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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—50-50 success for Doctson, Taylor's potential impact

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—50-50 success for Doctson, Taylor's potential impact

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 7, 19 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

What will the Redskins do with their remaining salary cap money? Their remaining cap money stands at about $15 million after accounting for what they need to pay their draft picks. Should they go after more free agents? Re-sign their own? Perhaps rolling it over might be the best options (see the Tweet of the week below). 

Redskins' Doctson needs 50-50 chances to be successful—We will see if Jay Gruden talking about how the quarterback needs to throw to Josh Doctson even when he doesn’t have separation from his defender is a legitimate criticism of Kirk Cousins or just a gratuitous parting shot. “His 42-inch vertical is documented, so that’s where he gets his separation, by leaping and adjusting to the ball,” said Gruden at the NFL meetings. Cousins targeted Doctson just 78 times in 16 games. Will Alex Smith give Doctson more opportunities to make plays? We will see.

Can Taylor make an impact with the Redskins after missing three seasons? In the media, we root for a good story and few stories would be better than seeing Phil Taylor make it all the way back and have a productive season after missing three full seasons. What does history say about his chances? An emphatic maybe.

Fact and fiction in Redskins running back search—While what JP Finlay says here makes some sense, I’m not sure that I buy it. While the Redskins are far from locked in on getting a running back with their second-round pick, I think running back is perceived as more than just a luxury acquisition. The desire to upgrade is real. If they wait until the fourth round, the ability to do that is severely hindered. If the right RB is there at No. 44, they will grab him. 

Tweet of the week

Some interpreted this tweet as hitting the panic button. The key is reading the entire tweet and getting to the part where it says, “Could shape the draft”. They may have to make some moves to get some salary cap breathing room next year and the time to start preparing for doing that is in this year’s draft, not next February when you may need to create holes in your depth chart without having any idea of how to fill them. The bottom line, don’t be surprised if there are some surprising picks. They will make more sense in 2019. More details are in this post.

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) 9
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 110
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 155

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

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 third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.