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Need to Know: Do the Redskins let too much good homegrown talent leave?

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Need to Know: Do the Redskins let too much good homegrown talent leave?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 16, 42 days before the NFL draft.  

Do the Redskins let too many of their own good players walk?

The expected departures of Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland became official earlier this week when news broke that Cousins will sign with the Vikings and that Breeland is headed to Carolina. With it brought on some complaining by Redskins fans on my Twitter timeline. Here is just one example:

And that was before the departures of Trent Murphy, and Spencer Long added fuel to the fire. We will have to see about Ryan Grant’s ultimate status after his contract agreement with the Ravens fell through due to a failed physical.

The notion that the Redskins have a pattern of letting their homegrown talent walk has been around for a long time and for a long time it was a very fair criticism. From 2001-2009 they had seven first-round draft picks and none of them signed second contracts with Washington. They did not fare much better with their later-round picks as the way of doing business was to bring in free agents and let the homegrown talent walk.

But they have done much better keeping their own starting in 2010. We’ll look at players taken in the 2010-2014 drafts since the players taken in 2014 are eligible for free agency this year.

In that time span, they drafted 42 players. They signed the following players to contract extensions.

  • Morgan Moses
  • Jordan Reed
  • Chris Thompson
  • Ryan Kerrigan
  • Niles Paul
  • Trent Williams
  • Perry Riley

They also have re-signed undrafted free agents Quinton Dunbar and Deshazor Everett.

Back to the draft picks, seven re-signed picks out of 42 does not sound all that impressive. But consider that many of those players picked are either out of the NFL or playing part-time roles in the league.

A total of 23 of those draft picks did not play in the NFL in 2017 (that number includes Riley, who was released two years into his contract extension and then played for the Raiders in 2016).

Seven Redskins draft picks played at least one game on a team other than the Redskins in 2017. Those players—CB David Amerson, G Josh LeRibeus, LB Keenan Robinson, RB Alfred Morris, OL Tom Compton, DE Jarvis Jenkins, and WR Aldrick Robinson—started a combined 21 games. It’s hard to argue that the Redskins should have made a major effort to keep any of them with the possible exception of Morris and Amerson.

It’s not as though there are lots of high-impact, homegrown players the Redskins let walk who currently are in starring roles around the league. Cousins and the 2014 picks who walked could end up making the Redskins regret letting them go. Overall, however, they have done a good job of picking the players they felt they had to keep and not making many mistakes in deciding who to let go.

Draft record

One other thing here—I was wondering about how the Redskins’ draft record of having 18 of 42 draft picks (43 percent) in that four-year span who appeared in at least one game in 2017. I didn’t have time to go through the whole league, but I did look around the division and counted 12 of 36 of the Giants’ picks (33 percent) who are still in the league. The count for the Cowboys was 19 of 37 Cowboys (51 percent) and 20 of the 48 Eagles’ picks (42 percent). You may conclude whatever you wish from those numbers.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 31
—NFL Draft (4/26) 41
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 177

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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.