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Chase Minnifield could be an undrafted steal

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Chase Minnifield could be an undrafted steal

At this point, we're not really sure which undrafted player the Redskins have signed, there is always a lot of misinformation out there at this time of the year. But it does appear fairly certain that they have indeed signed CB Chase Minnifield of Virginia. We thought he might be a target of the Redskins (although we were thiking they would draft him in the third or fourth round) so we did this profile of him a few weeks ago. Here is what we had on him them.Chase Minnifield
Cornerback
Virginia

HeightWeight: 5-10 58, 180 lb.
40 time: 4.66Best attributes: Excellent ball skill, high character
Biggest issues: A bit choppy when backpedaling, hips stiffMinnifield is a smart, high-character player who also happens to have good ball skills. There seems to be s split of opinion on him. Some believe that he is suited only to a cover-2 system, where the cornerbacks play softer coverage. If the Redskins share that opinion they will not draft him since they have a more aggressive coverage scheme. Others think that Minnifield started to develop in his last year at Virginia and that he could be a scheme-diverse corner.In any case, there is no question that Minnifield has good insticts and plays aggressively against the run.Minnifield on Minnifield(on emulating his father Frank, a nine-year cornerback with the Browns) "I don't try to play like my dad. I'm more of a finesse player, and I can't play exactly like he played. But as far as being an in-your-face kind of corner - yes, I try to emulate that . . . It's just a mindset that you're gonna put your face in there. I'm not the biggest corner or the strongest corner, but I'm not afraid of any contact.

SummariesPro Football WeeklyNarrow-framed, smart corner whose length, physicality and ball skills fit in a predominantly cover-2 system. Stock fell as a senior, but is passionate about the game, works at his craft and has NFL bloodlines (father, Frank, was a nine-year CB with the Browns).Wes Bunting, National Football PostA talented corner who can bend, re-direct, maintain balance out of his breaks and make plays on the football. However, had a tough go as a senior giving up a lot of plays and having a tough time maintaining balance when trying to locate the ball vs. bigger receivers. A potential starter only.Previously on Redskins draft radar:CB Dwight BentleyC Ben JonesOL Tony BergstromRB Robert TurbinRB Bernard PierceG Lucas NixOT Zebrie SandersC Phillip Blake

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

MORE 2018 NFL DRAFT:
- Mock Draft 9.0: Almost draft day
- Top Prospects: RB options for the Redskins
- Top Prospects: WR options for the Redskins
- Need To Know: Rich Tandler's Seven-Round Redskins Mock Draft
- Mega-Mock Predictions: DC Media choose No. 13 pick

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

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 third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.