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Need to Know: The five best Redskins second-round draft picks

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Need to Know: The five best Redskins second-round draft picks

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 25, 14 days before the start of NFL free agency.

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The Redskins’ first pick in the 2014 draft will come in the second round. Since the NFL merger in 1970 the Redskins have picked 30 players in the second round. Here are the best of them (per PF-Ref’s Approximate Value metric):

OT Jon Jansen (1999-37 overall)—Jansen earned the nickname “The Rock” by starting 50 straight games at Michigan. He kept it up by starting the first 80 games as a Redskin as he and Chris Samuels formed a great set of bookend tackles for a few years. A torn Achilles abruptly ended the streak during the 2003 preseason. He was never quite the same after that.

CB Fred Smoot (2001-45)—One of the few Redskins who left as free agents and then played worse than he had before leaving. He was a solid starter with 16 interceptions in four seasons in Washington before signing a free agent deal with the Vikings. There he encountered injury and ineffectiveness, not to mention the “Love Boat” incident. He then returned to the Redskins for three more seasons as a good contributor.

G Tré Johnson (1994-31)—At 6-2, 328 (and probably heavier as his career went on) he was the perfect road grader in the Redskins’ power run game. Unfortunately, he couldn’t stay healthy but he was very good when he was in the lineup. He made the Pro Bowl in 1999, the only season in which he played 16 games.

DT Bill Brundidge (1970-43)—A very steady, workmanlike tackle. Brundidge played in the era before they tallied sacks but he probably would have recorded only a few per year. But he played in the heart of George Allen’s defense and it was that unit that was most responsible for getting the Redskins to their first Super Bowl and four other playoff appearances.

LB Andre Collins (1990-46)—He walked in and started 16 games as a rookie, racking up six sacks. The next year he was a key member of the Super Bowl champs, recording three sacks, two interceptions, and leading the team with 151 tackles.

Notes: The fact that the Redskins have had 30 second-round picks in 44 drafts means that they have traded away a net 14 second-rounders. Two players the Redskins picked in the second, OT Wally Kleine (1987) and DT Bob Slater (1984), never played a snap due to injuries.

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—It’s been 58 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 194 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Free agency starts 14; Offseason workouts start 41; NFL Draft 72

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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