Scot McCloughan has eight picks in the NFL Draft, which gets underway in about five and a half weeks. But he wants more. A lot more.
The Redskins’ general manager told Redskins.com that he would like to end up with 12 selections by the time the three-day draft event is over.
The reason? The law of averages.
“The thing is, the more you kind of swing at it, the more chances you’ve got to hit,” McCloughan said. “And I think last year we had a solid draft – we got some guys that came in and helped us win a division – we’re going to keep adding to it. And the more picks I can get, the more younger guys – the more healthier guys – I’m going that route.”
The Redskins have their own picks in rounds 1-5 and in round seven. They have the Saints’ pick in the sixth round, the result of a trade made during the 2015 draft. And they have the Bucs’ seventh-round pick after they traded their sixth for safety Dashon Goldson and the seventh.
Last year McCloughan parlayed seven picks into 10 in that draft plus the sixth this year. It’s certainly not far fetched to think that he could turn eight into 12.
Of his 10 “swings” last year, six made the 53-man roster—G Brandon Scherff, OLB Preston Smith, RB Matt Jones, WR Jamison Crowder, DB Kyshoen Jarrett and OL Arie Kouandjio. All but Kouandjio saw significant playing time.
In addition, ILB Martrell Spaight spent the season on injured reserve with concussion problems and C Austin Reiter was on the practice squad. Both will be back to try to make the roster this year.
During the Senior Bowl in January, McCloughan did not rule out moving down from their top slot, which is 21st overall. But it seems more likely that he will start moving around later in the draft and add selections in the middle and later rounds.
Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.
The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.
Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.
In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.
This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.
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With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.
If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback. A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.
Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback. He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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