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Could the Redskins be looking to move . . . up?


Could the Redskins be looking to move . . . up?

Nobody would be surprised if the Redskins traded out of their selection at No. 5 overall in the NFL draft next week. It has been widely known that they have been shopping to pick to the rest of the league.

Most scenarios focus on the Redskins trading down to get more selections. The only questions seem to be who the trading partner might be and what additional picks Scot McCloughan would have to work with after the deal.

However, trading down is not the only option. According to veteran NFL reporter Mike Freeman, some NFL personnel men believe that Washington will move up from the No. 5 spot to the second pick overall.

Before you head down to the comments and start pounding out how ridiculous this is, take a look at the possible scenario. It does not involve the Redskins ending up with quarterback Marcus Mariota except perhaps for a brief period of time.

Freeman talked to five NFL personnel men. All of them believe that Mariota, considered to be the second-best quarterback in the draft behind Jameis Winston, will end up playing for the Titans this year. But they were split over how Mariota would arrive in Nashville.

The differences in the responses came with how they thought the Titans would select Mariota. Three of the sources believed the Titans would stay at No. 2 and take him there. The other two thought the Titans would trade with Washington, which would take USC's Leonard Williams at No. 2, leaving the Titans to pick Mariota at No. 5—one spot before the quarterback-thirsty Jets.

There has been plenty of talk that the Redskins would be happy to take Williams, who visited Redskins Park on Wednesday. Many evaluators believe that he is the best player in the draft. But scenarios that put Williams in burgundy and gold have him dropping to the fifth pick, not the Redskins going up to get him.

If the Titans want to make sure they end up with Mariota they would not be able to do a straight draft pick trade with the Redskins. Although the Jaguars and Raiders, the two teams picking in between the Titans at 2 and Washington at 5, aren’t likely to pick a quarterback they could pull off a trade with someone who will snatch Mariota. So the Titans would have to take Williams, the Redskins would take Mariota (causing major tremors in the DC region) and then the trade would be executed.

While it’s easy to see why the Redskins would want Williams on their team, the price to move up would be staggering. If you go by the draft trade value chart, the Redskins would have to give up their second-round pick this year and their first-round pick in 2016 or something equivalent to that. It wouldn’t quite be the ransom they paid to move from No. 6 to No. 2 in 2012 but it still would strip them of draft picks they need to build the team.

Perhaps the Titans would be willing to let the pick go for less than sticker price. But Washington would still have to part with a premium pick. It’s hard to see McCloughan believing that the Redskins would be better with just Williams than they would be with, say, Dante Fowler Jr. and whoever they might take in the second round.

Perhaps the personnel men who said they believe such a deal would happen heard something or maybe they were just speculating. The best news of all here is that we only have six more days until we see how it plays out. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The best Redskins players 25 or younger

Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year. 

WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year. 

OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack. 

DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks. 

DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off. 

S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone. 

Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)

It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year. 

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Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76

The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days. 

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Trent Williams has really good things to say about Alex Smith and Derrius Guice

Trent Williams has really good things to say about Alex Smith and Derrius Guice

The most significant thing to come from Trent Williams' spontaneous chat with the media on Wednesday is that the left tackle expects to be ready for training camp.

But two other topics Williams covered while talking were his initial impressions of new teammates Alex Smith and Derrius Guice. 

And while having one player compliment other players in the offseason is the second-most common thing in the NFL behind the Browns losing games, No. 71 went beyond the normal, clichéd positivity you're used to hearing. 

He was first asked about Smith, a QB he'd only met at the Pro Bowl until these offseason sessions in Ashburn.

“He’s a winner," Williams said. "As you all know, you don’t win in this league without a quarterback, so us being able to have one and have one right now, it does everything for our team and our attitude and the faith we have to win."

Next came a question about Guice, the rookie who looks like the most talented running back to date that Williams will have the pleasure of blocking for. What are his thoughts on the LSU product?

"When you watch him on film it's like he's been here before," Williams observed. "He's a specimen."

As for the 'Skins being able to snag Guice where they did in the draft, the 29-year-old admitted he was quite surprised.

"Extremely lucky to get him in the second round," he said. "I don't know how that happened... It's not going to take very long before people recognize him as an elite NFL talent."

Williams is coming off of surgery, will turn 30 in July and, during last season, spoke about how the injuries he constantly fought through started to take a toll on him. Ready to hear something sad? He's never won a playoff game.

So, for a veteran who's aging like him and who hasn't captured anything of signifigance yet, having confidence and trust in his backfield is paramount. Fortunately, judging by the quotes above, it sounds like Williams is already there when it comes to Smith and Guice.