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Need to Know: Who has the best chance of being the Redskins' first-round pick?

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Need to Know: Who has the best chance of being the Redskins' first-round pick?

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.

Timeline

—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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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.

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Jordan Reed ruled out for Redskins vs. Cardinals; Vernon Davis set for start

Jordan Reed ruled out for Redskins vs. Cardinals; Vernon Davis set for start

After separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has officially been ruled out for the Redskins game in Arizona. 

Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Reed doesn't have sufficient range of motion to play against the Cardinals but remains hopeful he'll be healthy for the following game against the Eagles. Reed estimated that range was at about 30 percent Monday.

The decision to sit Reed against the Cardinals comes with little surprise. The 'Skins star tight end did not practice all week, even after having a few extra days to rest after the game last Thursday.

Playing without Reed is obviously a blow to the Washington offense, but No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis has been a strong development for Gruden's team this year. Thursday, Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said that while losing Reed is a blow to the unit, the team can run almost all of the same plays and sets with Davis that they can with Reed. 

"Fortunately you’re in a situation where you feel really good about your tight end in Vernon Davis where he’s playing at an extremely high level in both phases in the run and in the pass game," McVay said.

As good as Davis has been, he's not the dynamic threat Reed presents. In the second half against Dallas — while playing with the injured shoulder — Reed hauled in two touchdowns and played arguably the best football of his career.

On the season Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion.

Davis has played in all 11 games this season and has 31 catches for 450 yards and two TDs. 

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