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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Redskins got themselves aa steal in Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the No. 17 overall pick.

On Friday, the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, and the Redskins head into the second day with two picks at their disposal.

The Redskins will select No. 49 overall (2nd-17) and No. 81 overall (3rd-17) unless they make a draft day trade.

Will the Redskins make a trade? Who are the best available players in the second and third round? 

The CSN NFL Draft Second Round Live Blog has you covered.

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What: 2017 NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3
When: Friday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

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Lets head to the Live blog (Click here for First Round Live Blog):

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT SECOND ROUND TRACKER

11:50 PM - The third round has come to an end. The Packers will be first up when the draft resumes on Saturday. 

11:33 PM - 105TH PICK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS TAKE PITTSBURGH RB JAMES CONNER.

James Conner beat cancer. Now he's going to beat NFL defenders into the end zone in his hometown. An incredible story.

11:23 PM - Kid, I have an idea... you back up the two-time Super Bowl champion. 

11:20 PM - 99TH PICK: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES TAKE WEST VIRGINIA CB RASUL DOUGLAS.

Unfortunately, the Eagles have addressed their need in the secondary. 

11:03 PM - 92ND PICK: DALLAS COWBOYS TAKE MICHIGAN CB JOURDAN LEWIS.

The Cowboys add another cornerback. Given how the rest of the division has reloaded at receiver, a wise strategy. 

11:00 PM - 91ST PICK: LOS ANGELES RAMS TAKE BOSTON COLLEGE S JOHN JOHNSON.

10:36 PM - 84TH PICK: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TAKE PENN STATE WR CHRIS GODWIN. 

As if the Bucs didn't already have enough offensive firepower. 

10:26 PM - 81ST PICK: WASHINGTON REDSKINS TAKE UCLA CB FABIAN MOREAU.

London Fletcher gave it right back to the Philly fans. 

10:15 PM - 78TH PICK: BALTIMORE RAVENS TAKE ALABAMA OLB TIM WILLIAMS. 

Alabama to DMV continues. 

10:02 PM - 74TH PICK: BALTIMORE RAVENS TAKE MICHIGAN DE CHRIS WORMLEY

9:52 PM - 69TH PICK: LOS ANGELES RAMS TAKE EASTERN WASHINGTON WR COOPER KUPP.

Nice. 

9:39 PM - WE'VE REACHED THE THIRD ROUND. 65TH PICK: CLEVELAND BROWNS TAKE CHARLOTTE DT LARRY OGUNJOBI.

9:15 PM - 60TH PICK: DALLAS COWBOYS SELECT COLORADO CB CHIWODE AWUZIE. 

Drew Pearson, who announced the pick, turned heel on Philly.

And the full video:

9:04 PM - 56TH PICK: OAKLAND RAIDERS SELECT UCONN S OBI MELIFONWU.

Washington still has a need at safety and that is one less on the board when the Redskins are up next.

8:58 PM - 55TH PICK: NEW YORK GIANTS SELECT ALABAMA DT DALVIN TOMLINSON.

The Giants added another star in the middle of their defensive line.

8:47 PM - 52ND PICK: CLEVELAND BROWNS SELECT NOTRE DAME QB DESHONE KIZER. 

8:28 PM - 49TH PICK: WASHINGTON REDSKINS SELECT ALABAMA OLB RYAN ANDERSON.

Redskins are 2-for-2 on drafting Alabama defensive stars. Roll Tide. 

8:24 PM - 48TH PICK: CINCINNATI BENGALS TAKE OKLAHOMA RB JOE MIXON.

So, there's that. 

8:14 PM - 45TH PICK: CHICAGO BEARS TAKE ASHLAND TE ADAM SHAHEEN.

The first non-FBS player selected in the draft. 

8:05 PM - 43RD PICK: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES TAKE WASHINGTON CB SIDNEY JONES.

Another player the Redskins really liked and could have taken at No. 49. Now he's going to a rival. Ouch. 

