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Redskins #Authentic Fan NFL Draft Bracket: First Round Results

Redskins #Authentic Fan NFL Draft Bracket: First Round Results

March is the unofficial month of brackets.

With the 2018 NFL Draft approaching and with the Redskins obtaining the No. 13 pick in the Draft, NBC Sports Washington is asking you, the #AuthenticFan to weigh in and vote from a field of 16 to determine who the Redskins should take in the first round.

The first round begins on Monday, Feb. 26, with matchups being opened for voting every Monday and Thursday for three-day voting periods.

To vote, click on the embedded Twitter links and follow the instructions.

Should the Redskins draft a wide receiver or a lineman in the first round? Should they look to bolster the offense or defense? Should the Redskins tap back into the Alabama pool? It's up to you to decide.

Vote in the NBC Sports Washington Redskins #AuthenticFan Draft Bracket first round.


Redskins #AuthenticFan Draft Bracket: First Round


Voting Period: Mon. 2/26 7am - Thurs. 3/1 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Roquan Smith is a 6-1, 225-pound Georgia linebacker who could very well be the defensive boost that the Redskins need coming into next season.

As a projected first-round draft pick, the SEC standout has been turning heads with his explosive athleticism and exceptionally disciplined awareness on the field. In Smith's last season as a Bulldog, he recorded over 10 tackles in the Rose Bowl, SEC Championship, and the National Championship combined.

The Redskins could also play their cards right with the projected first round wideout in Calvin Ridley. The 6-1, 190-pound Alabama wide receiver has been lauded for his unmatched speed after catches and amazing route running ability. 

Voting Results: Roquan Smith def. Calvin Ridley, 125-71.



Voting Period: Thurs. 3/1 11am - Mon. 3/5 6:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Josh Jackson has truly established himself as a lockdown artist on the field. The 6-1, 192-pound cornerback out of Iowa led the FBS in interceptions with 8 and finished No. 1 in pass coverage with 18 pass breakups and 24 forced incompletions.

On the other hand, Michigan lineman Maurice Hurst is a force on the defensive line with quick feet and shockingly fast speed after the ball is snapped.

The 6-2, 282-pound first-round prospect was an All-Big Ten first team selction and winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

Voting Results: Maurice Hurst def. Josh Jackson, 57-26


BILLY PRICE (Ohio State) VS DA'RON PAYNE (Alabama)

Voting Period: Mon. 3/5 7am - Thurs. 3/8 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Ohio State center Billy Price has proven to be powerful blocker and versatile in the face of defensive rushes and blitzes. His 6-4, 312-pound frame can be just the right addition to the Redskins offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, Da'Ron Payne, a highly touted prospect and one of the most respected leaders on both sides of the ball at Alabama, has tremendous natural strength and is known to suffocate the offensive line with his rushing ability. 

Voting Results: Da'Ron Payne def. Billy Price, 124-20



Voting Period: Thurs. 3/8 11am - Mon. 3/13 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: Wide receiver James Washington has been giving cornerbacks problems since he landed at Oklahoma State with his build up speed and nose for the ball wherever it's thrown. The 6-0 senior ranks nationally among the best, with 1,549 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns and both All-American and All-Conference honors.

Florida's Taven Bryan is an explosive defensive tackle gifted with natural athletic ability and great lateral quickness. Many scouts project him to be a long-term starter and he has drawn comparisons to Cam Jordan.

Voting Results: Taven Bryan def. James Washington, 80-27 



Voting Period: Mon. 3/12 7am - Thurs. 3/15 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Tremaine Edmunds has a unique (and constantly growing) body type that makes him a nightmare of a linebacker on the defensive end and a first round dream for NFL scouts.

Coming out of Virginia Tech, he has proven to be a disruptive rusher and highly efficient tackler from anywhere on the field.

Yet another potential first rounder, Marcus Davenport, can be a true X-factor for the Redskins defense.  With his 6-6, 255-pound build, he is known to consistetnly disorient offensive lineman and can move exceptionally well laterally. 

Voting Results: Tremaine Edmunds def. Marcus Davenport, 63-17



Voting Period: Thurs. 3/15 11am - Mon. 3/19 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: As a projected first-round pick, LSU's Arden Key possesses an unorthodox way of moving on the field that allows him to slip past blockers with ease and do a great deal of damage defensively. At 6-6, his length could be very scary for offenses down the line of his NFL career. 

LSU unning back Derrius Guice has tremendous field vision, athleticsm and amazing footwork that will allow him to break tackles consistently at the next level. 

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Voting Period: Mon. 3/19 7am - Thurs. 3/22 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Mike Hughes is the small but mighty cornerback out of UCF who has a high level of aggresiveness that halts wide receivers in the beginning of their routes and ridiculous chase down speed. His stout body frame may place him as a projected second-round pick, but he may be a sleeper choice nonetheless.

Projected first-round pick Rashaan Evans possesses the skills and body type of the ideal NFL linebacker. Between his explosiveness, raw agility, and range, not too many teams will no what to do with the Alabama linebacker at the next level offensively. 

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DERWIN JAMES (Florida State) VS VITA VEA (Washington)

Voting Period: Thurs. 3/22 11am - Mon. 3/26 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: Florida State safety Derwin James is the complete package in the locker room and on the field. After delivering 84 total tackles and 11 deflections in 2017, James has made a name for himself very quickly amid scout conversations.

Vita Vea, a strong defensive tackle out of Washington, poses as a power heavy threat on the defensive end, with a lot more untapped potential in his package. At 6-4, 344 pounds, Vea uses his momentum effectively and his violent hands make him pass rush machine. Vea is projected to be chosen in the first round.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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