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Need to Know: Who will the Redskins pick in the second round?

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Need to Know: Who will the Redskins pick in the second round?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 14, 16 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Who will the Redskins take in the second round?

We’ve gone over and over who the Redskins might take with their top pick in the draft. But their second-round pick could be just as important if the team is going to show the results of Scot McCloughan’s rebuilding sooner rather than later. So let’s look at a group of early second-round prospects and try to figure out who the Redskins might take.

We’re going to play the casino game here. I have a mythical $100 in chips and I will split up my bet over the five possibilities on the list.

—Duke G Laken Tomlinson $30—I think that they want to get a lineman early but the value at pick No. 5 just isn’t there. McCloughan should be attracted to the 6-3, 323-lb. Tomlinson, who wants to be a surgeon after he’s done carving holes in defensive lines. He’s a good combination of size and smarts with a relentless attitude thrown in for good measure.

—Florida State C Cameron Erving $25—He could go in the first round but we’re assuming here that all of the players are the board when Washington picks. Erving could easily be the pick but need will factor into the evaluation of the best available player and there is more immediate need at guard than there is at center.

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—UConn DB Byron Jones $25—A team that needs a free safety to play a reserve role this year and take over in 2016 has to be taking a close look at Jones here. Although he gained notoriety by setting a world record by flying over 12 feet in the standing broad jump in Indianapolis, he is more than just a combine warrior. Jones is a smart, instinctive player who played both cornerback and safety for the Huskies.

—Virginia OLB Eli Harold $15—These odds are based on thinking that the Redskins will take an edge rusher in the first round so the chances of them taking a second one are slim. But if they go elsewhere in the first, the smart and active Harold could become a strong favorite for the pick here.

—Oregon DL Arik Armstead $5—The Redskins loaded up on the defensive line in free agency so Amrstead is a long shot. But he’s big (6-7, 292), athletic, and very disruptive. Armstead would be a sure-fire first-round pick if he hasn’t suffered a few injuries during his career at Oregon, including one to his ankle that kept him out of all but five games. Perhaps pick No. 38 will be the point where the talent makes the injury risk worth taking.

Timeline

—It’s been 107 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 152 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 6; 2015 NFL Draft 16; Redskins minicamp starts 63

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No tension between Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, but the coach wants improvement 

No tension between Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, but the coach wants improvement 

MOBILE -- Jay Gruden is making jokes about Kirk Cousins again, and that's good news for Redskins fans that worried about a fracture between coach and quarterback. 

It all started in the weeks following the Redskins dreadful Week 17 loss to the Giants as Gruden and Cousins seemed to be throwing slight jabs at one another.

Gruden, in his end of year press conference, explained that while Cousins "showed flashes" in 2017, when the team goes 7-9, the coach can't say any player was outstanding: 

You know when you’re 7-9, you know it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ You know there’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent when he played was Pro Bowl type, Brandon when he was healthy was Pro Bowl type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know we’re 7-9. He did some great things, threw for over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns I believe. So, I think he’s a very, very good quarterback without a doubt, but as far as getting us over the hump from 7-9 to winning a division with all the injuries that we had, I think he competed and did some good things.

Cousins, in his year-end radio appearance with 106.7 the Fan, explained that he wants the team to do better but doesn't think the 7-9 record should fall on his shoulders alone. (Quote via Washington Post)

What I gathered from the comment was 7-9 and the quarterback play are causally related and that quarterback play is 7-9, 7-9 is the quarterback play. I saw that and I thought, ‘I think it’s slightly more complicated than that.’ I think there’s a few more dynamics in play as to what your final record is. … At the same time, his job is to evaluate. That’s a big part of his role and his position. In that comment, he’s just doing his job, he’s evaluating the position and he has the right to say what he wants to say.

Both comments were fairly innocuous, but also clearly at odds. Combine that dialogue with the undercurrent of another offseason contract negotiation, and it seemed things between coach and quarterback weren't quite right. 

On Tuesday, speaking at the Senior Bowl, Gruden cleared the air. Asked directly about tension between he and Cousins, the coach was blunt. 

"No." 

Gruden went on to explain his answer about Cousins 2017 play, the now infamous 7-9 line.

"When I say 7-9, if I say one player played great that means I'm saying everybody else was not very good," the coach explained (full video above). "I think we all have to stick together, we all have to improve from a 7-9 season, coaches, players, everybody."

Cousins was good in 2017, throwing for more than 4,000 passing yards for the third straight season. He also showed that he can produce offensively without a great supporting cast, as injuries robbed the Redskins of many of their best passing game threats and seriously damaged the offensive line. 

The quarterback did play two terrible games in the last month of the season, however, including a three interception stinker in the Week 17 finale.

It's possible that Gruden had that fresh in his mind when he spoke in early January, and with the benefit of a little time, his assessment mellowed by late January. 

Either way, Gruden joked about Cousins deserving a vacation, and even said the QB needs a tan. Gruden often uses humor to defuse touchy situations with Redskins players, and maybe he just did it again. 

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Redskins have begun contract talks with Zach Brown, but free agency looms

Redskins have begun contract talks with Zach Brown, but free agency looms

Redskins fans want Zach Brown back. Bad. And for weeks there had been no news about contract talks between Washington and Brown. 

Now that's changed.

"We've been talking to his agent," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said on Tuesday. 

Gruden, speaking from the Senior Bowl, explained that the team would like Brown back in 2018 but Washington also understands that the linebacker might want to explore the free agent market. 

"It’s a process," Gruden said (full video above). "These guys have a chance to be a free agent, they had a good year and they want to check what the market is sometimes. If we can get them before they get to free agency, great, but if not, the bidding wars will begin."

For Brown, free agency will look different in 2018 than it did last season when he signed a one-year. bargain deal with the Redskins. 

Prior to injuries forcing him to miss the final three games of the season, Brown led the NFL in tackles. For two straight years, 2016 in Buffalo and 2017 in Washington, Brown has proved to be a tackling machine and arguably the fastest linebacker in the NFL. Brown also signed new representation last offseason, Jason and Michael Katz of CSE Football, and should Brown hit the free agent market the Katz brothers will aggresively market their client. 

Washington Senior Vice President of Football Operations Eric Schaeffer will handle the contract discussions for Washington, and is known as a shrewd negotiator. 

Like many business deals, this will come down to money. Brown established himself as a fit in Washington, both on the field and in the locker room. Interior linebackers do not command top dollar like pass rushers do, but Brown will still expect to be compensated appropriately. 

Further complicating matters for Washington, the Redskins only have Josh Harvery-Clemmons, Zach Vigil and Martrell Speight under contract for 2018. 

It's too early to predict what "it's a process" means from Jay Gruden, but Redskins fans should draw some encouragement that talks have begun with Brown. 

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