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Doug Williams could see Redskins going QB in Round 1, but doesn't love idea of trading up

Doug Williams could see Redskins going QB in Round 1, but doesn't love idea of trading up

Could Doug Williams see the Redskins drafting a quarterback with a first-round pick? For sure.

But could the Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel envision Washington trading up from pick No. 15 to do so? Not exactly.

While speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Williams was asked what the better path to the playoffs for Washington would be — signing a veteran passer or picking up a rookie and trusting him with the job.

In his answer, he didn't back down from the idea of committing to a first-year player.

"I think where we are at this point, and like I said earlier, if there's a quarterback there that we like at 15, 9 out of 10 we'll go that route," Williams said.

They won't select one just for the sake of selecting one, though.

"If it's not somebody we like, we'll go with Colt and if we got to go out and get a veteran to work with him until that time comes, that's probably what we'll do," he said. "It all boils down to who's there when it's time for us to be."

Both options are still very much in play, as they should be considering how much time there is between now and the Redskins' turn on the clock. 

One thing that doesn't sound very likely, at least according to Williams, is the Burgundy and Gold jumping up in the first round to land their guy. 

"That's not something that we even talked about in this time," he explained. "We got a lot more needs on this football team than to say we can give up two or three picks and say 'pick one guy' and think we're going to have a football team that we hope to have."

"I think we got to use our picks wisely, and make sure we get guys that will come in here and help us build this football team a lot better than what it is."


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Redskins place Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on IR list

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Redskins place Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on IR list

The Washington Redskins placed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the IR list and officially signed outside linebacker Noah Spence on Wednesday.

Three days earlier, during the first quarter of Washington's Week 2 loss to Dallas, Rodgers-Cromartie limped off the the field with an apparent left leg or ankle injury. 

The cornerback eventually returned to game action. 

In his two games played so far this season, Rodgers-Cromartie has seven combined tackles (five solo). 

Rodgers-Cromartie is in his 12th year in the NFL, his first with the Redskins. He was previously selected to the Pro Bowl twice: once with Arizona in 2009 and once with the Giants in 2015.

Last year, while with the Raiders, Rodgers-Cromartie retired in late October after seven games with Oakland. But his retirement was short-lived and the Redskins signed the cornerback in March. 


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2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Jerry Jeudy, Jeff Okudah highlight both sides of loaded passing game class

2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Jerry Jeudy, Jeff Okudah highlight both sides of loaded passing game class

The NFL season is still very young, but it has become very clear which teams will be drafting near the top of the order when the 2020 NFL Draft takes place on April 23 in Paradise, Nev.

The Dolphins, Bengals, Giants, Jets, and Redskins should all be preparing to have a top 10 draft pick come the 2020 NFL Draft, and with the way the early 2019 NFL regular season is playing out, these teams will need a lot of help. 

That's why the Dolphins have decided to punt on the 2019 season focus on the NFL Draft, trading away a litany of their top players to acquire 2020 draft picks, and lots of them.


The Dolphins will get three first-round draft picks in 2020 thanks to trades with the Texans and Steelers.  Miami will want to invest in a franchise quarterback, but in the modern NFL, you need targets for that franchise QB and you need stars to stop the other team's targets.

While the Dolphins, Bengals, Giants, Jets, and Redskins won't all draft wide receivers or defensive backs, the early NFL season has made it obvious that these teams desperately need help in the pass game, and defending the pass.

Who are the top WR prospects and DB prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft? Glad you asked.


Top WR Prospects in 2020 NFL Draft:

1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama. Simply put, one of the most talented, explosive WR prospects of the last decade.

2. Tee Higgins, Clemson. Elite ball-catcher with 6-4 frame, but still needs to add muscle and explosiveness.

3. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma.  Great route-runner and gifted competitor. One of the most fun WRs to watch play every Saturday.

4. Laviska Shenault, Colorado. An exceptional athlete who always makes big plays. Needs work on technical route-running.

5. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama. The fastest WR in the class is a deep threat every time he lines up.


Top CB prospects in 2020 NFL Draft:

1. Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State. Understands leverage and uses his size to his advantage to be a complete all-around corner.

2. Trevon Diggs, Alabama. Great ability in man coverage and shows great ball skills, as evident in his Week 1 INT VS Duke.

3. Kristian Fulton, LSU. Big physical, explosive CB who is next among great LSU DBs.

4. Bryce Hall, Virginia. Hall is always around the ball evident in his nation-leading 22 pass breakups in 2018.

5. C.J. Henderson, Florida. 6-1 instinctual CB with fluid hips that can turn and run with anyone.