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Possibility for Redskins to draft another offensive lineman in the first round

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Possibility for Redskins to draft another offensive lineman in the first round

Mock drafts continue to get pumped out as we are less than two weeks away from the 2017 NFL draft. 

Throughout the past several months there has been anything but consistency on who the experts believe the Washington Redskins will take in the first round. 

In Ben Standig's latest mock draft for CSN Mid-Atlantic, he has the Redskins drafting a guard, Forrest Lamp, from Western Kentucky.

Standig's Analysis: "Will Jay Gruden choke down the Redskins selecting another guard in round one? According to team president Bruce Allen, the team's big board will make the call. Therefore it's possible Lamb, considered the best offensive lineman in the draft, is the choice. Left guard isn't Washington's main need, but an upgrade is needed and the defensive line draft options are limited. Maybe defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Maybe speedy receiver John Ross. Maybe Gruden is down with boosting a line set to have three current starters enter free agency next year. Maybe the big board should suggest a trade down."

Should the team go this route, Washington will have drafted a guard as their top choice for the second time in the past three years. In 2015, the team drafted Pro-Bowler Brandon Scherff from Iowa. He has started in all 33 games for the team since. 

The earlier version of Standig's mock draft (7.0: A month away from draft day) had the organization eyeing Haason Reddick, an inside linebacker from Temple.

Standig's Analysis: "Will Compton and Mason Foster are back, but Washington's run defense needs a thumper. Reddick was among the freakier athletes at the Combine, but there's also production here. Ideally the Redskins help their suspect defensive line, but there aren't many (any?) must-have options at this spot unless they believe in Malik McDowell's potential."

Many fans have called for help on the defensive side for the past handful of years and believe that this draft, if that is their focus, can be the difference in a border-line playoff team and an NFC contender. 

The earlier mock draft had Lamp not going until the 22nd pick with the Miami Dolphins. The newer version now has Reddick jumping up to 11th with the New Orleans Saints. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.