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Need to Know: Seven-round Redskins mock draft

Need to Know: Seven-round Redskins mock draft

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 13, 13 days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Seven round Redskins mock draft

Mock drafts are guesses at best, but they are fun and I like to do them to try to figure out what the team will be thinking. Here is my first Redskins seven-round mock draft of the season. I’ll follow up with another one a day or two before the actual draft. 

Round 1, Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama—Going with a second D-lineman in the first in as many years would set up an area that was neglected for years. Payne has some work to do as a pass rusher but he’ll be able to help with Washington’s biggest defensive issue, stopping the run, right away. For why I went with Payne over Vita Vea, check out the video at the top of the post. 

Round 2, Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia—Jay Gruden has promised that the Redskins will emerge from the draft with a new running back. If they want to be assured that the player will be an upgrade over what they already have on the roster they almost have to take one here. There were several good choices on the board and Chubb was the best of the bunch. 

Round 4, Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA—This pick would fill the need at left guard with either Quessenberry directly or with Chase Roullier moving over. Quessenberry generates good pop at the point of attack but he needs to learn how to better use his size (6-4, 315).

Round 5-A, M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina—The Redskins like to keep six corners on the 53-man roster and right now they have five who are locks. Stewart could enter the mix as a physical slot corner, part-time safety, and special teams contributor. 

Round 5-B, Ade Aruna, Edge, Tulane—It took a little while, but Ryan Grant developed well as a fifth-round pick out of Tulane. Aruna is very raw; he didn’t pick up football until his senior year in high school after he came to the United States from Nigeria. He will be a project, but his size and speed make him an intriguing prospect. 

Round 6, Davis Wells, TE, San Diego State—The precarious situation at tight end is obvious, with Jordan Reed’s injury situation and the fact that Father Time eventually will defeat Vernon Davis. Wells is not likely to be a replacement for either right away, but he does have good hands and, at 6-5, 255, the size to be an effective blocker. 

Round 7-A, Nick Gates, G, Nebraska—While no team has the depth to handle the rash of injuries that hit the Redskins’ O-line last year, they should constantly build the depth chart there. Gates would need time to add more power to his game, but he has good quickness and length. 

Round 7-B, Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State—Maybe Fish Smithson can be the fourth safety but he shouldn’t get the job without competition. At 6-3, Flowers has excellent length and he’s a good tackler. He’s another one who could help on special teams while he learns.  

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 3
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 104
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 149

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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.

TREMAINE

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:  Tenth 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.

TERRELL

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.

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Need to Know: Who will be left for the Redskins to draft at No. 13?

Need to Know: Who will be left for the Redskins to draft at No. 13?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 26, one day before the second and third rounds of the 2018 NFL draft.  

The players the Redskins will have to choose from at No. 13

As the 2018 NFL draft unfolds tonight, the Redskins are going to look to be able to pick from a group of players when their pick comes on the board. “You’ve got about six or seven guys on that board that you’re hoping is there when you get there,” Doug Williams said on Tuesday. “If you lose one, you put another one up.”

So, who is likely to be in that group? Based on a bevy of mock drafts and big boards plus my own analysis guessing, here are the seven players I think will wind up in that group that will be under discussion when the Redskins pick, in no particular order. 

  • QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville 
  • DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
  • Edge Marcus Davenport, Texas-San Antonio
  • LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
  • LB Leighton Vander Esch, Vanderbilt
  • S Derwin James, Florida State
  • CB Joshua Jackson, Iowa

Right off the top, did I forget RB Derrius Guice? No. While the Redskins like him I don’t think he is in consideration for the 13thpick. 

If Jackson is there, the move is to wait for the phones to ring. There is talk that the Ravens, who pick 16th, would like to add him. Moving back to Baltimore’s spot could potentially add a third-round pick and still have at least four of these seven players still available. The Redskins are intrigued by Jackson but with Alex Smith under contract, they aren’t going to draft a quarterback.  

Payne has been a popular pick to the Redskins in mock drafts (such as the one I posted yesterday). He could be a bit of a reach at 13 and perhaps he is a better candidate to be taken after a trade back. I think that Vita Vea will be gone, probably to the Raiders with the 10thpick. 

If Vea does go to Oakland and there is a top-10 surprise like Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey, a hot name lately, then there is a good chance that both Edmunds and James will be available. Let’s do the count as the Redskins would as the first 12 picks unfold. If four quarterbacks go plus Vea, McGlinchey, guard Quinton Nelson cornerback Denzel Ward, running back Saquon Barkley, and edge rusher Bradley Chubb, that leaves two other picks in front of the Redskins. I think those will be cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and inside linebacker Roquan Smith. That would leave James and Edmunds. Of course, one or both of them could go earlier, leaving Fitzpatrick and/or Smith for inclusion on the Redskins’ list. 

Any one of those four players should give the Redskins pause when it comes to trading down or taking Payne. They need impact players and all of those prospects have potential to be just that. 

Their interest in Davenport may tell us how confident the Redskins are in their ability to retain Preston Smith beyond this year and their confidence in the development of Ryan Anderson. And if they select Joshua Jackson could be a signal that Josh Norman will become a 2019 salary cap casualty. The Redskins reportedly like Vander Esch but he’s a notch below the special talents like Edmunds and Smith. 

If I was presented with this scenario, I’d probably take James. Yes, the Redskins like D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson but they could take James, move him around the defense and figure out some neat name for his position. He would make the defense better immediately. Other needs like the defensive line could be handled later on in the draft.  

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

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Today’s schedule: 8:00 NFL Draft, first round, AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX

Days until:

—Rookie minicamp (5/11) 15
—OTAs start (5/22) 26
—Training camp starts (7/26) 91

The Redskins last played a game 116 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 136 days. 

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