Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 13, 14 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 4
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 29
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 41
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 150

Five low-risk picks for the Redskins

Many analysts are wondering how the Redskins’ front office structure, or lack thereof, is going to affect their draft strategy. Some think that the dismissal of Scot McCloughan, which came at an awkward time to say the least, will push the Redskins into a very conservative mode for the draft. The focus will be on players with high floors and not high ceilings, according to this line of thinking.

While I don’t necessarily buy this narrative—I don’t think that Bruce Allen is afraid to take a chance—it’s interesting to examine safe picks. Here are some low-risk picks who might be on the board when the Redskins’ first- and second-round picks are on the clock.

G Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky—He’ll be able to be plugged in at guard or center and play there the next seven-plus seasons. Lamp won’t excite anyone, particularly Jay Gruden, but he will be a solid contributor.

S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut—A four-year starter who is very athletic and savvy. Melifonwu has great size (6-4, 224) and is an excellent downhill tackler.

Edge Takkarist McKinley, UCLA—He’s quick and athletic enough to come in and get half a dozen sacks as a rookie. McKinley also has a high motor and a solid work ethic.


S Budda Baker, Washington—A three-year starter for the Huskies, Baker also can cover in the slot. He plays with a passion that makes up for his lack of stature (5-10, 180).

DL Caleb Brantley, Florida—He has the bulk (6-3, 307) to be an asset against the run and the burst to create pressure on the quarterback. Brantley is just the sort of tough, physical lineman that Jim Tomsula could mold into a very productive player.

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