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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 29, 32 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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I get a lot of good questions during the week that don’t require an answer long enough to make a whole post. So on the weekend I clear out the inbox, Quick Hits style. Let’s get rolling.

We have done a few posts on that subject lately. The free agency market has pretty well dried up. It looks like Jay Gruden would like to let Spencer Long and Chris Chester battle it out at right guard. And he’d like Morgan Moses and Tom Compton to compete at right tackle. It appears that any further additions to the line will come in the draft. Gruden mentioned that he, new O-line coach Bill Callahan and Scot McCloughan are looking for a type of lineman that will fit what they want to do. Whether an O-line draft picks comes early, in the form of LSU OT La’el Collins, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, or perhaps Florida State G Tre Jackson, or later on remains to be seen.

Lefty is referring to Ted Bolser, a seventh-round pick last year. He was released in the final cuts last year and although he bounced around a couple of practice squads he didn’t catch on with anyone. Nobody has picked him up yet this offseason, although he could sign with another team after the draft. But the fact that he was released from the Redskins’ practice squad after about a month says that they think they made a mistake when they drafted him. I wouldn’t rule out a return for Bolser but I would think that if they really wanted him back they would have signed him by now. Update: Bolser has signed with the Cardinals, ht/@IIWIISkinsBlog.

If the Redskins end up taking Amari Cooper or Kevin White with the No. 5 pick a trade would have to be considered a possibility. They could decide that Pierre Garçon’s $7.1 million base salary is not worth keeping and put the “for sale” sign up on the receiver. Perhaps between the first round on Thursday and the final rounds on Saturday a deal could be done. A more likely scenario might be for the Redskins to hold on to Garçon and then see if a contending team that suffers an injury to a receiver in training camp would offer a 2016 draft pick for him in the summer.

Only seven other NFL head coaches call offensive plays (and two others call defenses) so Gruden is definitely in the minority as one who calls his own plays. I would think that eventually he will turn over the duties to McVay, who is viewed as a rising star around the league. But it doesn’t look like the change will take place this season. Usually such things are decided in January and we haven’t heard of any change at this point.

It’s always a possibility. In the last two drafts teams have traded into the top five to draft non-quarterbacks (Miami moved up to take Dion Jordan in 2013, the Bills jumped up for Sammy Watkins last year). White could draw some offers as could one of the edge rushers if a team believes that one is far superior to the others. And the other day I mentioned the possibility that the Redskins’ pick could become a hot commodity if USC DT Leonard Williams slips to No. 5. So there are plenty of possibilities but four weeks out there are no reports that a certain team is interested in trading up for a certain player. Stay tuned.

Timeline

—It’s been 91 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 168 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 22; 2015 NFL Draft 32; Redskins training camp starts 123

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2018 NFL Draft order has Redskins pick nearing top ten as losses stockpile

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2018 NFL Draft order has Redskins pick nearing top ten as losses stockpile

LOS ANGELES — Some years, the December talk is of playoff tiebreakers.

Other years, it’s about draft position.

This is one of those “other” years.

The Redskins’ current skid of four losses in their last five games has knocked them out of playoff contention but into more favorable position in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is scheduled to take place in late April.

The Redskins' record is 5-8 through Week 14,  and if the season ended today, Washington would be picking either 11th or 12th in the first round.

Here’s the big picture: As of today, there are eight teams that have fewer wins than Washington. All of them would be picking ahead of the Redskins. 

The Bengals and Jets also have eight losses so the one and only draft order tiebreaker would be applied.

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This does not work out well for the Redskins.

The NFL Draft tiebreaker is strength of schedule with the teams with the weaker schedules getting the better picks. I am sure you have heard about how tough a schedule the Redskins have all year long. It was a point of pride for many fans. But now it comes back to bite them.

The Jets (opponents winning percentage .488) and the Bengals (.444) have faced weaker schedules than the Redskins (.574). That pushes Washington back to 11th.

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But there is a Week 14 game pending. The Dolphins, who have seven losses, play the Patriots on Monday Night Football. If they lose and join the eight-loss group, they would jump ahead of the Redskins based on the SOS tiebreaker, pushing Washington back to 12th.

Of course, the season doesn’t end today and a lot can happen.

But if the bottom doesn’t completely fall out it seems likely that they will end up somewhere between 10th and 12th in the first round.

We will be looking at what that might mean for the Redskins in the coming days and weeks as the offseason comes early for the Redskins one more time.

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NFL Playoff Picture: NFC bracket projection starting to come into focus

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NFL Playoff Picture: NFC bracket projection starting to come into focus

The NFC Playoff picture is no clearer in Week 14 than it was in Week 8.

Throughout the 2017-18 NFL season, the NFC in particular has been a gauntlet. So much of a gauntlet that one of the league’s best in the past five years, the Seattle Seahawks, sit outside of the postseason with an 8-5 record.

As of the conclusion of Week 14’s action, only the Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) have locked up a postseason spot.

The Eagles claimed the NFC East for the first time since 2013 with a win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The will clinch a first round bye with a win and losses by the Saints and the Panthers this weekend.

The Minnesota Vikings (10-3) with their loss remains second in the conference, still within striking range over the overall No. 1 seed.

With losses to the two teams ahead of them, the Rams (9-4) have a tough hill to climb to claim a first-round bye, but first they need to get back in the win column.

For the WildCard berths there was a wrench thrown into many teams plans with the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) defeating the New Orleans Saints (9-4) on Thursday night. Atlanta owns a tiebreaker over pretty much every team chasing them for the final playoff spot.

For the five remaining unclaimed spots in the postseason, 10 teams are still alive.

After Week 15 though, that number could dwindle down significantly.

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NFC Playoff Picture Week 15

NFC PLAYOFF BRACKET PROJECTION:
— #1 Philadelphia Eagles* (11-2) vs. BYE
— #2 Minnesota Vikings (10-3) vs. BYE
— #3 Los Angeles Rams (9-4) vs. #6 Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
— #4 New Orleans Saints (9-4) vs. #5 Carolina Panthers (9-4)

NFC TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT:
— Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
— Detroit Lions (7-6)
— Green Bay Packers (7-6)
— Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
— Arizona Cardinals (6-7)

NFC TEAMS ELIMINATED PLAYOFF PICTURE:
— Washington Redskins (5-8)
— Tampa Bay Buccaneerrs (4-9)
— Chicago Bears (4-9)
— San Francisco 49ers (3-10)
— New York Giants (2-11)

SEEDING NOTES:
— Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, Panthers.
— Vikings own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, Saints, and Falcons.
— Saints own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Panthers.
— Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints.
— Panthers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings.

WILD CARD NOTES:
— Panthers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lions.
— Falcons own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lions, Packers, Cowboys, and Seahawks.
— Lions own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinals.
— Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Seahawks, Cowboys.
— Cowboys own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinals.

Week 15 NFC Games With Playoff Implications:

Sat., Dec 16: Bears at Lions (4:30 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Bengals at Vikings (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Jets at Saints (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Eagles at Giants (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Cardinals at Redskins (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Panthers at Packers (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Rams at Seahawks (4:05 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Cowboys at Raiders (8:30 p.m.)
Mon., Dec 18: Falcons at Buccaneers (8:30 p.m.)