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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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Need to Know: What is the Redskins' plan for QB Kirk Cousins?

Need to Know: What is the Redskins' plan for QB Kirk Cousins?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157

Tuesday three and out

1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.

2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.

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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.

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Bruce Allen goes full Belichick when talking about Snapchat

Bruce Allen goes full Belichick when talking about Snapchat

When it comes to incorrectly identifying the names of social media platforms, Bill Belichick is the standard-bearer and industry leader. Examples of terms recently uttered by the head coach include gems like "MyFace" and "Yearbook," as the football icon has demonstrated he's somewhat aware of the sites and apps yet doesn't really care about them.

Bruce Allen, though, may have just laid claim to Belichick's crown. In a 1-on-1 interview with CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, Allen discussed how he's not involved at all on social media and then proceeded to give Snapchat a glorious new name.

"I don't get to pay attention to everything," Allen told Finlay when asked if the team president keeps up with the constant rumors surrounding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.

"You're not on Twitter all the time?" Finlay interjected.

"No, I don't have Twitter," Allen answered, laughing, "and I'm not on Snapper-chapper or whatever it's called."

Allen was in the neighborhood by starting off with "Snap," but the rest of his attempt showed he's not exactly on the right street. Fortunately, unlike Belichick, Jay Gruden has gotten Snapchat's name right in the past, and could likely help Allen get used to the app if Allen ever decides to start using it.

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