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One thought about each of the Redskins' 2018 draft picks, from Payne to Guice to Quinn

One thought about each of the Redskins' 2018 draft picks, from Payne to Guice to Quinn

Every Redskins fan is fixated on Washington's 2019 draft class, which'll become a real thing and not a figment of mock drafts in two weeks. That's fair, too, considering how huge this season is for the franchise, its front office and its coaches.

Before that next wave of 'Skins players arrive in D.C. and pick out their jersey numbers, though, let's look back at the 2018 crop now that they've been in Burgundy and Gold for a year now. 

Here's one thought on all eight members of the Redskins' 2018 haul.

Daron Payne

Payne was brought in to smother opposing rushing attacks, but the Alabama lineman also checked in with five sacks in his first pro campaign. If he can produce similar numbers this year, he'll quickly shed the "run stuffer" label and earn another: "all-around stud."

Derrius Guice

Everyone wants to talk about how Guice can make a difference as a runner, but don't sleep on him as a receiver. He showed promise in that area in his albeit very limited time at training camp, and if he turns out to be a legit threat there, it'll allow Jay Gruden's offense to be more diverse.

When Adrian Peterson steps on the field, you figure a run is the most likely call. When Chris Thompson's there, meanwhile, you're expecting a pass. Guice could be that multi-talented option who keeps defenses guessing.

Geron Christian

Ty Nsekhe's not here anymore, and it sounds like Washington is willing to see if Ereck Flowers, a natural tackle, can work at guard. That means Christian needs to take massive strides in his second year if the team is to trust him as the backup swing tackle, which is a role that matters a ton behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses.

Troy Apke

The defense has yet to get or identify their starting safety alongside Landon Collins, but Apke won't be it. The former fourth-rounder was expected to contribute on specials with his speed as a rookie but got injured early and hardly played. He, like Christian, has to improve greatly and find his niche. 

Tim Settle 

Starting with the Thanksgiving game in Dallas, Settle saw his snaps increase by a solid amount and had a few moments of brilliance, too. Payne, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis are the stars on the D-line, but if this guy can step up as well? An already scary collection would become downright dangerous. 

Shaun Dion Hamilton

Hamilton is penciled in as a starting linebacker as of now, but don't be surprised if the Redskins bring in some competition either with a first-rounder like Devin Bush or a Day 2 or 3 choice. He played a ton after pushing Zach Brown off the field but didn't exactly show much difference-making ability in that extended action. 

Greg Stroman

Stroman probably played far more than the 'Skins intended him to as a seventh-round choice, and outside of a key pick vs. the Bucs, he largely looked like one. One encouraging part about the corner was his willingness to be physical as a tackler despite his small, skinny frame. He's in no way a roster lock for 2019, but it'll be interesting to see how he develops.

Trey Quinn 

He was Mr. Irrelevant in 2018 but matters very much for the offense as of now as the favorite to fill in for Jamison Crowder. Hopefully his injuries were more fluky than a recurring issue, because there was a lot to like about his ability to get open and his reliable hands. Whoever the starting QB is this September, he'll likely rely on Quinn plenty.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

The NFL Scouting Combine begins next week, and there are several NFL Draft prospects looking to raise their stock.

Our latest mock draft takes a look at which players could use a solid performance at the scouting combine.

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After being a frequent top-5 pick in our early mock drafts, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's stock has slid a little. Could a solid performance in Indianapolis reestablish the wideout as this year's best in the class, and maybe warrant a top-5 pick?

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa likely will not participate at the combine as he continues to recover from his dislocated hip. Could Oregon's Justin Herbert take advantage of Tagovailoa's absence and catapult himself into the debate of the best signal-caller in the draft alongside LSU's Joe Burrow?

Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many expect the Redskins to use the No. 2 pick on, will put his incredible athletic ability on display. Could the 20-year-old make the Bengals rethink their decision of using the No. 1 pick on a QB?

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Every year, we see several prospects who come out of nowhere during the combine and establish themselves as first-round picks. We saw it last year with Montez Sweat, Juan Thornhill, and Justice Hill.

But remember, a great combine doesn't always equate to being a first-rounder. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf stole the show a year ago at the combine but fell to the end of the second round of the draft.

Next week's scouting combine is the first major event of the offseason as the NFL shifts focus to free agency and the draft.

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Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

The seventh documented concussion of Jordan Reed's football career is still affecting him six months later.

According to a report from The Athletic CharlotteReed is still in concussion protocol from a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in August. 

Reed did not play a snap in 2019, as the team placed him on injured reserve in October.

The tight end is under contract through 2020, as Reed enters the final year of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed with the team in 2015.

But whether he's on the roster or not is uncertain, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported that Reed's tenure is likely over in Washington. NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson reported Monday that she doesn't expect Reed to return to Washington, either.

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said on Redskins Nation on Feb. 4. "That’s a big question mark." 

According to Finlay, the Redskins can still release Reed, even if he remains in protocol.

In his six NFL seasons, Reed has never played more than 14 games in one year. Following his breakout season in 2015, Reed never was able to replicate that success.

To address their need at tight end, the Redskins are one of three teams vying for the services of tight end Greg Olsen, who was released by the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago. Rivera coached Olsen in Carolina for eight seasons.

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