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Need to Know: The draft will be the key to improvement for the 2017 Redskins

Need to Know: The draft will be the key to improvement for the 2017 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 20, 38 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 28
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 53
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 65
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 117
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 174

Monday morning three and out

1. The Redskins’ offseason workouts start four weeks from today. At that point it’s really more conditioning and pumping iron than it is about actual football. The date also happens to be 10 days prior to the NFL draft. The coaches will get one last look at what they have before they draft replacements for some of them.

2. A fan complains about the lack of progress in free agecy.

I warned anyone who would listen that the Redskins were not going to get much better in free agency. I said it when Scot McCloughan was the GM and I said it again recently. The free agent pool was very shallow and there were a lot of teams with a lot of cap space. Once the top handful of players at each position were gone the players left were not a significant upgrade.

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3. If the Redskins are going to get better this year they will need to get significant contributions from their top two draft picks and have a sleeper pick or two come through from one of the seven players they will be able to pick in rounds 4-7. It’s a deep draft so upgrading there is doable. Not easy, not a given, especially after the team gave McCloughan, one of the best draft talent evaluators in the business, the boot but possible. 

Out—it appears, is Duke Ihenacho.

Ihenacho’s career with the Redskins never really got any traction. He landed on injured reserve early in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The ’15 injury was particularly bad for him because he had won a starting job in training camp, beating out free agent acquisition Jeron Johnson. Last year he was inactive early but he wound up starting 10 games due to injuries. The coaches thought the freelanced too much and he missed team-high 15 tackles even though nine players played more snaps. Between the game tape and the addition of D.J. Swearinger, the move of Su’a Cravens to safety, and the likely return of DeAngelo Hall, there apparently wasn’t any support for keeping him around.

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2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent 2020 NFL Draft picks from experiencing the post-selection handshake with commissioner Roger Goodell, but that doesn't mean this year's draft will be completely devoid of that moment. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, EA Sports will create a virtual moment featuring Goodell shaking hands with each team's first-round pick to go along with a remote draft. 

In order to do this as accurately as possible, EA Sports reached out to a number of likely first-round picks to get an idea of how they planned to greet the commissioner the moment they were drafted. 

Each prospect will also choose a high school to receive a $2,500 grant toward its football program. 

Whether the Redskins draft Chase Young, Tua Tagovailoa or trade back, Washington fans will be able to see their newest addition virtually walk across the draft stage.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be anything but normal compared to recent years, though it'll at least have a few items like this to make it an enjoyable night for everyone involved. 

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How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

It's hard to believe, but the NFL Draft is less than three weeks away.

To break everything down, both the Redskins and Ravens crews here at NBC Sports Washington will debut a special show, Mock Draft Monday's presented by Papa John's, on Monday, April 6.

The Redskins hold the second overall pick in this year's draft, and many expect them to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young. Several draft experts have deemed Young as a generational talent and a can't miss prospect. But there's also the option of trading down in the draft to acquire more assets, and a QB-needy team like the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 could be a potential trade partner.

In addition to discussing what the Redskins will do with the No. 2 pick, the Redskins Talk crew will speak with newly-signed cornerback Kendall Fuller, Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann, and Miami Dolphins beat reporter Safid Deen, who discusses a potential trade with Washington.

A total of 26 picks in the first round will pass between when the Redskins make their choice at No. 2 and when the Baltimore Ravens make their selection at No. 28, barring neither side makes a trade. The Ravens have multiple positions of need, such as both the interior offensive and defensive line, as well as wide receiver. What Baltimore will do at the end of the first round remains a mystery.

In NBC Sports Washington's latest Mock Draft, the Redskins unsurprisingly select Young at No. 2 while the Ravens nab Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray.

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Here's everything you need to know.

NBCSW's Mock Draft Mondays: How to watch

What: Mock Draft Mondays presented by Papa John's

When: Monday, April 6

Time: 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Channel: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

Redskins Talent: JP Finlay, Julie Donaldson, Pete Hailey, Brian Mitchell, and Mitch Tischler

Ravens Talent: Andrew Gillis and Jordan Giorgio

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