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Redskins draft board: Quarterback

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Redskins draft board: Quarterback

With the busy portion of the free agency period completed, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2015 NFL draft and, specifically, needs the Redskins still have. (Yes, there are many.) Over the next few weeks, we’ll rank those needs in order from least to most important. We’ll also examine prospects that could be a fit.

No. 3

Quarterback

Current depth chart: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy.

Comment: There’s no position in football more important than quarterback. And right now there’s no question at Redskins Park more important than the following: Do they have one?

There are three quarterbacks on the roster as the offseason program begins, and none of them has proven he’s capable of being a bona fide No. 1.

Not yet, anyway.

Coach Jay Gruden named Griffin the starter in February and so he’ll get the first crack at the job, despite being benched the past two seasons. Considering Griffin’s upside—not to mention the king’s ransom the team paid to acquire him just three years ago—this should come as little surprise.

Cousins and McCoy figure to get an opportunity to compete, though from the sounds of it, they’d need an exceptionally strong performance to overtake Griffin during OTAs or training camp.

Griffin recently was quoted by NFL.com as saying General Manager Scot McCloughan has told him, “I’m going to put the 10 best players around you to maximize your potential.” Griffin also said he’s under the impression McCloughan does not intend to draft a quarterback with No. 5 overall pick. (The top two prospects—Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota—are widely expected to be off the board by then, anyway.)

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported last week that the Redskins are believed to be leaning toward picking up the $16 million, fifth-year option on Griffin’s contract but will wait until after the draft—just in case Mariota falls. The first round is Thursday; the deadline for triggering the clause in Griffin’s contract is next Sunday.

What does it all mean? It probably means the Redskins’ quarterback depth chart won’t change a whole lot in the coming weeks—except for the possible addition of a mid-to-late round draft pick.

Three potential draft targets:

  • Brett Hundley, UCLA

Possesses a sturdy, athletic, well-built 6 foot 3, 226-pound frame. Passed for an average of 3,322 yards and 25 touchdowns the past three seasons, while rushing for an average of 582. Scouts, however, question his feel for the position and note that he was sacked 125 times during those three seasons. NFL.com projects him as fourth or fifth round selection.  

  • Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Also projected by NFL.com as a fourth or fifth round pick, Grayson (6-2, 213 pounds) solidified his status as a legit prospect with a strong 2014 season. Completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 4,006 yards and 32 touchdowns. Possesses adequate arm talent, but impressed scouts with his toughness and poise in the pocket.

  • Connor Halliday, Washington State

McCloughan brought Halliday (6-3, 196 pounds) to Redskins Park for a visit. He won’t wow anyone with his arm or athleticism, but possesses traits worth developing. As a junior, he passed for 4,597 yards on an FBS-leading 714 attempts. NFL.com projects Halliday as a seventh round selection or possibly a priority free agent.

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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here

 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

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 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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