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Redskins mock draft roundup: Picks tilting towards defense

Redskins mock draft roundup: Picks tilting towards defense

I took my crack at a seven-round Redskins mock draft yesterday. As draft day approaches and all the information comes in, let’s see who the various analysts around the internet are picking for the Redskins in the first round of this year’s NFL draft.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com, Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Washington might be targeting a playmaker and they obviously need a running back. While other RBs are getting more hype, Cook is an outstanding talent.

Tandler’s take: Cook is who I took in the first round in the latest Redskins’ mock. There just isn’t enough help on the board on defense at that point to turn down a player who could have huge impact.

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Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple

Reddick can play off the line of scrimmage on run downs and rush off the edge on passing downs. He is an elite athlete who has really helped himself during the postseason.

Tandler’s take: Reddick is a great athlete but I’m a little concerned that he’s a combine warrior. I think that versatility is an asset and maybe the Redskins can get both an early-down inside linebacker and a nickel edge rusher with one pick here. But since he has to convert from being a defensive end at Temple he might take a year or so to develop.

Chris Burke, SI.com, Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

Washington doesn’t need to draft an edge rusher just because Trent Murphy will open the season on a four-game suspension. But it might draft one because there wasn’t much depth there in the first place. Harris can get after the QB and seems comfortable in space.

Tandler’s take: I like Harris OK but I’d like him a lot better if they traded back and got him later in the first round. One thing to keep in mind is that he didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school so his game is still evolving.

Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com, Forrest Lamp, C/G, Western Kentucky

Trying to predict a pick for a team without a general manager is fun. Ryan Kelly was the likely target last year, so the team (and previous GM’s grades) might indicate the top talent at the position being the pick. Lamp will be viewed as a center or guard in the NFL.

Tandler’s take: Norris is one of my favorite draft analysts but this is somewhat twisted logic here. Kelly likely would have been Scot McCloughan’s pick last year had he been on the board when the Redskins were on the clock. So with McCloughan now gone, is the current group going to essentially re-draft 2016 and try to get a duplicate of the guy they missed out on? I wouldn’t rule out Lamp being the pick but because he might be the best available player, not because they didn’t get a shot at Ryan Kelly in 2016.

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Rob Rang, CBSSports.com, Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

The Redskins surrendered an average of nearly 120 yards per game on the ground in 2016 and only three teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) allowed more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of the Combine after a run-in with medical personnel but his talent is undeniable. Possessing remarkable closing speed and the physicality to intimidate, he could prove a steal at this point in the draft.

Tandler’s take: While I think that this will be a good pick I’m skeptical that it will happen. He has some red flags including shoulder injuries, his altercation while waiting for a medical test at the combine, and a just-revealed failed drug test at the combine. The issue was a diluted sample. The red flags are what might make Foster, who is a top-10 talent, slide to 17. But if he does slide, will the Redskins look at the same red flags and decide they are fine with them? Can they take a chance with the their first-round pick? 

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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