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McCloughan got exactly what he wanted in Scherff

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McCloughan got exactly what he wanted in Scherff

Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff possesses all of the traits Scot McCloughan sought in his first pick as Redskins general manager, he said Monday.

“He’s the whole package,” McCloughan told reporters at Redskins Park. “That’s what I look for. …I’ve seen players succeed [who] have that much ability. But also throw in the character, the passion, the competitiveness, the toughness that he has, I wanted my first pick to be, no matter what, somebody that’s not just an impressive player but an impressive person, and somebody you can build around.”

He added: “Not only does he come in as a good football player, guys around him will be better because of the way he approaches the game.”

McCloughan is as high on Scherff's ability on the field as he is about Scherff's leadership off of it. But the general manager was also quick to point out that the former Iowa standout still must earn a spot in the starting lineup.

“The thing about it was as soon as we drafted him, everybody was like, ‘Okay, he’s going to be your starting right tackle,” McCloughan said. “No, no. He’s got to come in and earn the job.”

Assuming Scherff does claim the starting right tackle job, McCloughan sidestepped what that could mean for Morgan Moses and Tom Compton. At the NFL owners meetings in March, Coach Jay Gruden said that he expected Moses, a 2014 third rounder, and Compton, who started the final nine games last season, would battle it out. But that, of course, was before Scherff's arrival.

Asked if Moses might be moved to guard, McCloughan said: “Certainly. The worst-case scenario is, Morgan doesn’t get a starting job. Now you’ve got a really good backup. You’re going to need him. Guys get nicked.”

Who plays where will be sorted out during OTAs and training camp. But it certainly sounds as though McCloughan expects Scherff to be the starter Week 1 at right tackle—and for several years after that. 

“He’s going to succeed not just because of his athleticism and size and toughness but his instincts for the position,” McCloughan added. “He knows how to play tackle. …You can’t teach instincts."

RELATED: [Character counted for McCloughan in his first Redskins draft]

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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