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Redskins’ draft offers plenty to chew on

Redskins’ draft offers plenty to chew on

Most years, you have to worry about being too early in looking at the Washington Redskins' draft.

Free agency changes needs and, despite all the talk that all teams talk about taking the best available player, the draft revolves around needs. In past years, the Redskins have been filling many needs through free agency, sometimes well into April.

That has made their draft needs a moving target. As soon as one draft article saw the light of day, a signing filled a hole and the picture shifted, often invalidating the freshly-minted analysis.

This year, however, there is no moving target. In retrospect, given the Redskins' lack of activity in free agency, a serious look at the upcoming draft could have started on February 9, when Jim Zorn was hired as the Redskins' head coach.

There actually is quite a bit to chew over. The Redskins have all of their selections in the first three rounds, six out of the seven in all and in about a week or so it should be confirmed that they will get some compensatory picks, perhaps one as high as a third-rounder.

So, no three-picks and out draft like 2003 and no one and done until round five as we saw last year. There's a lot of meat on the bone this season.

So, it's time to jump into that fray here. In case you're new here, a few things about how the subject will be approached

For the most part, the focus will be on the first three rounds as far as matching any specific players to specific picks goes. I might bat around a few names in rounds five through seven, but that's just way too much of a shot in the dark to qualify as meaningful, intelligent discussion.

I will not do a mock draft. It's tough enough for me to figure out the Skins' needs and who is on their radar screen. I'm not about to pretend that I have a good enough handle on the needs and desires of the other 31 teams in the league. Of course, 99.9% of all mock drafters are in the same boat, but they don't let their lack of meaningful insight stop them. I have other ways to make a fool out of myself.

I'm actually going to be introducing (drum roll, please) multimedia into this staid old blog with some You Tube videos that I'm creating. I'm still trying to figure out some of the nuances of the software I'm using, but I should have everything ready in the next day or so.

As usual, I'm not going to be following any set pattern, wide receivers one week, linebackers the next, anything like that. This space is event-driven and it will go where events such as prospect visits and the like take it.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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