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Redskins mock draft roundup: Picks tilting towards defense

Redskins mock draft roundup: Picks tilting towards defense

I took my crack at a seven-round Redskins mock draft yesterday. As draft day approaches and all the information comes in, let’s see who the various analysts around the internet are picking for the Redskins in the first round of this year’s NFL draft.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com, Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Washington might be targeting a playmaker and they obviously need a running back. While other RBs are getting more hype, Cook is an outstanding talent.

Tandler’s take: Cook is who I took in the first round in the latest Redskins’ mock. There just isn’t enough help on the board on defense at that point to turn down a player who could have huge impact.

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Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple

Reddick can play off the line of scrimmage on run downs and rush off the edge on passing downs. He is an elite athlete who has really helped himself during the postseason.

Tandler’s take: Reddick is a great athlete but I’m a little concerned that he’s a combine warrior. I think that versatility is an asset and maybe the Redskins can get both an early-down inside linebacker and a nickel edge rusher with one pick here. But since he has to convert from being a defensive end at Temple he might take a year or so to develop.

Chris Burke, SI.com, Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

Washington doesn’t need to draft an edge rusher just because Trent Murphy will open the season on a four-game suspension. But it might draft one because there wasn’t much depth there in the first place. Harris can get after the QB and seems comfortable in space.

Tandler’s take: I like Harris OK but I’d like him a lot better if they traded back and got him later in the first round. One thing to keep in mind is that he didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school so his game is still evolving.

Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com, Forrest Lamp, C/G, Western Kentucky

Trying to predict a pick for a team without a general manager is fun. Ryan Kelly was the likely target last year, so the team (and previous GM’s grades) might indicate the top talent at the position being the pick. Lamp will be viewed as a center or guard in the NFL.

Tandler’s take: Norris is one of my favorite draft analysts but this is somewhat twisted logic here. Kelly likely would have been Scot McCloughan’s pick last year had he been on the board when the Redskins were on the clock. So with McCloughan now gone, is the current group going to essentially re-draft 2016 and try to get a duplicate of the guy they missed out on? I wouldn’t rule out Lamp being the pick but because he might be the best available player, not because they didn’t get a shot at Ryan Kelly in 2016.

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Rob Rang, CBSSports.com, Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

The Redskins surrendered an average of nearly 120 yards per game on the ground in 2016 and only three teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) allowed more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of the Combine after a run-in with medical personnel but his talent is undeniable. Possessing remarkable closing speed and the physicality to intimidate, he could prove a steal at this point in the draft.

Tandler’s take: While I think that this will be a good pick I’m skeptical that it will happen. He has some red flags including shoulder injuries, his altercation while waiting for a medical test at the combine, and a just-revealed failed drug test at the combine. The issue was a diluted sample. The red flags are what might make Foster, who is a top-10 talent, slide to 17. But if he does slide, will the Redskins look at the same red flags and decide they are fine with them? Can they take a chance with the their first-round pick? 

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Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

By Ryan Wormeli

The Redskins eked out a close win at home on Sunday, coming away with a 26-24 final over the 49ers. One of the keys to the team's success on offense was their effective screen game. 

Doc Walker says running back Chris Thompson is the best in the NFL at catching screens and turning them into big plays. Still, he knows it takes more than just one great player to find success in the screen game.

On Redskins Gameplan, he turned to the film to break down three big plays from Sunday's victory, highlighting the offensive line in giving Thompson the room he needed to make something happen.

Play 1: Recievers getting in on the "Block Party"

Nearly half of the Redskins on the field for this play found themselves with someone to block. Walker points out how active the big guys are, shouting out Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao in particular. The receivers get some shine too, with Doc even pointing out, "You know you gotta give 11 some credit on that."

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Play 2: Trent Williams just keeps looking for guys to block

With the Redskins deep in their own territory, they once again call for a screen pass, and you know Doc gets really excited to see the big fellas move.

"Now watch the big uglies, downfield. Agile! Hostile! Getting after it! Staying on their feet, no belly floppers," exclaimed Walker. "That's the key to it."

Play 3: Brandon Scherff redeems himself later in the drive

Brandon Scherff started off this important drive with a holding penalty, costing his team valuable yards. He then saw the screen pass as an opportunity to make it up to his teammates, and he takes full advantage.

Doc has just one thing to say for players staring down an angry Brandon Scherff.

"You, my friend, are in trouble."

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The Redskins probably hoped their game against the winless 49ers would be a bit more comfortable than a 26-24 victory. Still, when they found themselves in a dogfight, they were able to rely on their quality screen game to get them big yardage when needed, and it helped them come out with a big Week 6 win.

For more segments like this, tune in to Redskins Gameplan at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

Whether you're a medical expert or not, odds are that when you saw the words "Lisfranc injury" next to the words "Jonathan Allen," you had an inkling that wasn't a good thing. Unfortunately, that inkling was right.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Allen, who was originally expected to miss about a month, will actually be sidelined for the rest of the season because of the Lisfranc issue that popped up in Washington's game vs. San Francisco. So, what's the deal with this injury?

Here's some information on the ailment that ended the first-round pick's first year with the Redskins.

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What part of the foot is affected by a Lisfranc injury?

OrthoInfo.org says that a Lisfranc injury occurs when bones "in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn." They're common with football players because often times they happen when one player steps on the foot of another, or when a player's cleat doesn't release normally from the field.

What's the recovery from a Lisfranc injury like?

Players affected by a Lisfranc injury can opt to take the surgery route or recover without surgery. According to Ian Rapoport, though, Allen has chosen to undergo surgery.

After the operation, Allen will probably stay off the foot for at least a month and a half or two months. He'll then be allowed to slowly bear weight on it, and eventually, the screws should be removed.

Reputable NFL doctor Robert Anderson said in a 2013 interview that the overall process usually takes five or six months. However, as is the case for most surgeries, recovery time does vary.

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What other NFL players have had a Lisfranc injury in the past?

As mentioned earlier, this isn't an uncommon injury in the NFL. Here's a sample of guys who've had it in the recent past:

  • Matt Schaub
  • Le'Veon Bell
  • Jake Locker
  • Morgan Moses (his rookie year was also ended by one)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Santonio Holmes
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Dwight Freeney

Some guys, like Bell and Freeney, emerged from the injury and continued to improve. But others, like Locker and Holmes, had major difficulty coming back from it.

Can a Lisfranc injury linger?

It sure can, and that's obviously something the Redskins are really, really hoping won't happen with Allen. A study published by the University of Pennsylvania reported that more than 90 percent of players who suffered a Lisfranc injury resumed playing within 15 months (Allen should apparently come back much sooner) and saw no noticeable decrease in performance.

With that being said, arthritis can flare up in the foot. In addition, players can still feel pain long after surgery and long after their return to action. So this is clearly a tricky thing and something that may affect the talented defensive lineman for a long time to come.