety play, where the team had few experienced options and spent little. This offseason, Washington invested in the position, bringing in D.J. Swearinger from the Arizona Cardinals. The new safety thinks the secondary can become a strength, quickly.

We have a lot of talent. If we work day in and day out I think this group can be one of the best. We just got to keep working, keep gelling to get everybody on the same page, the sky’s the limit.

3) Does it even matter - The NFL gives out a lot of awards, but at least publicly, there is no hardware for the funniest head coach. If there was a trophy, Jay Gruden should win it. Earlier this week the league announced a number of rule changes, most noticeably a change to stodgy TD celebration penalties. Another rule change: Overtime will shrink from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. Gruden wasn't impressed when asked about it. 

Who cares?

Bonus - Who you calling fat? Gruden is too funny to only make the list once. Asked about second-year running back Robert Kelley, the coach made sure people know the difference between a nickname and reality.

That was just a nickname, he wasn’t actually fat. I think when you’re a 22-year-old kid, 21-year-old guy out of Tulane and you understand the wear and tear that the NFL is going to give you, you better get yourself into shape if you want to maintain a career in the NFL as a running back.

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Need to Know: Are the Redskins one of the 10 most talented NFL teams?

Need to Know: Are the Redskins one of the 10 most talented NFL teams?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 26, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 145 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 107 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 18
—Training camp starts (7/27) 62
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 76

A top 10 team? Or No. 22?

Former Cowboys VP and current SiriusXM commentator and NFL.com writer Gill Brandt did a list of his top 10 NFL teams in terms of talent. At the top of the list was the consensus pick for the best team in the league, the New England Patriots. Also on the list were some of the regulars on lists like this one—the Steelers, Falcons, Cowboys, etc.

But the team at No. 10 on the list was something of a surprise. Since it’s being mentioned here you’ve probably figured out that it’s the Washington Redskins.

Brandt points out that they have a significant number of quality players in what should be the prime seasons of their careers, which he says, “portends good things”.

Judging talent is always subjective, especially when you don’t know how new players who arrived as free agents or draft picks will fit in. But good players are good players. Do the Redskins really have enough of them to stack up as a top-10 team?

One way to gauge this is to try to figure out how many of a team’s players could start for at least half of the other teams in the NFL. That is subjective but that’s what we do here so here we go.

On the offensive line, Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, and Morgan Moses could start for most teams. Of the skill players, Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Terrelle Pryor, and Jamison Crowder are on the list.

Defense is a little trickier since not all the players in the front seven would be scheme fits everywhere. But I think it’s safe to say that most teams could find some way to utilize Jonathan Allen, Ryan Kerrigan, and Zach Brown as starters. Josh Norman is probably the only member of the secondary who would qualify here although with as weak as the safety position is around the league you could make a case for D.J. Swearinger.

Not counting the safety, that makes a total of 10 who start for at least 16 teams, just less than half of the starters. There are some who could make it there is they take some steps towards reaching their potential. Brandy mentions Josh Doctson and Preston Smith. I would add Spencer Long and, if healthy, Junior Galette.

On the other side of the coin, where are the Redskins clearly below average? Left guard is the weak spot on the O-line. While the running backs aren’t awful I’m not sure many teams would trade their group for Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson. Despite the addition of Allen, the D-line remains suspect.

It is interesting to note that the Redskins are one of three NFC East teams on Brandy’s list; the Cowboys are fifth and the Giants are sixth.

You can look at the strong and weak points of the Redskins and write almost any 2017 storyline you want to. Peter King of The MMQB has his doubts about Pryor and Doctson being able to adequately compensate for the free agency losses of Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson and his power ranking have Washington at 22nd.

Two respected analysts, two very different views of how the Redskins stack up in 2017. We have a little more than 100 days before we start to find out who’s right.

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