7:53 PM - 41ST PICK: MINNESOTA VIKINGS TAKE FLORIDA STATE RB DALVIN COOK.

He seemed to be one of the Redskins favorite prospects. They will have to look elsewhere at running back now.

7:41 PM - 38TH PICK: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS TAKE WESTERN KENTUCKY G/C FORREST LAMP.

He was mocked to the Redskins often throughout the draft process. Also, he loves lamp:

7:34 PM - 36TH PICK: ARIZONA CARDINALS TAKE WASHINGTON S BUDDA BAKER.  

Another potential target for the Redskins is off the board. 

7:25 PM - 35TH PICK: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS TAKE MICHIGAN STATE DL MALIK MCDOWELL. 

McDowell was considered a target of the Redskins, so that is one man off the list. 

7:15 PM - THE FIRST PICK OF THE SECOND ROUND IS IN --  33RD PICK: GREEN BAY TAKES WASHINGTON CB KEVIN KING. 

The Packers were considered one of the teams likely to take RB Dalvin Cook. Could his slide continue to No. 49? 

7:13 PM - Do you get it? Do you? His name is Taco! 

7:05 PM - You won't believe this, but the Philadelphia crowd let Roger Goodell have it ... again. 

6:22 PM - File this in the "stories we didn't expect to see" folder -- Per Anita Marks, the Giants were looking to trade up for QB Pat Mahomes II from Texas Tech. I guess Eli Manning can't play forever, but using a first round pick on his heir apparent in 2017 didn't seem likely.

5:27 PM - As more information about CB Gareon Conley taking a polygraph has come out, so too have questions about the legality of it. 

4:50 PM - Rich Tandler narrowed down the Redskins' second and third-round NFL Draft choices to just five guys. Here they are. 

4:45 PM - This list will be important today. Who are the best available players the Redskins could think about drafting in the second round?

4:30 PM - We wrote about this, but this graphic is worth looking at again. And again. And again.

4:20 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

4:05 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

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Early returns show solid Redskins squad, with potential for more

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Early returns show solid Redskins squad, with potential for more

More than 100 days remain before the Redskins take the field in meaningful NFL action.

Any and all excitement needs to be tempered, significantly, because what happens on a practice field in May without pads does not represent what will happen in September, October and beyond. 

Still, the Redskins group that took the field this week for OTAs showed promise. 

New quarterback Alex Smith looked crisp, connecting with a variety of wideouts and commanding the huddle. New wideout Paul Richardson made the best play of the session when he streaked down the field past rookie cornerback Greg Stroman and hauled in a deep pass from Smith. The play showed Smith's ability to identify open receivers downfield, as well as Richardson's ability to go up and grab a contested catch. Even Stroman, the seventh-round rookie, positioned himself well, he just fell victim to a perfect pass and tremendous athleticism.

That was only one play in a two-hour session. Again, don't take too much from May, when players don't wear pads or engage in any of the violence that the NFL is predicated upon. But the OTAs do serve a purpose, both for players and coaches, and there were nuggets to absorb and try to project for the fall. Here they are:

  • Jay Gruden made clear he's not concerned about the health of his offensive line. Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are recuperating from offseason surgery, but Gruden believes both are on track for when things start to matter. It's a good thing the coach isn't concerned because this was the 'Skins line in OTAs (left to right): Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, John Kling. Should that lineup take the field this fall, there will be trouble. 
     
  • The Redskins lost Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason, and the secondary depth will be something to watch throughout training camp. At OTAs, newly signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick lined up opposite Josh Norman in the team's base 3-4 defense. In nickel and dime coverage, Quinton Dunbar lined up opposite Norman and Scandrick moved to the slot. As things progress, it will be interesting to see if Dunbar surpasses Scandrick in base coverage, and what becomes of 2017 third-round pick Fabian Moreau. Stay tuned.  
     
