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Does safety Jalen Thompson make sense for the Redskins in the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Does safety Jalen Thompson make sense for the Redskins in the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Last year, the Redskins jumped into the NFL Supplemental Draft when they used a sixth-round selection on Adonis Alexander, a big cornerback from Virginia Tech.

Now, for the second year in a row, it could make sense for Washington to pull from the supplemental ranks. As a quick refresher, players usually enter into the Supplemental Draft after academic or legal troubles in college won't allow them to play in the upcoming fall season. 

This year Washington State safety Jalen Thompson might be a fit for the Redskins. 

The team guaranteed $45 million to Landon Collins this offseason, making him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. Right now, Washington doesn't have a tremendous amount of options to pair with him. Third-year pro Montae Nicholson is the leader on the depth chart, and while he's flashed potential, it must be hard for Greg Manusky to count on Nicholson. He's dealt with injuries, concussions and a legal issue last season.

Beyond Nicholson, the Redskins have Troy Apke and Deshazor Everett. Apke was a fourth-round pick in 2018 that showed next to nothing in an injury-plagued rookie season. Everett has been with the Burgundy and Gold for four seasons and is a productive special teams player that rarely gets defensive snaps. 

Looking at the options to play next to Collins, the sudden availability of Thompson becomes quite intriguing. 

In three seasons with the Cougars, Thompson hasn't missed a game while logging 190 tackles, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries. CBS Sports projected Thompson, who's available now after the NCAA made a surprise ruling about his 2019 eligibility, to land as a second or third-round supplemental pick, and included this scouting report for the 6-foot, 190 lb. safety:

Good height, smaller-ish frame for the safety position. Athleticism is impressive. Very fluid, non-jagged mover in any direction. Hybrid safety/slot cornerback with experience and effective play in man to man. Quickness is more impressive than his overall speed. Lack of size and strength shows up on occasion against bigger blockers in the run game, but he's a noticeably aggressive, active run defender with solid range. Plus body control, awareness, and ball skills to make game-changing plays in coverage. 

The Redskins could have interest. The team will get footage of Thompson's workout from Los Angeles, but they will be competing with plenty of other teams. From

Former Washington State safety Jalen Thompson worked out in front of more than two dozen teams this afternoon in Los Angeles and the reviews have been positive. Twenty-six teams were on hand for Thompson’s workout including the director of scouting for the Houston Texans.

There is one big problem for the Redskins to target Thompson: The team already traded away their 2020 second-round pick to acquire Montez Sweat in the back half of the first round this year. Also, with the signing of Collins, don't expect Washington to land much of a haul in the NFL's compensatory pick formula next offseason. Sure, the Redskins could get some picks for the losses of Jamison Crowder and Preston Smith, but expect the compensation to be minimal when balanced against the acquisition of Collins. 

That means the Redskins aren't flush with draft picks for 2020, like they were in 2019 when they made the move for Alexander. Plus, it seems like Thompson's price tag will be higher than the sixth-rounder Washington paid for Alexander. 

Don't rule out the Redskins moving for Thompson. The team has been more aggressive this offseason than they have in some time, and he's a player that would fit a need. But it's also important fans recognize that the situation surrounding this year's supplemental draft is quite different than the same time last season. 


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At-home workout with retired NFL player Vernon Davis

At-home workout with retired NFL player Vernon Davis

Get off your couch, clear a space, and get to working out.  

We know it’s not easy, even 14-year NFL veteran, Vernon Davis admits the struggle is real.  

And while the retired Redskin is visiting the fridge more often (like all of us), and his screen time has gone up a good 30-40 percent (like all of us), Davis can’t stress enough how important it is to stay active for your mental sanity, or your families.

Just four days a week is all you need, here are some of his favorite moves! Let’s do this, together!

The moves - be sure to finish and start with a stretch. And then:

- jump squats - 3 rounds, 20 reps.

- single-leg squats - 3 rounds, 15 reps (each leg).

-push-ups - 3 rounds, 10 each (single-arm if you can)

- seated in-and-outs - 3 rounds, 20 reps

- single-leg elbow-to-knee - 3 rounds, 12 reps (each side)

Davis and I show you how to do all the moves in the video above. Send us your tips @nbcswashington on Twitter to staying active and good luck!

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Rewatching 'All Or Nothing': Three overall observations of Ron Rivera based on the entire series

Rewatching 'All Or Nothing': Three overall observations of Ron Rivera based on the entire series

Pete Hailey is rewatching Amazon's All Or Nothing, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 Panthers, to learn about Ron Rivera and other key people who are now a part of the Redskins. Here are his main takeaways about Rivera after completing the entire series.

Instead of specifically reviewing the finale of Amazon's 2018 All Or Nothing — which focused a lot on Carolina's plans for the future, since their playoff dreams had been erased — it feels more valuable to zoom out and evaluate Ron Rivera based on all eight episodes of the show instead.

So, with that in mind, here are three main takeaways about Washington's new coach that Redskins fans will care about, takeaways that stem from what the series captured.

1) Competition and accountability will be what he values most

"Moreso than anything else, when you compete, you compete to win," Rivera said in the second episode of All Or Nothing during a team meeting. "If you just want to be on the field, just tell me and I’ll let you stand on the sideline. We need guys that want to compete. That’s what gives you the chance to win."

From the premiere through episode eight, Rivera harps on competing and competition and being competitors — basically any variation of that word you can think of, he mentions. That kind of obsession should permeate throughout his new organization and click in with players like Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Allen and Landon Collins.

Accountability was another one of Rivera's cherished concepts, which was especially apparent in an episode seven speech he delivered to the defense. He preached the importance of every Panther doing their own, individual job, something that he'll continue with the Redskins.

Overall, those Rivera favorites go hand in hand. Expect him to bring them up a lot during press conferences, interviews and more, and expect his new team to do the same.

2) He puts a lot of trust in his players, both veterans and young contributors

Whether he was counting on Cam Newton to lead a game-winning drive, Graham Gano to make a monstrous field goal or DJ Moore to bounce back after fumble issues, Rivera was always backing and trusting his roster.

What was especially cool, though, is seemingly everyone received the same treatment, regardless of status, salary or experience.

When the Burgundy and Gold introduced Rivera as their next head coach in January, he stood at the podium in Ashburn and recalled that, when he accepted Dan Snyder's offer, he did so under "one condition": That the Redskins move forward with a "player-centered culture." That's what he built in the NFC South, which All Or Nothing highlighted often, and it's what he'll try to replicate now in the NFC East.

3) His intangibles may be more outstanding than his football acumen

There's no doubting Rivera's football chops. He played in the league for almost a decade and has been on the sidelines for nearly two and a half more. He clearly has a full grasp on what winning football looks like and what it takes to achieve that.

However, the 58-year-old's intangible traits actually stood out more while Amazon's cameras followed him throughout the 2018 campaign. His emotional one-on-one with Devin Funchess was the most obvious example of his revered integrity, but it was consistently apparent in plenty of other ways as well.

In the end, correcting the Redskins and making them relevant again is an objective that will take the collective effort of hundreds of people. For the foreseeable future, though, Rivera will be leading the charge. If you're a fan of the franchise who checks out All Or Nothing, you'll come away feeling really good about that fact.

Links to past reviews:

Episode 1: Rivera doesn't flinch after adversity hits

Episode 2: Rivera shows his feelings on distractions

Episode 3: Special teams truly mean something to Ron

Episode 4: Young Redskins will have a chance in 2020

Episode 5: Rivera goes off, and you'll want to see it

Episode 6: Watch this example of the coach's integrity

Episode 7: Thomas Davis shows his value