Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 12, 16 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 93 days ago. It will be about 152 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 6; 2016 NFL draft 16; Redskins training camp starts 107
As I have been going through some mock draft scenarios including trades there is one thing that becomes obvious. When you’re picking 21st-22nd in each round, it’s hard to add picks relatively early in the draft due to the value of the picks you have to start out with. And adding a lot of low-round picks really doesn’t get you much in return. Sure, you can hit on a seventh-round pick every once in a while but even the best talent evaluators are hard pressed to come up with a useful player after the first 175 have come off of the board.
That means that the best picks you’re going to collect when trading down are multiple mid-round picks. When I did a Redskins mock on Monday I ended up with three fourths and four fifths. If Scot McCloughan is going to wheel and deal until he has 12 picks a lot of them will be in that range.
Who are the best players the Redskins have taken in those middle rounds (4-5) recently? Here are the top five taken since the 2000 draft (you can see all of them here):
QB Kirk Cousins (Round 4-2012)—Even though he has only been the starter for one year, the value of the position combined with his performance in 2015 have him on top of the list here.
ILB Perry Riley (4-2010)—He’s never been great but anyone who starts for more than four seasons is pretty competent.
DL Anthony Montgomery (5-2006)—For a while it looked like he was going to be a real draft steal but he didn’t keep it going. Kedric Golston, drafted a round after him, remains on the roster.
CB Bashaud Breeland (4-2013)—This is another position of value so he’s on the list after intercepting four passes in two seasons.
TE Robert Royal (5-2002)—He has to most games played (110) and most starts (81) of any of the Redskins’ mid-round picks since 2000. He played most of his career with the Bills after three years in Washington.
Honorable mention: Jamison Crowder, Niles Paul, Keenan Robinson
For comparison purposes, the top five mid-round picks since 2000 in the NFL in terms of career approximate value are G Jahari Evans, DE Jared Allen, WR Brandon Marshall, OT Josh Sitton, and C Dan Koppen.
Stat of the day
The Redskins allowed their quarterbacks to get sacked on just 4.6 percent of pass plays. That was fifth in the league overall and first among teams that made the playoffs.
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