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NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally upon us. You can trash the mock drafts and take a break from the Twitter rumors as we'll soon know what each team is really planning.

Tonight, Thursday, April 25, NFL teams will look to find their next franchise player in the form of the most talented college prospects in the country.

Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, this year's draft promises to be as exciting as ever with numerous storylines dominating the event. Will Kyler Murray go No. 1? Where will the other QBs fall, and will a team move up to grab one? What defensive players go first? All these questions and more will be answered soon enough.

The Arizona Cardinals will kick off the festivities at 8:00 p.m. ET as they possess the first overall pick in the draft.

As for the Redskins, they'll be picking at No. 15, though there has been no shortage of rumors that a move could be made to climb up the order.

Once the commissioner takes the stage, all predictions go out the window. Luckily, we'll have you covered with all the picks, trades and moves here in the live blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

DRAFT PICK No. 32 - New England Patriots (WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State): He's not a new Gronk, but it's hard to doubt anything Bill Belichick does. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 31- Atlanta Falcons (OT Kaleb McGary, Washington): Two offensive linemen show where Atlanta's priorities are. Matt Ryan has to be happy.

TRADE: The Falcons have taken the No. 31 and No. 203 pick from the Rams in exchange for the No. 45 and No. 79 pick.

DRAFT PICK: No. 30 - New York Giants (CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia): The third pick of New York's night gives them a solid secondary piece.

TRADE: The Giants have come back into the first round, nabbing the 30th pick from Seattle.

DRAFT PICK: No. 29 - Seattle Seahawks (DE L.J. Collier, TCU): Seattle uses the pick it got for Frank Clark to find his potential replacement and replenish the defense.

DRAFT PICK: No. 28 - Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame): Tillery should have some room to make plays with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram drawing a lot of attention. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 27 - Oakland Raiders (S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State): Another pick, another need addressed. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 26 - Washington Redskins (DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State): Hard to hate what the Redskins are doing in this draft. They got their QB at No. 15 and came back in to grab a defensive talent that some viewed as a top 5 prospect.

TRADE: The Redskins are back in the first round, making a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. In return, the Colts gain the No. 46 pick this year and a 2020 second-rounder.

DRAFT PICK: No. 25 - Baltimore Ravens (WR Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown, Oklahoma): Wow, talk about the potential for an explosive offense. If Lamar Jackson progresses as a passer, he has an extremely fast and athletic receiver to be on the other end of those passes. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 24 - Oakland Raiders (RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama): Oakland's second pick addresses an offensive need. With Antonio Brown and a new solid runner in the backfield, Derek Carr has some weapons.

DRAFT PICK: No. 23 - Houston Texans (OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State): Deshaun Watson got hit A LOT last year. Now, he may not have to run for his life and extend the pocket as much.

DRAFT PICK: No. 22 - Philadelphia Eagles (OT Andre Dillard, Washington State): A somewhat frail Carson Wentz could use some more protection. Here's that protection. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 21 - Green Bay Packers (S Darnell Savage, Maryland): Savage increased his draft stock as much as anybody prior to the draft. It paid off, as he joins a new and improved secondary that includes Adrian Amos.

DRAFT PICK: No. 20 - Denver Broncos (TE Noah Fant, Iowa): The second Hawkeye tight end to go tonight. Joe Flacco just got a big target.

DRAFT PICK: No. 19 - Tennessee Titans (DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State): The definition of risk v. reward. Simmons has a torn ACL and off the field problems that cloud his stock. If he gets through that, he could be a steal. Only time will tell. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 18 - Minnesota Vikings (C Garrett Bradbury, NC State): The Vikings don't have a ton of glaring problems, but upgrading the offensive line never hurts. The added protection will make Kirk Cousins smile, and the run game should seem improvement as well. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 17 - New York Giants (DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson): Some Giants fans complained angrily on social media that they wanted a defensive player with the No. 6 pick. That was used for Daniel Jones, but those fans can breathe somewhat now. Lawrence is a big guy (340-plus pounds) that will provide a lot of pressure up front. Maybe he becomes the new "Snacks"?

