Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 22, six days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 103 days ago. It will be 143 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: 2016 NFL draft 6; Rookie minicamp 21; Redskins training camp starts 97
One week from right now we will know how the first round of the NFL draft unfolded. What Scot McCloughan move will we be analyzing then? Let’s break out the $100 in imaginary casino chips and put our bets down on each of the likely scenarios.
Draft a defensive lineman, $40—It seems like everyone has been trying to figure out scenarios other than this, which has been the most likely and logical since the 2015 season ended. Chances are there will be at least one or two lineman on the board who fits exactly what McCloughan is looking for both in terms of what is on tape and in what he is looking for off the field. If that’s the case, McCloughan won’t overthink it and send in the card with the big guy’s name on it.
Draft another defensive position, $30—If not along the line, then the next most likely scenario is finding help elsewhere on defense. It could be ILB Reggie Ragland or perhaps a cornerback such as Eli Apple or Mackensie Alexander. Perhaps if his knee injury passes the doctors’ scrutiny safety Karl Joseph could be the pick. The draft is deep enough on the line that the Redskins could get a solid player in a later round.
Draft an offensive player, $20—The Redskins’ offense is pretty well set up for 2016 but beyond that there are major question marks. For one thing, both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson will be free agents in 2017. If the right receiver is on the board it would make sense to seriously consider drafting him. I’m not much of a fan of using yet another first-round pick on the interior offensive line but I don’t think you can completely rule out C Ryan Kelly here.
Trade down, $10—While McCloughan wants to collect some additional picks I don’t think he particularly wants to trade down in the first to do it. If “his guy” is off the board and he sees about a dozen who are roughly equal on the board, he might move down to late in the first or early in the second. But I think that the odds are the pick he has in mind will be there. Trades will start in the second round on Friday night.
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