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Need to Know: On average, the mock drafts like Vita Vea going to the Redskins

Need to Know: On average, the mock drafts like Vita Vea going to the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 17, nine days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

On average, mock drafts like Vea to the Redskins

Mock drafts are crazy wild guesses when they are done in February. Those done in April are just wild guesses. However, when mock drafts start to say the same thing perhaps it’s time to pay at least a little bit of attention. 

And the mock drafts are saying that Vita Vea is heading to the Redskins when they are on the clock with the 13th pick of the draft. It’s not to the point where it is developing an air of inevitability, but the odds seem to be favoring his arrival in a very large burgundy and gold uniform. 

For some anecdotal evidence, take a look at the mock draft page on NFL.com. They have four mock drafts presented and three of them, the drafts by Bucky Brooks, Charley Casserly, and Chad Reuter all have the 347-lb. nose tackle headed from the state of Washington to Washington, D.C. Only former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew differs. He has the Redskins taking Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. 

Now, we could peruse mock drafts all over the internet to see who has Vea projected to the Redskins. But one site has done the work for us. 

The Big Lead pulled up 15 mock drafts from respected sources, crunched the numbers, and came up with the average draft position for each prospect. The drafts are listed at the top of the post. 

And, as you may have guessed by now, the 13th-ranked player in terms of draft position is Vita Vea. Not only that, but his average draft position was 12.8, lining up almost exactly with the Redskins’ pick. 

This does not mean that Vea is a unanimous pick at No. 13. Of the 12 mocks I was able to pull up (some were behind paywalls, others dead links), four had Vea going to Washington, making him the most popular pick for the Redskins. Safety Derwin James was second, picked by three mock drafters and two took defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne.

Of the eight who had the Redskins taking someone other than Vea, four had him off the board at No. 13. 

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Vea to the Redskins is a slam dunk. It takes just one team of the 12 drafting ahead of them to turn in the card with his name on it to blow it up. Or perhaps the team has other players ranked ahead of him who will be available. 

But it’s still interesting that various analysts around the league are seeing what most who follow the team closely are seeing, that the Redskins need help stopping the run and that Vea just may be a matter of the best available player filling a pressing need. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 35
—Training camp starts (7/26) 100
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 145

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.

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