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Need to Know: Who will the Redskins pick in the second round?

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Need to Know: Who will the Redskins pick in the second round?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 14, 16 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Who will the Redskins take in the second round?

We’ve gone over and over who the Redskins might take with their top pick in the draft. But their second-round pick could be just as important if the team is going to show the results of Scot McCloughan’s rebuilding sooner rather than later. So let’s look at a group of early second-round prospects and try to figure out who the Redskins might take.

We’re going to play the casino game here. I have a mythical $100 in chips and I will split up my bet over the five possibilities on the list.

—Duke G Laken Tomlinson $30—I think that they want to get a lineman early but the value at pick No. 5 just isn’t there. McCloughan should be attracted to the 6-3, 323-lb. Tomlinson, who wants to be a surgeon after he’s done carving holes in defensive lines. He’s a good combination of size and smarts with a relentless attitude thrown in for good measure.

—Florida State C Cameron Erving $25—He could go in the first round but we’re assuming here that all of the players are the board when Washington picks. Erving could easily be the pick but need will factor into the evaluation of the best available player and there is more immediate need at guard than there is at center.

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—UConn DB Byron Jones $25—A team that needs a free safety to play a reserve role this year and take over in 2016 has to be taking a close look at Jones here. Although he gained notoriety by setting a world record by flying over 12 feet in the standing broad jump in Indianapolis, he is more than just a combine warrior. Jones is a smart, instinctive player who played both cornerback and safety for the Huskies.

—Virginia OLB Eli Harold $15—These odds are based on thinking that the Redskins will take an edge rusher in the first round so the chances of them taking a second one are slim. But if they go elsewhere in the first, the smart and active Harold could become a strong favorite for the pick here.

—Oregon DL Arik Armstead $5—The Redskins loaded up on the defensive line in free agency so Amrstead is a long shot. But he’s big (6-7, 292), athletic, and very disruptive. Armstead would be a sure-fire first-round pick if he hasn’t suffered a few injuries during his career at Oregon, including one to his ankle that kept him out of all but five games. Perhaps pick No. 38 will be the point where the talent makes the injury risk worth taking.

Timeline

—It’s been 107 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 152 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 6; 2015 NFL Draft 16; Redskins minicamp starts 63

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Need to Know: Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray?

Need to Know: Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 27, 2 days before the March 1 NFL franchise tag deadline.  

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/2) 3
—Start of NFL free agency (3/9) 10
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 49
—NFL Draft (4/27) 59
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 195

Monday morning Redskins musings as free agency approaches

1. It appears that the Raiders are going to let Latavius Murray, who rushed for over 1,800 yards combined in the last two seasons, test free agency.

I’d be surprised if the Redskins showed any interest. I’m not sure that they will be jumping into the RB free agent pool, at least not into the deep (expensive) end of it. They might draft a back to compete with Rob Kelley, Matt Jones, and Mack Brown. Chris Thompson will remain the third-down back.

2. Do you wonder why the Redskins have been reluctant to draft a safety?

Eventually, someone will need to figure out the safety position in the NFL. With all the spread offenses that safeties face in college the safeties have become more like additional corner. Also, the better defensive backs in college want to be cornerbacks because it pays better in the pros. The pool coming out is generally small to begin with and then it shrinks even further for each team due to the scheme factors that Farrar discusses. Su'a Cravens could be the solution to one safety spot for the Redskins but they continue to be in search of someone to pair with him. 

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3. The Jets allowed C Nick Mangold to announce his own release. He was one of the best centers of the past decade; Mangold went to seven Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice. But I don’t see him being of interest to the Redskins. They are happy with Spencer Long and even if they weren’t, Mangold is 33 and he missed half of last season with an ankle injury. Those factors likely will make the Redskins steer clear.

4. Maybe some fans don’t care if they are getting information from the team through the media at the combine. Or at the Senior Bowl. Or anywhere. And it is the team’s option to have someone available or not during most of the offseason (a press conference prior to the draft is mandatory). But they are missing out on a chance to give their side of the story.

One of the problems with changing what has been a longstanding practice and going into radio silence is that it leaves people speculating. If the team doesn’t want to put any information out there that is the organization’s option. But if you choose not to fill in the blanks, the fans and media will.

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5. We have another D-lineman signed as the Panthers retained DE Mario Addison.

Addison, who was with the Redskins for five games in 2012, also had six and 6.5 sacks the previous two year, not bad for a guy who has started just one game in the last three seasons. That average of just over $7 million per year sets another data point for the Redskins to use to try to retain Chris Baker. Addison is a 4-3 end while Baker is a 3-4 end so it’s not an apples to apples comparison but it will help figuring out what a reasonable contract is. Without seeing the details, it looks like Addison gave the Panthers something of a hometown discount as that’s a good price for a guy who was half a sack away from double digits.

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A Redskin fan's guide to the NFL Draft Combine

A Redskin fan's guide to the NFL Draft Combine

This week in Indianapolis the NFL world will converge at the Scouting Combine to watch college football players work out, sprint and lift weights in anticipation of the upcoming draft. For the Redskins front office, this draft needs to be a win.

The 2016 Draft could still yield strong results for Washington, but overall the class did not play particularly well as rookies. This year, Scot McCloughan has nine picks at his disposal, with the extra picks late in the draft in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

It's no secret that the 'Skins need help along the defensive line, a lot of help. That should be a major area of focus for the Redskins scouts and coaches, and that will make next Sunday arguably the most important of the week in Indianapolis. 

The combine divides players into 11 position groups, but Groups 7, 8 and 9 will matter most. Groups 7 and 8 represent defensive linemen and 9 are the linebackers. That group officially arrives on Thursday but won't work out on the field until Sunday. The days in between include interviews, psychological testing and the bench press.

Obviously the Redskins won't spend all nine picks on only defensive linemen. The team will likely invest in the offensive line as well, and that group will arrive earlier in the week and work out on Friday. Cornerbacks and safeties are the last to work out on Monday, March 6. 

With the likely departure of at least one of DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon, and the possible departure of both, it would make sense for the 'Skins to bring in another receiver via the draft. They work out on Saturday, and should the Redskins decide to take a quarterback in the draft, the passers will work out that day too. 

Running back could be another spot the 'Skins invest. Jay Gruden said that Robert Kelley is locked into the RB1 role, but still the team might want increased competition at the position. The backs will work out Friday.

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