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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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Stephen A. Smith suggests Donald Trump's behavior allowed Dan Snyder to 'hold on to the Redskins name'

Stephen A. Smith suggests Donald Trump's behavior allowed Dan Snyder to 'hold on to the Redskins name'

The Redskins name might have been changed long ago if not for the behavior of President Donald Trump, at least that is according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. 

Speaking Monday morning on a number of topics, Smith explained that he believes how Trump uses language and social media to divide the nation, those practices embolden Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to hang on to the controversial Redskins name.

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"I think about Daniel Snyder with the Washington Redskins and I say it’s because of the behavior of our president that you have people like Daniel Snyder that’s been able to hold on to the Redskins name for so long. Let’s just call it what it is," Smith said on his show First Take.

The Redskins announced late last week that the organization would perform a "thorough review" of its team name. That decision came after corporate partner FedEx publicly requested a name change last Thursday, and Smith thinks that corporate pressure  is pushing Snyder to change the name.

"With Daniel Snyder it was about the money," Smith said.

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Smith said that because of Trump's words and actions - specifically his recent tweet about NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace - allowed the Redskins organization to ignore the controversy surrounding the name. 

"If you’re a Daniel Snyder for example and you used the word never to talk about how you would never change the Redskins name back in 2013 and then again in 2014, it’s easy if there’s a whole bunch of other people out there that think like this president. 'You know what I can hold on to this because it’s not going to affect my bottom line.'"

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'I'll believe this when I see it': Skip Bayless doubts that the Redskins will actually change their name

'I'll believe this when I see it': Skip Bayless doubts that the Redskins will actually change their name

There's been more movement toward the Redskins changing their name over the past few days than there was in the past handful of years combined.

The team itself is reviewing the issue. Ron Rivera has expressed that he wants the switch to happen before the 2020 season. And every fan has a suggestion for what the new name should be

Not everyone is buying that Washington's football team will eventually be known by something else, though. Take Skip Bayless, for example. He's taking the opposite stance.

"I'll believe this when I see it," Bayless said on Monday during his Undisputed show on FS1. 

While Bayless does believe Redskins is "completely disparaging and disrespectful" to Native Americans, he still thinks Dan Snyder will do what he can to keep it. 

"I will bet you right now that Dan Snyder's game plan is that he's hoping to wait this out," Bayless said. "He's hoping that Black Lives Matter dies down just a little bit so he goes back under the radar with his nickname."

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Bayless went on to cite Snyder growing up as a fan of the franchise as another reason why he doesn't anticipate the owner actually following through on a move many are calling imminent.

Snyder knows how many people have deep ties to the Redskins and their history, and he won't want to take that away from those people in the end. 

"I'll be shocked if this gets done before the kickoff in September," Bayless concluded. "I'm going to be surprised if it gets done at all."

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