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NFL Draft 2018: Ranking the Redskins best WR draft options

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NFL Draft 2018: Ranking the Redskins best WR draft options

It’s never easy finding common ground among Redskins fans. Good bet we can build consensus on this premise: Washington really missed Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson last season.

It’s not that the Redskins lost both wide receivers in free agency, though they really did not put up much of a fight with Garcon. It’s that their replacements were clearly inadequate. Nobody provided Garcon’s tough guy act, particularly on key third-down chances. Few players in the NFL can match Jackson’s deep speed. None of them played for the 2017 Washington Redskins.

Jamison Crowder overcame early-season injuries to finish with a solid campaign from the slot. Josh Doctson has not lived up to his 2016 first-round selection, but he showed signs of growth as the year wore on, particularly on 50-50 balls. The pair is the only clear parts of the Redskins receiver rotation in 2018.

Maybe free agent Ryan Grant returns. Terrelle Pryor, not so much. Conceivably Washington could make a strong play for outside free agents like Jarvis Landry or Martavis Bryant. If none of the above occurs or the organization isn’t ready to believe Maurice Harris or Robert Davis takes a big leap, the Redskins might turn to the draft for help.

Since the arrival of head coach Jay Gruden in 2014, the Redskins have selected at least one wide receiver in every draft: 2014 (5th round), 2015 (4, 6), 2016 (1), 2017 (6). Washington holds the 13th overall selection in the draft. Will they select a wide out in round one for the second time in three years?

We’ll see, but for now, here’s a look at some of the wide receiver options in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

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.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


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NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.