DRAFT PICK: No. 16 - Carolina Panthers (LB Brian Burns, Florida State): The Panthers lost Julius Peppers, but Brian Burns should be a solid replacement. Carolina's defense has always been a strength, and it looks like they plan on keeping it that way.

DRAFT PICK: No. 15 - Washington Redskins (QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State): Linked together for months, it was Dwayne Haskins at No. 15 that became the Redskins plan. The DMV product now returns home to join a QB carousel that includes Colt McCoy and Case Keenum. However, that may not be a bad thing as Haskins may be given time to develop without being rushed in. Either way, it's safe to assume that Washington believes he'll eventually be their guy under center.

DRAFT PICK: No. 14 - Atlanta Falcons (G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College): More protection for Matt Ryan, you can't really argue against that, though a defensive player would have worked as well. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 13 - Miami Dolphins (DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson): Another defensive player off the board. The Dolphins have holes everywhere, so this is somewhere to start as Christian Wilkins offers a versatile pass rush option.

DRAFT PICK: No. 12 - Green Bay Packers (DL, Rashan Gary, Michigan): The Packers continue to upgrade the defense. Grabbing the likes of Adrian Amos and Preston Smith in free agency, Rashan Gary will be another impactful player along an already improved defensive front. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 11 - Cincinnati Bengals (OL Jonah Williams, Alabama): There was some speculation that the Bengals may go for Haskins, but they decided to upgrade the protection for Andy Dalton. 

TRADE UPDATE: Here's the haul for Bush. Denver gets back the No. 20 and No. 52 pick this year and a third-round selection in 2020.

DRAFT PICK: No. 10 - Pittsburgh Steelers (ILB Devin Bush, Michigan): Yes, it is Devin Bush who the Steelers moved up to grab. Pittsburgh needed an upgrade in the center of its defense after losing Ryan Shazier, and they were willing to trade up to solidify it. 

TRADE: The Denver Broncos have traded the No. 10 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers (more details to come). Could this mean that Devin Bush is headed to the AFC North? 

DRAFT PICK: No. 9 - Buffalo Bills (DT Ed Oliver, Houston): After finding their franchise quarterback last year, the Bills now look to find a core piece for the defense. Bills Mafia should fall in love with a guy who has the potential to wreak havoc on the line. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 8 - Detriot Lions (TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa): A big target for Matthew Stafford, T.J. Hockenson could immediately become a favorite option for the veteran passer. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 7 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LB Josh Allen, Kentucky): Sacksonville just gained its newest member and became even scarier in the process. Josh Allen may not fill a glaring hole for the Jaguars, but he fell in their lap and No. 7 and it became a situation where you take the best player available. Joining Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, opposing quarterbacks better beware. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 6 - New York Giants (QB Daniel Jones, Duke): Here's our first "wow" moment of the draft. It wasn't even a given that the Giants were going to go with a quarterback at No.6, but it looks like they are going all in on Duke product Daniel Jones. The passer shot up draft boards as Thursday approached, and now he finds himself as the newest QB in the NFC East. At 6'5'', Jones could be viewed as more athletic Eli Manning. He also had the same coach that the Manning's had in David Cutcliffe. We know New York loves Eli, so maybe this pick makes perfect sense.

This also makes Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins at No. 15 a real possibility.

DRAFT PICK: No. 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ILB Devin White, LSU): Losing Kwon Alexander in the offseason, the Bucs may have just found his replacement in Devin White. A talented linebacker, White is in line to become the centerpiece of a Tampa Bay defense that features Gerald McCoy and JPP up front and Todd Bowles at the helm.

DRAFT PICK: No. 4 - Oakland Raiders (DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson): Well with Jon Gruden at the helm, you can't really consider anything a surprise. However, Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 is something not many saw coming. The defensive end from Clemson is incredibly talented, but the Raiders passing on the likes of Josh Allen and Ed Oliver makes you think twice. Oakland still has two more picks tonight. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 3 - New York Jets (DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama): After making some big offseason additions, the Jets use their draft pick to upgrade the defense by selecting Quinnen Williams. With eight sacks and 71 tackles in 2018, Williams was a standout on a loaded Crimson Tide roster. New York added free agent C.J. Mosley to lead their linebacking core, and now Williams makes the line of that defense a lot scarier.

