Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 14, 12 days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

If the Redskins draft Derwin James they must commit to maximizing his ability—In another year, the Redskins probably would not have to consider what they will do if James was on the board when their pick came up at No. 13. But with four quarterbacks almost certain to be selected in the top 12 picks, the possibility of the talented James dropping out of the top 12 is very real. The Redskins don’t have a need for a starting safety and they nearly always take a player in a position of need. But James may be too good to pass up. 

Plenty of roster churn coming as Redskins look for the right mix—Look for the Redskins to sign up to a half dozen additional wide receivers. Why? They need plenty of them to run in an out of practices in their three- and four-receiver sets plus they need bodies to take snaps in the second half of the preseason games. The Redskins will just keep five or six when the dust settles in September. 


NFL Mock Draft 8.0: 2 weeks out—The closer we get to the draft, the hotter Ben Standig’s mock draft gets. You may not like his picks for the Redskins, but you should pay attention. Standig has been recognized as one of the most accurate mock drafters over the past five years.

Should Redskins fans believe what Doug Williams said about drafting a QB? Never say never but there is no reason to believe Williams when he says that the Redskins would draft a quarterback at No. 13. Alex Smith is under contract for at least three seasons and it would be illogical for the Redskins to bypass the opportunity to get a player who could improve the team now. 

Tweet of the week

In response to a tweet about (still) free agent defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins:

The topic of Hankins won’t go away until he signs somewhere and even then, Redskins fans will continue to wonder what he could have done in Washington. The waiting game is risky for Hankins. Last year it worked out for him. But at some point, there are no spots left. The Redskins are one of the few teams that has a starting job waiting for him. After the draft, when teams have their D-line needs filled, the bottom could fall out of Hankins’ market. 

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


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 2
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 103
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 148

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