For months, almost every conversation in and around Washington about the NFL Draft has dealt with either Chase Young or what trade offer the Redskins would need to get in order to pass on Chase Young.
Are those things important to discuss? Of courseeeeeeeeee. But because they've been so constant, sometimes it's refreshing to focus on other topics.
That's the point of this story. On Thursday, NFL Network's draft guru Daniel Jeremiah took questions from reporters all over the country and dropped lots of useful nuggets, and below, you'll find a recap of those nuggets.
Now, are any of them directly related to the Burgundy and Gold? Nah. Some of them can be tied back to the Redskins, though, while others can't — which is OK, too.
The bottom line is you'll be smarter about the draft in general after reading the following bullet points, and becoming smarter is fun. So, let's help ourselves to some intelligence.
- Jeremiah was very knowledgeable on countless prospects, but one of his most glowing reviews was for South Carolina wideout Bryan Edwards. Edwards reminds Jeremiah of Chris Godwin, the Bucs pass catcher who posted 1,333 yards in 2019 for Tampa. "He trains like a pro, handles himself like a pro," Jeremiah said. That along with Edwards' physicality and ability to line up both inside and outside make him an appealing guy. Even with that comparison and those traits, though, Jeremiah has Edwards as his 94th-ranked player in the 2020 class. Injuries held him out of the Combine and his hands aren't the most reliable. That means the Redskins, who need playmakers, should have a chance to take him if they're high on him like Jeremiah is.
- Speaking of receivers, Jeremiah was asked at one point why they're so hard to scout and often whiffed on. In his mind, while the college and NFL games are resembling each other more and more, they're still different because college players are "very limited" in the routes they're asked to run, they don't have to read coverage that much and they don't encounter press coverage that much. Therefore, it's on organizations to project how prospects will translate when their responsibilities increase. While that transition is happening, by the way, Jeremiah explained pro offenses should look to incorporate their rookies with things they're familiar with, like slants, bubble screens and jet sweeps.
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- You know what the Redskins are thinking of doing next week, but how about the Giants and Eagles? Jeremiah spoke about both, starting with the Giants. New York is picking at No. 4, and while their defense could use some reinforcements, the expert believes they need to pick up one of the top tackles instead. Linemen like Jedrick Wills and Mekhi Becton would accomplish two things, per Jeremiah: Further protect Daniel Jones and also give Saquon Barkley another big body to work behind. That clearly would be a valuable addition to make.
- As for the Eagles, Jeremiah likes Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray to be Philly's choice at No. 21. Carson Wentz badly needs weapons and Jeremiah is well aware of that, but he sees Murray fitting into their defense and the division as a whole. Plus, he noted that linebackers are often "high batting average" picks, pointing to how defenders like Devin Bush, Devin White and Leighton Vander Esch have all impacted their teams at young ages.
- A while after touching on how the Giants need a tackle, Jeremiah was pushed for his favorite tackle in this year's draft. He is a fan of both Wills and Becton, but seems especially enticed by Becton. As Jeremiah put it, Becton won't be as polished on Day 1 of training camp as Wills will be, but in a few years with some proper development, Becton may be a beast.
- Last one here, and it has to do with the Patriots. New England currently sits at the 23rd slot, and it's beyond difficult to nail who they'll end up with considering so much will happen before they're on the clock. Even so, Jeremiah really loves the idea of Iowa defensive end AJ Epenesa heading to the AFC East's longtime king. Some franchises may see a lineman who's not super explosive or twitchy, but Bill Belichick won't hone in on those aspects of Epenesa's game. Instead, Jeremiah predicted that Belichick will love the ex-Hawkeye's power, which'll come in handy when he's setting the edge and collapsing the pocket. Belichick is also close with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
Did you log onto NBCSportsWashington.com today hoping to learn about whom the Pats way may want in the first round or who Bryan Edwards plays like? Probably not. But Jeremiah had too many insightful comments not to share, so hopefully something stuck with you.
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