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Redskins 2019 7-round mock draft: #2 The 'No Passing on the Future' Scenario

Redskins 2019 7-round mock draft: #2 The 'No Passing on the Future' Scenario

We’re back for another look at the Redskins’ projected 7-round draft with the second of three scenarios. 

These choices are based on a combination of conversations with league sources, homework, intuition plus remaining needs. These different paths are akin to a “Choose your adventure” book. While the Redskins have four of the top 97 selections, their list of needs is lengthy and not everyone can realistically be addressed. 

We went “Living on the edge” in the first version with Florida State pass rusher Brian Burns leading off the selections, which also included a local prospect and a quarterback on Day 2.

Click here for the latest two-round NFL mock draft, but only after reading the second path.

PATH 2 -- No passing on the future

First Round, Pick No. 15: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Shoutout to all those desperate for the Redskins to select a passer in the first round, think they are and cannot imagine a scenario in which they pass on the Bullis product if available. Whether one agrees with those assumptions or not there is certainly a world where this pick is used for a quarterback -- and that this one slips to 15. 

Haskins threw for 50 touchdown passes in his lone season as a starter with the Buckeyes. Despite a recent sense of slippage with his draft stock, several league voices maintain the kid with a rocket arm is worthy of an early selection. Others feel the Redskins would be wise trading the pick for Arizona’s Josh Rosen instead. 

Second Round, Pick No. 46: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

Versatility, power and athleticism are the hallmarks of Risner’s resume. The three-time All-Big 12 selection and All-American primarily played left tackle with the Wildcats, but likely shifts to guard on the NFL level. His draft range is 30-45 per sources, but we’ll indulge by keeping him available at 46 for a Redskins team in need of a left guard. There might be slim pickings here if the interior OL prospects start going off the board in the middle of the first.

Third Round, Pick No. 77: D’Andre Walker, OLB, Georgia

One issue with passing on pass rusher at 15 is the limited options in subsequent rounds. Better jump on who’s available if a priority. Walker, a two-year starter, had 13 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons. “[Walker] needs to improve his play strength and technique to handle run responsibilities, but he could find early work as a rotational edge-bending rush specialist until he's ready to take over as a starter.”

Third Round, Pick No. 97: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

Several league sources believe the Redskins are focused on adding tight end help and not just mere depth. Head coach Jay Gruden said as much this off-season. The *issue* with this class is the top three prospects might not fit with Washington’s picks at 15 and 46. Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger probably goes next and then there are eye-of-the-beholder options like Warring. The former basketball player visited Ashburn pre-draft. The interest isn’t about the stats, but the tape. 

Fifth Round, Pick No. 154:  Jahlani Tavai, ILB, Hawaii

One former front executive gushed to NBC Sports Washington about Tavai when the topic of mid-round linebackers came up. The 254-pound linebacker offers good size, ability and aggressive mindset to the defensive middle. Mason Foster’s contract runs thru 2019 and everything at ILB is uncertain. 

Fifth Round, Pick No. 174: KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State

Johnson finished his career with the Bulldogs tops in receptions (275) and receiving yards (3,463) with an FBS-leading 50 consecutive games with a reception. Solid route running, hands and football IQ spurred on all that production for the 6-foot-1 target. Legitimate sleeper here with pro-ready moves. 

Sixth Round, Pick No. 208: Malik Gant, S, Marshall

This ferocious hitter would back up Landon Collins should he make the team. Gant’s’s profile includes the line, “Lives to strike, loves to strike.” The Redskins have shown interest in the D.C. native (Woodson). Same goes for anyone going down a rabbit hole of Gant highlight videos.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 229: Blace Brown, CB, Troy 

The Redskins have a recent history of selecting players whose stock dropped because of injury. Brown’s torn ACL came in 2017 and he struggled to find the impressive form that had scouts noticing him before the injury. There’s certainly hope for - seventh-round corner to make the roster considering Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson and Adonis Alexander held down the last three spots in 2018.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 255: Ricky Walker, DT, Virginia Tech

All the Alabama talk overlooks the amount of Hokies on the roster. Just last season the Redskins found an interior defensive lineman from Blacksburg on Day 3, and there’s a possible DL opening following Stacy McGee’s release. Walker lacks power, but he did lead the Hokies with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2018. 

UDFA: L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State

Scott started all fives games he played in 2018, but an ankle injury largely kept the four-year player off the field. He topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage as a sophomore and junior. Would provide power and pass blocking from the start.

Summary: Taking Haskins or any quarterback in the first round is the move of a team, at least for one with as many holes as the Redskins, understanding the playoffs probably aren’t happening this season. That’s fine for the big picture, but probably not the head coach of a team having not reached the playoffs since 2015. Warring is another long-term call while Risner would step in the lineup Day 1. Tavai, Johnson and Gant would be arguably the pound-for-pound best picks of the class. No major investments in the secondary or at the offensive skill positions with this path.


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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.