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Need to Know: Redskins on the bubble, defensive edition

Need to Know: Redskins on the bubble, defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 9, four days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 36
—Training camp starts (7/27) 48
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 62
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 93

Redskins on the bubble—defensive edition

A couple of weeks ago I looked at the players who are locks to make the Redskins’ 53-man roster. There are 39 players (18 offense, 18 defense, 3 specialists) who are going through the offseason program working on refining their games and not on ensuring that they have jobs after the September 2 cut to 53.

There also are players who don’t have a realistic shot at making the roster. These players are fighting for one of the 10 practice squad jobs or, failing that, a shot at making another team’s roster or at least getting a call when a team needs an injury replacement.

RELATED: The Redskins week that was

In between, there are the players on the bubble. They have a legitimate shot at making the 53 but they are not sure things. Some of these players must prove that they have recovered from injuries while others, like some of the late-round draft picks, need to show that they have what it takes to make it in the NFL.

Here are the defensive players on the bubble watch. We looked at the offensive players earlier this week.

Defense (18)

D-Line: Matt Ioannidis, Phil Taylor, Joey Mbu, A.J. Francis, Ondre Pipkins

Pipkins may be more of a long shot than a bubble player but the lack of an identified solution at nose tackle gives the 325-pound undrafted rookie a shot. I have five locks listed so these players likely are fighting for one spot.

Linebacker: ILBs Martrell Spaight, Chris Carter, and Zach Vigil, OLBs Houston Bates and Lynden Trail

Spaight is close to a lock but he will have to fight off the other two inside LBs here to make it. Sixth-round pick Josh Harvey-Clemons will need a year of seasoning to build up some size and he is in the long shot category. Bates and Trail will compete for a possible fifth outside spot that may only be available during Trent Murphy’s four-game suspension.

Defensive backs: CBs Fabian Moreau, Joshua Holsey, and Dashaun Phillips, Safeties DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon, Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everett, Josh Evans

Moreau likely would be a lock if there was confidence that he will be healthy enough to participate in training camp. Holsey could benefit if Moreau starts the season on PUP. Earlier this year the coaches were talking like Hall was a lock but he must be recovered from his torn ACL and fight off the other safeties to wrap up his spot.

The numbers: There are a total of 30 bubble players, 12 on offense and 18 on defense. I consider 39 players to be locks to make the roster so that means that the 30 players who are in realistic contention for jobs will be competing for 14 jobs.

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The Redskins fill a need with Da'Ron Payne as their first-round pick

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The Redskins fill a need with Da'Ron Payne as their first-round pick

The Redskins went into the draft with everyone talking about their need to upgrade their defensive line. And despite the presence of two other intriguing defenders on the board, they went with the big guy. 

Da’Ron Payne, a defensive lineman from Alabama, was the name that Roger Goodell read off of the card when the Redskins’ turn came up with the 13thoverall pick in the draft. 

Here is our analysis of Payne from an earlier NBC Sports Washington post about him:

Stuff the run in the middle of the line? Check. Get outside to stop stretch plays? Check. Get after the passer? Check. Yes, Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne checks all the boxes the Redskins are looking for on the D-line.

He can be the immovable object, taking on double and triple teams, and he also can chase down the quarterback. At 311 pounds he could be the Redskins’ nose tackle in base and move outside in nickel.

At 6-2, 311, the Redskins likely will use Payne in the middle of the line as their nose tackle in their base defense. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will work with him to improve his pass rushing ability. 

Payne has been talked of as the Redskins pick since early in the draft process. As the draft unfolded, it turned out that there were two defenders, safety Derwin James and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who most analysts had rated considerably above Payne, still on the board. As it turns out, the Redskins apparently made the need pick and went with Payne. 

The Redskins draft an Alabama defensive lineman for the second straight year. Last year they took Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick in the draft. 

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NFL Draft 2018 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2018 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2018 NFL Draft is finally here. It's time to file away the mock drafts and frame your big boards for memory.

Tonight, Thursday April 26, the best college football players in the country will learn which franchise they will begin their professional football careers with.

The NFL Draft is the biggest non-sporting event on the sporting calendar, and the 2018 edition is no different. Taking place at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, the 2018 NFL Draft is sure to be bigger than ever, with four quarterbacks and a freakish running back all vying for the top pick.

The Cleveland Browns are on the clock, and will make the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft around 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The Washington Redskins have the No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and won't make their draft pick until around 9:45 p.m. ET.

But we are keeping you up to date on all things NFL Draft with our life blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2018 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

10:49 - So D.J. Moore is the first wide receiver? There were some rumors that he could fall back to the second, looks like that was clearly not the case. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 24 - CAROLINA PANTHERS draft WR D.J. MOORE, Maryland

DRAFT PICK: No. 23 - NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS draft G ISAIAH WYNN, Georgia

10:35 PM - Yikes, somehow this trade got blurred in our draft coverage. Oakland loading up on tools for Derek Carr. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 22 - TENNESSEE TITANS draft ILB RASHAAN EVANS, Alabama

10:20 PM - TRADE: Baltimore continues to slide back, they give up their spot to Tennessee. Right now the Ravens are at No. 25

DRAFT PICK: No. 21 - CINCINNATI BENGALS draft C BILLY PRICE, Ohio State

DRAFT PICK: No. 20 - DETROIT LIONS draft C FRANK RAGNOW, Arkansas

DRAFT PICK: No. 19 - DALLAS COWBOYS draft ILB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, Boise State

10:14 PM - Of course Jerry Jones takes his sweet old time getting this pick in... 

