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Need to Know: What Redskins needs will be hardest to fill?

Need to Know: What Redskins needs will be hardest to fill?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 4, 20 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Question of the day

It’s one thing to recognize a personnel need on an NFL. It’s quite another to be able to fill it. There are many situations where the demand for players at a particular position exceeds the supply. As anyone who took Econ 101 knows, this drives up the price in terms of either free agent dollars or high-round draft picks.

There are a few different areas where supply and demand will hamper Scot McCloughan’s efforts to rebuild the Redskins. I touched on one of them earlier this week in discussing the Redskins’ tight end situation. They are fine in the pass catching department with Jordan Reed and Niles Paul. But they could use a blocking tight end. Problem is, colleges just aren’t producing them like they used. Spread offenses don’t use blocking tight ends, preferring to go with four and five wide receivers. NFL teams that have tight ends who can block and catch don’t let them go.

Look for Tom Compton to continue reporting as an eligible receiver.

Another area that will be hard to fill is safety. The Redskins can get by for now with Dashon Goldson (although he might need to adjust his $8 million salary), DeAngelo Hall, Kyshoen Jarrett, and Jeron Johnson. But you can bet that McCloughan will keep an eye out for safeties on the draft board and if a good one drops in the middle rounds, maybe even the second, he won’t hesitate to grab him so he has someone for when Goldson and Hall are gone. The better college defensive backs are playing cornerback, because defenses need more of them to cover spread attacks and the corner position pays better in the NFL.

Also hard to fill is nose tackle. There is a lot of talk that the Redskins won’t e-sign Terrance Knighton and that will leave a large hole in the middle of the defense, both literally and figuratively. Good nose tackles are hard to find. Some call it the Planet Theory—there are very few people on the planet with both the size and athletic ability to play NFL nose tackle. It makes me question the wisdom of letting Knighton walk but we will see how it works out.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 25 days ago. It will be about 220 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 20; NFL free agency starts 34; 2016 NFL draft 84

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NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

A lot has changed since the end of the college football season, and that's obvious when you consider all of the names the Redskins might look at with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

Some players have surged up draft boards on the strength of strong combine or pro day efforts. Other have dropped, due to unfortunate incidents, injuries or poor measurements.

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Think about players like Teez Tabor or Zach Cunningham. Those guys play in the SEC and seemed like first-round locks two months ago. Now the 'Skins might be able to value shop for those players in the second round.

The flip side: A plyer like Haason Reddick. A star at the Senior Bowl who really busted out at the Combine, the Redskins might love to have him but he could be a Top 10 selection.

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All sorts of legal trouble and diluted urine samples will also impact draft night. Injuries too, or even the thought of possible injuries.

Few sporting events are as wild as the first round of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned with CSN for all your Redskins coverage. Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will be in Ashburn with the team, JP Finlay will be live in Philadelphia as the chaos unfolds. 

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Robert Kelley, Su'a Cravens, Colt McCoy among Redskins who'll have new numbers in 2017

Robert Kelley, Su'a Cravens, Colt McCoy among Redskins who'll have new numbers in 2017

The next time Robert Kelley plows over a helpless linebacker, he'll do it with a new number on his uniform.

The second-year running back is switching from No. 32 to No. 20, according to Redskins.com. And he's not the only returning player who'll take the field in 2017 with a new pair of digits.

Su'a Cravens will no longer be No. 36 for Washington. Instead, he'll change to No. 30. DJ Swearinger will be taking over No. 36 after coming over from the Cardinals, a number that he reportedly purchased from Cravens for $75,000

Then there's Colt McCoy. McCoy has donned No. 16 for the past three seasons, but he's throwing it back to his college days and will now rock No. 12.

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Finally, second-year corner Kendall Fuller only spent one year with No. 38. As he hopes to improve in his sophomore campaign, he'll be doing so with No. 29.

As for the free agents, Terrelle Pryor will be replacing DeSean Jackson in more ways than one when kickoff rolls around. Not only will the ex-Brown have to shine as a top receiver for Kirk Cousins like Jackson did, but he'll also be sporting Jackson's No. 11.

New linebacker Zach Brown, meanwhile, is now No. 56, linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain are Nos. 92 and 97 respectively and Brian Quick will keep No. 83 from his Rams days.

For a complete list of all the changes, click here.

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