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Need to Know: Who's it going to be for the Redskins at No. 21?

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Need to Know: Who's it going to be for the Redskins at No. 21?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 27, one day before the NFL Draft.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 108 days ago. It will be 138 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: 2016 NFL draft 1; Rookie minicamp 16; Redskins training camp starts 92

Hot topic

OK, we’re about 36 hours away from the first round of the NFL draft. The window for taking bets on who the Redskins will take with their top draft pick is about to close. Let’s break out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and place our final bets on who will be holding up the Redskins jersey with No. 1 on it after sharing a bro hug with Roger Goodell.

ILB Reggie Ragland, $35—Even though I don’t think that inside linebacker is the three-alarm fire that some fans think it is (and from what I heard, the team doesn’t think so either) I like the idea of Ragland stuffing the run and dishing out hard hits in the middle of that front seven.

S Karl Joseph, $30—A lot of this rests on the medical reports on his injured knee. I don’t think that Scot McCloughan is terribly worried if Joseph will miss OTAs and part or all of training camp. As long as the knee is sound for the long run, I think the Redskins will be willing to wait if he can be part of the solution to the longstanding issues the Redskins have had at safety.

DL A’Shawn Robinson, $20—The more I think about it, the more I think the Redskins will take advantage of the depth on the defensive line in this draft and wait until the second round to get their man. But if they do, I like Robinson over his Alabama teammate Jarran Reed because he has a little more pass rush ability.

WR Laquan Treadwell, $10—I think that many are now starting to recognize that wide receiver is a real need and waiting until next year, when Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson could both be gone, to address it is too late. Treadwell doesn’t have the 40-yard dash speed that many want and that could let him fall to the Redskins, where McCloughan couldn’t care less about what the stopwatch says.

C Ryan Kelly, $5—I may be underrating his chances because I continue to think that taking an interior lineman in the first round for the second year in a row would be a bad idea. I’ll take Nick Martin in the third or fourth, thank you very much. But I can’t rule it out so I’m going to leave the window open just a little bit.

Stat of the day

The Redskins drafted 21 players combined in the 2011 and 2012 drafts. Only four players from those drafts remain on the roster (Ryan Kerrigan and Niles Paul from 2011, Josh LeRibeus and Kirk Cousins from 2012).

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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans were frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuddered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.

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Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a 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."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 

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Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

ELITE 8 RESULTS

January 18: Round two, matchup one

The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:

January 19: Round two, matchup two

The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:


FIRST ROUND RESULTS

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: