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Limas Sweed

Limas Sweed

I'm guilty as charged.

Guilty of talking a good game when it comes to posts on the Redskins' draft but coming up very small when it comes to actual content.

I throw myself on the mercy of the court.

I could talk about how rough things have been at work, how we've had a constant stream of contractors moving through the house, how my unkempt yard has screamed out for attention as the weather has turned warmer and so on and so forth. And all of that would be true.

However, the main reason that I don't write much about the prospects out there is that I just don't know enough about them to write about them with any authority. I love college football but I don't get to watch nearly enough of it to see enough of the players to form a firm opinion of their potential as pros.

As you know, that doesn't stop many bloggers, media types, and message board posters from spewing out millions of words about fluid hips and shuttle times. You surely recognize that about 98% of them have barely the vaguest clue as to what they're talking about and they're just parroting what they read elsewhere.

That's not my style.

That doesn't mean, however, that I haven't formed some opinions about some players and what the Redskins should do. Last week I discussed the possibility of them trading this year's first round pick for someone's first next year plus a couple of other top 100 picks. Either a deal like that or a normal trade down, sliding down into, say, early in the second round and picking up more selections that way would be fine by me. This team needs an injection of youth and adding relatively high picks would be the best way to make that happen.

However the wheeling and dealing might shake out, if any takes place, there is a player who has caught my eye. He is Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed. Here is the case for him in video format.

What I like about him—and this is about as sophisticated as I'll get in an analysis—is that he passes the eyeball test. Limas Sweed looks like an NFL receiver. He's a man among boys at times playing in the Big 12, often going up and over a pair of hapless defenders to haul in a pass. At 6-5, 220 he has excellent size and his 4.5 time in the 40 demonstrates that he has more than adequate speed.

As there is with almost any player who will be available at pick #21, there is some downside with Sweed. The primary concern is a wrist injury that cost him most of his senior season for the Longhorns.

If he had shredded his ACL or broken an ankle I would be more concerned. There is every indication that the wrist will not be an issue going forward.

There are those who will tell you that Limas Sweed would be a reach at #21, that there is no way that he will be the best player on the board when the Redskins pick. There are others who think that he would be a good fit both in terms of the draft slot and in terms of the Redskins' needs.

There is only one player ranking list that matters, of course, and that is the one compiled by Vinny Cerrato and company. We don't know how they have Sweed rated. They could have him in their top 15; he might not even be in their top 30. On draft day they could be giving each other high fives as their pick approaches and he remains available or they could be completely disinterested in his status.

I don't know where the Redskins stand on him and that puts me in the company of billions of other people on the planet, including virtually all of the draftnicks out there. I do know that he'd look pretty good in burgundy and gold and I'll be rooting for that to happen next Saturday.

I'll leave you with a couple of Sweed highlight reels. To be sure, they're not the complete picture—I have yet to see a dropped pass in any of them—but they do give you a glimpse of what his upside could be.

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 21, 36 days before the NFL draft.  

Redskins starters quick hitters—offense

The last couple of days here I looked at how the depth charts are shaping up with a little bit of commentary (offense, defense). Today and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the starters with some quick hitters about each one, starting today with the offense.

QB Alex Smith—The deal is done, and the Redskins have their man for five years at $22.2 million per year or, if they prefer, three years at $23.7 million per. It seems like most fans are behind him but there will have to be a few more wins than losses this fall for that to become permanent.

RB Samaje Perine—He got better as the year went on, averaging nearly a half yard per carry more in the last seven games compared to the first nine. But the 3.4 average per carry certainly did not stop both Doug Williams and Jay Gruden from talking about drafting a running back early.

TE Jordan Reed—According to reports, he is rehabbing well from the hamstring and toe injuries that severely limited him last year. Still, expect him to be kept in bubble wrap until training camp and even then, his action may be limited.

WR Josh Doctson—Did Kirk Cousins look away from Doctson too often, lacking the confidence in him to let him go get the 50-50 balls? Will Smith have more confidence in Doctson? The answers to those questions may determine if the third-year receiver breaks out in 2018 or he continues to tease with flashes of ability.

WR Paul Richardson—He’s capable of the acrobatic catch, which should be fun to watch. Richardson was good with Russell Wilson on the off-schedule plays, maybe he can do the same with Smith.

WR Jamison Crowder—I guess it’s fair to say he had an off year in 2017 but his receiving yardage only dropped by 60 yards from 2016. It will be interesting to see if they keep him in as the punt returner after he averaged 6.3 yards per return (23rd of 25 qualifiers) last year.

LT Trent Williams—The six-time Pro Bowler is still in the relatively early stages of recovering from surgery to the knee that kept him from practicing from about Week 6 on. Don’t look for him until training camp and even then, the early workload is likely to be light.

LG Arie Kouandjio—This is the one offensive position that remains up in the air. Kouandjio has shown some grit as a spot starter but I don’t think the organization views him as a 16-game starter.

C Chase Roullier—Shortly after Roullier got the starting job when Spencer Long went out injured, Jay Gruden said that Roullier would be the Redskins’ center “for a long time”. There is no reason to doubt that at this point in time.

RG Brandon Scherff—His concern no longer is trying to live up to having been the fifth pick of the draft. Scherff has to play well enough to justify his 2019 option-year salary, which will be in the vicinity of $13 million.

RT Morgan Moses—He had surgery to repair his ankles, which were an issue most of last season. Still, he didn’t miss a start. Like Williams, even if he’s ready for training camp, don’t expect to see a whole lot of him.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 27
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 129
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 173

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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