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

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 3
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 28
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 40
—Training camp starts (7/27) 104
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 149

Could the Redskins draft a cornerback in the first round?

When you look through lists of Redskins draft needs, cornerback is rarely near the top of them if it appears on the lists at all. However, the Redskins are not in a position to reject talented players at any position.

The Redskins have Josh Norman as one starter. He is in his prime and under contract for four more years and there is no reason to think that he will need to be replaced any time soon. But beyond him, there are plenty of question marks.

Bashaud Breeland is in the last year of his contract. Kendall Fuller struggled last year and while there is hope he will live up to his potential he might not ever develop into a starter. Quinton Dunbar is a nice fourth corner but he’s not someone you want to rely on 1,000 snaps per year. Redskins are not on the short list of NFL teams that couldn’t use a quality cornerback.

This draft is deep in cornerbacks and the quality starts in the first round. There are four cornerbacks who could get first-round grades:

Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State is very quick and a good run defender in addition to having elite pass-defending skills in both press and off coverage.

 

—In what was supposed to have been an off year for the Buckeyes, they could have both of their corners go in the first round, maybe in the top 20. Gareon Conley needs some more polish, particularly against the run, but he has good ball skills and has the potential to be a good one.

—LSU has produced a few good defensive backs and Tre’Davious White could be the next one. He improved tremendously from 2015 to 2016.

—Another SEC product, Quincy Wilson of Florida, also is a good bet to go in the first round. At 6-1, 211 he has good size and he puts it to good use with his physical style. He also uses it to make this spectacular, one-handed interception against Kentucky.

With so many good cornerbacks in the first round the chances are good that one will be the player with the best grade when they are on the clock. When I did a mock draft for the Redskins recently pick No. 17 came on the board and the top three players on the board looked like this:

This illustrates a dilemma that teams face all the time early in the draft, when you don’t have a great need at a position but you fear you will regret bypassing a player at a premium position. We may see how the Redskins handle it on April 27.

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