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Need to Know: The best Redskins players drafted in the middle rounds

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Need to Know: The best Redskins players drafted in the middle rounds

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 10, 16 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins’ best mid-round picks

As the draft currently is set up, the Redskins have one fourth-round pick (109 overall) and two in the fifth (142 and 163). Without a third-round pick, those middle-round picks will be very important to the success or failure of their draft. 

Who are the best players the Redskins have taken in those middle rounds (4-5) recently? Here are the top five taken since the 2000 draft (you can see all of them here):

QB Kirk Cousins(Round 4-2012)—You can argue over whether the Redskins should have kept him or if they did the right thing in letting him go. But it’s a fact that the Redskins hit a home run in getting three years of backup duty and then three 4000-yard seasons out of a fourth-round pick.  

CB Bashaud Breeland(4-2013)—Breeland started 58 games in four years at a position that carries great value. He got eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. 

WR Jamison Crowder(4-2015)—He set the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season right off the bat and he has continued to be productive. In just three seasons Crowder has 192 receptions for 2,240 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

RB Chris Thompson(5-2013)—He slid in the draft due to his injury history at Florida State and early on it looked like his NFL career would be defined by problems staying on the field. Thompson appeared in just six games his first two seasons in the league. But he established himself as the third-down back and he was on his way to a superb season last year until breaking his fibula in Week 11. 

ILB Perry Riley(4-2010)—He never threatened to make the Pro Bowl, but the Redskins did get 63 starts in six seasons from him. Riley compiled 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles in Washington.  

Among other top mid-round picks since 2000 are DL Anthony Montgomery (5-2006), DL Kedric Golston (6-2006), TE Niles Paul (5-2011).

Looking back at the drafts from 1970-1999, the Redskins’ best mid-round picks included DE Dexter Manley (5-1981), RB Stephen Davis (4-1996), RB Mike Thomas (5-1975), and RB/KR Brian Mitchell (5-1990).

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 6
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 107
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 152

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It was ugly and boring, but the Redskins won a wild and important game in Jacksonville

It was ugly and boring, but the Redskins won a wild and important game in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE -- The Redskins played one of the ugliest games of the NFL season on Sunday, but they got an extremely important win, and in the end, that's all that matters. 

Across the league, offenses are getting more inventive and creating new ways to move the football through the air. That didn't happen in Jacksonville.

What did happen was a gutty performance from fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson, a great pass rush, and an opportunistic defense combined to grind out a victory. 

The team overcame some mistakes and proved they will still play for head coach Jay Gruden. There's a lot to unpack, let's dive in. 

1. Not Too Bad:

Josh Johnson played well on Sunday, finishing with 151 passing yards and completing 16 of 25 passes. He connected with Jeremy Sprinkle for a late touchdown to tie the game, and never made the kind of killer mistakes that often bury a team playing backup QBs. 

2. Beast Mode: 

The Redskins defensive front played a monster game, sacking Jags QB Cody Kessler six times. Ryan Kerrigan and Jonathan Allen each logged two sacks on Kessler, and Kerrigan moved into second place all-time on the Redskins sack list. Now with 82.5 sacks, Kerrigan trails only Dexter Manley on the Washington franchise list. The defense also limited the Jags to under 200 yards of total offense. 

3. Secret Formula:

The formula for the Redskins when they got out to a 6-3 start was fairly simple; control time of possession and win the turnover battle. That worked on Sunday. The Redskins won the clock battle and forced two turnovers from Kessler. The late interception from Fabian Moreau was a huge play for the Redskins, as it kept the Jags from a field goal attempt when the game was tied at 13 with less than five minutes remaining. Then a good drive from Johnson led to the game-winning 36-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins. 

4. The Curse Continues:

Penalties have been killing the Redskins for weeks, and Sunday's game was no different. The team finished with six penalties for 48 yards, and on a number of first down plays, flags brought the gains back. Morgan Moses added to his league-leading penalty total, a title that nobody wants. The Redskins offensive line is a mess due to injuries, playing their 10th guard of the season, but still, the pace of penalties demands attention and correction. 

5. Not so Special:

 The Redskins defense didn't give up any touchdowns, but the Redskins special teams did. Late in the first half, Maurice Harris got the mistake train rolling when he tried to field a punt with the sun directly in his eyes. Rather than just letting the ball go, Harris attempted a backward over-the-shoulder catch. It didn't work. He muffed the punt and had to retreat about 10 yards to fall on the football. From there, the offense went 3-and-out and had to punt. Then that punt got returned for a touchdown, with a remarkable missed tackle from Byron Marshall. Seriously watch this. 

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Ryan Kerrigan moves to second on Redskins all-time sacks list against Jacksonville

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Ryan Kerrigan moves to second on Redskins all-time sacks list against Jacksonville

Move over Charles Mann, there is a new placeholder for second place on the Washington Redskins all-time sacks list. 

Ryan Kerrigan collected two sacks against the inept Jacksonville Jaguars offense in Week 15. Kerrigan, 30, now has 82.5 sacks in 126 games throughout his career. 

Mann ended his playing career with 82 career sacks playing from 1983 to 1993. 

The only person left for Kerrigan to pass is Dexter Manley who had 91 in nine seasons in Washington.

REDSKINS ALL-TIME CAREER SACKS LIST:
1. Dexter Manley        91.0
2. Ryan Kerrigan       82.5
3. Charles Mann         80.5
4. Monte Coleman     43.5
5. Ken Harvey             41.5

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