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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft an edge rusher at No. 5, which one will they take?

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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft an edge rusher at No. 5, which one will they take?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 6, 24 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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Today's question if from the comment section here on Real Redskins:

Happy to answer your question, Jeff, and thanks for framing it that way. Asking what the odds are gives me a chance to utilize one of my favorite recurring themes here on Real Redskins--the mythical casino chips.

There are four highly rated edge defenders who could be on the board when the Redskins go on the clock with the fifth overall pick. All of them—Dante Flowler of Florida, Randy Gregory of Nebraska, Vic Beasley of Clemson and Shane Ray of Missouri—have been linked to the Redskins in various high-profile mock drafts. If the Redskins take one of them, which one will they take?

If I had a mythical $100 in casino chips, here is how I would spread them out among the four contenders:

Dante Fowler, $45—I think Fowler is most likely to be the pick because he’s the best all-around defender of the group. He has spent plenty of time on two feet so he will adjust quickly to the 3-4 outside linebacker spot. Some scouts believe that once he settles into one position instead of moving all over the field like he did at Florida he will truly blossom into a star.

Vic Beasley, $35—He is also well suited for the outside linebacker spot. His speed and quickness make him an exceptional edge rusher but his run-stopping ability is suspect.

Shane Ray, $15—Although he’s quick and powerful, many doubt if he has the athletic ability to play linebacker and at 245 lb. he’s not big enough to play end in a 4-3. The former issue could make the Redskins hesitant to draft him and a combination of the size and athleticism might send him further down in the draft.

Randy Gregory, $5—Even before his failed drug test at the combine was revealed I was doubtful that he was Scot McCloughan’s type of player. Red flags include him losing his scholarship offer to Purdue due to academic issues in high school, a propensity to take plays off, and two failed drug tests prior to the one at the combine. There’s no question that he’s talented but there are too many other good edge rushers on the board to deal with the potential issues.

By the way, not that anybody asked but right now if I had $100 to bet on what position the Redskins will draft if they stay at No. 5, I’d put $60 on edge rusher, $30 on wide receiver and $10 on the rest.

Timeline

—It’s been 99 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 160 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 14; 2015 NFL Draft 24; Redskins training camp starts 115

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