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The Redskins aren't taking a WR in the first round and 5 more bold 2019 draft predictions

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The Redskins aren't taking a WR in the first round and 5 more bold 2019 draft predictions

Predicting the NFL Draft ranks among the biggest of fool's errands. The draft will change day by day for the next three weeks, and then, things will change another 50 times during draft week. 

That isn't to say, however, that through research, conversations and a little bit of common sense, some conclusions can't be formed before the NFL descends upon Nashville. 

Below is an attempt at putting together some ideas of what the Redskins will, and will not, be looking to do when April 25th rolls around. These predictions are bold in nature, so leave preconceived notions at the hangar before stepping on the aircraft. 

5) They won’t take a WR at 15 - There isn’t anybody that good. The guys that killed it at the Combine don’t have the tape, and the guys with the great tape didn’t kill it at the Combine. One former NFL GM explained that when the receiver run starts, the Redskins should be in a good position in the second round to get somebody that can help right away. Watch out for Ohio State’s Parris Campbell in round two. 

4) Three of the first four picks will be offense - The Redskins know they need help at receiver, guard and tight end in addition to help all over the defense. But there are a number of potential starters at positions of need on the offensive side of the football during Friday night’s picks. Bruce Allen and the Redskins brass currently hold three selections in the second and third rounds, and it would be zero surprise if those three picks address needs on offense. The 2019 WR group isn't top heavy, but it has a lot of good value on Friday night. Same with the interior offensive line and tight end.

Bonus Prediction: The Redskins are drafting a tight end - When Jay Gruden spoke at the NFL League Meetings about how limited his offense became because of his combination of tight ends, fans should have been paying attention. The 'Skins have more money invested at the tight end position than any other team in the NFL, and if the team can grab a young player on a rookie deal, Vernon Davis' contract could become a salary cap casualty.  

3) They will take defense at 15 - The Redskins desperately need an edge rusher to pair opposite Ryan Kerrigan and have a good chance at a potential Pro Bowl sack guy here. That’s the goal. If not, the talent available at linebacker or corner presents more than what will be available offensively. Unless TJ Hockenson somehow lasts to 15. If the Iowa tight end makes it to 15, the Redskins will take him. He could directly answer Gruden's conundrum about having a tight end that can block or get open in the pass game. Right now, the tendency to use Jeremy Sprinkle in run situations and Reed and/or Davis in pass situations is a clear detriment to Washington's offense.  

2) No quarterback drafted - The Redskins aren’t taking Drew Lock, Daniel Jones or Dwayne Haskins. They’re not taking Will Grier. They’re not taking a late-round QB. You’ll see why next. 

1) No second-round pick - The Redskins won’t have a second-round pick because it will be included in a trade for Josh Rosen. A second this year and a third in 2020, with maybe an additional fifth from 2019. The team holds three of them. Rosen for a collection of picks, while keeping the 15th overall pick and another selection in the third round, would be a great way to add a QB of the future in Washington. Plus, it could still let the 'Skins get edge rush help in the first round and a WR, TE or guard in the third. 

Bonus Bonus Prediction - Despite seemingly being loaded at the RB and tackle positions, Washington makes late round picks at both spots. The team has three fifth-round picks and two seventh-round picks. 

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Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.

The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan. 

In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.

On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.

At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond. 

The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins. 

Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town. 

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Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants. 

That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.

While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
  2. Washington Redskins (1-8)
  3. New York Giants (2-8)
  4. Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  5. New York Jets (2-7)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
  7. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
  9. Denver Broncos (3-6)
  10. Arizona Cardinals  (3-6-1)

Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th. 

Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio. 

Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade. 

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