Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 7, 21 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 88 days ago. It will be about 157 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 11; 2016 NFL draft 21; Redskins training camp starts 112
The imaginary casino chips have been gathering dust lately so let’s take them out and look at the odds on who the Redskins might pick at No. 21 when the NFL draft gets underway three weeks from today. At Redskins.com they recently took a look at who some recent mock drafts had the Redskins taking. I chose five players who were mentioned most frequently and/or came in the more recent mocks in their collection.
Since it’s been a while, a refresher—it’s $100 in imaginary chips and I spread them out among the possibilities according to the chances I think each one has of actually being the pick.
Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama, $10—Reed and Terrance Knighton are very different players but I think that the Redskins let Pot Roast walk because they wanted more out of the position. Reed is younger and cheaper but I believe the Redskins will think they can do better and get a more versatile player.
Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor, $30—His combination of quickness and power give him a high ceiling. He could play nose tackle, 4-3 tackle, and possibly 3-4 end. A versatile weapon who could be a steal at No. 21.
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama, $15—Ask me again in a week or two and he could be the favorite or he could draw the minimum $5 bet. He could be a major part of the solution to one of the Redskins’ biggest liabilities last year, rushing defense. But is he good enough to overcome the liability he could be when the other team drops back to pass?
A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama, $20—If Billings is gone, Robinson could be the best defensive lineman left on the board. He’s more versatile than Reed, probably more useful against the pass, although his ability to pressure is in question as well.
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, $25—I hope I don’t really have to explain why receiver is a big need for the Redskins because Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson are both in the final year of their contracts. But I guess I just did. Doctson (6-2) is the big WR the team has been seeking for years.
Stat of the day
Kirk Cousins’ completion percentage last year was 69.8 percent, which is No. 8 on the all-time list for that stat in a single season. Of the QB’s who had better seasons in this category than Cousins did, three are in the Hall of Fame (Baugh, Steve Young, Montana) and one, Drew Brees, is certain to make it there. The other two are Kenny Anderson and Tony Romo.
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