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Redskins seven-round Redskins mock draft, version 2.0

Redskins seven-round Redskins mock draft, version 2.0

Here is my second go at a full Redskins mock draft (find version 1.0 here). Again, I was trying to think of what the Redskins would do, not necessarily what I would do. I was open to trades in this go-around but with 10 picks already I was offered nothing compelling enough to add to the stockpile of selections.

Round 1 Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Reuben Foster, Haason Reddick, Christian McCaffrey were all off the board. If I wanted to go defense the best choice was the versatile Jabrill Peppers of Michigan. I would not be shocked if the Redskins took him but I think that Jay Gruden loves what Cook can do for the offense. 

READ MORE: Draft countdown on Dalvin Cook

Round 2 Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

The D-line choices here were third-round talents as were any inside LB prospects. Tankersley has good length at 6-1 and good ball-hawking skills as evidenced by his nine interceptions in his last two seasons.

Round 3 Elijah Qualls, DL, Washington

How about that, a case where need meets the best available player. At 6-1, 313 he could either play nose tackle or work as a defensive end. Maybe you’d like a player with more versatility in the third—you’re not going to get much in the way of pass rush from Qualls—but given the need Qualls is a solid pick.

Round 4(a) Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State

This would be something of a steal, getting a three-time first-team All-Big 10 player who was a captain at Ohio State. At 6-3, 303 they might want him to put on a few pounds and, as is the case with most fourth-round picks, he’s not an instant starter. But in 2018 he should be ready to start at center if Spencer Long is gone as a free agent or if Long moves to guard assuming Shawn Lauvao moves on.

Round 4(b) Deatrich Wise, DL, Arkansas

At 274 pounds, he will need to add some weight to play end in the 3-4. Wise has the power to be effective against the run and some good pass-rushing ability (8 sacks as a part-time player as a junior). He had a disappointing senior season due in part to a hand injury, which is why a player with Wise’s physical talent is available in the fourth round. The Redskins would need to be confident that he can bounce back and work to improve.

RELATED: NFL Mock Draft Version 9.0

Round 5 Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

We heard a lot from Kirk Cousins this week and his presence on the roster in 2018 is still a coin flip. Dobbs could be the perfect understudy. The aerospace engineering major has good size and speed, which translates into playmaking ability. He needs to do a lot of work on footwork and decision making but that is what his redshirt year (or maybe two) would be for.

Round 6(a) Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, NT, USC

If you don’t like Qualls at nose tackle, this guy could be the solution. At 331 pounds, he’s an effective space eater.  He’s also active and gets good separation.

Round 6(b) Hardy Nickerson, LB, Illinois

At this point in the draft, the two best players on the board are a kicker and a punter. Hard pass. I’m going to put my chips down on bloodlines and take Nickerson, whose father, also named Hardy Nickerson, played inside linebacker in the league for 16 years and was first-team All-Pro twice for the Bucs. The younger Hardy doesn’t seem to have that ability but at this point in the draft I’ll take a competitor who could help on special teams.

Round 7(a) Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State

Many wide receivers coming out of college, even those drafted in the early rounds, need extensive work on running pass routes properly. If you can get a seventh-round pick like Rudolph, who already has some polish in his routes, you take him.

MORE REDSKINS: What will they do with pick No. 17?

Round 7(b) Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State

Remembering that the team’s top three inside linebackers all are slated to be free agents in 2018, this pick continues the tradition of taking a developmental inside LB late in the draft (Martrell Spaight in 2015, Steven Daniels in 2016).

Summary: I know that that a running back in the first is a controversial selection for the Redskins but there wasn’t a defensive player on the board who would have more impact. Three of the next four picks are on defense as are six of the total of 10 selections so that side of the ball does get a good infusion of young talent.

The glaring omission is an edge rusher. I think the Redskins will find one at some point in the first few rounds but the board didn’t play out that well for me.

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Redskins schedule preview: Weeks 13 and 17 vs. Eagles

Redskins schedule preview: Weeks 13 and 17 vs. Eagles

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the two games against the Eagles. 

Week 13 December 3 (Monday night), Lincoln Financial Field

Week 17, December 30, FedEx Field

2017 Eagles: 13-3, First in NFC East, Super Bowl champions 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 10.5

Early line: Week 13, Redskins +7.5; No lines established for Week 17

Key additions: DE Michael Bennett, WR Mike Wallace

Key losses: DE Vinny Curry, WR Torrey Smith, RB LeGarrette Blount, DT Beau Allen

Notable: Quarterback Carson Wentz is aiming to be ready for Week 1 after suffering a torn ACL late in the season.  

Biggest questions: 

  • If Wentz isn’t ready, the Eagles have Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles ready. Is the real Foles the one who has been a journeyman or the one who starred in the playoffs? And will Wentz continue the freewheeling style that helped make him successful after the injury?
  • After winning Philadelphia its first Super Bowl, will the Eagles suffer from a hangover? 

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 82-75-6; the Eagles won both meetings last year after Washington had won five straight. 

Series notables

The first time: October 10, 1937, Griffith Stadium — With the Redskins trailing 7-0, rookie Sammy Baugh twice led the Redskins deep into Eagle territory. Washington couldn’t push it across the goal line either time, though, and Philly got out with a 14-0 win.

The last time: October 23, 2017, Lincoln Financial Field — The Redskins took a 10-3 lead midway through the second quarter, but Wentz and the Eagles took over after that, scoring 21 unanswered points. The Redskins got it back within a touchdown and on a third and eight play early in the fourth quarter, it looked like they had Wentz sacked. However, he scrambled out of trouble and ran for the first down. That drive ended with a touchdown pass and Philly went on to win 34-24.

The best time: January 5, 1991, Veterans Stadium — After getting pummeled by the Eagles in the Body Bag Game (see “The worst time” below), the Redskins qualified for the playoffs and got their shot at revenge. The seedings called for the Redskins to return to the scene of the crime, Veterans Stadium, for a first-round playoff contest.

A near turnover that wasn't was the game's turning point. The Redskins had taken a 7-6 lead and were driving for more when the ball popped loose from Earnest Byner's grasp when he was tackled at the Philadelphia six. CB Ben Smith scooped the ball up and ran 94 yards for an apparent TD. 

Fortunately for the Redskins, instant replay showed that the ground caused the fumble and the call was reversed, with the Redskins retaining possession. The reversal became a 10-point turnaround as Chip Lohmiller connected on a short FG and instead of a six-point deficit, the Redskins had a four-point lead. The Eagles' offense never could get untracked and the Redskins won 20-6.

The worst time: November 12, 1990, Veterans Stadium — As the Redskins went into 1990, the core players on the team, Art Monk, Joe Jacoby, Jeff Bostic, Charles Mann, Darrell Green, Don Warren, and Monte Coleman, were on or approaching the over the hill side of 30.  The team had gone from Super Bowl Champs in 1987 to a losing record in ’88 to out of the playoffs again in ’89. They were facing their last stand as they went into The Vet for a November Monday night game.

This one became known as "The Body Bag Game". Five Redskins had to be carted off of the field as Buddy Ryan's team knocked a total of nine out of the game, including both of the active QB's. The carnage induced one Eagle to yell, "Do you guys need any more body bags?'' as yet another injured Redskin was lying on the turf. The Eagles and Ryan taunted the Redskins after the game, a 28-14 Philadelphia win that was not nearly that close.

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year, and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career, Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys at rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Sprinkle as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center, although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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