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Need to Know: What position will the Redskins take in the first round?

Need to Know: What position will the Redskins take in the first round?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 9, 18 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 8
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 33
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 45
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 154

What position will the Redskins draft in the first round?

There are a lot of names the Redskins could draft with pick No. 17 but the position those players play is finite. Let’s break out the $100 in imaginary casino chips and spread them out among the five positions that look the be the most likely.

Running back, $30—If Christian McCaffrey is still on the board at No. 17 I don’t think that they bypass him. The offense needs a focal point who is going to be here in 2018 if Kirk Cousins is gone. And if Cousins ends up staying the offense could be nearly unstoppable. Taking a quarterback here is risky (although I’m not ruling it out entirely) so a versatile running back like McCaffrey could be the way to go.

Defensive line, $25—I agree with the masses that this would probably be the right move. But the Redskins could be staring at Malik McDowell being the best available D-lineman and he could well be a late first- or second-round talent. They may have him graded better than that and take him but it would seem like a reach. If they trade back the possibility of them going D-line will grow. 

Inside linebacker, $20—This could be a matter of an inside linebacker being much better than anyone else on the board. That will definitely be the case of Reuben Foster slides to No. 17 and it could be the case if Hasson Reddick is there. Their top three inside LB's are all slated to be free agents in 2018 so the need is there. 

Edge/Outside LB, $15—They have some pretty good players here but with Junior Galette and Trent Murphy set to be free agents and Preston Smith wildly inconsistent the only reliable edge rusher is Ryan Kerrigan. Derek Barnett, Taco Charlton or maybe T.J. Watt could be the pick here.

Interior O-line, $10—I can’t rule out Forrest Lamp going here as Shawn Lauvo’s replacement. But I don’t think it would be a good use of the pick and I don’t think that Jay Gruden would either.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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