Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 29, 30 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 79 days ago. It will be about 166 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 20; 2016 NFL draft 30; Redskins training camp starts 121
A mock draft done by Peter Schrager of Fox Sports highlights what could be an interesting dilemma for Scot McCloughan.
In the mock, he has the Redskins taking defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson of Alabama with their first-round pick, No. 21 overall. That’s not an issue; The Redskins want to get younger along their defensive line and he would be a good fit. But in this mock draft Robinson is the seventh defensive lineman off of the board.
With the next pick, Schrager has the Texans taking Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. He is the first receiver off of the board. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon both turning 30 this year and both in the final year of their contracts, wide receiver is very much a need in this draft.
Assuming Scot McCloughan is on the clock with Treadwell and Robinson on the board, what should he do? Should he take the best receiver in the draft? Or the seventh-best defensive lineman?
McCloughan’s short answer would be “best available player”. But at some point, you have to figure that you run out of defensive linemen who are better than the best receiver in the draft (and if you want to say that’s Josh Doctson that’s fine; Schrager has him going to the Vikings at No. 23). So McCloughan could decide to go with a wide receiver in the first and come back in Rounds 2 and/or 3 on Saturday and stock up the defensive line. The bigger names, of course, will be gone but this draft should have some quality linemen left on Saturday.
It must be noted that this is just a mock draft and that the way things actually unfold on April 28 could be quite different. But teams do go through mocks drafts just to figure out how they will handle such situations. McCloughan will undoubtedly have a plan for such a scenario. But he's not about to tell you and me what it is.
Fan question of the day
@Rich_TandlerCSN will Redskins Defense be rookie heavy in 2016 #NTK— Reginald T. Skinner (@regskinner) March 12, 2016
Not sure what you mean by “heavy” but the way I would use it the answer is probably no.
I think you could have a Week 1 a rookie starter on the defensive line. You’ll probably have all veterans at linebacker. In the secondary a rookie safety could emerge if they take one in the first few rounds. Same with a corner, although I think that if Chris Culliver is healthy by Week 1 he and Bashaud Breeland will be the starters. So that would be two and maybe three rookie starters out of 11 positions. By my thinking you would need to have one or two more rookie starters to call it “heavy” on first-year players.
Same thing if you’re talking about the entire depth chart. Let’s say that Scot McCloughan gets the 12 draft picks he wants and he takes seven defensive players with them. We’ll probably see five of them make the team. There will be between 24 and 26 defensive players on the 53-man roster. So, again, I wouldn’t necessarily call that “heavy”.
I think a better term to use might be youth heavy. The only likely starter over the age of 30 is safety DeAngelo Hall. Only two other defensive players, Will Blackmon and Kedric Golston, are over 30. The rest are 28 or younger.
(Hit me up on Twitter with #NTK @Rich_TandlerCSN or here in the comments to submit a question)
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