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Four possible Redskins trade down scenarios

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Four possible Redskins trade down scenarios

We know that the Redskins want to trade down to pick up some additional selections. We have heard of several teams who might want to trade up. Let’s look at some possible deals and see what the Redskins might get into return.

We’ll look at trades with teams up to around the middle of the first round since Scot McCloughan has indicated that he would be reluctant to trade back further than that. We’ll use the traditional draft points trade chart, the one concocted by Jimmy Johnson. You can find that chart here.

All trades have the Redskins giving up their top pick, No. 5 overall. That pick has a value of 1700 points.

It should be noted that the points are used as a guide and actual deals can vary, sometimes greatly.

To Falcons for their first-, third, and fourth-round picks. (No. 8, No. 73, No. 104)

If Dante Fowler is on the board and the Redskins decide they could live with a player who is three spots back, this could happen. This is very close to balancing with the Falcons giving up 1,711 points for Washington’s 1,700-point pick. At pick No. 8 the Redskins might find good value in either edge rusher Vic Beasley or offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.

To Rams for their first-, second-, and fifth-round picks (No. 10, No. 41, No. 135) with the Redskins also sending their fourth-round pick (No. 105)

There has been talk that the Rams would like to go up and get Amari Cooper or perhaps Kevin White. This deal would have the Redskins giving up 1,837 points while getting 1823 in return. At 10 Beasley could still be available or perhaps they would turn their sights to Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree.

To the Browns for the earlier of their first-round picks plus their second- and fifth-round picks (No. 12, No. 43, No. 147)

It appears that a lot of fans want the Browns to give up both of their first-round picks (No. 12, No. 19) for the Redskins’ pick. But that would be an overpay to the tune of 375 points, about the value of a pick in the middle of the second round. Cleveland’s second and their fifth essentially balance the deal with the Browns giving up 1,703 points. Dupree could still be there for Washington at this point or maybe the target would be huge offensive tackle Ereck Flowers.

To the Saints for both of their first-round picks (No. 13, No. 31) with the Redskins also sending their fifth-round pick (No. 141)

This comes as close to balancing as is practical, with the Redskins sending 1, 736 points and getting back 1,750 from New Orleans. The Saints could use the fifth pick to take Fowler or perhaps Leonard Williams should he drop to that point. One advantage to picking up that later first-round pick is that if he is a solid player the team would be able to trigger the fifth-year option in his contract. That provision applies only to first-round players. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.