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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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Hypothetical first-round trade could be a good one for the Redskins

Hypothetical first-round trade could be a good one for the Redskins

On Monday, Redskins college scouting director Scott Campbell publically sent out the message that the Redskins are open for business when it comes to making a trade in the upcoming draft. Peter King of the MMQB.com put one into his mock draft that just might catch the Redskins’ interest if it is proposed when the draft starts on Thursday.

The deal has the Redskins swapping first-round picks with the Texans. Houston needs a quarterback and they won’t get one they want with pick No. 25. So they send that pick plus their second-round pick, No. 57 overall, to the Redskins for pick No. 17. With that pick the Texans take Deshaun Watson of Clemson. At No. 25, Washington selects ILB Jarrad Davis of Florida.

There is a lot to consider when trading back in the first round, the most important of which is the players on the board when you trade back. If you bypass the chance to get a game-changing talent who fits your system to add a pick later in the draft you could end up regretting it.

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In King’s mock draft, these players who have been connected to the Redskins during the draft process are off the board—RB Christian McCaffrey, LB Haason Reddick, OLB Derek Barnett, LB Reuben Foster, DL Jonathan Allen, and OLB Takkarist McKinley. The next four players off the board after the Texans take Watson are two offensive tackles, a tight end, and a wide receiver. None of those would fill a major need for the Redskins. A trade back seems to be a reasonably safe move.

The other factor to evaluate is the value of the deal and that works out well for the Redskins if you look at the traditional trade chart. The 17th pick is worth 950 points. The point values for picks 25 and 57 add up to 1,050. The 100-point difference is about a pick in the middle of the fourth round. The Texans may ask for a later pick back in return and the Redskins could gauge how desperate Bill O’Brien is to get his quarterback of the future in the building.

Davis, who ends up with the Redskins in this scenario, is an interesting prospect. His athleticism and high motor fit those of a high first-round pick. But he missed time in his last three seasons with the Gators due to injuries, including problems with both ankles last year. There is some buzz that the Redskins are considering Davis with the 17th pick so to could get him at No. 25 and pick up a second-round pick in the process would be quite a coup.

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In an interesting side note, King reported that the Redskins are “divided” on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. He unquestionably has talent but he has three arrests in his past and a high fumble rate. No. 25 might be a better spot to take a chance on Cook than No. 17. King also mentions Missouri edge player Charles Harris as a possibility at No. 25 as well.

Among the players the Redskins may be able to add with that additional second-round pick are Michigan DL Chris Wormley, G Dan Freeney of Indiana, CB Cordrea Tankersley, and CB/S Desmond King of Iowa.

This is all a hypothetical scenario. King is not reporting that such a deal is in the works. But it does make sense for both the Redskins and the Texans and it would not be surprising to see something like this deal unfold on Thursday night.

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Need to Know: With 10 draft picks, the Redskins are ready to deal

Need to Know: With 10 draft picks, the Redskins are ready to deal

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 24, two days before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 17
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 29
—Training camp starts (7/27) 93
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 138

Let’s make a deal

Even though the Redskins have 10 picks going into the draft, Scott Campbell, the team’s college scouting director, said that they will still be open to making deals to add more.

Washington has one pick in each of the seven rounds plus additional selections in the fourth, sixth, and seventh rounds. Campbell said that the team will be happy to add picks if the right deal is on the table. He is not concerned about having too large a draft class competing for a limited number of competitive roster spots.

“Yeah, I don’t know if you can have ‘too many guys,’” said Campbell. “I think the main thing to get better is you want to add competition to the team and anywhere you can add competition, even positions where you think you may be set depth-wise, you know, add more competition. Get the best players in here and I think it pushes each other and makes everybody better.”

It’s a matter of improving the odds of finding players who can help them.

“It’s not an exact science, Campbell said of the draft. “You’re not going to hit on all the guys. You’d like to think you can, but I mean that’s not reality, no one’s ever done that. Just increasing the odds of adding the more players, the more guys that can help us, that’s great.”

Campbell specifically mentioned the team’s two fourth-round picks, which are the 115th and 123rd overall selections, as possible capital to move up or as bait to trade back and get more picks.

What could they do with those picks? If they make a deal that goes by the draft value trade chart, they could trade their second-round pick (17th in the round, 49th overall) and the higher of the two fourth-rounders for the 11th pick in the second (42 overall). If they see a player they like in the third, that same fourth round pick would move them up to from the 81st overall pick (17th in the round) to the 68th overall pick (4th pick of the round).

The return for moving back in the fourth round is not very high. You’re looking at a fifth-round pick in return for moving all the way back from 115th overall to the end of the fourth round. That’s OK if you’re in a range where there just aren’t any players you like but you are very unlikely to get a game-changer in the fifth.  

With 10 picks it would be surprising if the Redskins just used all 10 of them without making any moves. It’s just a matter of if there will be a blockbuster deal involving their first pick or if there are more minor deals on Saturday afternoon.

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