Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 31, 28 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 81 days ago. It will be about 164 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 18; 2016 NFL draft 28; Redskins training camp starts 119
Apparently Chris Baker needs to have his press credentials revoked. On 1067 The Fan on Tuesday he reported that Terrance Knighton would rejoin the Redskins by lunchtime on Wednesday. It’s now Thursday morning and still no Pot Roast under contract. Good thing Baker is a pretty good defensive end.
This doesn’t mean that a Knighton return is dead just that it isn’t going to happen right now. But whether he comes back or not will have no effect on how the Redskins conduct the draft. They are still likely to draft defensive linemen early and perhaps often.
Knighton is going to be 30 in July. If he signs it will either be a one- or two-year deal. There will be little if any guaranteed money. It’s likely that he would make the team in September but his spot would not be assured. Even if he is under contract for 2017 there is no guarantee that he will be on the roster.
Yes, they may have 25 or 30 snaps per game in the middle of the line covered if Knighton is on the 53. But it would be a short-term solution. The draft is about the long term. Even in the first round McCloughan will be looking for a player who can help in the long term and he won’t bypass the best available player because he has a short-term stopgap.
By the way, you can apply the same logic if they sign receiver Anquan Boldin (age 35) or tight end Vernon Davis (32). If they were going to draft a wide receiver or a tight end before signing one of them they will draft one after.
Fan question of the day
If the Redskins trade down from the 21st pick and gain other picks how likely would it be the skins pick Jaylon Smith #NTK
Jaylon Smith, for those who don’t know, is a linebacker who was set to be a very high pick in the NFL draft until he suffered a devastating knee injury during Notre Dame’s bowl game.
How serious was the injury? The consensus of teams who would give NFL Network’s Mike Mayock a comment on the combine medical exams on the knee was, “It’s bad,” perhaps to the point where he won’t be able to take the field in 2017.
Still, he could be quite an asset to a team when he can play again. But I don’t think that the Redskins would take him with either of their top two picks even if they did trade back.
The reason is simple. They can’t afford to have one of their top picks sitting out a season. Their defense was ranked 28th last year. They need young players who can contribute and start developing now.
The best landing spot for Smith would be someplace like Seattle or Kansas City, a team with an established defense that can afford to wait for Smith to rehab properly.
Now, if Smith is still on the board when the Redskins’ third-round pick comes up, Scot McCloughan might think about it. But that’s unlikely after the Seahawks, Chiefs, and a few others who can wait it out have had multiple chances at him.
(Hit me up on Twitter with #NTK @Rich_TandlerCSN or here in the comments to submit a question)
Stat of the day
Since the year 2000 the Redskins have drafted seven defensive linemen. Only one, Jarvis Jenkins (second round 2012), was taken before the sixth round.
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