DRAFT PICK: No. 2 - San Francisco 49ers (DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State): The first defensive player in a loaded class is Nick Bosa, as the 49ers use yet another first round pick on a defensive line addition. Bosa only played in three games this season before an injury led to him sitting out the rest of the year, but the former Buckeye will still provide an immediate positive impact up front for San Francisco. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 1 - Arizona Cardinals (QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma): Not a huge surprise, the Cardinals have selected Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. Murray is the second consecutive Oklahoma passer to go first in the draft, following in the steps of Baker Mayfield.

With a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, it looks as if Arizona is ready to start the new regime with a new man at the helm of the offense. There will be concerns about his height, but there's no denying his passing skills and athleticism. Now the main question becomes: What happens to Josh Rosen?

8:13 p.m. The Arizona Cardinals are officially on the clock. Here. We. Go. 

7:02 p.m. Could the Redskins be looking to move up in the draft and grab Duke QB Daniel Jones? According to JP Finlay, that seems unlikely. While rumors earlier in the week suggested Washington could potentially climb from No.15, that doesn't look to be the case anymore.

6:30 p.m. Less than two hours until the clock starts ticking, there's plenty of information to get caught up on. Here's what you need to know:

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Report: Brandon Scherff and Redskins 'far apart' on contract negotiations

Report: Brandon Scherff and Redskins 'far apart' on contract negotiations

Besides the quarterback competition between Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, one of the biggest storylines from Redskins training camp will be whether the team and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff can agree on a contract extension before the start of the 2019 season.

On Monday, a report came out from 106.7 The Fan's Erin Hawksworth that Scherff has been offered multiple contract extensions from the Redskins, but "the two sides are far apart."

Scherff is entering the 2019 season on the last year of his rookie deal and set to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end. 

The fifth-year guard will make a base salary of $12.5 million in 2019 after the Redskins picked up his fifth-year option a year ago as part of his rookie deal.

Should Scherff hit the open market, he will be a hot commodity. 

He may not receive a contract as big as Cowboys' guard Zack Martin did, but expect him to command close to top-market money. Martin received a six-year, $84 million deal in 2018 with $40 million guaranteed. A contract extension for Scherff could look something like the five-year, $66.5 million deal Jaguars' guard Andrew Norwell signed in 2018. 

Besides tackle Trent Williams, Scherff is without a doubt the most important piece to the Redskins offensive line. With Williams currently holding out, Scherff's presence on the offensive line is even more important.

Scherff missed eight games a season ago with a torn pectoral muscle, and his absence was very visible.

One thing is for certain: if the Redskins are not willing to pay Scherff top-market money, barring something unexpected, he will certainly get it somewhere else. And no Redskins fan wants that.


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Five takeaways from the Redskins' Madden 20 ratings

Five takeaways from the Redskins' Madden 20 ratings

With the release of EA Sports' Madden NFL 20 just a few weeks away, the game released their individual player ratings on Monday.

Madden ratings are usually a controversy-provoking topic. Each year, there are a lot more players disappointed with their initial Madden rating than those pleased with theirs.

This year was no different. Some players, such as Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, have said they will boycott the game after being so upset with their rating.

The game unleashed a new rating system this year, which is intended to reward star players and have them feel different than just an above average player.

So how did Madden rate the Redskins?

The Burgundy and Gold come in at the 16th best overall team in the game, despite only having one individual player rated 90 overall or higher.

Two of the Redskins' NFC East foes, the Philadelphia Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys, were the No. 1 and No. 2 overall rated teams in the game, respectively. The Eagles boast a rating of 89, and the Cowboys come in at an 88 overall.

The New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers were all the next highest with an 87 overall.

Here are five takeaways from the Redskins' Madden NFL 20 ratings.

