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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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Timeline

—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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As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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