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Need to Know: How many of their players did the Redskins draft?

Need to Know: How many of their players did the Redskins draft?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 24, six days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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Here are five facts about the Redskins’ draft history:

—The Redskins currently have 20 players that they drafted on their roster. The longest tenured among them is Kedric Golston, taken in the sixth round in 2006. Of the 22 players who are widely considered to be on the top of the team’s depth chart at their positions, 10 were drafted by the Redskins.

—The Redskins have drafted 36 players in the last four drafts. That’s the most for the team in any four-year span since the draft went to seven round. Of those players, 17 remain on the roster. They have two players from the 12 they took in 2011 (Kerrigan, Paul), six of the nine from 2012 (Griffin, LeRibeus, Cousins, K. Robinson, Morris, Compton), four of seven from 2013 (Amerson, Reed, Thomas, Thompson), and five of eight from last year (Murphy, Moses, Long, Breeland, Grant).

—The Redskins have drafted 34 players from Notre Dame in their history, the most of any college. However, they haven’t taken anyone from the Fighting Irish since they tabbed tackle Jim Molinaro in the sixth round in 2004. Next to Notre Dame, the Redskins have drafted the most players from USC (29) and Penn State (21).

—Of those 20 players who are draft picks who are still on the roster, more came from the fourth round (5), than from any other round—Perry Riley, Kirk Cousins, Keenan Robinson, Phillip Thomas, Bashaud Breeland.

— The Redskins have drafted 16 players in the seventh round in the last seven drafts going back to 2008. None of those players remain on the roster. The have had five seventh-rounders in the last three drafts—TE Ted Bolser, K Zach Hocker, RB Jawan Jamison, CB Richard Crawford, and S Jordan Bernstine—and none are still around. Not even a reserve/special teams type in the bunch.

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—It’s been 117 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 142 days until they play another one.

Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 6; Redskins minicamp starts 53; Redskins training camp starts 97

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' necessary win over the Giants

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' necessary win over the Giants

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ ugly 20-10 win vs. the Giants.

A Win is a Win:
If you are worried about style points you are doing it wrong. This was a banged up team on a short week playing for its life. Perhaps a better start would have made for a more comfortable win but they got done what they needed to do.

Jamison Crowder is on a Roll
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He gained a career-high 141 yards on seven receptions. The yardage broke his career high of 123 that he set in Week 8. The third-year receiver got off to very slow start, not posting over 52 yards in any game.

But he has broken out of his slump in a big way and Kirk Cousins is very glad to see it.

Perine is Ready:
The rookie was elevated into the starting role after Rob Kelley went onto injured reserve two weeks ago. His importance elevated when Chris Thompson went out for the year with a broken leg.

Fortunately for the Redskins, his play has elevated since becoming the starter. He rushed for 117 yards against the Saints on Sunday. Thursday, four days later, he couldn’t get anything going in the first half, gaining only three yards on seven carries. But he got rolling in the second half and finished with 100 yards on 24 carries.

The Redskins may well have lost this game if Perine, the only back who was on the roster as of three weeks ago, had not gotten himself on track.

MUST-SEE: BEST IMAGES FROM REDSKINS' THANKSGIVING VICTORY

Defense Got Help: 
Eli Manning passed for 113 yards. Only six times in his career, which spans 211 games, has he thrown for fewer yards. There are three entities mainly responsible for Eli’s woes. The Redskins defense did a good job of putting pressure on him and for the most part the back seven played well in coverage. But Eli himself contributed to his own production problems.

On many occasions he had time to throw and a receiver open but he either sailed the ball well over the receiver’s head or threw it in the ground. Finally, when Manning did have time and delivered the ball on the money, his receivers frequently were unable to find the handle; there were several costly drops.

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There is Hope:
It’s too early in the weekend to go into much detail about the Redskins chances of making the playoffs but the losses earlier in the day by the Lions and Cowboys certainly helped.

It’s still a tough path to navigate.

But they did what they needed to do today in winning one of six games that looked winnable earlier this week. All they can do is try to get a winning streak together and they did all they could do in that regard on Thanksgiving.

Now it’s on to Dallas to see if they can take the next step.

MORE: THIS ONE THROW SHOWS HOW COUSINS IS EVOLVING

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Want to see how Kirk Cousins is evolving as a quarterback? Then watch this throw

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Want to see how Kirk Cousins is evolving as a quarterback? Then watch this throw

LANDOVER — At times during the Redskins' 20-10 Thanksgiving night victory over the Giants, Kirk Cousins and Washington's offense performed at a level somewhere between sloppy nausea-inducing.

There was that awful sequence where the offense botched a fourth-and-1 more than they normally do.

There was also No. 8's slightly off-target throw to a running back he barely knows that ended up as six points for New York. And there were plenty less notable, but still gross, plays before and after those.

But Cousins' first touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder was far from gross. It was beautiful. It was creative.

And it showed how the 29-year-old is still developing as a quarterback:

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"The touchdown he had to Crowder was one of his best touchdown passes that I've seen since I've been here," Jay Gruden said about it afterward.

He's right.

By now, you know the boxes that Cousins checks off as a passer. He has the requisite arm strength. He's usually able to move an offense, even one like the Redskins' 2017 version that includes a ton of spare parts, up and down the field. He has the work ethic and leadership skills. 

But a common knock against him is that he can't extend a play and find a receiver when things aren't there during his initial dropback. And that weakness becomes a glaring one in the red zone.

Yet on Thanksgiving night, there Cousins was, avoiding an edge rusher, stepping up, rolling right and then nailing Crowder right on the numbers for a crucial TD. Like his head coach, Cousins was proud of how that score unfolded.

"I felt some pressure so I just tried to escape up and to the right and kept my eyes down field," he said. "I think just the longer I play, I'll get a better feel for how to move and escape."

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Cousins' final stats don't stack up to some of his past performances, such as his Week 11 effort in New Orleans where he shined or his pretty perfect evening vs. the Raiders in Week 3. Regardless, this one was encouraging in its own way, because it provided another grlimpse at how the signal caller is becoming more comfortable when things around him become uncomfortable.

Like most of his fellow starters in the league, Cousins has flaws. But the more he plays, the more those flaws diminish. Gruden sees it, he sees it, and you should see it, too.