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Practice report: Redskins in full pads

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Practice report: Redskins in full pads

RICHMOND—It was Fan Appreciation Day, it was crowded, and it was hot. And they had a lively two-hour practice to wrap up the week in Richmond.

—The Redskins practiced in full pads for the first time on Saturday. Under Mike Shanahan the team has usually practices in shorts but with new rules requiring players to wear knee and thigh pads, Shanahan wanted to get the players acclimated to the change. Some were already wearing them, others didn’t mind the change. A few others, well, one unidentified player spoke for them when he yelled “(Expletive) these knee pads!”

—Aldrick Robinson has been one of the stars of camp. If he truly “gets it” he could be a great weapon.

—Robert Griffin III was putting on quite a show for the fans during one on one drills. His first deep pass was on the money to Skye Dawson but the rookie’s knee hit the ball while he was trying to catch it and it popped out. Then Dez Briscoe dropped another deep ball. After that his receivers held on. His final pass was a perfectly thrown long bomb to Robinson, who made the catch. Griffin kept his follow through extended as the ball traveled in the air and gave a quick little “basket good” sign when Robinson hauled it in

—There were some real NFL officials on the sideline for today’s practice. On one deep pass during 11 on 11 a receiver made a catch on a deep pass near the sideline. The line judge, who was stationed near the line of scrimmage, signaled that the pass was complete. Jim Haslett yelled, with a smile, “How can you see that from where you are?” The zebra yelled back to Haslett, “How can you see it?” The official had a point; Haslett was stationed about 12 yards behind the line of scrimmage, further away from the play.

—Pat White took off running to the left and had some room to operate. About 20 yards downfield near the sideline, however, safety Jose Gumbs knocked the ball out of White’s hand. Gumbs recovered the fumble. White’s running ability is what is giving him a shot here and he just can’t make mistakes like that fumble, especially when it was the result of him holding the ball carelessly.

—I’m not sure who should have blocked Ryan Kerrigan on a running play but nobody did on a handoff to Roy Helu Jr. Had Helu been a player on another team, he would have been blown up.

—Fred Davis got his hands on a pass and almost immediately had it knocked out by Richard Crawford. Taking advantage of the striped shirts being there, we asked for a ruling. Catch and fumble, the line judge said. Davis had control and took two steps before he was stripped. The ball bounced back up into Davis’ arms anyaway.

—Santana Moss fielded a few punts during special teams drills but he is not going to do that during the season unless there is a dire emergency. He said the other day that he just wanted to stay in practice.

—Griffin was 13 for 17 in seven on seven work. His incompletions were a misfire on a short pass to Pierre Garçon, one near the sideline that was too high, a pass that was a bit too wide for Davis to lunge for and an apparent miscommunication on a pattern by Moss. He had a number of good throws including a dart to Leonard Hankerson over the middle (the receiver bobbled the ball before securing it) and a soft toss to Moss after a scramble. That pass had perfect arc and touch to it.

—In red zone 11 on 11, Kirk Cousins threaded the needle on a pass to Moss for a touchdown.

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NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

A lot has changed since the end of the college football season, and that's obvious when you consider all of the names the Redskins might look at with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

Some players have surged up draft boards on the strength of strong combine or pro day efforts. Other have dropped, due to unfortunate incidents, injuries or poor measurements.

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Think about players like Teez Tabor or Zach Cunningham. Those guys play in the SEC and seemed like first-round locks two months ago. Now the 'Skins might be able to value shop for those players in the second round.

The flip side: A plyer like Haason Reddick. A star at the Senior Bowl who really busted out at the Combine, the Redskins might love to have him but he could be a Top 10 selection.

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All sorts of legal trouble and diluted urine samples will also impact draft night. Injuries too, or even the thought of possible injuries.

Few sporting events are as wild as the first round of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned with CSN for all your Redskins coverage. Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will be in Ashburn with the team, JP Finlay will be live in Philadelphia as the chaos unfolds. 

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Need to Know: Setting the odds on the Redskins' top draft pick one last time

Need to Know: Setting the odds on the Redskins' top draft pick one last time

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 27, 27 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 15
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 27
—Training camp starts (7/27) 91
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 136

Setting the odds one last time

So, today’s the day for the NFL draft and our final chance to make some Monopoly money on who the Redskins first-round pick will be. I’ve chosen five names from the various mock drafts out there and from my own analysis to come up with the five most likely players to be picked at No. 17. Then I broke out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and spread them out on the five players.

LB Haason Reddick, Temple, $30—Reddick could give the Redskins some versatility and learn the inside linebacker spot in the base 3-4 defense and then move to the edge in nickel situations. I’m nearing he’s a “hot” name but I’m not so sure I believe he’s a top-10 pick like I’ve been seeing in some mock drafts lately. Pick 17 seems to be about right for him.

LB Reuben Foster, Alabama, $25—Foster has more red flags than an interstate highway construction project, including a diluted drug test sample at the combine, multiple shoulder injuries, and getting upset during a wait for a medical test, also at the combine. But at some point, the talent makes the player too good a value to pass up at that point would be at No. 17.

Edge Takkarist McKinley, UCLA, $20—Of the five names on here this is the one with the least buzz. But the Redskins need an edge rusher and McKinley, who can win with speed and by being relentless, may be the best one available. A lot of fans may be surprised by this pick but nobody should be mad if it happens.

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State, $20—I’ve been going back and forth about Cook. He’s undoubtedly a talented runner with breakaway potential. But some injury concerns and his fumbling problems create doubts about him. Then again, as with Foster there is a point where the talent outweighs the flags. I’m not so sure that No. 17 is the spot where that happens but I would not be shocked if the Redskins think that it is.

RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, $10—This is another player who supposedly zoomed up draft boards over the last few weeks without playing a single down. Five or six weeks ago he was a late first-round pick. Then he was a lock to go to the Eagles at 14 overall. Now everyone has him going to the Panthers with the eighth pick. The movement seems to be based more on pack journalism rather than any actual information coming out of teams. I’m not going to completely dismiss the chatter but I think there is a good enough chance that McCaffrey will be there when the Redskins pick to throw a few long shot dollars on him.

Bonus bet: As far as possible trades go, with an additional $100, I’ll go with $15 on a trade up, $35 on trade down, and $50 on staying put at 17.

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