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Need to Know: Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the NFL draft

Need to Know: Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the NFL draft

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

Timeline

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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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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