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Report: Redskins interviewed top quarterbacks at NFL Combine as possible prelude to Cousins trade

Report: Redskins interviewed top quarterbacks at NFL Combine as possible prelude to Cousins trade

Talk of the Redskins trading Kirk Cousins has faded in the past several days. However, it’s still very early on the NFL year calendar—teams have only been able to execute trades for the last six days and the draft is six weeks from Thursday—so there is plenty of time for a deal to get done.  

Some around the NFL believe that a deal between the Redskins and 49ers is not only possible but that a trade for Cousins is likely. As evidence that a trade could be in the works, they point to the amount of work the Redskins did involving highly rated quarterbacks during the NFL Combine.

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Eric Galko, who writes for the Sporting News and runs a draft outfit called Optimum Scouting, has been following the Cousins talk and he wrote this in a SN post about quarterback chatter around the NFL.

I had been told to hold off on breaking the news that Kirk Cousins to the 49ers was all but done, but it seems like it’s become well known in the industry. While it’s not completely a done deal, the Redskins interviewed a handful of quarterbacks multiple times at the Combine. I’d expect that, as long as one or two intrigued them enough, they’d be OK with trading Cousins. If they get the second overall pick, I’m confident it’ll be Mitch Trubisky. If they wait until round two, I’m confident (at this point) it’ll be Nathan Peterman.

I think most fans are familiar with Trubisky, the North Carolina product who looks the part but only had one season as a starter for the Tar Heels before declaring for the NFL draft. Peterman played in a pro-style offense at Pitt and he possesses many of the same traits that Cousins has—accuracy, poise, and anticipation. Neither is an immediate starter so Colt McCoy would be at the helm while the draft pick develops.

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Certainly, some of the attention to quarterbacks is simple due diligence. And even if a trade does not take place the Redskins could take a quarterback early in the draft to prepare for the possibility that Cousins will depart as a free agent in 2018. If they aren’t getting a good feeling in their negotiations with Cousins but they believe it’s best to keep him for this year, they could grab a quarterback to groom for 2018.

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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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