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Position change, option could neutralize Eagles' Cole

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Position change, option could neutralize Eagles' Cole

When Chip Kelly took over as the Eagles’ head coach he did one thing that Mike Shanahan did when he took the reigns in Washington. He junked the 4-3 defensive scheme in favor of the 3-4. It is one of those moves that is designed to pay off in the long run but may create some short-term pain as players learn new roles.

One of those players adjusting to a new position will be Trent Cole, who is going from right defensive end to right outside linebacker. He has made a couple of Pro Bowls at DE since coming into the league in 2005. Against the Redskins he has racked up six sacks.

There is talk in Philadelphia that Cole’s role initially will not involve much coverage and that he will do a lot of what he’s been doing, rushing the quarterback. In any case, there is a good chance that where we will see the number 58 on his jersey, the Redskins will see a big, red target.

When thinking about Cole facing Robert Griffin III and the Redskins option offense attack, I think of DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys. He converted from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker when he came into the league in 2005. That experience didn’t do Ware much good when the Redskins played the Cowboys last year. Ware was largely a spectator in those two games, especially in the two teams’ second meeting. They left him unblocked and as RG3 (hobbled in the season finale) put the ball in the belly of Alfred Morris and rode it through the mesh point he froze, not sure at all if Griffin was going to give it to Morris, keep it and run or keep it and pass.

It’s easy to see Cole, with far less experience at linebacker than Ware, facing the same dilemma as the Dallas LB, not knowing where to go or who to hit. We will see if he and the Eagles can adjust and what counter adjustments Kyle Shanahan might make in return.

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Redskins got themselves aa steal in Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the No. 17 overall pick.

On Friday, the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, and the Redskins head into the second day with two picks at their disposal.

The Redskins will select No. 49 overall (2nd-17) and No. 81 overall (3rd-17) unless they make a draft day trade.

Will the Redskins make a trade? Who are the best available players in the second and third round? 

The CSN NFL Draft Second Round Live Blog has you covered.

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What: 2017 NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3
When: Friday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

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Lets head to the Live blog (Click here for First Round Live Blog):

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT SECOND ROUND TRACKER

5:27 PM - As more information about CB Gareon Conley taking a polygraph has come out, so too have questions about the legality of it. 

4:50 PM - Rich Tandler narrowed down the Redskins' second and third-round NFL Draft choices to just five guys. Here they are. 

4:45 PM - This list will be important today. Who are the best available players the Redskins could think about drafting in the second round?

4:30 PM - We wrote about this, but this graphic is worth looking at again. And again. And again.

4:20 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

4:05 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

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Redskins now have three of the top 12 players from the 2013 Rivals recruiting class

Redskins now have three of the top 12 players from the 2013 Rivals recruiting class

If you're trying to predict who the Redskins are going to take next in the 2017 NFL Draft, you may want to put some money down on Alvin Kamara.

That's because Washington is apparently trying to assemble as much talent as possible from the 2013 Rivals Top 100 recruiting class. After taking Jonathan Allen in Round 1 of the event, the Redskins are now home to three of the top 12 players from that list:

Allen joins Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller on a defense that is starting to collect some serious young players. And while many members of the 2013 Top 100 class have already been drafted this year or in previous years, Kamara, a running back out of Tennessee who was No. 45, is still available. Could he be the next 2013 prospect to land with the Burgundy and Gold?

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