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The 2018 NFL Mock Draft 9.0: Only a week until the big day

The 2018 NFL Mock Draft 9.0: Only a week until the big day

The NFL Draft is fast approaching and with only a few days remaining, the fate of rosters around the NFL continues to keep changing.

With the never-ending pace of free agency and offseason move, Ben Standig's latest draft day predictions have placed both Wyoming's quarterback Josh Allen, and Penn State's running back Saquon Barkley, into the top 5 picks of his latest 2018 mock draft. 

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The Redskins have some important decisions to make on both sides of the ball, but with the No. 13 pick, their decision to keep their sights set on a defensive player seem to have remained the same.

However, with the 2018 NFL Draft beginning next week on Thursday, April 26, the question regarding the Redskins' possible second-round pick is still in the air.

Make sure to stay updated with all the latest predictions in our 2018 Mock Draft.

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A former NFL schedule maker projects three primetime games and a Thanksgiving showdown for Redskins

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A former NFL schedule maker projects three primetime games and a Thanksgiving showdown for Redskins

As we quickly approach two of the most-anticipated weeks in the NFL offseason, former NFL schedule-maker Joe Ferreira joined JP Finlay and Rich Tandler to predict the Redskins' 2018 schedule week-by-week. We know the opponents and the location, but Joe took it a step further and chose the order, too.

Here's his entire mock schedule, which includes three primetime games and yet another Thanksgiving showdown in Dallas: 

Week 1: vs Carolina Panthers 

Week 2: @ Jacksonville Jaguars 

Week 3: vs New York Giants

Week 4: @ Tennessee Titans (Monday Night Football) 

Week 5: vs Dallas Cowboys 

Week 6: Bye week 

Week 7: vs Atlanta Falcons (Thursday night) 

Week 8: @ Philadelphia Eagles 

Week 9: vs Green Bay Packers 

Week 10: @ Arizona Cardinals 

Week 11: vs Indianapolis Colts 

Week 12: @ Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 

Week 13: @ New Orleans Saints (Monday Night Football) 

Week 14: vs Houston Texans 

Week 15: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Week 16: vs Philadelphia Eagles 

Week 17: @ New York Giants 

Now, for a full breakdown and analysis of Joe's picks, check out the newest episode of Redskins Talk: 

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3 questions for the Redskins as offseason workouts get underway

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3 questions for the Redskins as offseason workouts get underway

The Redskins are back to work on Monday, and that means football is that much closer to being back. 

The team that reports to Redskin Park won’t be the exact unit that will take the field in September, the entire NFL Draft remains in a few weeks, but the bulk of the squad will be in the building. 

That also means it’s time for questions. Can the 2018 Redskins be a winning ball club? For that to happen, a lot of things must go right. Certainly the team needs better health than they got last year, but the list doesn’t end there. 

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1) Can Alex Smith step in and immediately produce?

The offseason’s biggest move came before the Super Bowl when Washington traded for Smith. That expedited the exit for Kirk Cousins, now the Vikings QB, and puts Smith in a pressure packed spot. Smith is a veteran passer with plenty of experience, and doesn’t seem at all phased so far by the attention of being the top quarterback in Washington. He needs to build chemistry with the Redskins wideouts, and the hope would be he can get more production from third-year wideout Josh Doctson. Plenty of times Doctson looked open down the field in 2017, but he and Cousins never seemed to truly click. 

2) Cornerback depth chart 

Josh Norman ranks at the top of the Redskins cornerback depth chart, but after that, the Redskins don’t have much clarity. Kendall Fuller got sent to Kansas City in return for Smith, and while Bashaud Breeland hasn’t signed elsewhere yet, he isn’t expected to return. Breeland had a done deal with the Panthers, but a foot injury held up the deal. For Washington, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Josh Holsey will be expected to play larger roles and newcomer Orlando Scandrick will be expected to help right away. What player starts opposite Norman? Who works as the primary nickel corner? Those questions need answers. 

3) Uh, about the offensive line

The Redskins have two of the best offensive tackles in football in Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, but both players had offseason surgery. Neither will participate in offseason workouts but both are expected back for training camp. Is that a concern? Probably not, especially with super sub Ty Nsekhe signed back with the ‘Skins. Still, two starting tackles, coming off surgery, is not ideal.

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