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Redskins vs Rams 4th quarter

Redskins vs Rams 4th quarter

14:00—Zorn has not abandoned the run and it is serving the team well as Portis is banging for some good yardage and a 23-yard pass to Randle El off of play action has the Redskins on the move. We've seen this before, though, and they have to finish the drive.

12:41—And a first-down false start doesn't help matters any. Betts goes for three and then Campbell takes a five-yard sack. There is no margin for error for this group today.

FG Suisham 38
Rams 16, Redskins 10

Well, better than the last eight drives or so have ended. There is plenty of time and the Redskins need just one touchdown. Just one touchdown.

10:39—If Suisham doesn't lead the league in kickoffs out of bounds, he leads the league in ill-timed kickoffs out of bounds. His ability to do that at just the wrong time is uncanny.

8:53—The Redskins may just have received a break that is the equivalent of the 12 men on the field against Dallas. An illegal formation negates a scramble by Bulger to convert a third and 10. The retry on third and 15 is incomplete and the Rams will punt. Instead of Rams ball with a first down at midfield, the Redskins are in decent shape at about their own 25 after the punt.

5:50—Again, Zorn is sticking with the run and, again, it's serving him well. Portis popped a 29-yarder and the Redskins are on the move.

5:27—And again the Redskins will have to overcome a first and 15 after a first-down penalty. They haven't been able to do this all day and it looks like now is no exception.

4:00—This time the Skins do overcome it as Campbell hits ARE on the move for 29 yards and a first and goal at the two. Actually, it may turn out to be good that he didn't get into the end zone as it allows the Redskins to burn off some more clock.

Portis 2 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 17, Rams 16

Go back to the illegal formation flag when the Rams had the ball. That was the turning point.

3:40—All the Rams need is a field goal and Brown can bomb them from long distance. It doesn't look like a prevent setup, the Redskins can't afford to give them much yardage.

2:00—Bulger throws a bullet to convert third and two. They're about 20 yards away from field goal range for Brown. Someone needs to make a play.

1:45—Horton low and Rocky high for a big stop on second and ten. Two more plays.

Probably the dagger. Bulger to Avery for 43 yards and they're in easy FG range. It will take a miracle.

Josh Brown missed a potential game-winner from about the same spot on the same end of the field for Seattle in 2005.

Some help, maybe. A 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct pushes it back to something hear a 50-yard try. We will see.

FG Brown 49
Rams 19, Redskins 17

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Final Redskins seven-round mock draft: Defense first, a surprise in the third

Final Redskins seven-round mock draft: Defense first, a surprise in the third

We’re a day away from the start of the NFL draft and all the questions surrounding the Redskins’ intentions will start to get answered when they go on the clock at about 10 p.m. on Thursday.

[More Redskins: Full Redskins Seven-Round Mock Draft]

Speaking at the team’s annual pre-draft news conference, Scott Campbell, the team’s director of college scouting, stuck with the company line when he was asked about making picks based on team needs.

“I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said. “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.”

It would be a big “bonus” for the Redskins if a defensive lineman who can rush the passer and stuff the run was the best player on the board when their first-round pick comes up at No. 17. But it doesn’t look like the board will play out that way. That’s OK because the Redskins have plenty of needs.

In fact, it’s not hard to do a mock draft for the Redskins because they have needs at virtually every position. Certainly, some needs are more urgent than others. But once you get past the first couple of rounds there is enough doubt at each position, whether it’s immediate depth or possible free agency holes in 2018, to get that need “bonus” with every pick.

Campbell said that this is a strong defensive draft and this is reflected in these mock selections, with six of the 10 picks going to defense including the top two. The first offensive pick may surprise some but the talent was just too good at that point in the draft.

Go here to see the full seven-round mock draft.

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QB run will come at NFL Draft, but when it happens matters most for Redskins

QB run will come at NFL Draft, but when it happens matters most for Redskins

Quarterbacks will come off the board in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. That much is certain. Where those quarterbacks come off the board, however, matters much more for the Redskins. 

Mitchell Trubisky will be the first passer off the board, and depending on the information, he could be drafted as high as the first overall pick, and will certainly go early.

Trubisky, though, seems like the only certainty of a QB going early. Questions plague guys like Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Those guys could all go in the first half of the draft, but they could all slide into the 20s as well. 

For Washington, the earlier quarterbacks get drafted the better. It seems highly unlikely the Redskins make a draft day trade of QB Kirk Cousins, limiting hardly any interest in a first-round passer.

The more passers that go before the 'Skins pick at 17 means the more high-quality players slide down the draft board. Look around the internet at lists of the best prospects available. Hardly any signal callers crack the Top 20, but the positional need at QB demands the position be overdrafted.

Though the Burgundy and Gold continue to slow-play contract talks with Cousins, he is under contract for 2017 and the team holds an option for 2018. That means Bruce Allen can sit in his draft room and potentially be a trade partner for a team that wants to land a QB, or just wait patiently and watch as they come off the board and send other desirable prospects closer to 17.

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