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Need to Know: Which offensive tackle might the Redskins take in the first round?

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Need to Know: Which offensive tackle might the Redskins take in the first round?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 13, 17 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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Today's question is from Twitter:

First let’s work through a couple of assumptions here. One is the notion that the Redskins will trade back. I believe that Scot McCloughan wants to trade back but only is the right deal is there. He is not going to give away the pick and make a deal for the sake of making a deal.

And remember that while every team in the top five every year has multiple needs, giving them every incentive to want to trade down, the vast majority of top-five picks get used without being traded first.

The other assumption is that the Redskins would want to draft an offensive tackle in the first round if they did move back. The fact that they were very interested in a few right tackles during free agency is a good indication that McCloughan sees that the position could use an upgrade that Morgan Moses and Tom Compton won’t necessarily provide. But they weren’t interested enough to stay in the bidding when the price tag got to in the $5 million per year range so perhaps they don’t see the position as the five-alarm fire that many fans do. Perhaps it’s something they would address later in the draft.

But let’s say they do trade back and end up somewhere between the 10th and 15th pick in the first round and that they do have taking a tackle in mind. Who would McCloughan take? There are likely to be some good choices on the board and maybe one or two good ones who will be gone by the time the Redskins’ pick comes along.

We don’t have access to the Redskins’ draft board so let’s see how NFL.com’s Mike Mayock has the offensive tackles ranked.

  1. La’el Collins, LSU
  2. Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL)
  3. J. Humphries, Florida
  4. Andrus Peat, Stanford
  5. Tie, T.J. Clemmings, Pitt, Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

Note that Mayock ranks Brandon Scherff of Iowa as an interior lineman. Many analysts have him shifting from a college tackle to an NFL guard, although that will ultimately be up to the team that drafts him.

I think that the one the Redskins would go after if he’s still on the board is Flowers. McCloughan has a preference for bigger players and at 6-6, 329, Flowers fits that description. But he has good feet and moves like a much lighter player.

There’s no question that his technique needs a lot of work. But that’s not unusual for a player his size. His college position coach isn’t going to spend a whole lot of time coaching up a guy who can get the job done most of the time on his size and strength alone. After a season of polishing with Bill Callahan, Flowers could be a very solid right tackle for years to come.

McCloughan won’t necessarily reject the other five on Mayock’s list. But they all weighed in at under 315 lb. at the NFL Combine and if all other factors are equal (and they rarely are), I see McCloughan going with the bigger player.

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—It’s been 106 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 153 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 7; 2015 NFL Draft 17; Redskins minicamp starts 64

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199