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Plenty of Redskins cornerbacks are making plays, but Adonis Alexander isn't

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Plenty of Redskins cornerbacks are making plays, but Adonis Alexander isn't

The Redskins could really use a big offseason of growth for Adonis Alexander, but on Wednesday, that wasn't happening. Alexander sat out the minicamp session, instead, working the sidelines with coaches.

Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed that Alexander was dealing with a bit of a groin injury and the team decided to sit him out. In June, at minicamp, an abundance of caution is the right move. 

But with Alexander, it would be great if the progress started to come quick. The second-year pro out of Virginia Tech has every physical tool to be a dominant cornerback in the NFL, but he needs to learn the position. At 6-foot-3 and 207 lbs., Alexander has the size to play press coverage and the speed to react.

Still, last year Washington got next to nothing from the rookie. He played in just nine games and made four tackles, as he dealt with injuries and lost snaps to Greg Stroman and Danny Johnson. So far this summer, Alexander has looked behind Stroman and rookie Jimmy Moreland, and well behind veterans like Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and even free agent signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. 

The Redskins rolled the dice to take Alexander, albeit a minor gamble, by taking him in the sixth round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft after his college career in Blacksburg came to an unceremonious early end. There have been zero off-field issues with Alexander as a Redskin, he's been a solid citizen.

At some point though the team wants to see his potential show on the field. Missing minicamp isn't a big deal in a bubble, but after a mostly silent rookie year, and other cornerbacks showing their ability and their durability, training camp will be important for Alexander. 

Norman, Dunbar and Moreau are roster locks. After that, there will be serious competition. Alexander better be ready because Stroman, Moreland and Rodgers-Cromartie have shown they are. 

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2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent 2020 NFL Draft picks from experiencing the post-selection handshake with commissioner Roger Goodell, but that doesn't mean this year's draft will be completely devoid of that moment. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, EA Sports will create a virtual moment featuring Goodell shaking hands with each team's first-round pick to go along with a remote draft. 

In order to do this as accurately as possible, EA Sports reached out to a number of likely first-round picks to get an idea of how they planned to greet the commissioner the moment they were drafted. 

Each prospect will also choose a high school to receive a $2,500 grant toward its football program. 

Whether the Redskins draft Chase Young, Tua Tagovailoa or trade back, Washington fans will be able to see their newest addition virtually walk across the draft stage.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be anything but normal compared to recent years, though it'll at least have a few items like this to make it an enjoyable night for everyone involved. 

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How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

It's hard to believe, but the NFL Draft is less than three weeks away.

To break everything down, both the Redskins and Ravens crews here at NBC Sports Washington will debut a special show, Mock Draft Monday's presented by Papa John's, on Monday, April 6.

The Redskins hold the second overall pick in this year's draft, and many expect them to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young. Several draft experts have deemed Young as a generational talent and a can't miss prospect. But there's also the option of trading down in the draft to acquire more assets, and a QB-needy team like the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 could be a potential trade partner.

In addition to discussing what the Redskins will do with the No. 2 pick, the Redskins Talk crew will speak with newly-signed cornerback Kendall Fuller, Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann, and Miami Dolphins beat reporter Safid Deen, who discusses a potential trade with Washington.

A total of 26 picks in the first round will pass between when the Redskins make their choice at No. 2 and when the Baltimore Ravens make their selection at No. 28, barring neither side makes a trade. The Ravens have multiple positions of need, such as both the interior offensive and defensive line, as well as wide receiver. What Baltimore will do at the end of the first round remains a mystery.

In NBC Sports Washington's latest Mock Draft, the Redskins unsurprisingly select Young at No. 2 while the Ravens nab Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray.

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NBCSW's Mock Draft Mondays: How to watch

What: Mock Draft Mondays presented by Papa John's

When: Monday, April 6

Time: 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Channel: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

Redskins Talent: JP Finlay, Julie Donaldson, Pete Hailey, Brian Mitchell, and Mitch Tischler

Ravens Talent: Andrew Gillis and Jordan Giorgio

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