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Need to Know: Seven-round Redskins mock draft

Need to Know: Seven-round Redskins mock draft

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 13, 13 days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Seven round Redskins mock draft

Mock drafts are guesses at best, but they are fun and I like to do them to try to figure out what the team will be thinking. Here is my first Redskins seven-round mock draft of the season. I’ll follow up with another one a day or two before the actual draft. 

Round 1, Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama—Going with a second D-lineman in the first in as many years would set up an area that was neglected for years. Payne has some work to do as a pass rusher but he’ll be able to help with Washington’s biggest defensive issue, stopping the run, right away. For why I went with Payne over Vita Vea, check out the video at the top of the post. 

Round 2, Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia—Jay Gruden has promised that the Redskins will emerge from the draft with a new running back. If they want to be assured that the player will be an upgrade over what they already have on the roster they almost have to take one here. There were several good choices on the board and Chubb was the best of the bunch. 

Round 4, Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA—This pick would fill the need at left guard with either Quessenberry directly or with Chase Roullier moving over. Quessenberry generates good pop at the point of attack but he needs to learn how to better use his size (6-4, 315).

Round 5-A, M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina—The Redskins like to keep six corners on the 53-man roster and right now they have five who are locks. Stewart could enter the mix as a physical slot corner, part-time safety, and special teams contributor. 

Round 5-B, Ade Aruna, Edge, Tulane—It took a little while, but Ryan Grant developed well as a fifth-round pick out of Tulane. Aruna is very raw; he didn’t pick up football until his senior year in high school after he came to the United States from Nigeria. He will be a project, but his size and speed make him an intriguing prospect. 

Round 6, Davis Wells, TE, San Diego State—The precarious situation at tight end is obvious, with Jordan Reed’s injury situation and the fact that Father Time eventually will defeat Vernon Davis. Wells is not likely to be a replacement for either right away, but he does have good hands and, at 6-5, 255, the size to be an effective blocker. 

Round 7-A, Nick Gates, G, Nebraska—While no team has the depth to handle the rash of injuries that hit the Redskins’ O-line last year, they should constantly build the depth chart there. Gates would need time to add more power to his game, but he has good quickness and length. 

Round 7-B, Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State—Maybe Fish Smithson can be the fourth safety but he shouldn’t get the job without competition. At 6-3, Flowers has excellent length and he’s a good tackler. He’s another one who could help on special teams while he learns.  

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.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 3
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 104
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 149

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Need to Know: Adrian Peterson visit part of Redskins contingency planning at running back

Need to Know: Adrian Peterson visit part of Redskins contingency planning at running back

Here is what you need to know on Monday, August 20, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

Jay Gruden added some clarity to the Redskins’ running back situation, although questions remain. 

First, and perhaps most important, he said that there are no immediate plans to sign Jamaal Charles or Orleans Darkwa, both of whom visited Redskins Park on Sunday, or Adrian Peterson, who is scheduled to come to Ashburn today. 

"Well we want to bring them in to get physicals on them just in case,” said Gruden. Like I said, we have had very [unlucky] situations with our running backs with obviously Guice and Marshall and Samaje, if something else happens, we are going to be really, really, really thin, so we just want to make sure we are covering all our bases right now and we will address it when we feel like we have to." 

Derrius Guice is out for the season with a torn ACL. Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine suffered injuries last Thursday against the Jets. According to media reports, Perine should be out a week and Marshall for two to four weeks. 

The key to what Gruden said was the part about “covering all of our bases right now”. Things are tight at running back now. But they are a Rob Kelley injury or a Perine setback away from being in big trouble. They would need to go to Plan B and that might be Peterson or Charles or Darkwa. 

But the Redskins have a short-term problem. Assuming Perine won’t play on Friday in the third preseason game against the Broncos, the Redskins would only be left with Kelley and Kapri Bibbs to handle most of the load in that game. Chris Thompson is scheduled to play some but only for about a quarter. The Redskins will want to acquire at least one other running back to play on Friday. 

It sounds like that back won’t be someone like Charles or Darkwa but it could well be someone you’ve never heard of. It was somewhat surprising that they didn’t have a new running back at practice today but it’s very likely that they will have someone in place in time for practice on Tuesday. 

Bureau of statistics

2017 stat slash lines for RBs visiting the Redskins

Darkwa (NYG) 171 att./751 yds./4.4 yds per att./5 TD
Charles (DEN) 69/296/4.3/1
Peterson (AZ/NO) 156/529/3.4/2

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Today: Off day

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 4 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 12 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 20 days

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The Redskins are reportedly hosting Adrian Peterson for a free agent visit

The Redskins are reportedly hosting Adrian Peterson for a free agent visit

After sustaining a number of injuries to their running back group, the Redskins need help at the position. 

In that quest, the team will bring in veteran Adrian Peterson for a free agent visit, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Arguably one of the best all-time running backs in the NFL, Peterson not being on a roster at this point in the season might be a surprise. Last year, Peterson split time between New Orleans and Arizona and rushed for more than 500 yards. 

Peterson built his fame and name with a long run of success in Minnesota, including a 2,000-yard season in 2012. In 123 games with the Vikings spanning 10 years, he rushed for nearly 12,000 yards and 97 touchdowns. 

Washington is in serious need for depth and talent at RB. 

Rookie Derrius Guice went down for the season in the preseason opener, and last week Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall sustained injuries. 

At Sunday's practice, head coach Jay Gruden joked that his son, Jack, should take some practice reps at the position. 

Currently, the Redskins only have Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Kapri Bibbs as running backs on the roster, and Thompson hasn't played yet this preseason as he's working back from a broken leg last November.

The Redskins also worked out veteran runners Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa. Peterson has the biggest name of all of them.

This offseason, Peterson also worked out with Redskins tackle Trent Williams.


For more analysis on Peterson's visit, check out this RB-oriented episode of Redskins Talk.