DRAFT PICK: No. 18 - GREEN BAY PACKERS draft CB JAIRE ALEXANDER, Louisville

10:04 PM - TRADE: Green Bay decides to now move back up, taking the No. 18 pick away from the Seattle Seahawks and giving them the No. 27 pick Green Bay got from New Orleans

10:03 PM - Okay we get it Bruce Allen, this is a good pipeline to be a part of:

10:01 PM - Go ahead and take a look as well at Rich Tandler's draft profile on Da'Ron Payne, the "immovable object"

9:59 PM - Get to know the Redskins first-round pick Da'Ron Payne, filling a need on their D-line.

DRAFT PICK: No. 17 - LOS ANGELES CHARGERS draft S DERWIN JAMES, Florida State

DRAFT PICK: No. 16 - BUFFALO BILLS draft OLB TREMAINE EDMUNDS, Virginia Tech

9:51 PM - TRADE: This time it is Baltimore making moves, they move down to make room for the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo now at No. 16 and Baltimore at No. 22

DRAFT PICK: No. 15 - OAKLAND RAIDERS draft T KOLTON MILLER, UCLA

9:45 PM - Sorry to leave you all hanging. Interesting to see that the Redskins chose to go on the line with Derwin James and Tremaine Edmunds on the board. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 14 - NEW ORLEANS SAINTS draft DE MARCUS DAVENPORT, UT San Antonio

9:33 PM - TRADE: New Orleans jumps all the way from No. 27 to No. 14 using this year's and next year's First Round picks. Green Bay looking good. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 13 - WASHINGTON REDSKINS draft DT Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

9:28 PM - Annnnddddd the Washington Redskins are on the clock.

9:25 PM - Welp, so much for choices. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 12 - TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS draft DT VITA VEA, Washington

9:20 PM - The first name associated with the Redskins is gone, still Vea, Payne, James, and Edmunds available

DRAFT PICK: No. 11 - MIAMI DOLPHINS draft S MINKAH FITZPATRICK, Alabama

DRAFT PICK: No. 10 - ARIZONA CARDINALS draft QB JOSH ROSEN, UCLA

9:11 PM - I like 'em odds

9:08 PM - Another trade, the Arizona Cardinals have acquired the No. 10 pick from the Oakland Raiders, per Ian Rapoport.

DRAFT PICK: No. 9 - SAN FRANCISCO draft T MIKE McGLINCHEY, Notre Dame

DRAFT PICK: No. 8 - CHICAGO BEARS draft LB ROQUAN SMITH, Georgia

8:57 PM - We're just over halfway to the Redskins pick, three of the top four QBs have been taken. Will anybody from behind the Skins try and make a deal to move up?

DRAFT PICK: No. 7 - BUFFALO BILLS draft QB JOSH ALLEN, Wyoming

8:51 PM - First trade of the night, Buffalo (No. 12) jumps up to No. 7. Redskins remain at No. 13.

DRAFT PICK: No. 6 - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS draft G QUENTON NELSON, Notre Dame

DRAFT PICK: No. 5 - DENVER BRONCOS draft DE Bradley Chubb, NC State

8:37 PM - If anyone says the had Denzel Ward at No. 4, they're lying. It looks like the seas are starting to open up for the Redskins, someone is going to fall

DRAFT PICK: No. 4 - CLEVELAND BROWNS draft CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

8:35 PM - Okay Nick, we think you are around Chris Russell too much. The world does not need to burn today.

DRAFT PICK: No. 3 - NEW YORK JETS draft QB Sam Darnold, Southern Cal

8:24 PM - Playing Zeke and Saquon Barkley twice a year? Nope RIP to the Redskins D-line. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 2 - NEW YORK GIANTS draft RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

8:18 PM - So yep, Baker was taken first overall. Cue the madnesss for the rest of the draft and here is your Rich Tandler take: 

DRAFT PICK: No. 1 - CLEVELAND BROWNS draft QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

8:13 PM - They're really going to take the whole time for this first pick aren't they

8:11 PM - There is a Scot McCloughan sighting in the Cleveland Browns war room.

8:03 PM - Before we get started, a reminder here are the Redskins picks for the draft, for now... :

1st Round: 13th overall
2nd Round: 13th pick
4th Round: 9th pick
5th Round: 5th pick
5th Round: 26th pick
6th Round: 31st pick
7th Round: 13th pick
7th Round: 23rd pick

8:00 PM - And the Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock. The 2018 NFL Draft is underway.

PreDraft Coverage:

7:48 PM - Green Bay picks right after the Redskins... this could get real interesting real fast.

6:38 PM - On draft night, Vernon Davis is doing Olympic things, but he's still able to check-in and say hi.

5:05 PM - We did a bracket challenge for Redskins fans, giving you the chance to vote on who the Redskins should take at No. 13. If it were up to Redskins fans, Georgia LB Roquan Smith would be the choice.

4:45 PM - Since we are on the subject of the Edmunds brothers, let's ask and answer this question: When and where will both Tremaine and Terrell go?

4:30 PM - One option for the Redskins at No. 13 is Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds. He just so happens to be the focus of an exclusive NBC Sports Washington webseries. "E-Boyz" takes a look at draft prospects Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds, as well as their brother Trey, a running back for the Saints and their father, Ferrell, and former two-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dolphins.

E-Boyz — Ep. 1: The Players
E-Boyz — Ep. 2: Ferrell
E-Boyz — Ep. 3: Danville
E-Boyz — Ep. 4: Celebration

4:10 PM - The first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft won't be announced for another four hours. But we have a lot to prep. Let's get started with draft music. Players in the green room get to select their walkup music. Josh Jackson deserves to be the No. 1 overall pick. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to our live update tracker of the 2018 NFL Draft. The draft doesn't get started until 8:00 p.m. But there is a lot to go over until then.

Here is a good place to start. 

- Draft Day Primer: JP Finlay goes over all the Redskins' options
- 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