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Possibility for Redskins to draft another offensive lineman in the first round

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Possibility for Redskins to draft another offensive lineman in the first round

Mock drafts continue to get pumped out as we are less than two weeks away from the 2017 NFL draft. 

Throughout the past several months there has been anything but consistency on who the experts believe the Washington Redskins will take in the first round. 

In Ben Standig's latest mock draft for CSN Mid-Atlantic, he has the Redskins drafting a guard, Forrest Lamp, from Western Kentucky.

Standig's Analysis: "Will Jay Gruden choke down the Redskins selecting another guard in round one? According to team president Bruce Allen, the team's big board will make the call. Therefore it's possible Lamb, considered the best offensive lineman in the draft, is the choice. Left guard isn't Washington's main need, but an upgrade is needed and the defensive line draft options are limited. Maybe defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Maybe speedy receiver John Ross. Maybe Gruden is down with boosting a line set to have three current starters enter free agency next year. Maybe the big board should suggest a trade down."

Should the team go this route, Washington will have drafted a guard as their top choice for the second time in the past three years. In 2015, the team drafted Pro-Bowler Brandon Scherff from Iowa. He has started in all 33 games for the team since. 

The earlier version of Standig's mock draft (7.0: A month away from draft day) had the organization eyeing Haason Reddick, an inside linebacker from Temple.

Standig's Analysis: "Will Compton and Mason Foster are back, but Washington's run defense needs a thumper. Reddick was among the freakier athletes at the Combine, but there's also production here. Ideally the Redskins help their suspect defensive line, but there aren't many (any?) must-have options at this spot unless they believe in Malik McDowell's potential."

Many fans have called for help on the defensive side for the past handful of years and believe that this draft, if that is their focus, can be the difference in a border-line playoff team and an NFC contender. 

The earlier mock draft had Lamp not going until the 22nd pick with the Miami Dolphins. The newer version now has Reddick jumping up to 11th with the New Orleans Saints. 

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The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.

"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."

MORE REDSKINS: A FULL SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF WASHINGTON'S OPPONENTS

Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.

Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.

"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

You already know the Redskins' 2017 schedule. But do you know what makes each opponent on that schedule a threat, or what pressing question each of those teams needs to answer?

With free agency and the draft in the past, and OTAs now picking up, it's finally time to really start previewing the upcoming NFL season. With that in mind, CSNmidatlantic.com has created a gallery that does just that. 

CLICK HERE FOR CSN'S SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF THE REDSKINS' 2017 OPPONENTS

Look no further than the link above or below to find out the new faces the Redskins will be dealing with starting this fall, as well as where their foes are strongest. Plus, you'll get a look at a to-do item the 13 franchises that Washington's slated to play must address out in order for their own campaigns to be successful. 

As a Redskins fan, you're familiar with all things Burgundy and Gold. Allow this gallery to update you on everyone else.

CLICK HERE FOR CSN'S SCOUTING REPORT ON EACH OF THE REDSKINS' 2017 OPPONENTS