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NFL Draft 2017: Surprise pick but reasons to like Redskins 2nd rounder Ryan Anderson

NFL Draft 2017: Surprise pick but reasons to like Redskins 2nd rounder Ryan Anderson

The Redskins continued a trend on Friday with their second round selection: drafting Alabama defensive players. This time it was an edge rusher in Ryan Anderson, a pick that surprised many

Most draft experts pegged Anderson as a third or fourth round pick, and Washington took the 'Bama linebacker with plenty of more notable names still on the board. The biggest knock on Anderson is a lack of speed, his 40-time came in at 4.78. 

Beyond that? There is plenty to like.

Despite coming to Tuscaloosa as a five-star recruit, Anderson earned his minutes over time. In four seasons, he incremantally improved, became a starter as a senior and posted his best statistical year with 18.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.

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What Washington might like most is he is a well disciplined player that plays assignment perfect football. And, oh yeah, he's extremely motivated.

On a conference call, Anderson said his goal is to be the best outside linebacker in the draft. Asked about the pre-draft process, where his lack of speed was highlighted, Anderson was clear.

"I'm not a combine warrior. I'm a football player."

Scot McCloughan famously wanted football players. Though he's gone, that desire likely remains within the halls at Redskins Park.  

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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Check out the 2020 NFL Draft stage at the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas

Check out the 2020 NFL Draft stage at the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas

Whoever the Redskins select with the second overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, whether that be Chase Young or someone else, will have quite the entrance to the stage.

The site of this year's draft is Las Vegas, the first time the gambling mecca has hosted the event. Of course, the city was going to put its own twist on it.

The stage of the 2020 NFL Draft will be on the Fountains of Bellagio water, and players will take a boat from the draft green room to the stage.

Seriously. A boat. Take a look at the set up below.

Fans will also have easy access to watch the draft from the Vegas strip.

The entire set up looks larger than life. The draft has transformed from a one-day event at Radio City Music Hall to a full weekend experience.

With all these added features in Vegas, this year's draft experience certainly won't disappoint.

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