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Terry McLaurin was the 12th receiver taken in the 2019 Draft, but how high would he go in a do-over?

Terry McLaurin was the 12th receiver taken in the 2019 Draft, but how high would he go in a do-over?

When the Redskins made Terry McLaurin the 12th receiver taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, they likely would've been happy if he used his speed for a few long touchdowns and he also delivered on special teams, an area he was very highly regarded in, as a rookie.

Instead, Washington has watched as McLaurin has blossomed into a consistent target, one who makes top corners look like practice squad guys quite often. In 10 games, the third-rounder has 40 catches for 638 yards and five touchdowns.

In other words, there's no way he'd be the 12th wideout off the board if teams could go through the 2019 Draft again. Just how high would he go, though?

Well, here are the 11 guys who play McLaurin's position and went before him this past April:

  • Marquise Brown (25th pick, Ravens)
  • N'Keal Harry (32nd, Patriots)
  • Deebo Samuel (36th, 49ers)
  • AJ Brown (51st, Titans)
  • Mecole Hardman (56th, Chiefs)
  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside (57th, Eagles)
  • Parris Campbell (59th, Colts)
  • Andy Isabella (62nd, Cardinals)
  • DK Metcalf (64th, Seahawks)
  • Dionate Johnson (66th, Steelers)
  • Jalen Hurd (67th, 49ers)

Of those 11, only Marquise Brown, Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown and DK Metcalf are producing at comparable levels to McLaurin. So, let's line their stats up next to McLaurin's:

Marquise Brown — 9 games, 35 catches, 519 yards, 6 TDs

Samuel — 10 games, 40 catches, 523 yards, 2 TDs

AJ Brown — 11 games, 31 catches, 581 yards, 4 TDs

Metcalf — 11 games, 38 catches, 630 yards, 5 TDs

McLaurin — 10 games, 40 catches, 638 yards, 5 TDs

McLaurin is leading the way in yards and is tied for the most catches among this group of promising players. Metcalf's stats, meanwhile, are almost identical (in one more appearance) while Marquise Brown has the most scores (in the fewest appearances).

Of course, in a do-over, some franchises may prefer a certain kind of prospect for their offense. The lightning fast Brown, for example, fits in quite well with the Ravens and Lamar Jackson, while the absurdly gifted Metcalf is an ideal option for the freestyling Russell Wilson.

Still, there's an argument to be made that, if all 32 organizations could run the 2019 Draft back, McLaurin would be the first receiver selected. He has 4.35 speed, his route-running has been compared to artwork and he's excellent at attacking the ball. He'd fit in anywhere.

The Redskins, however, would have no interest in a do-over. They're perfectly fine with where McLaurin landed the first time.

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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