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Need to Know: An important note about the Redskins' desire to trade down in the draft

Need to Know: An important note about the Redskins' desire to trade down in the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 9, 19 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 90 days ago. It will be about 155 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 9; 2016 NFL draft 19; Redskins training camp starts 110

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Davis' contract indicates a substantial role in Redskins' offense—If you want to see the future sometimes it’s best to follow the money. Davis’ contract reveals that the Redskins aren’t paying him to be in a backup role. They are going to be counting on him in critical situations.

Examining first-round trade down scenarios for the Redskins—Scot McCloughan has ruled out trading up in the first round of the NFL draft but he could trade down. I covered a few scenarios here with the caveat that in order for a team to trade down another team has to want to trade up. With more teams subscribing to McCloughan’s way of thinking about the draft of quantity of picks being nearly as important as quality, that’s not always easy to do.

Setting Cousins up for success—By signing Davis and bringing back Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson the Redskins have loaded up their offensive weaponry about as much as they can. This will help the team see what they really have in Kirk Cousins.

Redskins seven-round mock draft 1.0—This might have been a bit offense heavy but I took the draft where the board led me. It also will be a different outlook assuming that McCloughan is able to trade for more draft picks.

Will the Redskins make a move at safety?—Although Jay Gruden has said that safety is an area of “great concern” a few weeks ago the team hasn’t done anything about it. Patience is great but the clock is ticking towards the start of OTAs. Reggie Nelson signed with the Raiders, Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson remain available.

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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