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Need to Know: The best Redskins players drafted in the middle rounds

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Need to Know: The best Redskins players drafted in the middle rounds

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 10, 16 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins’ best mid-round picks

As the draft currently is set up, the Redskins have one fourth-round pick (109 overall) and two in the fifth (142 and 163). Without a third-round pick, those middle-round picks will be very important to the success or failure of their draft. 

Who are the best players the Redskins have taken in those middle rounds (4-5) recently? Here are the top five taken since the 2000 draft (you can see all of them here):

QB Kirk Cousins(Round 4-2012)—You can argue over whether the Redskins should have kept him or if they did the right thing in letting him go. But it’s a fact that the Redskins hit a home run in getting three years of backup duty and then three 4000-yard seasons out of a fourth-round pick.  

CB Bashaud Breeland(4-2013)—Breeland started 58 games in four years at a position that carries great value. He got eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. 

WR Jamison Crowder(4-2015)—He set the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season right off the bat and he has continued to be productive. In just three seasons Crowder has 192 receptions for 2,240 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

RB Chris Thompson(5-2013)—He slid in the draft due to his injury history at Florida State and early on it looked like his NFL career would be defined by problems staying on the field. Thompson appeared in just six games his first two seasons in the league. But he established himself as the third-down back and he was on his way to a superb season last year until breaking his fibula in Week 11. 

ILB Perry Riley(4-2010)—He never threatened to make the Pro Bowl, but the Redskins did get 63 starts in six seasons from him. Riley compiled 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles in Washington.  

Among other top mid-round picks since 2000 are DL Anthony Montgomery (5-2006), DL Kedric Golston (6-2006), TE Niles Paul (5-2011).

Looking back at the drafts from 1970-1999, the Redskins’ best mid-round picks included DE Dexter Manley (5-1981), RB Stephen Davis (4-1996), RB Mike Thomas (5-1975), and RB/KR Brian Mitchell (5-1990).

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


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 6
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 107
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 152

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 


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2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the fourth episode above and more here.

After this weekend's NFL Draft, the Edmunds family will go from having one son in the league to three. 

Trey is already on the Saints, but Tremaine and Terrell aren't pros just yet. So, when will they be taken? Here's a collection of predictions from NBC Sports Washington's NFL crew regarding the middle and youngest Edmunds brothers.


JP Finlay: The Niners at nine. John Lynch won't be able to get past Edmunds' combination of size and speed, and the elite potential of the just 19-year-old. Remember, too, San Francisco might not have Reuben Foster this fall.

Rich Tandler:  Eighth to the Bears. Physically, he is a double for Brian Urlacher and he worked out well enough for the Bears that he is headed for the Hall of Fame this year.

Mitch Tischler: No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.  We all know Kyle Shannahan loves him some offensive threats but getting an edge rusher that could tally double digit sacks and play both inside and out is going to be too tough to pass up at nine.

Pete Hailey: No. 10 and the Raiders. Jon Gruden won't let the dynamic Edmunds fall any further.


JP Finlay: Kansas City in Round 3. They could use additional depth in the secondary and that franchise knows value when they see it.

Mitch Tischler: The Steelers in Round 3. He fits their scheme, has an nfl body and measured very well at the Combine.

Pete Hailey: Round 3 to the Cardinals. Terrell can learn from Antoine Bethea then fill in for him once Bethea moves on.