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NFL Mock Draft 8.0: Move up, move down, or stay at 5 for Redskins?

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NFL Mock Draft 8.0: Move up, move down, or stay at 5 for Redskins?

We have finally reached NFL Draft week, which means time for mock drafting is running out and time for getting a true look at the future for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens is just days away. Before examining the potential first-round picks for each team, let's note that a final mock will arrive early on Thursday morning. You can check out all the Redskins and Ravens picks from the previous mocks below and click through to this extreme, trade-heavy and *fun* version posted last week.

  • Maybe it's the romantic in all of us, but most interested parties (fans, media colleagues) that I've chatted with believe Scot McCloughan wants to trade out of the fifth overall pick with the idea of picking up additional selections (The Redskins GM basically said as much at Monday's press conference). That scenario would open up many more potential players whether they drop five spots or eight spots or further down the first round. Here are the 10 players the Redskins are most likely to take with their first pick:

10. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - Barring a major development, Mariota isn't getting past two. That said, 99 percent chance McCloughan takes him for at least trade bait if available. 

9. La'el Collins, OL, LSU - "Loves to mash and intimidate opponents. Mean player." If McCloughan buys that description, he could fall in love. 10-30 range depending on the mock.

8. Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky - This is the "move down but still take a perimeter rusher" scenario.

7. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama - Perhaps the safest stud in the draft. Backup option at five, though not seeing McCloughan going receiver.

6. Danny Shelton, NT, Washington - Terrance Knighton only signed a one-year deal. Shelton makes sense in 9-19 range.

5. Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson - Imagine both quarterbacks, Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler off the board. If the goal is still an edge rusher, Beasley fits the bill.

4. Leonard Williams, DL, USC - Considered by some the top overall player in the draft, but the Redskins just beefed up their DL. McCloughan hinted at trading in this spot.

3. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fl.) - Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-6 Flowers ends up being the first true tackle selected.

2. Brandon Scherrf, OG, Iowa - McCloughan said on Monday he wants "Big, tough, nasty strong guys." Here you go. Likely available in 8-14 range.

1. Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida - Triple threat prospect: Ferocious talent, high potential and need. Only fear involves Jaguars at 3 or another team trading up.

  • Receiver or corner, corner or receiver - that's been my assumption for the Ravens in the first round throughout the mock draft process. Because there is quality depth at both positions, Baltimore can play the "best player available" game and feel reasonably good about adding help in positions of need in subsequent rounds. Taking a front-7 prospect is always an option for Baltimore. Additionally, talented running backs like Georgia's Todd Gurley or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon could be available, though the larger trend is against runners in round one. Here are my best guesses for No. 26:

10. Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State - Mike Mayock's favorite safety is an option in the secondary.

9. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State - A run on receivers early in the draft could put a surprise name into the first round.

8. Bryon Jones, CB, Connecticut - Dynamic athlete who is rated as just a rung behind the draft class' top corners.

7. Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri - Considered a potential top 5 pick, now a toe injury and a citation for marijuana possession could have the pass rusher sliding. Ravens love a good value.

6. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin - Dazzled with the Badgers and are we sure Justin Forsett can do that again?

5. Landon Collins, S, Alabama - Ozzie Newsome loves those Alabama guys,

4. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State - Would provide Joe Flacco with a big target on the outside.

3. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC - Strong route runner gained momentum over draft process.

2. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest - The Howard County (River Hill) kid is perhaps the safest corner prospect in the draft.

1. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington - Off the field issues a concern. Talent is not.

Mock draft recap

REDSKINS

1.0 - Brandon Scherff (OL, Iowa)

2.0 - Shane Ray (OLB, Missouri), Cameron Erving (OL, Florida State)

3.0 - Shane Ray (OLB, MIssouri), Carl Davis (NT, Iowa)

4.0 - Danny Shelton (NT, Washington), D.J. Humphries (OT, Florida)

5.0 - Fowler, Byron Jones (CB, Connecticut), Corey Robinson (OT, South Carolina)

6.0 - Fowler, Denzel Perryman (ILB, Miami), Robinson

7.0 - Fowler, T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh), Shaq Thompson (LB, Washington)

7.5 (one-round, trade-heavy version) - Bud Dupree (OLB, Kentucky - plus two trade downs, taking Dupree at 16)

8.0 - View the latest NFL Mock Draft

RAVENS

1.0 - P.J. Williams (CB, Florida State)

2.0 - Kevin Johnson (CB, Wake Forest), Nelson Agholor (WR, USC)

3.0 - Williams, Agholor

4.0 - Marcus Peters (CB, Washington), Agholor

5.0 - Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State), Quinten Rollins (Miami-Ohio, CB), Javorius Allen (RB, USC)

6.0 - Strong, Rollins, Allen

7.0 - Peters, Damarious Randall (FS, Arizona State), Allen

7.5 - (one-round, trade-heavy version) - Peters

8.0 - View the latest NFL Mock Draft

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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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.

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