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Impossible to probable? Draft day slide could land Redskins a steal

Impossible to probable? Draft day slide could land Redskins a steal

For months Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen was widely considered a lock to land in the top five of the 2017 NFL Draft. There was even some argument if Allen could not oust Myles Garrett from the overall No. 1 spot.

Now, just days before the NFL universe will gather in Philadelphia for Thursday's draft, it appears injury concerns could push Allen not just out of the Top 5, but out of the Top 10. 

And that could be great news for the Redskins.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com released his latest Mock Draft on Tuesday, and the personnel scout has Allen landing with Washington at the 17th pick. From NFL.com:

Allen could slide a little bit based on some medical concerns. He would be a steal at this point in the draft.

Allen at 17 represents an absolute steal. Many Redskins fans are optimistic that off-field red flags could send fellow Alabama defender Reuben Foster to the 'Skins at 17. For many weeks, Foster was projected to go in the Top 10, or at least the Top 15.

While Foster would be a great value for Washington, he will also enter the NFL in the substance abuse program after a diluted urine sample at the NFL Combine. That will give teams real pause, understandably.

Allen enters the league with no baggage, outside of possible issues with his shoulders, including possible concerns about arhtritis. With 22.5 sacks in his last two seasons at Bama, not to mention winning one national championship and playing for another, Allen has the exact pedigree teams dream of taking in the draft. The 'Bama big man has explained that doctors don't expect any issues with his shoulders for at least 15 years, likely well after his NFL career ends.

Add to that his 6-foot-3, 286 lbs. frame, Allen is the exact force the Redskins need to boost their defensive line. And not for nothing, he grew up about 10 minutes away from Redskins Park in Ashburn, so this would be a true homecoming story.

If Allen lasts to the 17th pick, the Redskins need to sprint - not jog, not run, sprint - to the podium and make the selection. It's rare that need and best player available sync up, but this could be that scenario. 

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Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available

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Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available

Redskins' defensive lineman Daron Payne will be sporting a new number in his second season, reverting back to No. 94 after playing his rookie season in the Burgundy and Gold at No. 95.

Payne, who had preferred No. 94 through his days in high school as well as while down in Tuscaloosa as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, didn't have the option to choose it after being selected 13th by the Redskins in the 1st Round of the 2018 NFL Draft, as the number was already claimed by then-Redskin Preston Smith, who had chosen it three years earlier.

With Smith off to Green Bay, Payne pounced on the opportunity to shift back to the jersey number that he'd gone with for so long before coming to the nation's capital. 

Payne performed admirably in his inaugural season with Washington, recording 35 solo tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble, while suiting up in all 16 games and receiving praise for his outstanding play from the Pro Football Writers Association as one of the premier up-and-coming interior linemen in the NFL.

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2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: It's Dalton Risner vs. Brian Burns in the final, and it shouldn't be close

2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: It's Dalton Risner vs. Brian Burns in the final, and it shouldn't be close

NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the final matchup.

The championship round of the 2019 Redskins Draft Bracket features Dalton Risner going up against Brian Burns.

So, how'd the two prospects get here, and who should win the whole thing as the fans' ideal first-round pick? Let's answer those questions now.

Risner: Frankly, Risner's rise is a total shock. The Kansas State lineman has ousted Daniel Jones, Jachai Polite and Montez Sweat(!). All three of those can be perceived as upsets. Can he possibly pull off a fourth?

Burns: Burns dropped two LSU foes in Devin White and Greedy Williams, then took out Drew Lock to get here. Perhaps he's the one who'll end Risner's wild run through the this tournament.

Who should win?: With his versatility, strength and consistency, Risner should absolutely improve whatever NFL offensive line he ends up on. 

However, his pairing with Burns should go one way, and one way only: With Burns winning. Easily.

Yes, the Redskins need a guard, which Risner could play if asked since the team already has Trent Williams and Morgan Moses at tackle. 

Yes, adding a young, cheap talent is also necessary, considering how much money the 'Skins have invested up front already. 

But the impact of Burns, a speedster off the edge who could elevate Washington's defense as a threat opposite Ryan Kerrigan, would far outweigh Risner's.

That's not to mention that Risner would be quite a reach at pick No. 15, while Burns figures to go right around that slot.

Risner's trip through this setup will go down in Redskins Draft Bracket history. It will be remembered fondly and give hope to future prospects down the line. But it should also end in a blowout, and with Burgundy and Gold fans crowning Brian Burns as their dream first-rounder.

You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.

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