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Auburn's Derrick Brown is a better DT prospect than Ndamukong Suh, per Charley Casserly

Auburn's Derrick Brown is a better DT prospect than Ndamukong Suh, per Charley Casserly

The defensive tackle class in the 2020 NFL Draft may not be as deep as the wide receiver or offensive tackle groups, but there's no doubt about the talent up top. 

Former NFL general manager and NBC Sports Washington analyst Charley Casserly is high on two particular interior defensive linemen that have separated themselves from the pack. 

Auburn's Derrick Brown and South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw would be top-10 picks in any draft, according to Casserly. Brown may in fact be a better prospect than former No. 2 overall pick and three-time All-Pro tackle Ndamukong Suh. 

"Derrick Brown out of Auburn, he's No. 1," Casserly said. "Think of Ndamukong Suh, but I think he's better. A more consistent player."

That's high praise coming Brown's way, considering Suh was one of the most athletically gifted defensive tackles of his time. Brown stands at 6'5, weighs 326 pounds and ran a 5.16 40-yard dash at the combine. Coming out of Nebraska Suh was 6'4, 307 pounds and put up a 5.03 40 time. 

Brown has the physical profile to back up what Casserly is saying as well as what he shows on tape. 

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"The guy has got long arms, he's powerful at the line of scrimmage, he can stack the double team, he has the quickness to beat you one-on-one," Casserly said. "Very nifty on pass rush stunts, he has the ability to power back and knock people back into the quarterback."

Despite the lofty praise for Brown, Casserly doesn't see Kinlaw as a player who's fairly far behind the former Tiger. In fact, Casserly came up with another flattering comparison for the gifted tackle out of South Carolina. 

"Nifty, disruptive, explosive off the line of scrimmage," he said. "[Kinlaw] to me is in the range maybe not of Suh, but a Fletcher Cox, who's been Pro-Bowl player for the Philadelphia Eagles."

In our latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft, Brown goes to the Cardinals at No. 8 overall and Kinlaw comes off the board right after at No. 9 to the Jaguars

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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