Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 26, 31 days before the NFL draft.
Redskins three and out
—I see some mock drafts have the Redskins taking inside linebacker Roquan Smith of Georgia with that 13th pick. Reading some of the analysts’ commentary I’m not sure if they realize that the Redskins have re-signed Zach Brown and Mason Foster. But even with those two in place, I wouldn’t have a problem with Smith joining them. Both Brown and Foster will turn 30 in 2019 and it makes sense to have some succession planning. As talented as Smith is, he would need at least a year to learn the defense. After that, the Redskins could keep all three and have some great depth or they could choose to release one of the two veterans.
—The Redskins have at least attempted to address most of their obvious needs during free agency. They have signed a wide receiver, a slot cornerback, and have been bringing in interior defensive linemen and edge rushers. They re-signed an outside corner and two inside linebackers. But there still is an obvious hole at left guard. I’ve been listing Arie Kouandjio as the starter, but everyone would be surprised if he is in the Week 1 lineup. They may still want a free agent and they are waiting for salary expectations to drop even further. It would not surprise me if they went into the draft without an obvious solution in place, and then if they can’t draft someone who has immediate starting potential, they could look to scoop up a veteran who could fill the gap for a year or two.
—I’ve been asked if I think that the Redskins will trade up in the draft if they see a player they really want on the board. And my consistent response is no. They just don’t have the resources to get it done. Going by the draft trade value chart, their second-round pick plus No. 13 would just get them up to the No. 9 slot. They don’t have a third and their fourth would just let them leapfrog the team right ahead of them to get to No. 12. They are better off using those picks.
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—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 167
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