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TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson could be perfect solution to Redskins' need

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TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson could be perfect solution to Redskins' need

Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 21 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.

Josh Doctson
Wide receiver
TCU

Height: 6-2
Weight: 202
40-yard dash: 4.50

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying
All of Doctson's experience came in a spread offense that didn't ask him to run a full route tree, but he shows outstanding effort on throws in his zip code, expanding his catch radius, contorting his body and finding ways to finish catches - bailed out quarterback Trevone Boykin on a number of errant passes on film.

Doctson lacks polish in areas, but has the resilient mentality and on-field skill-set to contribute early and settle into a No. 2 receiver role, drawing similarities to Jordan Matthews when he entered the league out of Vanderbilt.
Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

How he fits the Redskins: The Cowboys have Dez, OBJ plays for the Giants, the Eagles have Jordan Matthews. If the Redskins are going to keep up in the division they need a tall wide receiver who can go up and come down with contested catches. The speedy DeSean Jackson is in the last year of his contract and the physical Pierre Garçon is, too. The Redskins need to have replacements ready for the possibility (probability?) that one (both?) of them moves on.

You could go on the web and produce a dozen or so GIFs like this one, with Doctson going up and getting a contested ball.

If you look at the “spider web” representation of his combine numbers here, you can see the impressive performances in the broad jump and vertical jump, which were predictable after watching him play. But also he shows he has good agility in the shuttle and 3-cone drills, areas where you expect a smaller receiver to excel. To be this quick and agile at his height is impressive.

He has solid football character according to all reports, something much more important to Scot McCloughan as the shuttles and jumping measurements.

Potential issues: Doctson is on the slender side and some are concerned about his ability to get off the line against press coverage. The team that drafts him will want him to add some strength without hampering his speed and jumping ability.

As noted in Brugler’s comment above, Doctson ran a very simple route tree in TCU’s spread offense. There is no reason to think he can’t learn but you don’t know until he does it.

He suffered a broken wrist that ended his senior season early and that will have to pass medical scrutiny.

Bottom line: If we are to believe the mock drafts coming out of the best-known analysts on the web, there is about a 50-50 chance that Doctson will be on the board when the Redskins’ pick comes up. About half of them have him being picked somewhere in the teens, in others he goes in the mid-twenties. His sweet spot could be at No. 21, where the Redskins pick.

Certainly, the Redskins need help on defense and a lineman is widely expected to be their top pick. But wide receiver is also a big need and they could wait until the second round to go D-line and grab someone like Doctson in the first.

In his own words

On how he developed his ability to get jump balls:
What helped me the most I think was playing basketball out of high school. Ally hoops helped me with timing of jumping, and catching the ball. And then finding the rim definitely took a lot of hand-eye coordination. That helped correlate over very well for me. Timing in football . . . knowing when to time my jump to where I could get the best catch…naturally my body knows when to jump.
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Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

It's never easy to say goodbye to a well-liked coworker, especially when that employee has been fired. In the NFL, that's no different. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden opened up about the departure of former GM Scot McCloughan while speaking with reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix.

"I was disappointed. I liked Scot. I liked working with Scot. He’s a good person, and a great talent evaluator," Gruden said.

The highly publicized demise of McCloughan as Redskins general manager made plenty of headlines, but as far the organization goes, Gruden believes the team is still in good shape.

"Any time you lose somebody that you become close with, whether it’s a coach or a GM or a player it's disappointing but at the end of the day in pro football, anybody that’s been around it long enough understands, change is going to happen and you have to react and adjust to it and move forward with a positive outlook," Gruden said.

Part of that positive outlook stems from moves the team has made this offseason.

Offensively the franchise brought in a big new weapon in receiver Terrelle Pryor. Paired with 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson, assuming he's healthy, the Redskins could have two dynamic pass catchers to offset the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. On the defensive line, Gruden thinks new players Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee can emerge as solid players with high upside. Further, Gruden made clear he thinks new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will make the players on the 'Skins roster into better defensive linemen.

For many fans it's hard to remain optimistic after the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster, but on the field, there's little reason to expect the 'Skins to slide.

In 2016, the team finished one game out of a playoff berth, losing a disappointing final game to the Giants to seal that fate. In 2017, Gruden expects to be right back in the playoff hunt.

"I think everybody in this organization has a positive outlook," Gruden said. "We are going to miss Scot, obviously, but we’re also positive that we can get things we need to get done to be successful."

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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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