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2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: Jachai Polite would help now, while Daniel Jones would be for future

2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: Jachai Polite would help now, while Daniel Jones would be for future

NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the next matchup.

Round 1: Daniel Jones vs. Jachai Polite

The opening battle in the 2019 Redskins Draft Bracket brings with it an interesting question: Should Washington use its first-round selection on a quarterback who'd likely be asked to contribute later on or on an edge rusher who'd hopefully improve the defense from Day 1?

Thanks to the arrival of Case Keenum, Jay Gruden now has two capable veterans he can lean on under center in Keenum and Colt McCoy. Therefore, if the 'Skins were to take Jones at No. 15, they'd be able to let him develop in camp and at practice, as opposed to rushing him onto the field.

And, of course, anytime you're talking about the Burgundy and Gold's QB situation these days, you have to think about the future. Keenum and McCoy only have one year left on their respective deals, and Alex Smith's career is fully in doubt. So, having Jones — who is a tantalizing albeit polarizing passer — as a high-ceiling prospect is appealing.

However, can the Redskins afford to draft for the future when there's so much pressure to win now?

Bruce Allen believes his franchise is "close." Jay Gruden, meanwhile, probably can't afford another sub-.500 campaign as head coach. 

That means someone like Jachai Polite -- an edge rusher from Florida who posted 11 sacks in 2018 and who could replace the departed Preston Smith -- may be the more sensible choice in Round 1. Landon Collins' addition gives the defense a much-needed star, and Polite could inject additional speed and talent at a key spot.

Yes, it's absolutely paramount Washington finds a long-term solution at signal caller, and sooner rather than later. Sure, they could try to scrape together nine or 10 wins with Keenum and McCoy, but even if they do, that doesn't change the fact that they still need that answer.

With that being said, a few influential figures in Ashburn may not be around to see someone like Jones grow if 2019 doesn't go well. That's why they could be more inclined to take Polite and hope his immediate impact makes this "close" roster more dangerous.

You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.

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Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera figured he'd make headlines (like the one on this exact website). He just doesn't really think what he revealed deserved to be so newsworthy.

The comments that generated some chatter came on Wednesday, when the Redskins head coach told reporters at the Combine that the team will speak with both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Washington, of course, already has Dwayne Haskins on the roster and appears poised to take Chase Young second overall in the upcoming draft. But Rivera still wants to sit down with the two top passers in this year's class, and he doesn't really see what's wrong with that.

"I just think it's what you're supposed to do," Rivera told the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday in Indianapolis. "Of course, that's one thing that people want to jump on and sink their teeth into and create stuff. All we're doing is our due diligence. If we don't look at those guys and something crazy happened, then we'd sit there and look silly."

Burrow is the overwhelming favorite to be selected by the Bengals to kick off April's event, but it makes sense for the Redskins to familiarize themselves with him just in case something wacky happens (it is the Bengals, guys). 

Tagovailoa, meanwhile, has been getting positive reports on his health, which is really the only thing to doubt about the polished product from Alabama. While Burrow currently seems like a complete longshot to end up with the Burgundy and Gold, Tagovailoa does not.

Still, Rivera maintained that the Redskins are just completing their research.

"We're going to cover all our bases and just see what happens," he said. "Everybody wants to know what we're going to do. We can't tell you what we're going to do because we don't know what's going to happen in front of us."

Now, is Rivera worried at all about how Haskins will take these meetings? His rookie year was rife with stories that the 2019 coaching staff didn't want him, after all, so isn't it risky to possibly restart those stories again in 2020? 

Short answer? Nope. Long answer? Here it is.

"I think Dwayne is smart enough to understand," the head man said. "I really do. It's been a neat development of a relationship right now between he and I. I think the one thing that I really do appreciate is his hard work already. And I think that's what everybody needs, to just take a step back and understand that all we're doing is our due diligence."

Rivera indicated that Burrow and Tagovailoa could very well visit the Redskins at their facility later this offseason, too, so this talk of QB drama may pop up again shortly. It doesn't feel like drama to him, though.

To him, and hopefully to Haskins, this is all a part of having the No. 2 pick in the draft, a spot that gives Washington a lot of options.

"I think if this is something that's bothering him, he'll say it," Rivera finished. "But he's a mature, young man who's just growing in his role. I just think that everybody needs to just relax and let us go through our process."

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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