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With Redskins' emergency at left tackle possibly solved, what about left guard?

With Redskins' emergency at left tackle possibly solved, what about left guard?

RICHMOND -- For years the Redskins offensive line suffered because of a major deficiency at left guard. This summer, left tackle has been the biggest concern, and while that situation isn't fixed, it's much more stable with the signing of veteran Donald Penn. 

To be clear, there is no replacement for Trent Williams, the Redskins seven time Pro Bowl tackle that is holding out from training camp. If Williams does not return to the Burgundy and Gold will be a major blow to the offensive line. Obviously.

But, Penn is a quality NFL starter at left tackle. He made the Pro Bowl two seasons ago. He's not Trent, but he's not Ereck Flowers either. 

With that in mind, and with some level of stability at left tackle, shift that offensive line gaze inside to the left guard spot. Have the Redskins improved the position?

This offseason Washington signed Flowers as an experiment to move him from tackle, where he failed, to guard. So far in camp, the results are largely incomplete. For the first week, Flowers was forced to still practice at tackle and it didn't go well. Now given the opportunity to play guard, the results are uneven, but that's to be expected. It's a shame that Flowers could not spend his entire offseason focused on playing guard rather than be forced to take tackle snaps due to Williams' holdout. Alas, that's the situation.

Beyond Flowers the team added Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher in the draft. Martin got the starter's reps early in camp, but is now losing some work to Flowers. Martin might still have the inside track on the starting job, but one of these players must impress in preseason action. Interestingly, Pierschbacher has impressed in spots. His versatility from his days at Alabama has showed up on the NFL field. 

It's too early to tell what player will win the job. It's too early to tell what players will even make the roster. 

Back to the original question, however, on if the Redskins improved at left guard. While fans never cheered for him, Shawn Lauvao could play when he was healthy. The problem was he couldn't stay healthy.

It's hard to definitively say the Redskins have gotten better at the position, but they do have more options. The last few seasons the team has been forced to find players off the street to man the guard spots, and that shouldn't happen in 2019. 

The guess here still says Martin wins the job. That's not written in stone though, and the preseason games will carry a lot of weight for the competition. 

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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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