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Should the Redskins make an internal promotion to GM?

Should the Redskins make an internal promotion to GM?

The immediate drama of the Scot McCloughan termination is over. The NFL calendar is forcing organization to move on. How will the Redskins handle the remainder of free agency and the NFL draft?

If you go by the organizational sources who anonymously spoke to the media last night, perhaps they have been operating without a GM for a while now.

“Bruce [Allen] and Jay [Gruden] run the Redskins. Bruce and Jay’s record for the team the last two years is them,” a source told 106.7 The Fan.

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So perhaps that answers the question. Allen and Gruden, with assistance from scouts and others in the personnel department may have set up the free agency board and will set up the draft board. The team president and head coach could make the calls on free agents and calling the shots in the draft room.

All year we’ve been hearing that Gruden has more power and perhaps this is what that meant. And there has been constant chatter that Allen never fully gave up the peronnel control he supposedly ceded to McCloughan in 2015. It would be business as usual at Redskins Park.

However, perhaps the better move for the organization would be use this time to appoint someone internally as the interim GM. The cold fact is that they the next general manager is almost certainly going to come from within. It’s hard to see a legitimate, experienced GM or an up and comer in the business coming to Washington either now or after the draft in the wake of this debacle.

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There are two good possibilities for the interim GM role. One is Doug Williams, who is the team’s Senior Personnel Executive. Of course, he is best known for his on-field accomplishments with the Redskins, most notably as MVP of the team’s win in Super Bowl XXII. He has been in coaching, scouting and in NFL front offices since 1991. It is well known that Williams would like to be a general manager and this could be his chance to get some time on the job.

The less well known candidates would be Director of Pro Personnel Alex Santos and Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell. Santos has worked his way up through the organization as a pro scout and personnel assistant. Campbell has been doing NFL personnel work for 30 years and he has been with the Redskins for 16 years.

If they do designate an internal GM, that individual likely would have more of an organizational role, coordination the process of gathering information from the scouts and passing along recommendations. While the interim GM would have a voice, it would still be Allen and Gruden calling the shots with the team president breaking ties.

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


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.


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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