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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Full Redskins mock draft, state of inside LBs

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 15, 12 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 2
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 27
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 39
—Training camp starts (7/27) 103
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 148

The Redskins week that was

My take on five of the most popular post from the past week on CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft, ver. 1.0—I’ve said that I don’t like the first-round pick of G Forrest Lamp; I don’t think a guard will have enough impact to help the team improve. I did like the fourth-round selection of Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. He has the potential to be the deep threat that the team will miss after the departure of DeSean Jackson. Westbrook won’t be as good or as feared as Jackson but he could provide enough of a downfield threat to loosen up defenses.

What position will the Redskins take in the first round?—A look at the draft board should seriously tamp down expectations of the team getting an impact defensive lineman in the first round. It just doesn’t look like one will be there unless they want to gamble the Malik McDowell will mature into a consistent star.

Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options—Moving up in the first round is expensive; even going up a few slots would cost the Redskins a possible future starter. Moving down might be the way to go in this draft since there may not be a whole lot of difference between the players available midway through the first and those who will be around late in the first. But you have to find someone who wants to trade up.

 

Five low-risk players the Redskins may consider in the draft—With the Redskins having undergone some poorly timed front office turmoil with the dismissal of Scot McCloughan just as free agency started, some are saying that the team will take a low-risk approach in the draft. I’m not so sure they will but if they do value high floors over high ceilings, here are some possible early-round picks.

Brown adds playmaking element to Redskins' inside linebackers—The addition of Zach Brown should mean better, more athletic play from the team’s inside linebackers. But Brown’s one-year deal means that the top three players at the position will be free agents in 2018. That means that the Redskins could well be looking to add talent at inside linebacker in the draft, perhaps in the first few rounds.

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