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Former GM Scot McCloughan has surprisingly positive things to say about the Redskins

Former GM Scot McCloughan has surprisingly positive things to say about the Redskins

One would not have blamed Scot McCloughan for being bitter about the way the Redskins let him go in early March, right at the start of free agency and with reports of a power struggle and a trail of anonymous reports about him drinking appearing in the wake of his firing.

But that does not appear to be the case. The Redskins former general manager took the high road in an interview today with Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan.

“It’s too bad what happened here but it is mutual,” said McCloughan. “There’s a lot of good people in this organization, from the ownership down, throughout the whole building, players, coaches. [Owner] Dan [Snyder] was nothing but great to us. You know, it just didn’t work out. As you’re well aware, it’s a big business and it just didn’t work out.

“It’s a good organization, it’s a really good organization. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

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McCloughan said that the Redskins did well in the draft. He acknowledged that he had the board mostly set up prior to his departure, although some adjustments were made based on medical and other factors. But he deflected credit.

“I thought they did a good job,” he said. “The thing that’s cool about this organization, I’ve been to three other ones, the head coach, Jay [Gruden], is a good evaluator. He can see it and identify it. I leaned on him, he leaned on me. Knowing I wasn’t there, he can still see it. I was with [Mike] Holmgren, he didn’t want any part of it. Pete Carroll didn’t want any part of it. Mike Nolan, didn’t want any part of it, Mike Singletary didn’t want any part of it. But Jay really, really studies a lot of tape and he can identify, you know, which helped me out quite a bit. You can always use good opinions because it’s not an exact science.”

Holmgren was that head coach of the Packers and Carroll is the head coach of the Seahawks when McCloughan was in personnel departments with each of those teams. Nolan and Singletary coached the 49ers while McCloughan was the GM in San Francisco.

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As hard as it may be to believe, McCloughan will be rooting for the Redskins this fall.

“A lot of players have reached out, a lot of coaches have reached out, front office have reached out,” he said. “It’s not a bad relationship whatsoever. Like I said, I hate that it came to this but I treated them fairly, they treated me fairly and that’s what it’s about. Like I said, I’m pulling for them.”

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

Starting Tuesday, all 32 NFL teams will have a chance to asses some of the best talents in the upcoming draft at the NFL Combine. However, one of the better safety prospects available will be noticeably absent in Indianapolis.

University of Alabama safety Deionte Thompson will reportedly not participate in combine activities after having surgery on his wrist Friday to mend a torn ligament, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport did mention that the injury is not believed to have a serious impact long-term. 

Thompson is coming off a junior season at Alabama in which he recorded two interceptions and 78 tackles while earning Consensus All-America honors.

As the draft approaches, the safety is being regarded as one of the better secondary options available for teams. In NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig's latest mock draft, Thompson is projected to go 24th overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Though the projection doesn't have Thompson ending up as a member of the Burgundy and Gold, he is still a realistic option for the Redskins. With a few questions marks in the secondary following the departure of D.J. Swearinger Sr. and the unclear future of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Redskins could very well see Thompson as a viable target at No. 15.

If Thompson's impending recovery time leads to his draft stock falling, there is a slight chance he may even be available in the second round when the Redskins pick at No. 46.

Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Alabama is scheduled to host its Pro Day on March 19, which could be the next time Washington and other teams will get a chance to evaluate Thompson.

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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