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Need to Know: What will the Redskins’ choices be at pick No. 13?

Need to Know: What will the Redskins’ choices be at pick No. 13?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 4, 22 days before the NFL draft.  

What will the Redskins’ choices be at pick No. 13? 

I’m not going to do the math but there are many different possibilities for the choices the Redskins will have three weeks from Thursday when they go on the clock at pick No. 13. But we can narrow down the possibilities by looking at the players that are nearly certain to go at some point in the first 12 picks and seeing which of the top prospects are likely to be left. 

It’s a lead pipe cinch that the four top quarterbacks—Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, and Sam Darnold—will go in the top 12, probably in the top six or so. I would not be surprised if someone trades up to snag Lamar Jackson before the Redskins pick but we’ll leave him off of the list for now. 

G Quinton Nelson and DE Bradley Chubb are too good to make it out of the top 10. CB Denzel Ward probably is. It’s hard to see Chicago bypassing Tremaine Edmunds, who reminds many of Bears Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. 

So there are eight of the first 12 picks. That means that the Redskins will have their choice of at least one from the group that includes S Derwin James, CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, LB Roquan Smith, DL Da’Ron Payne, and DL Vita Vea. The defensive linemen would fill needs and the others are good enough to make the Redskins rearrange their depth chart if the player represents the best player available scenario. 

Another thing to consider here is that there may be surprises. Someone taking Jackson would be one. And nearly every year there is a top-10 surprise, a player that one team covets that most others have graded lower (WRs John Ross and Mike Williams last year, CB Eli Apple in 2016). That could leave at least three players from the group above on the board. Let’s take a look at some of the possible groups of players who could be there and what the Redskins should do. 

On the board: Payne, Vea, Fitzpatrick

On the Redskins’ card: I would go with Payne here. He can play nose tackle in base and contribute on the outside in nickel. I like Vea but I’m skeptical of how well he can play when he not in the zero technique. Fitzpatrick is very good, but I don’t see him as a game-changing talent that would practically force the Redskins to overlook need to take him. 

On the board: James, Smith, Payne

On the Redskins’ card: First of all, I would wait out the entire 10-minute allotment before turning in the card to make a pick. The phone almost surely would ring for someone wanting James and/or Smith. If I can’t get a good deal I take James. He’s just too good and too versatile to leave on the board even though safety is not a position of great need. They could figure out how to work him into the rotation. 

On the board: Smith, Vea, Fitzpatrick

On the Redskins’ card: Again, I would wait for a trade offer from a team that might covet Smith. If no trade goes through, do the Redskins take him even though they just re-signed their two veteran inside linebackers? I would take Smith because he’s too good to pass up, but I think the Redskins would fill the need and go with Vea. 

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) 12
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 114
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 158

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.