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How the rise of Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes could result in big payoff for Redskins at NFL Draft

How the rise of Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes could result in big payoff for Redskins at NFL Draft

Almost every year it happens: A quarterback emerges after the combine, after the workouts, and begins to build serious momentum in the week leading up to the draft. This year is no different, and the player driving up draft boards is Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. 

Last season as a junior for the Red Raiders, Mahomes threw for more than 5,000 yards to go with 41 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions. He completed more than 65 percent of his passes, and added another 285 rush yards and another 12 TDs on the ground. 

In a draft with more questions than answers at quarterback, Mahomes is generating a lot of buzz.

Word is Bill O'Brien of the Texans 'absolutely loves' Mahomes, and the passer is high on the radar of other teams as well. 

What does this mean for the Redskins? Could be very good news.

To start with, the Cardinals draft in front of the 'Skins. Should Arizona make a move for Mahomes at 13, that means one more good player will slide down the board, giving Washington more options at pick 17. 

If Arizona determines 13 too high for Mahomes, a few things could happen by the time the 'Skins get on the clock. Knowing multiple teams are interested in the rookie passer, perhaps a trade market emerges for the 17th pick. It doesn't seem that there is any one player Washington brass is locked in on at 17, and trading down could make sense. 

The 2017 Draft is quite deep in good spots for the Redskins: edge rusher, linebackers, safeties and running backs. Many draft evaluators have suggested trading back makes sense for the 'Skins, and increased attention in Mahomes could accelerate that possibility. 

The Chiefs draft 27th, the Texans 25th. Between them and the 'Skins, the only team that might consider a first-round QB could be the Giants, trying to find Eli Manning's successor. With that much interest, and maybe more lurking, trade talks could blossom.

Even without a trade, Redskins fans should root for a run on QBs early in the draft. The more passers that get taken in front of Washington, the better the chances get of a player previously thought a Top 10 lock to slip all the way to 17. That could include guys like Reuben Foster, Derrick Barnett, Takkarist McKinley or a host of other top talents. 

 

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LeBron James hopes Dwayne Haskins makes his doubters pay — but still won't root for Redskins

LeBron James hopes Dwayne Haskins makes his doubters pay — but still won't root for Redskins

As soon as the Redskins picked him 15th overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins picked up millions of new fans.

He also got a tweet from one very, very, very, VERY famous supporter, a guy who rooted for him when he starred at Ohio State last season.

Here's what LEBRON JAMES had to say in response to a post from teammate Josh Hart, who was imploring James to join the Burgundy and Gold bandwagon after Haskins' arrival:

So, Haskins isn't enough to entice James to start throwing around HTTRs, but the NBA legend is already backing the franchise's new passer. Not too shabby for a 21-year-old rookie. 

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Redskins trade back into first round to land Montez Sweat, capping off an incredible start to the draft

Redskins trade back into first round to land Montez Sweat, capping off an incredible start to the draft

The Redskins snagged Dwayne Haskins in Round 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday. But then, they decided they wanted more.

So, Washington traded back into the first round into the 26th slot and picked up Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat, too. 

Talk about putting in work. 

The Redskins gave up their second-round choice this year (No. 46 overall) as well as their 2020 second-rounder to move into the Colts' position late on Thursday night. In return, they added an athletic prospect who could be a huge problem for offensive lineman opposite of Ryan Kerrigan.

Sweat accrued double-digit sacks in each of his past two seasons for the Bulldogs, then blew up at the Combine. His 4.41 40-yard dash is absurd for someone at his size and his wingspan is about as good as it gets for NFL players as well.

So, why'd he last until 26?

Well, Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition that could have scared some teams away. However, reports are now saying that condition may not be as serious or worrisome as originally believed.

Of course, the medical side needs to be sorted out. However, what's clear right away is this: The 'Skins not only added a potential franchise passer Thursday in Nashville, they also were aggressive in getting a guy that might elevate their defense to a new level.

Now, Sweat joins what is already a stacked and young front-seven and will line up alongside the likes of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis. To opposing QBs who'll face the Burgundy and Gold next year, here's a piece of advice: Know where your hot read is so you can get that ball out fast.

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