Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 26, two days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 107 days ago. It will be 139 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: 2016 NFL draft 2; Rookie minicamp 17; Redskins training camp starts 93
Scot McCloughan says that despite the $75 million acquisition of free agent cornerback Josh Norman the Redskins’ draft possibilities remain the same.
“It doesn’t really change. The thing that’s cool about it is that it gives us another good football player on the field. You can never have enough corners—ever . . . You can’t just say, ‘OK, we’re great there. Let’s just forget about it.’ No, I’ve been in situations like that. All of a sudden a guy gets hurt or two guys get hurt, and you’re like, ‘Son of a gun, we had that really good player that we passed on because of a need.’ We’re going to take a football player. A corner? We’d love to.”
It’s easy to dismiss what McCloughan said as typical GM speak a couple of days away from the draft. And it probably is when it comes to early picks. Even though some quality corners such as Eli Apple and William Jackson III could be available when the Redskins’ top pick at No. 21 overall is on the clock it’s hard to see McCloughan bypassing other areas on much greater need to take another corner.
But at almost any point on Saturday it’s certainly easy to see the Redskins dipping into the cornerback pool. As McCloughan noted and emphasized you can’t have enough good cornerbacks. The Redskins learned that the hard way last year when they suffered a rash of injuries in training camp and then saw both DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver miss significant time during the season due to injuries. They survived thanks to the early-season pickup of Will Blackmon and the emergence of rookie receiver turned corner Quinton Dunbar.
Like any team, they would rather rely on guys they drafted than guys they picked up off of the street. With Blackmon and Deshazor Everett likely to move to safety, the cornerback position may again be vulnerable to injuries.
Stat of the day
Since 2000 the Redskins have make six trades involving their first-round draft pick. Twice they moved up in the draft (2000, Chris Samuels and 2012, Robert Griffin III). They traded down in 2002 (2 times), 2008, and 2011.
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