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Redskins draft QB Dwayne Haskins with No. 15 pick in 2019 NFL Draft

Redskins draft QB Dwayne Haskins with No. 15 pick in 2019 NFL Draft

Prior to the moment when his name was finally announced in Nashville, there were numerous different rumors as to where quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. would end up in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, some that involved the Redskins.

When the smoke screens cleared on Thursday night, we finally got an answer. 

Haskins will indeed be joining the Redskins, as he was selected with the 15th overall pick. His selection made him the second quarterback off the board in this year's class. 

The two sides have been linked together all throughout the process leading up to the draft, and now the Maryland native will play for his local team. The Redskins have other options at quarterback even with Alex Smith injured, as Colt McCoy and the newly acquired Case Keenum will presumably both compete for the starting job. However, it's clear Washington is still in search for a long term option under center, and they're now hoping Haskins will be that guy.

Despite only having one full season as the starter at Ohio State, Haskins took the football world by storm with one of the most impressive seasons ever recorded by a Big Ten quarterback. Yet, even with his 4831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns, his small sample size and early struggles at the NFL Combine with the 40-yard dash had some doubting his ability to succeed in the NFL. Featured in NBC Sports Washington's "I Am The Prospect" series, Haskins explained how he let those opinions fuel his journey to getting better each day.

"I just use that as motivation. Not being considered the top guy or saying, 'you're not fast enough,' or 'you're not mobile enough,'" Haskins said. "I just say watch me play."

Beginning on Sundays soon enough, we'll get to do just that. 

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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