Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 13, 17 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.
Question of the day
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Today's question is from Twitter:
First let’s work through a couple of assumptions here. One is the notion that the Redskins will trade back. I believe that Scot McCloughan wants to trade back but only is the right deal is there. He is not going to give away the pick and make a deal for the sake of making a deal.
And remember that while every team in the top five every year has multiple needs, giving them every incentive to want to trade down, the vast majority of top-five picks get used without being traded first.
The other assumption is that the Redskins would want to draft an offensive tackle in the first round if they did move back. The fact that they were very interested in a few right tackles during free agency is a good indication that McCloughan sees that the position could use an upgrade that Morgan Moses and Tom Compton won’t necessarily provide. But they weren’t interested enough to stay in the bidding when the price tag got to in the $5 million per year range so perhaps they don’t see the position as the five-alarm fire that many fans do. Perhaps it’s something they would address later in the draft.
But let’s say they do trade back and end up somewhere between the 10th and 15th pick in the first round and that they do have taking a tackle in mind. Who would McCloughan take? There are likely to be some good choices on the board and maybe one or two good ones who will be gone by the time the Redskins’ pick comes along.
We don’t have access to the Redskins’ draft board so let’s see how NFL.com’s Mike Mayock has the offensive tackles ranked.
- La’el Collins, LSU
- Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL)
- J. Humphries, Florida
- Andrus Peat, Stanford
- Tie, T.J. Clemmings, Pitt, Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
Note that Mayock ranks Brandon Scherff of Iowa as an interior lineman. Many analysts have him shifting from a college tackle to an NFL guard, although that will ultimately be up to the team that drafts him.
I think that the one the Redskins would go after if he’s still on the board is Flowers. McCloughan has a preference for bigger players and at 6-6, 329, Flowers fits that description. But he has good feet and moves like a much lighter player.
There’s no question that his technique needs a lot of work. But that’s not unusual for a player his size. His college position coach isn’t going to spend a whole lot of time coaching up a guy who can get the job done most of the time on his size and strength alone. After a season of polishing with Bill Callahan, Flowers could be a very solid right tackle for years to come.
McCloughan won’t necessarily reject the other five on Mayock’s list. But they all weighed in at under 315 lb. at the NFL Combine and if all other factors are equal (and they rarely are), I see McCloughan going with the bigger player.
—It’s been 106 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 153 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 7; 2015 NFL Draft 17; Redskins minicamp starts 64
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