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Need to Know: Who's it going to be for the Redskins at No. 21?

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Need to Know: Who's it going to be for the Redskins at No. 21?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 27, one day before the NFL Draft.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 108 days ago. It will be 138 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: 2016 NFL draft 1; Rookie minicamp 16; Redskins training camp starts 92

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OK, we’re about 36 hours away from the first round of the NFL draft. The window for taking bets on who the Redskins will take with their top draft pick is about to close. Let’s break out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and place our final bets on who will be holding up the Redskins jersey with No. 1 on it after sharing a bro hug with Roger Goodell.

ILB Reggie Ragland, $35—Even though I don’t think that inside linebacker is the three-alarm fire that some fans think it is (and from what I heard, the team doesn’t think so either) I like the idea of Ragland stuffing the run and dishing out hard hits in the middle of that front seven.

S Karl Joseph, $30—A lot of this rests on the medical reports on his injured knee. I don’t think that Scot McCloughan is terribly worried if Joseph will miss OTAs and part or all of training camp. As long as the knee is sound for the long run, I think the Redskins will be willing to wait if he can be part of the solution to the longstanding issues the Redskins have had at safety.

DL A’Shawn Robinson, $20—The more I think about it, the more I think the Redskins will take advantage of the depth on the defensive line in this draft and wait until the second round to get their man. But if they do, I like Robinson over his Alabama teammate Jarran Reed because he has a little more pass rush ability.

WR Laquan Treadwell, $10—I think that many are now starting to recognize that wide receiver is a real need and waiting until next year, when Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson could both be gone, to address it is too late. Treadwell doesn’t have the 40-yard dash speed that many want and that could let him fall to the Redskins, where McCloughan couldn’t care less about what the stopwatch says.

C Ryan Kelly, $5—I may be underrating his chances because I continue to think that taking an interior lineman in the first round for the second year in a row would be a bad idea. I’ll take Nick Martin in the third or fourth, thank you very much. But I can’t rule it out so I’m going to leave the window open just a little bit.

Stat of the day

The Redskins drafted 21 players combined in the 2011 and 2012 drafts. Only four players from those drafts remain on the roster (Ryan Kerrigan and Niles Paul from 2011, Josh LeRibeus and Kirk Cousins from 2012).

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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