  • Rookie running back Derrius Guice looked every part of the first-round talent many judged him to be before draft season rumors caused him to slide to the late second round. Guice cuts with authority and is able to see holes before they form and patiently wait to hit the open space. Guice also looked fine in pass-catching drills, one area that was a question coming out of LSU (but that says more about LSU's prehistoric offense). Watching the Redskins offense work, it seems clear Guice will be the heaviest used runner this fall.
     
  • That said, don't count out Robert Kelley. He looks leaner and plenty quick, showing a few impressive runs during the session. Byron Marshall also looked good, and Gruden pointed out his success in his post-OTA press conference. The running back group will have plenty of competition all the way through Richmond. 
     
  • Jonathan Allen has switched jersey numbers from 95 to 93. Rookie Daron Payne is now wearing 95. Payne and Allen both went to Alabama, both are huge, and both play defensive line. The number switch will take some getting used to. 
     
  • Zach Brown missed the OTA session as he was moving, and interestingly in his spot with the starting defense was Josh Harvey-Clemons. The second-year pro out of Louisville showed impressive speed in coverage, and remember he played safety in college and performed quite well. He has ball skills and great size to be a coverage linebacker. Some were surprised when the Redskins kept JHC last season at the cut to 53, but his development appears to be paying off for the organization. 
     
  • Another linebacker that made a play was Zach Vigil. He impressed for the Redskins late last season and was running the Washington second-team defensive huddle. At one point, Vigil broke through the line of scrimmage and blew up a run play. That prompted D.J. Swearinger to yell from the sideline, "OK Zach. OK ZACH!"
     
  • Speaking of Swearinger, the Redskins defensive captain seemed in midseason form when it comes to yelling encouragement on the field. Nobody hypes up the defense like Swearinger, particularly when the secondary makes a big play. On one pass Dunbar made a nice diving play to break up a pass, and Swearinger and Josh Norman got very fired up, shouting and jumping around. The entire defense responded. Little stuff like that helps disrupt the monotony of offseason work. 
     
  • Jamison Crowder looks jacked and quick. The end. 

 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 25, 62 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins' dead cap—This post does a good job of outlining where the Redskins’ dead cap came from. It should be noted that dead cap is a part of the cost of doing business in the NFL and the Redskins have done fairly well managing it this year. Only about a dozen teams have less dead cap on the books than the Redskins $5.2 million. 

Tandler's Take—The best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2018 Redskins—I received some comments saying that my worst-case scenario, a 6-10 finish, is not low enough. Since we’re talking about events that won’t begin to happen for about three and a half months, I can’t really argue with them. But it’s just hard for me to see them dropping more than a game from last year when they were hit harder with injuries than any other team in the NFL. 

Pre-OTAs Redskins player one-liners, defense—An extension for Matt Ioannidis seemed preposterous a year ago, now it seems like a good idea. How many sacks for Lanier? When will Ryan Anderson get his first sack? Plus offensive player one-liners here

Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp—You can’t tell everything from OTAs, but you can tell some things. Taking another look at this post, I gave a good, detailed look at the session, but I didn’t really mention the overall feel, which was fun and energetic. 

Tweet of the week

Certainly, Derrius Guice is the fan favorite of the rookie class. But the great reaction to this tweet shows that there is plenty of love for Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, last year’s top pick. 

In 2016, the starting defensive line consisted of Ricky Jean Francois, Chris Baker, and  Ziggy Hood. The top reserve was Cullen Jenkins. They all had their good qualities and made some plays. But Baker was the youngster of the group and he turned 30 during the season. It clearly was a group on the decline. 

Two years later, the picture is quite different. Payne and Allen lead a younger group that will get better over the next few years. Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, and Stacy McGee should round out the group. McGee is by far the senior member of the group at age 28. None of the others have celebrated his 25thbirthday yet. 

Fans should perhaps temper their optimism with the knowledge that potential doesn’t always develop into performance. But unlike years past there is something to look forward to. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 18
—Training camp starts (7/26) 62
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 76

The Redskins last played a game 145 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 107 days. 

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