Quick Links

How a run on QBs could really benefit the Redskins in the NFL Draft's first round

How a run on QBs could really benefit the Redskins in the NFL Draft's first round

Prior to the Senior Bowl, most Redskins fans focused on the group of rookie quarterbacks that would be available in the 2018 NFL Draft as the team faced an uncertain future with Kirk Cousins. In the month since, the Redskins traded for Alex Smith and locked up their quarterback situation until at least 2020. 

With Smith in the fold and the NFL world headed to Indianapolis this week for the Scouting Combine, the Redskins are no longer hunting for passers. That means the Washington front office can look at a variety of first-round talent in Indy, and with the 13th pick, have a reasonable chance to get a number of tremendous talents. 

NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock held a conference call with reporters on Monday, and much of what he said sounded like good news for the Redskins. The 2018 QB crop has four names that sound like potential Top 10 picks: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen.

Here's why that matters in Washington: The more QBs taken in the Top 10 means the more a potential "plug and play" talent slips to the Redskins at 13. 


Mayock identified five names as the plug and play type, which means the kind of player that can step in from Day One in the NFL and deliver at a high level. The names: Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson, Washington NT Vita Vea, NC State DE Bradley Chubb and Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. 

Chubb and Barkely seem highly unlikely to get past the first five picks. Fitzpatrick seems like a Top 10 guy, along with the four quarterbacks. Do the math, and that means the Redskins could have a decent chance at Vea or Nelson. Remember, high potential players like Tremaine Edmunds and Denzel Ward are likely to be Top 10 picks, too. 

This time last year, it seemed impossible for Jonathan Allen to slip to the Redskins at 17. Then it happened. 

Could a similar scene unfold in 2018? This week in Indy will have a big impact. 


Quick Links

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

USA Today Sports Images

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

In case you missed it

Quick Links

Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

USA Today Sports Images

Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.