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Redskins draft countdown: Could Miami's Brad Kaaya be the heir apparent at quarterback?

Redskins draft countdown: Could Miami's Brad Kaaya be the heir apparent at quarterback?

Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 38 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players the Redskins will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how they might fit in Washington.

Brad Kaaya

Quarterback
Miami

Height: 6-4
Weight: 214
40-yard dash: Did not participate

Projected draft round: 3

What they’re saying

Three-year starter and pro-style pocket passer. Experienced and comfortable under center and in play-action offense. Has shown an ability to read the entire field when asked. Gets through progressions fairly quickly. Expedites release and throws to an area in front of the route when blitz is closing in. Always looking to throw past sticks on third down. Understands his arm limitations and rarely takes unnecessary chances throwing into space.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

How he fits the Redskins: In case you haven’t heard, the Redskins are having trouble getting Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal. If he doesn’t sign prior to the draft, the team will need to seriously look at their future at quarterback. If Kaaya is there in the third round, they could make him that future.

Although he played in a pro-style offense at Miami, he probably needs a year on the bench to get ready and assuming Cousins is around this year the Redskins would have that luxury. A review of some game tape releveled to me that his arm strength is average to below average by NFL standards. He can make up for that by making quick decisions and anticipating. Kaaya is at his best when he can step into his throws and fire them between the hash marks. Still, it’s easy to see him having problems throwing into tight windows in the NFL. He’s not the mobile type of quarterback but he can make plays on the move.   

In a very general sense Kaaya is similar to Cousins when he came out of Michigan State. Both are pocket passers who don’t have the strongest arms. Cousins overcame his deficiencies with lots of hard work on and off the field. Can Kaaya do the same?

Potential issues: Kaaya has some problems throwing outside the numbers; against Notre Dame last year he underthrew one out pattern that easily was picked off. He also showed no knack for throwing deep passes; if it’s possible to overthrow long balls and show a weak arm in the process, that’s what he does.

Since Kaaya is a quarterback who shows some potential to be a starter there is a good chance that he will be overdrafted. He clearly is a mid-round talent since he likely will need a year of clipboard holding and probably a season of rocky on the job training before a team can really determine if he can be its future at the position. But it’s easy to see a team trading up in the second round to grab a guy who is 6-4, won the job at Miami as a true freshman, and started 38 games over three seasons.

Bottom line: When evaluating Kaaya one should note that he played for three different head coaches and in two different offensive systems in his three years. That could be why his stats are good but don’t really pop off the page.

It seems that the best plan for a long-term answer at quarterback is to sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract. But whether it’s the Redskins reluctance to commit the money or Cousins being leery of the front office issues that have ground on during all five of his seasons in Washington, that may not happen. Unless they really think that Nate Sudfeld can be the starter in 2018 or if Colt McCoy can revive his career next year at age 32 they must do something to be prepared for Cousins’ departure.

Is Kaaya the right guy? He may be if he still is there when the third round comes around. But for a team with as many needs as the Redskins, a second might be too much to gamble on a player who is far from a sure thing.  

In his own words:

When asked about what he would do to win over the locker room where he was drafted Kaaya sounded like a guy the Redskins charity foundation would love:

I mean, do exactly what I did at Miami, earn my stripes and earn my respect. I’m not gonna go in there thinking I’m the guys already. I realize that everything is earned. No matter what my opportunity is, no matter what the situation, I’m going to be around the city no matter what. I plan on staying in the city I’m drafted to . . . Just getting out in the community and making an impact on people. I feel like football gives you that platform to make an impact on a lot of people around the country and even across the world. And I feel like being in the position that all of us are in right now, we have kind of a moral obligation to help people and make an impact.

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Hundreds of fans line up for Su'a Cravens' jersey giveaway

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Hundreds of fans line up for Su'a Cravens' jersey giveaway

Hundreds of Redskins fans waited in line for hours to get a free Su'a Cravens jersey on Saturday morning. 

Cravens, who's currently on the Redskins' Reserve/Left Squad list, announced earlier in the week that he'd giveaway all of his jerseys to fans for free. 

Here are some of the sights and sounds of the event, courtesy of Redskins Insider JP Finlay: 

There was even a surprise (albeit totally coincidental) apperance from Santana Moss:

Cravens also briefly chatted with the media about the day:

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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

Here's a look at the updated Week 3 rankings for standard scoring with a few player notes along the way...

Quarterbacks

1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
5.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
6.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
7.  Drew Brees, NO
 
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
10.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
11.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
12.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
13.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
14.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
15.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
16.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
17.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
18.  Alex Smith, KC
 
19.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
20.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
22.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
23.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
24.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
25.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Notes: Ninth is a touch low for Wilson based on draft status, but one touchdown pass and only 356 yards thru two games doesn't help. Ninth is also still a QB1 and expecting a bounceback if not rock star performance from Wilson against the Titans. ... Vegas put the Raiders-Redskins over/under at 54, the highest in Week 3. That kind of scoring potential is a great reason to use Kirk Cousins. Use is one thing, but I'll wait another week before believing Washington's passing game is trustworthy after what we've seen so far. ...Mariota won't have rookie Corey Davis against a Seahawks' imposing secondary that has allowed one touchdown pass to date.

