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Las Vegas announced as official 2020 NFL Draft location

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Las Vegas announced as official 2020 NFL Draft location

DALLAS -- The NFL draft is heading to Las Vegas for 2020.

It almost certainly will arrive before the Raiders do.

"We believe the draft will be the kickoff to our inaugural season," said Raiders owner Mark Davis, who is moving the team from Oakland.

The league announced Wednesday at an owners meeting that the city where the Raiders will begin play in September 2020 will host the draft that April.

"Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will provide a tremendous experience for the NFL and its fans," Davis added.

The NFL began to bring the draft to different cities in 2015, when it was in Chicago. It was held there in 2016, too, then went to Philadelphia in 2017. Last April, the Cowboys hosted it in their stadium in Arlington, Texas, and next year it will be in Nashville.

Other cities in the running for 2020 were Kansas City and Cleveland, which was partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton, Ohio.

"We remain committed to hosting an NFL draft in Northeast Ohio and will continue to work closely with the NFL to identify the ideal opportunity for our fans, our city and the league," the Browns said in a statement.

"There are many teams and cities across the NFL who are capable of creating an exceptional draft experience for fans, including the Titans and Raiders, and we are still hopeful we may ultimately share that honor in the future."

April 23-25 will be the dates for the Las Vegas draft.

"The events in the draft are going to take place on and around the Las Vegas Strip," said Peter O'Reilly, the league's senior vice president of events. "We'll take advantage of some of the large spaces around the Strip as well as some of the iconic locations that will provide an incredible backdrop for the draft. We're certainly highlighting the Raiders' new stadium that will be just months away from occupying starting the 2020 season."

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Two Redskins and Kirk Cousins land on 2019 list of most overpaid players

Two Redskins and Kirk Cousins land on 2019 list of most overpaid players

NFL teams, like any other business in the universe, love finding people who far outproduce what they're being paid. However, sometimes franchises end up on the opposite side of that scale: compensating players at a level that's higher than what they're doing on the field.

Well, thanks to For The Win, there's a new list available that projects the 20 most overpaid guys in football for 2019. Unfortunately for the Redskins, they're quite familiar with two of the 20. 

Steven Ruiz's "Value Above Market Price" metric — a.k.a VAMP — measures "how much a player is being paid for his production compared to the league-wide market rate for his position" and is what fueled his analysis, which was published Tuesday. Basically, Ruiz looked at PFF's 2018 grades as well as an individual's 2019 cap hit to figure out how undervalued or overvalued that pro will be this coming year.

And according to Ruiz, Josh Norman is the eighth most overpaid athlete in the sport. 

"The Redskins gave him the big contract he was looking for and they have to be regretting that decision now," he says of the DB, who carries a projected VAMP of $-9.2 million. "Norman has been exposed as a corner who struggles in man coverage but he's being paid like a shutdown guy." 

Ruiz also has Alex Smith on his list, slotting him at No. 20 even though his VAMP is much higher than anyone else due to the fact he's likely not going to suit up for the Burgundy and Gold this campaign. He acknowledges the ranking "isn't really fair," but fair or not, his giant salary is a burden to Washington.

"The Redskins are paying him $20.4 million to rehab, which is going to force the front office to put together its roster with one hand tied behind its back," he writes.    

If you're now an annoyed Redskins supporter, perhaps you can take some petty solace in the fact that Kirk Cousins checks in at No. 3. 

"Cousins is being paid like a player who can overcome a weakened supporting cast, but he's never proven that to be the case," Ruiz says.

Slightly less annoyed, right? That's because petty solace is the best.   

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Santana Moss remembers pivotal 2012 NFL Draft that included Robert Griffin III: 'I was pretty ecstatic'

Santana Moss remembers pivotal 2012 NFL Draft that included Robert Griffin III: 'I was pretty ecstatic'

When the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the team and the city of Washington considered it a rebirth.

"I remember [the] 2012 draft vividly," Santana Moss told NBC Sports Washington. "One of the reasons 2011 season was like the crappiest season of all time for myself, I broke my hand, I was overweight, and I remember that offseason, you know, I got that call from the coaching staff like 'hey we need you to shape up or we're going to ship you out.'"

The 2011 season wasn't rough for only Moss. The Redskins were tested at every twist and turn, finishing with a 5-11 record and dead last in the NFC East. A saving grace was desperately needed. 

"So, I was getting myself back, fine tuned, and I remember the bowl season watching this young kid, Robert Griffin III."

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Griffin III not only had an arm but the running abilities to make him a real threat. While starting 40 games at Baylor, RGIII threw for 10,366 yards, 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while adding 2,254 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns to his resume.

For Moss, RGIII's skillset was something the receiver had never had in a QB. 

"When I'm watching that draft that year, to see the Washington Redskins pick him, and knowing the different quarterbacks I played with and just the struggles and the ups and downs, I was pretty ecstatic," Moss added. I was pretty ecstatic because I knew that his skill level was something that we haven't really had in a while, or I haven't played with in a while. Last person I think I played with like that in a game was Michael Vick in a Pro Bowl game. So to know that we had a guy that can be that dynamic with his legs and with his arm, I was excited to see what our team could become of."

Griffin III earned Pro Bowl honors that year and was named 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, While his time in Washington didn't pan out as expected, the 2012 draft, and season, will go down in history. 

To listen to Santana's full comments, click the video player above. 

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