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Santana Moss—X-man

Santana Moss—X-man

Santana Moss is going home.

No, he's not going back to Miami or even to New York.

According to my friend John Keim at the DC Examiner, he's returning to the X-receiver position, the spot where he has enjoyed his greatest success in the NFL.

The two wide receiver spots on the Washington Redskins (and, generally, around the NFL) are labeled the Z, or flanker position, and the X, the split end. In most two-receiver formations, the Z lines up on the same side of the field as the tight end while the X is alone on the other side.

The X receiver has more room to operate and can generally use his speed more to his advantage. The Z is the more physical spot, the one that has to work in traffic.

In 2005, when Moss set the Redskins team record with 1,483 yards receiving, he played the X spot. When the Skins acquired Antwaan Randle El and Brandon Lloyd, they put those two in the X and moved Santana to Z.

In his two seasons in that position, Moss has just over 100 more yards combined (1,598) than he did in that one Pro Bowl year.

I'm sure that Joe Gibbs and Al Saunders had their reason for moving Moss, listed at 5-10 but in reality not that tall, to the more physical flanker spot. But moving him back to the X certainly doesn't qualify as an act of genius on the part of Jim Zorn.

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Defense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Defense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on defense. We looked at the offense earlier this morning.

Defensive line

DL Caleb Brantley, Florida—At some point his talent will make it worth the risk of taking him after he was charged with striking a female in a bar. For the Redskins that may be the fifth round.

NT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC—He’s a load at 6-1, 331. Tu'ikolovatu is a true nose tackle who punches hard and fast, ties up blockers, and can tackle well when he gets free.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Linebacker

ILB Jordan Evans, Oklahoma—A three-year starter who could step into an inside linebacker role after a year of grooming. Evans led the Sooners with 98 tackles and had four interceptions and 2.5 sacks.

Edge Bryan Cox Jr., Florida—Look for him to be under consideration later in the day. The son of the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker of the same name, Cox has size and ability but is inconsistent. He is athletic enough to make the move from defensive end to outside linebacker but they might limit him to a pass-rushing role while he is learning.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Defensive backs

CB Howard Wilson, Houston—Some scouts think he may have been a first-round pick if he had returned for his senior year. The Redskins have a lot of numbers at the position so he could get that redshirt year he may need.

S Desmond King, Iowa—A four-year starter who played 94 percent of the Hawkeyes’ defensive snaps. He’s smart, tough, and tenacious. King doesn’t have ideal size at 5-10, 201 but he has the coverage skills to play free safety and even cover the slot if needed.

S Tedric Thompson, Colorado—He is more of a true free safety than King. Thompson tied for the FBS lead with 23 passes defensed (7 interceptions, 16 broken up).

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on offense. Will look at the defense a little later this morning.

Offensive line

G Dorian Johnson, Pitt—The Redskins probably would want him to add a few pounds to his frame, as at 6-5 he currently carries “only” 300 pounds. He’s smart, tough, and athletic.

G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State—At 6-4, his weight is about right at 319 pounds. A three-year starter with a great power game and pass protection skills that will need to be coached up.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Tight end/receiver

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech—He’s big enough to be your blocking tight end and athletic enough to line up split out wide.

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma—One of the most productive receivers in the country and a Heisman finalist. He’s a little small at 6-0, 178 but he has excellent deep speed.

Running back

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma—As a true freshman in 2014 he set the national record by rushing for 427 yards in a game against Kansas. He probably doesn’t have that kind of monster game in him at the next level but he will be a solid, reliable back who can handle a heavy workload.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State—A very productive runner and pass catcher who posted over 2,200 yards of offense last year.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Quarterback

QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt—Nobody would have batted an eye if he had gone off the board in the third or maybe even the late second round. If the Redskins are concerned about Kirk Cousins leaving as a free agent, Peterman carries a very similar set of skills.

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami—Another QB many thought may be off the board by now, Kaaya has the mental makeup to succeed at quarterback but his game needs a lot of polish.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.