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
5.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
6.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
7.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
10.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
11.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
12.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
 
13.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
14.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
15.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
16.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
17.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
18.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
19.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
20.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
21.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
22.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
23.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
24.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
 
25.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
26.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
27.  Frank Gore, IND
 
28.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
29.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
30.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
31.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
32.  Darren Sproles, PHI
 
33.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
34.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
35.  James White, NE
 
36.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
37.  Chris Johnson, ARI
 
38.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
39.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
40.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
41.  Terrance West, BAL
 
42.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
43.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
44.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
45.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
46.  Paul Perkins, NYG
 
47.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
48.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
49.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
50.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
51.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
52.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
53.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
54.  Charles Sims, TB
 
55.  Adrian Peterson, NO
 
56.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
57.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
58.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
 
59.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
60.  Matt Breida, SF
 
61.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
62.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
63.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
64.  Tyler Ervin, HOU
 
65.  C.J. Prosise, SEA
 
66.  Robert Turbin, IND
 
67.  Branden Oliver, LAC
 
68.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
69.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
70.  DeAndre Washington, OAK

Notes: Lynch faces a Redskins defense that couldn't handle Todd Gurley in Week 2 and doesn't have a major threat at nose tackle. Biggest concern for Lynch fans involves how much production Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington siphon from him. ... McCaffrey hasn't completely wowed yet on the NFL level, but decent chance that changes in Week 3 as Carolina compensates for the loss of Greg Olsen against a leaky New Orleans defense. ...The Patriots announced Rex Burkhead is out for Week 3. That should mean more work for James White, who is a borderline RB2 in points-per-reception formats.

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  Mike Evans, TB
 
5.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
6.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
7.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
8.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
9.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
10.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
11.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
12.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
13.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
14.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
15.  Davante Adams, GB
 
16.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
17.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
18.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
19.  Golden Tate, DET
 
20.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
21.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
22.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
23.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
24.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
25.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
26.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
27.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
28.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
29.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
30.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
31.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
33.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
34.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
35.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
36.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
37.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
38.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
39.  Rashard Higgins, CLE
 
40.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
41.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
42.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
43.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
44.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
45.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
46.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
47.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
48.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
49.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
50.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
51.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
52.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
53.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
54.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
55.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
56.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
57.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
58.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
59.  Brandon Marshall, NYG
 
60.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
61.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
62.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
63.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
64.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
65.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
66.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
67.  Jordan Matthews, BUF
 
68.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
69.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
70.  Kenny Britt, CLE
 
71.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
72.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
73.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
74.  Chris Conley, KC
 
75.  Russell Shepard, CAR

Notes: J.J. Nelson has six touchdowns in last seven games. Good enough for me. ... Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are in position for good games against a meh Bucs secondary -- except Sam Bradford is out once again.  The Case Keenum drag is real, dropping both receivers out of must-start WR2 range, but don't go out of your way to sit because the talent is too good. ... Nobody goes out of their way to start Browns and Colts receivers, but with Cleveland and Indianapolis are facing each other, such planning becomes more palatable. ... Classic Bill Belichick defensive plan shaping up against Houston: Take out the top receiver thresat -- DeAndre Hopkins -- and let the Texans figure things out from there. Good luck, Houston. 

Tight ends

1.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
5.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
6.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
7.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
8.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
9.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
10.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
11.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
13.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
14.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
17.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
18.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
21.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
22.  Jesse James, PIT
 
23.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
24.  Antonio Gates, LAC
 
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

Notes: With Rob Gronkowski a tad banged up and the Giants defense struggling against tight ends, Zach Ertz gets my No. 1 slot. Hey, he entered Week 3 third in receiving yards among all players. ... Ben Watson and Julius Thomas aren't ranked as starters, but their respective matchups against the Jaguars and Jets give them starter upside. 

Kickers

1.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
5.  Matt Prater, DET
 
6.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
7.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
8.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
9.  Cairo Santos, KC
 
10.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
11.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Will Lutz, NO
 
14.  Phil Dawson, ARI
 
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
16.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
17.  Cody Parkey, MIA
 
18.  Nick Folk, TB
 
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
20.  Younghoe Koo, LAC

Defenses

1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
2.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
3.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
4.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
5.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
8.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
9.  New England Patriots, NE
 
10.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
11.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
12.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  New York Giants, NYG
 
16.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
17.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
18.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
19.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
20.  Houston Texans, HOU