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Big NFL moves open up draft day trade possibilities for the Redskins


Big NFL moves open up draft day trade possibilities for the Redskins

The adage that there is no offseason in the NFL was never more clearly demonstrated than it was yesterday. On a day with a full slate of hockey and basketball playoffs were added to a normal schedule of baseball games, the NFL still managed to grab some big headlines.

In the afternoon the Eagles announced that they had pulled off a blockbuster deal to move up from the eighth overall pick in the draft next week to the No. 2 slot. The Eagles presumably will take quarterback Carson Wentz with that pick.

The trade was with the Browns, who weren’t excited enough about Wentz to pull trigger on him with the second pick. But they are still in need of a quarterback, with Robert Griffin III still a question mark after his struggles since earning rookie of the year honors in 2012 and Josh McCown turning 37 before training camp starts. But there doesn’t appear to be a quarterback worthy of No. 8 pick.

This is where the Redskins could come into play. Scot McCloughan has the “For Sale” sign on everyone one of his eight draft picks including the first-round pick. If the Browns call and want to move back up into the first round to take a quarterback like Paxton Lynch of Memphis or Connor Cook of Michigan state, McCloughan will listen.

In fact, it just so happens that a trade is there to be made if both sides want it. According to the draft trade chart the Redskins’ top pick (800 points) is worth about what the Browns second- (No. 32, 590 points) and third-round (No. 65, 265 points) picks are. The Redskins might have to send back a fifth round pick to even it out. But such a deal would give the Redskins four picks in the top 100 giving them a chance to either grab some top young talent or chips for more trades and a chance to accumulate more picks.

The other NFL headline on Wednesday was the Panthers’ decision to rescind the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. That makes Norman, who first a first-team All-Pro last year, a free agent. And it leaves the Panthers with Bene Benwikere and Teddy Williams as their starting cornerbacks.

There likely will be some interesting cornerback prospects on the board when the Redskins are on the clock at No. 21. But players like Eli Apple, Mackensie Alexander, and William Jackson III could be gone by the time the Panthers pick at No. 31.

The Panthers could send their third- and fourth-round picks to the Redskins to move up from No. 31 to No. 21. Such a deal would be a little tilted towards Carolina on the trade chart (Redskins would be sending 800 points, getting back 771) but McCloughan might like the extra picks enough to pull the trigger. 

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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


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

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.