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Don't count out any running back for Redskins at 17, including Dalvin Cook

Don't count out any running back for Redskins at 17, including Dalvin Cook

A few weeks back speculation started to build that the Redskins might select Christian McCaffery with the 17th pick, but this past week, another running back visited Ashburn. 

In the picture, besides Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins, are two other Florida State products in DeMarcus Walker and Dalvin Cook. With good size and an impressive sack record in Tallahasse, Walker could help Washington on the second day of the draft.

Cook, however, is the name Redskins fans want to discuss. 

Coming into the 2017 Draft, Cook was widely considered the second-best runner available behind LSU's Leonard Fournette. For some, Cook might be a better NFL prospect even, more adept at catching the ball out of the backfield and more slippery, opposed to Fournette's bruising, straight-ahead ability.

That was until the NFL Combine, where Cook's drill numbers didn't impress. Projections had him falling towards the end of the first round, and McCaffery moving up into the second RB spot.

The truth is, until the draft, there is no truth. Projections are just guesses, and once the first surprise hits in late April in Philadelphia, there is no telling what will happen after. Some mock drafts now have Fournette the third RB off the board, with both McCaffery and Cook going before him.

Cook's visit to Ashburn presents one truth: On some level, the Redskins are interested in the Seminole playmaker. And they should be. In three years at Florida State, Cook accounted for 48 touchdowns and nearly 5,400 yards from scrimmage. 

Speaking with CSN in Phoenix, Washington coach Jay Gruden said that the Redskins were absolutely interested in both Cook and McCaffery at 17, though the coach added the team is interested in defensive players in that spot as well (watch the video above). 

The best thing for Redskins fans trying to figure out that 17th pick over the next two weeks: Believe nothing. Consider this tweet from widely known and respected NFL agent Leigh Steinberg. 

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 

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2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

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 fourth episode above and more here.

After this weekend's NFL Draft, the Edmunds family will go from having one son in the league to three. 

Trey is already on the Saints, but Tremaine and Terrell aren't pros just yet. So, when will they be taken? Here's a collection of predictions from NBC Sports Washington's NFL crew regarding the middle and youngest Edmunds brothers.

TREMAINE

JP Finlay: The Niners at nine. John Lynch won't be able to get past Edmunds' combination of size and speed, and the elite potential of the just 19-year-old. Remember, too, San Francisco might not have Reuben Foster this fall.

Rich Tandler:  Eighth to the Bears. Physically, he is a double for Brian Urlacher and he worked out well enough for the Bears that he is headed for the Hall of Fame this year.

Mitch Tischler: No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.  We all know Kyle Shannahan loves him some offensive threats but getting an edge rusher that could tally double digit sacks and play both inside and out is going to be too tough to pass up at nine.

Pete Hailey: No. 10 and the Raiders. Jon Gruden won't let the dynamic Edmunds fall any further.

TERRELL

JP Finlay: Kansas City in Round 3. They could use additional depth in the secondary and that franchise knows value when they see it.

Mitch Tischler: The Steelers in Round 3. He fits their scheme, has an nfl body and measured very well at the Combine.

Pete Hailey: Round 3 to the Cardinals. Terrell can learn from Antoine Bethea then fill in for him once Bethea moves on.