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How a run on QBs could really benefit the Redskins in the NFL Draft's first round

How a run on QBs could really benefit the Redskins in the NFL Draft's first round

Prior to the Senior Bowl, most Redskins fans focused on the group of rookie quarterbacks that would be available in the 2018 NFL Draft as the team faced an uncertain future with Kirk Cousins. In the month since, the Redskins traded for Alex Smith and locked up their quarterback situation until at least 2020. 

With Smith in the fold and the NFL world headed to Indianapolis this week for the Scouting Combine, the Redskins are no longer hunting for passers. That means the Washington front office can look at a variety of first-round talent in Indy, and with the 13th pick, have a reasonable chance to get a number of tremendous talents. 

NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock held a conference call with reporters on Monday, and much of what he said sounded like good news for the Redskins. The 2018 QB crop has four names that sound like potential Top 10 picks: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen.

Here's why that matters in Washington: The more QBs taken in the Top 10 means the more a potential "plug and play" talent slips to the Redskins at 13. 

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Mayock identified five names as the plug and play type, which means the kind of player that can step in from Day One in the NFL and deliver at a high level. The names: Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson, Washington NT Vita Vea, NC State DE Bradley Chubb and Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. 

Chubb and Barkely seem highly unlikely to get past the first five picks. Fitzpatrick seems like a Top 10 guy, along with the four quarterbacks. Do the math, and that means the Redskins could have a decent chance at Vea or Nelson. Remember, high potential players like Tremaine Edmunds and Denzel Ward are likely to be Top 10 picks, too. 

This time last year, it seemed impossible for Jonathan Allen to slip to the Redskins at 17. Then it happened. 

Could a similar scene unfold in 2018? This week in Indy will have a big impact. 

 

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

Starting Tuesday, all 32 NFL teams will have a chance to asses some of the best talents in the upcoming draft at the NFL Combine. However, one of the better safety prospects available will be noticeably absent in Indianapolis.

University of Alabama safety Deionte Thompson will reportedly not participate in combine activities after having surgery on his wrist Friday to mend a torn ligament, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport did mention that the injury is not believed to have a serious impact long-term. 

Thompson is coming off a junior season at Alabama in which he recorded two interceptions and 78 tackles while earning Consensus All-America honors.

As the draft approaches, the safety is being regarded as one of the better secondary options available for teams. In NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig's latest mock draft, Thompson is projected to go 24th overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Though the projection doesn't have Thompson ending up as a member of the Burgundy and Gold, he is still a realistic option for the Redskins. With a few questions marks in the secondary following the departure of D.J. Swearinger Sr. and the unclear future of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Redskins could very well see Thompson as a viable target at No. 15.

If Thompson's impending recovery time leads to his draft stock falling, there is a slight chance he may even be available in the second round when the Redskins pick at No. 46.

Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Alabama is scheduled to host its Pro Day on March 19, which could be the next time Washington and other teams will get a chance to evaluate Thompson.

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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