Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 10, 14 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Who has the best chance of being the Redskins’ first-round pick?
Yesterday I put up a post looking at some mock drafts from around the interwebs and who they have the Redskins taking in the first round. I though it would be fun this morning to follow up on that and get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and place them on each player according to what I see their chances are of actually being the Redskins’ first-round pick.
I’m leaving out “the field” since at this early stage the Redskins’ top may may well not be on this list. It’s just the $100 placed on these five players.
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: $10—The Tigers officially list him at 5-10 but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him measure at less than that at the combine. Although Alexander is a talented corner, I think that Scot McCloughan wants to acquire bigger players in the secondary, not smaller one.
Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville: $15—If he was three or four inches taller McCloughan would be all over this guy. But then again, if he was 6-4 or 6-5 instead of 6-1 he probably wouldn’t be on the board at pick No. 21. He remains an intriguing possibility.
Jaran Reed, DT, Alabama: $20—Although he is listed at 311 pounds, some a see Reed as a nose tackle. If he’s a possibility there his value could increase in McCloughan’s eyes.
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: $25—Don’t forget that McCloughan would have taken WR Amari Cooper at No. 5 last year had the Raiders not scooped him up at No. 4. With the top two wide receivers turning 30 this year and both in the last year of their contracts, finding a top WR is a need that must be filled sooner rather than later. And at 6-3, Doctson is also the tall wide receiver that the team has been missing for a long time.
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: $30—I’m sure many of you are tired of me saying that I don’t think the Redskins view inside linebacker as an urgent need but one that they certainly improve in the draft. Ragland, who good speed and instincts, would have the potential to be a solid upgrade.
—The Redskins last played a game 31 days ago. It will be about 214 days until they play another one.
—About 169 days until centers and linebackers report to Richmond.
—Days until: NFL Combine 14; NFL free agency starts 28; 2016 NFL draft 78
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