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Redskins Mock Draft, v 4.0: The final haul before the real thing

Redskins Mock Draft, v 4.0: The final haul before the real thing

On my final Redskins mock draft, I made fewer trades than I did in the previous iteration.

I was hesitant to trade out of Round 1 since I like having that fifth-year option on a player, something that goes away with the players picked in the second round. But when I was offered Cleveland’s second-round pick, the first in the round, I took it. That’s the first pick of Day 2 and the team that has that pick is on the clock for about 20 hours, plenty of time to generate some good trade offers, especially if a QB like Connor Cook is still on the board.

So I traded the first-round pick, No. 21 overall, to Cleveland for the first pick of the second round and the second pick of the third round.

Originally I was planning to flip the Browns second-rounder into some more picks. But when I saw the player I would have taken had I kept pick No. 21 still on the board, I skipped the trade and took the player.

I didn’t make any more trades. By the time it got to where I didn’t think I had to take a player who was on the board, my return on moving down would have been sixth- and seventh-round picks. It just wasn’t worth the downgrade in the quality of player available.

So I ended up with nine picks, fewer than Scot McCloughan would like and probably fewer than he will wind up with.

Let me know what you think of the selections in the comments. Finally, Thursday night we will see what really happens.  



  • Round 2

ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama—I’ve gone full circle on Ragland. I liked him at first, but I looked at his limited coverage ability and soured on him a bit. Now, the more I hear Scot McCloughan talking about wanting “football players” the more I think that Ragland fits that description. His availability at the top of the second round clinched the selection.

S Jeremy Cash, Duke—I was initially thinking defensive line here but I saw enough good ones on the board that I figured I could get a good one with that early third-round pick I got in the trade. Cash is big and physical and will help against the run immediately. He will need development in coverage but he will contribute in the box right away.

  • Round 3

DL Austin Johnson, Penn State—Johnson has good size and his athleticism helps him get some pass rush push so he checks two boxes. Kenny Clark of UCLA was also available here so he was the fallback if Johnson was gone.

C Nick Martin, Notre Dame—One of the ripple effects of the Norman deal is that the $20 million cap hit set for next year will increase the urgency of replacing higher-priced veterans who are on the way out. Martin could be the Week 1 center, giving the team the option of letting go of Kory Lichtensteiger and his $3.7 million cap hit. If not, he would certainly be ready by 2017 when Lichtensteiger has a $4 million cap hit.

  • Round 4

RB Kenyan Drake, Alabama—He’s fast and can hit holes quickly but at 6-1, 210 he isn’t really a traditional scatback. Drake would be half of a thunder and lightning combo with Matt Jones.

  • Round 5

QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford—Sure he has that funny throwing motion. The Redskins will learn to live with it or fix it over the next year. He’s a QB who could go in as a rookie and not embarrass you.

  • Round 6

NT Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State—This is perhaps a round too early for this guy, who looks great at times but lacks consistency. He can fill in at nose tackle in spots this year and then stuff the run playing 15 snaps or so for the next several seasons.

  • Round 7

WR Cayleb Jones, Arizona—I might have taken a wide receiver earlier but since I’m taking a flyer on a late-round receiver I’ll go with a guy who’s 6-3 and see what I can turn him in to.

TE Bryce Williams, East Carolina—I’m looking for a guy I might be able to stash on the practice squad for a year and have ready for next year when Vernon Davis is probably gone. Williams will need to add some weight to his 6-6 frame; if he can do that he will be ready to compete for a job as a blocking tight end.


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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and you will not have to wait long for pundits and fans alike to begin predicting team’s season-long win-loss record. 

It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing. Myself included. 

But don’t read much -- if anything -- into the schedule right now. 

Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season. 

Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week. 

Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak. 

Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.

But remember, once the games start, anything can happen. 

(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)


Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.

We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.

Now we know the when.

Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.

The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home. 

Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.

The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 Sunday, 9/16 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sunday, 9/23 vs Green Bay Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Monday, 10/8. 8:15 at New Orleans Saints 
Week 6 Sunday, 10/14. vs Carolina Panthers
Week 7 Sunday, 10/21. 4:25 vs Cowboys
Week 8 Sunday, 10/28.  At New York Giants
Week 9 Sunday, 11/4. vs Atlanta Falcons 
Week 10 Sunday, 11/11. At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Week 11 Sunday, 11/18. vs Houston Texans 
Week 12 Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving).  4:30 at Dallas Cowboys 
Week 13 Monday, 12/3. 8:15 at Philadelphia Eagles 
Week 14 Sunday, 12/9. vs New York Giants 
Week 15 Sunday, 12/16. At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Sunday, 12/23.  At Tennessee Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, 12/30. vs Philadelphia Eagles


  • If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year. 
  • The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
  • They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4. 
  • On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December.