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Need to Know: Redskins legend Williams among the best players drafted at No. 17

Need to Know: Redskins legend Williams among the best players drafted at No. 17

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 10, 17 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 7
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 32
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 44
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 153

The best No. 17 draft picks ever

What kind of player can the Redskins get at No. 17? They can get a Hall of Famer or they can get a player who doesn’t start a single game. Here is a look at the best five players taken with pick No. 17 since the 1970 merger.

1990, Emmitt Smith, RB, Cowboys—At 5-9, some thought Smith was too short to succeed in the NFL but he went on to become the all-time leading rusher in history. After getting his feet wet as a rookie, Smith led the NFL in rushing four out of the next five years. If the Redskins go running back at 17 they will hope he is half as good as Smith.

2001, Steve Hutchinson, G, Seahawks—He won’t be eligible to be in the Hall of Fame until the 2018 selection process. Hutchinson may not make it on the first try but his five first-team All-Pro selections with both the Seahawks and Vikings should get him in eventually.

2007, Chad Greenway, LB, Vikings—The career-long Viking was a steady playmaker in Minnesota until he retired last month. His career stat line shows 11 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight forced fumbles, 11 recovered fumbles, and 18 sacks.

2010, Mike Iupati, G, 49ers—Maybe going guard at No. 17 isn’t the worst thing he in the world but he would need to be at least as good as Iupati, who has four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro selection on his resume.

1978, Doug Williams, QB, Bucs—Redskins fans remember him well from his Super Bowl XXII heroics but he had some good seasons with the Bucs. In December if 1979, about 24 months after the Bucs lost to go to 0-26 in their existence, Williams led them to their first playoff appearance as they won the NFC Central. His star in Tampa faded, however, and after a three-year stint in the USFL he joined the Redskins and the rest is history.

Honorable mention: CB Louis Wright (1975) was a two-time All-Pro for the Broncos. The last defensive linemen the Redskins selected in the first round, DE Kenard Lang (1997), had a pretty solid career but only the beginning was in Washington; he left for the Browns as a free agent after five years with the Redskins. S Johnnie Johnson was a takeaway machine, with 22 interceptions and 22 fumb1e recoveries in 10 seasons, mostly with the Rams. I don’t think that anyone would take a kicker at No. 17 in today’s NFL but if you do you’d better get as much out of him as the Raiders have gotten from Sebastian Janikowski in his 17 seasons.

Besides Lang, the Redskins have taken two other players with the 17th pick since the merger. DT Bobby Wilson (1991) collected a Super Bowl ring as a rookie but he accomplished little else in four seasons with the Redskins. CB Tom Carter (1993) had a better career, tallying 27 interceptions in nine NFL seasons with the Redskins, Bears, and Bengals.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Where's Galette, Cousins' future

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Where's Galette, Cousins' future

NEW ORLEANS—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 18, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.


Today’s schedule: AM walkthrough and then travel to New Orleans. No media availability.

Days until:

—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 6
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 13
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/19) 23

Quick Redskins news hits

C Spencer Long tried to play last week and he couldn’t make it more than a dozen snaps before sitting down for the rest of the day. He is out against the Seahawks tomorrow.

With Brian Quick and Ryan Grant questionable with concussions and Terrelle Pryor out with an ankle injury, the Redskins are down to three healthy wide receivers. While Quick and Grant might play, the depth chart could have Doctson, Crowder, and Harris on it.

The Redskins week that was

2 reasons Redskins didn't trade Terrelle Pryor—If you want to know why the deal with the Browns didn’t happen, follow the money. Between his signing bonus and the half of the year’s salary, the Redskins have already paid $4.5 million. Although he hasn’t been nearly as productive as they hoped he would be, there was no point in letting him go to save $1.5 million unless they got a second-day draft pick, or maybe a fourth, in return. See that Jay Gruden said that he didn’t hear of the proposed trade, talks must not have become too serious.

Remember Junior Galette? The Redskins don't seem to—As with Pryor, everyone is waiting for Galette to break out. But unlike Pryor, he’s not an expensive unproductive player. He’s making the veteran minimum. Against the Vikings, he played just 19 snaps. Perhaps a return to New Orleans for a game against his old team will spark a sack or two.

Recent comments from Cousins may hint at future in D.C.—Cousins has been big on making statements about the long-term future with the Redskins (read the post for specifics). That doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that he stays in town. But it should give some pause to those who believe that it is a lock that he will be in another uniform when 2018 or, at the latest, 2019 rolls around. He has never been inclined to go to the highest bidder and if the Redskins make a competitive offer that delivers what he wants he could well stick around.

How the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points against the Redskins—The 21-0 run in about seven minutes of game time that the Vikings used to make a competitive game at FedEx Field a rout was a combination of good offense by the Vikings and bad defense and offense by the Redskins. They couldn’t cover Adam Thielen on either drive. Cousins threw an interception off of his back foot and that set up the middle of the three touchdowns. If the Redskins end the season a game out of a playoff spot that seven-minute stretch will be one of the big reasons why they failed to make it.

Player one-liners, defense— Usually, the offensive edition of the player one-liners tends to be the most popular but this week it was the defense that drew the most interest. The defensive player I’m going to keep an eye on the most in the last seven games is rookie safety Montae Nicholson. He has the speed and hard hitting ability that the secondary needs. When asked what will happen when Nicholson is healthy, Jay Gruden said without hesitation that he is the starter. Nicholson’s health will be important for the defense down the stretch. DeAngelo Hall is better suited to a part-time role at this stage of his career.

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday


Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.


Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.


Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.