Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 28, the day of the first round of the NFL Draft.
—At Redskins Park: Conference call with Redskins’ first-round pick soon after pick has been made; Jay Gruden talks to the media after first round is over.
—The Redskins last played a game 109 days ago. It will be 137 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Rookie minicamp 15; OTAs start 26 Redskins training camp starts 91
—Get ready for a late night. The latest that the Redskins have drafted in the first round since they went with the 8:00 prime time start for the first round is 16th, when they took Ryan Kerrigan in 2011. They picked fourth in 2010 (Trent Williams), second in 2012 (Robert Griffin III), and fifth last year (Brandon Scherff). Those were pretty early nights. With 10 minutes between picks the Redskins won’t be on the clock until at least 11:00, maybe closer to 11:30.
—Get ready to hear about all of the flaws of the Redskins’ first-round draft pick. This just in—players picked past the top five all have flaws. The further down in the first round you go the more issues the players have. Scot McCloughan isn’t going to be looking for a perfect player. He will be looking at that player’s issues and trying to figure out if the coaches can fix them and/or work around them. But perhaps most importantly, McCloughan will have looked into that player’s background to see if he is willing to put in the work needed to improve his game.
—Get ready to be surprised. As many possibilities as there are with 20 picks before the Redskins go on the clock and the unorthodox way that McCloughan looks at “football players”, the Redskins’ pick could be someone who hasn’t been on anybody’s radar. Yes, I know you wouldn't really be shocked if the "experts" are wrong. The focus has been on five to ten possibilities, there are probably twice that many actual possibilities.
—Get ready to see the Redskins come away empty handed. Being that close to the end of the first round, a trade back could easily land with them having their first pick of the draft come in the second round. That doesn’t start until 7 p.m. on Friday.
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