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Redskins seven-round mock draft 1.0

Redskins seven-round mock draft 1.0

Let’s dive right in to my first Redskins mock draft of the season, run on the mock draft simulator at Fanspeak.

Round 1—DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

My two favorite players in this draft, DT Andrew Billings of Baylor and WR Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss, both were gone. It came down to a choice between Robinson and Jarran Reed, his line mate at Alabama. I went with Robinson because I think he’s more versatile. Reed is more of a straight run stuffer and although he’s a good one Robinson has more range and should get to the quarterback more.

Round 2—WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

I thought about doubling up on the defensive line with either Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech or Chris Jones of Mississippi State but I decided I liked both Thomas and WR Josh Doctson of TCU better. I went with Thomas because he a bit taller and I like players who have been in big games. But I would have no issue with Doctson at this point in the draft (although I doubt that he’ll be available at this point in reality).

Round 3—C Nick Martin, Notre Dame

If you read me here regularly, you probably know that I’m not with those who think that center is a four-alarm emergency need that must be addressed early in the draft. In fact, I think this spot in the draft is too early for a center. But this is a case of taking the best available player, assuming that Martin has fully recovered from his 2013 knee injury. Martin has to potential to be a solid starter for the next 8-10 years.

Round 4—Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

Before taking Martin in the third, I pondered taking a running back there. It was between Collins and Jordan Howard of Indiana. Collins seems to be tougher and more durable and he still available so he was the pick. I thought about RB C.J. Prosise of Notre Dame here, too. I like the versatility the former slot receiver brings to the position. I’ll likely find a way to get him in a future mock.

Round 5—CB Maurice Canady, Virginia

I wasn’t really enthusiastic about any of the choices here so I went with Canady, a 6-1 corner who has decent speed but needs a lot of polish.

Round 6—QB Cody Kessler, USC

It was time to get a developmental quarterback and my favorite, Kevin Hogan of Stanford, had just come off of the board. Kessler was the choice over Jeff Driskel of Louisiana Tech and Nate Sudfeld of Indiana. I see Kessler as the best suited to come in and keep things afloat should disaster strike at the quarterback position. He completed 71 percent of his passes from the pocket and he threw 67 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions over his last two years with the Trojans.

Round 7-A—ILB Blake Martinez, Stanford

I’m looking for special teams help at this point in the draft. Martinez is bigger inside backer who hits hard but has limited quickness. Perhaps he will struggle in coverage as an inside backer but I could see him charging downfield in kick coverage.

Round 7-B—S Derrick Kindred, TCU

At 5-10, not as big as you’d like but he broke his collarbone three days before the season started and he played through it. That kind of toughness could make up for a lack of size. Kindred is not a solution at safety, at least not right away, but he could provide depth and special teams help right away.

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry - what does it mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry - what does it mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the Top  5 paid receivers in the NFL. They can also trade Landry, and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical, few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins, but certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. $$$$Wide Receivers$$$$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 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 Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200