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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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Trent Murphy had offseason foot surgery to repair broken bone, per source

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Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy underwent surgery this offseason to repair a broken bone in his foot, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Murphy has completely healed and is a full participant at training camp. 

The injury came late in the 2016 season and he played the Redskins final game of the season with the broken foot. He was listed on the injury report for that game as limited with a foot injury. He was not listed on the Week 16 injury report against the Bears.

Hit with a four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs this offseason, Murphy won't suit up for the Redskins until Week 6. He will be forced to miss the first four games, and then the Redskins have a bye in Week 5. 

Murphy had a breakout season in 2016, finishing the year with nine sacks and 47 tackles. A second round pick in 2014, Murphy had a combined six sacks in the two seasons prior. Last offseason, Murphy was tasked with gaining weight for a position switch to defensive end. After he gained the weight, outside linebacker Junior Galette was lost for the season, and Murphy was moved back to outside linebacker. 

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Redskins' Gruden will readjust to calling plays by going off script

Redskins' Gruden will readjust to calling plays by going off script

RICHMOND—The Redskins offense is dealing with some challenges on the field. Their top two wide receivers from last year left as free agents and replacements Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson have little game experience with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Tight end Jordan Reed (toe) was a surprise entry on the PUP list. Running back Rob Kelley needs to prepare to get ready to carry the load for 16 games.

There is one other change the team must deal with. Sean McVay, the team’s offensive coordinator, left in January to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. He had been calling the plays for the past two years. That duty will now fall on head coach Jay Gruden.

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Play calling is not new to Gruden. He did it from 2011-2013 for the Bengals when he was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. Gruden also made the play calls in 2014, his first season as the Redskins head coach.

Still, he wants to make sure that he’s ready to retake the play caller’s headset. The method he will use is to throw away the script.

“I think early on we’re going to have scripted practices, and once we get going, get our main core of plays in there, I think we’ll have a lot of unscripted practices where I can call plays,” he said. “So I think that’s the most important thing, the unscripted practice. Whether it’s two -minute, whether it’s drives down the field, whether it’s third downs, all that good stuff, do a lot of unscripted work, red zone and go from there, but I feel pretty comfortable already.”

That certainly makes sense. Games are not scripted and the successful play callers who can adjust to the ebb and flow of the game. You can’t duplicate the dynamic but you can come close in 11 on 11 work on the practice field.

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Another key to making this work will be trusting his defensive and special teams coaches. If Gruden can’t delegate to them he will be getting pulled in too many directions on game days.

“How well I handle that will be how successful I will probably be as a coordinator calling plays and as a coach,” he said. “I feel good about the staff that I have around me. Coach [Greg] Manusky and Jim Tomsula and Torrian Gray on the defensive side of the ball, I don’t think I have to worry so much about that, Ben Kotwica, Bret Munsey on the special teams. The big thing is I have got to be involved in the football game, make sure I’m ready for the red flag tosses and all that good stuff, but for the most part I have confidence in the defense and special team coaches and players.”

We will see how well it works out. As a rookie coach he occasionally seemed to be overwhelmed by all that he had piled on his plate (the situation was complicated by his curious decision not to hire a quarterbacks coach). But now, with three years under his belt and an exponentially better understanding of what is involved in coaching an NFL game, there should be more confidence that he can handle it.

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