1. Left tackle Trent Williams was rated a 95 overall, the second-highest rated left tackle in the game.

Williams' rating of a 95 is very deserved. He's consistently been the best player on the Redskins from year-to-year, and one of the best offensive lineman in the league. Madden has recognized Williams' importance to the Redskins as well as his overall skill; only the Packers' David Bakhtiari (97) had a higher rating at his position.

The Redskins' Silverback was the third-highest rated offensive lineman in the game, with Bakhtiari and Cowboys' guard Zack Martin ahead of him. He's the only Redskins player to receive an overall rating of a 90 or higher.

Williams has been a key offseason storyline for the Redskins, as he was absent from Redskins' mandatory mini-camp in June. His absence was at first rumored to him wanting a new contract, but reports came out later that he was upset with the team's handling of his medical situation from a season ago. It is unclear whether Williams will report to training camp, which begins July 25.

If the Madden ratings are any indication, Williams is as important to the Redskins as anyone. The Redskins need him on the field.

2. Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins have been rated just one number apart.

The main storyline throughout Redskins' training camp and the preseason will be the quarterback competition between veteran Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins. If the Madden ratings prove to be true, it's going to be a very close battle.

Keenum's initial Madden rating comes in at a 73 overall, while Haskins is a 72. In terms of specific ratings, Keenum slightly edges Haskins out in awareness (80 to 75) and speed (79 to 75), but Haskins has the edge in acceleration (83 to 82), agility (83 to 73) and strength (70 to 51). 

Of course, Keenum's ratings are based off his performance last season with the Denver Broncos, while Haskins' ratings are a rough estimate because he's a rookie. It's likely that both players could have a very different rating at the end of the season than they do now.

3. The Redskins have three defensive linemen all rated around the same number. 

The defensive line unit is probably the strongest position group on the Redskins and the Madden ratings agree with that.

Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis and Daron Payne received an 83 overall rating, while Jonathan Allen received an 82 overall grade.

While all three had productive seasons in 2018, it is worth wondering how Allen is not the highest rated of the three.

In his second season, Allen finished second on the team in sacks (8.0) and tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (11). Out of the three, Allen had the most overall tackles, sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits.

While the Redskins expect Allen, Ioannidis and Payne all to have a major impact in 2019, don't be surprised if Allen has the highest overall rating of the three at the end of the year.

4. The Redskins' big free agent signing, safety Landon Collins, was rated a low 83 overall.

This number at first glance seems very low. In his four seasons in the NFL, Collins has made the Pro Bowl three times and first-team All-Pro once. 

But Madden has a whopping 10 free safeties rated higher than him. Recently acquired New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers has a higher rating than Collins, and anyone who's watched the two players over the past couple years knows that's questionable. 

A season ago, Collins was rated an 88 overall. Missing four games with a shoulder injury could be a partial reason for his dip, but the 25-year-old is still one of the elite safeties in the league. An 83 overall does not reflect that.

5. Haskins is the second-highest rated rookie QB in the game, while Giants' Daniel Jones is, uh, low.

While a 72 overall rating would not be flattering to anyone, Haskins has to be pleased being the second-highest rated rookie quarterback, only behind No.1 overall pick and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

Overall, the rookie ratings are a lot lower in Madden 20 than they were in Madden 19. A year ago, five rookie quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen) started with a higher rating than Murray, who enters the game as a 73 overall.

When looking at the rookie quarterback class, perhaps the most surprising ranking has to be the Giants' Daniel Jones, who enters the game at a 63 overall.

In years past, a 63 overall would be given to a fringe roster player, not a top-ten first-round pick. For reference, Redskins' seventh-round pick Jimmy Moreland enters the game at a 64 overall. 

To put it into perspective, the next lowest top-ten pick was Denver's Devin Bush, who checked in at a 72. The Giants have seven rookies with a higher Madden rating.

Jones' low rating is in unprecedented territory for a top-ten pick, let alone a first-round pick.

The beauty of Madden ratings is that they change. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was a 77 entering the 2019 season.

A year later, he's a 97 overall, and arguably the biggest snub from the 99 overall club. While many players may be upset with their rating, they have the ability to let their play do the talking.