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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Full Redskins mock draft, state of inside LBs

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Full Redskins mock draft, state of inside LBs

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 15, 12 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 2
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 27
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 39
—Training camp starts (7/27) 103
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 148

The Redskins week that was

My take on five of the most popular post from the past week on CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0—I’ve said that I don’t like the first-round pick of G Forrest Lamp; I don’t think a guard will have enough impact to help the team improve. I did like the fourth-round selection of Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. He has the potential to be the deep threat that the team will miss after the departure of DeSean Jackson. Westbrook won’t be as good or as feared as Jackson but he could provide enough of a downfield threat to loosen up defenses.

What position will the Redskins take in the first round?—A look at the draft board should seriously tamp down expectations of the team getting an impact defensive lineman in the first round. It just doesn’t look like one will be there unless they want to gamble the Malik McDowell will mature into a consistent star.

Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options—Moving up in the first round is expensive; even going up a few slots would cost the Redskins a possible future starter. Moving down might be the way to go in this draft since there may not be a whole lot of difference between the players available midway through the first and those who will be around late in the first. But you have to find someone who wants to trade up.

Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the draft—With the Redskins having undergone some poorly timed front office turmoil with the dismissal of Scot McCloughan just as free agency started, some are saying that the team will take a low-risk approach in the draft. I’m not so sure they will but if they do value high floors over high ceilings, here are some possible early-round picks.

Brown adds playmaking element to Redskins' inside linebackers—The addition of Zach Brown should mean better, more athletic play from the team’s inside linebackers. But Brown’s one-year deal means that the top three players at the position will be free agents in 2018. That means that the Redskins could well be looking to add talent at inside linebacker in the draft, perhaps in the first few rounds.

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

PHILADELPHIA — Arguably the Redskins best player, all of the NFL knows that Trent Williams can still play at a high level while dealing with injury. 

How long Williams can play though injury seems the more important question though as reports emerged the left tackle will need knee surgery at some point. That could come in the next few weeks, or as Redskins fans hope, perhaps at the end of the season.

Currently playing with a torn medial patella-femoral ligament in his right knee, the six-time Pro Bowler has not practiced since sustaining the injury three weeks ago in Kansas City. He was able to gut out a strong performance last week against the 49ers, and is expected to do the same Monday night against the Eagles.

One factor that might be pushing Williams to play with such a damaged right leg is that backup tackle Ty Nsekhe is also out after having surgery on his core muscles. 

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Nsekhe is expected back relatively soon, but the timeline remains murky. When he can come back, perhaps Williams will reconsider his options. 

Surgery for the torn MPFL will leave Williams with a five or six-month recovery. 

It's obvious the Redskins' offense is best with Williams on the field. Nsekhe, however, proved a capable backup last season when Williams served a four-game suspension. 

Without Nsekhe, the Redskins would go to veteran T.J. Clemmings should Williams be unable to play. Nsekhe has not played since a Week 3 win over Oakland. The Redskins added Clemmings to the roster in early September, after their fourth preseason game. He spent the last two seasons with the Vikings. 

For now, the Redskins will continue to hope Williams can play through the pain.

"Trent is a tough guy, so we will see how it works, see how feels tomorrow and go from there," Jay Gruden said of Williams on Saturday. 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 22, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Travel to Philadelphia, no media availability

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 7
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 14
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 32

Final report on injures of note:
Out
: CB Josh Norman (rib)
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),

FULL INJURY REPORT AND ANALYSIS

Five Redskins who are under pressure vs. the Eagles

Every NFL player is under pressure and the stress increased in games that are in the prime-time spotlight like the Redskins have on Monday night. But the spotlight is brighter on some players than it is on others.

—With a banged up defense, the Redskins are going to have to put up some points to win this game. That means that QB Kirk Cousins is going to have to help the Redskins get some points on the board. In the opener against the Eagles he threw a key interception, posted a season-low 72.9 passer rating, and got sacked four times. He has been playing better since then and he may need his best game of the year for the Redskins to pull out the win.

—DT Fletcher Cox is an All-Pro caliber defender and the battle between him and G Brandon Scherff will be important. But the Eagles other defensive tackle, Timmy Jernigan, is also a handful and it will largely be up to G Shawn Lauvao to keep him under control. Jernigan isn’t a great pass rusher (1.5 sacks, 10 pressures) but he tough against the run. The Redskins needs to establish a running game to win and Lauvao vs. Jernigan will be a key battle to get the ground game going.

—There still is plenty of time for WR Terrelle Pryor to have a breakout game and turn around his disappointing season. Monday would be an ideal time to start. He has 16 receptions on the season and with the exception of a couple of plays, his impact has been minimal. When the line gives Cousins time to throw the ball he will need a big target and Pryor is the ideal candidate.

—With Jonathan Allen on injured reserve, it will be up to DE Matt Ioannidis to continue to get pass pressure up the middle. Playing with Allen, the second-year player has 3.5 sacks and 16 pressures. He will need to keep that up in Allen’s absence. On Monday, Ioannidis and the rest of the pass rushers need to get Carson Wentz on the ground when they have the opportunity.

—As much as the Redskins would like to see Wentz take a bunch of sacks, chances are he will get away from the pressure on occasion and scramble to make a play. At times like that, S D.J. Swearinger and the rest of the defensive backs need to stay in coverage and not lose their men. It’s hard to cover a receiver for five seconds or more while the quarterback scrambles around but Swearinger needs to maintain his position as the last line of defense.

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.

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To update this tweet from the beginning of practice, Williams did practice on a limited basis and he is questionable for the game, although it is likely that he will play.

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