Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 22, 37 days before the NFL Draft.
I’m changing around the Need to Know format a bit. There may be some more tweaks in the coming days and weeks; your comments are welcome.
—The Redskins last played a game 72 days ago. It will be about 173 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 27; 2016 NFL draft 37; Redskins training camp starts 128
Scot McCloughan let it be known that he is in search of additional draft picks, perhaps parlaying the eight he has into as many as 12. Some have interpreted that as meaning that the Redskins are going to trade down from their first pick, No. 21 overall. I think that assuming that is like adding two and two and getting eight.
He said nothing about dealing the top pick. While the pick No. 21 would yield the highest quality picks—the Redskins probably get picks early in the second and third if a team wants to move up—the team would also give up its best shot at getting an impact player.
Last year McCloughan went into the draft with seven picks and came out with 11, including one in the sixth round this year and he didn’t make any deals until the third round. I don’t think he’ll have a problem turning eight picks into 12 this year with a similar strategy.
Fan question of the day
I think we see the same starting lineup as we did last year with Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson on the outside and Jamison Crowder in the slot. This is a pretty solid trio, although it lacks the big red zone and third down threat (although TE Jordan Reed capably fills that role). After that, though, the picture is somewhat muddled.
It’s hard to imagine that Andre Roberts won’t get cut at some point between now and the April 18 start of offseason workouts. That would leave Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross. If they get a receiver in the earlier rounds of the draft and he can catch on he could be the first option off of the bench. If that doesn’t happen, it looks like Grant will be the primary backup.
Stat of the day
In 2015 the Redskins converted 22.4 percent of their third downs with 10 yards or more to go. That was slightly better than the NFL average of 21.3 percent.
In 2014 they were dead last in the league in converting in such situations, getting a first down just 7.6 percent of the time.
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