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Rich Tandler's 2016 Redskins Mock Draft v3.0 - Where are the "football players?"


Rich Tandler's 2016 Redskins Mock Draft v3.0 - Where are the "football players?"

“Toughness, smarts, competitiveness, team.”

Those are the four traits that Scot McCloughan said he is looking for in the players he drafts. It sounds simple but it’s not. Only some of the work is done in the film room. The rest is done talking to the players, their college coaches, weight room coaches, high school coaches, and anyone else who might give the organization a glimpse into the player’s character, work ethic, and love for the game.

In an interview with Bleacher Report, McCloughan talked a lot about Brandon Scherff, the first player he took in his first draft with the team a year ago, as being the ideal type of player he wants.


“He’s not the most flashy guy, he’s not the prettiest guy, but he’s a football player and that’s what I’m talking about with a red (chip player),” he said.

That had a lot of people thinking that he would draft a blue-collar guy who plays in the trenches. But, although he didn’t draft him, McCloughan sited wide receiver Pierre Garçon as the type of player a team can win with.

“The guy shows up every day and does his job,” he said of Garçon. “He doesn’t say much. Nobody talks about him, but he goes out on Sunday and helps us win a game.”


One aspect of the draft that McCloughan has not been reluctant to discuss is his desire to collect more picks. The Redskins have eight right now, one in each round and two in the seventh. He wants to turn those into 12 picks.

So, to make this mock draft more realistic I added trades to the mix. I pulled off three trades and ended up with 13 picks this year plus one in the 2017 draft.

Here were the trades:
—Trade back with the Panthers in the second round, giving up the 22nd pick in that round for the 31st and also getting Carolina’s fourth- and fifth-round picks.
—The Redskins’ third-round pick went to the Rams for two fourth-round picks and a sixth.
—Those deals gave me four picks in the fourth. I traded the last one (31st) to the 49ers for the third pick of Round 5 plus a return of the fifth-round pick the Redskins sent to San Francisco for tight end Derek Carrier. His future is cloudy but at least now I have the draft pick back.


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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.