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Need to Know: The Redskins have a draft need at every position

Need to Know: The Redskins have a draft need at every position

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 15, 11 days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Every position is a need for the Redskins

The Redskins pre-draft news conference will be held in the next week or so and we sure will hear plenty about taking the best player available and not drafting for need. However, no matter what position the Redskins draft with any of their eight picks a case can be made that the player will fill a need.

Let’s go through position by position and see where the needs are.

Quarterback—This probably is the lowest on the list when it comes to need. But it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have some competition for Kevin Hogan for the third QB job. That QB could replace Colt McCoy as the backup in 2019. 

Running back—Both Doug Williams and Jay Gruden have said that the Redskins need to come out of the draft with an upgrade at running back. 

Offensive line—Arie Kouandjio is penciled in at left guard now and an upgrade or at least competition is needed there. At tackle, Ty Nsekhe will be an unrestricted free agent next year and he could try to make a move to a place where he can start. Also, more depth on the line is always a good idea. 

Tight end—Jordan Reed’s injury history is well known, and Vernon Davis is 33. Jeremy Sprinkle could develop into a good backup but if he takes a lot of snaps with the first team the Redskins are in trouble. 

Wide receiver—Jamison Crowder is in the last year of his contract and Maurice Harris and Robert Davis have yet to prove anything on the field. 

Defensive line—Clearly, the defense that was last against the run last year could use another addition like Jonathan Allen early or Matt Ioannidis late. 

Inside linebacker—Zach Brown and Mason Foster are under contract for three and two years, respectively. But both missed time with injuries last year and Zach Vigil, the only dependable backup, will be a free agent after the season. 

Cornerback—The math here is easy. The Redskins want to carry six cornerbacks on the roster and they have five who are certain to make it. That leaves room for one at some point in the draft. 

Safety—The team is very high on Montae Nicholson, but he needs to show that he can stay on the field. And as of right now, Fish Smithson is the fourth safety and there needs to be some competition there. 

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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—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 147

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Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

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For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

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According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

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"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."

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