I think theres a chance that the Redskins and their fans just might take a liking to this RG3 kid.Lets leave his on-field skills aside for the moment. We really wont see that at all until the Redskins take the field against the Saints in September and we wont see it fully developed for another few years.But we can see now what could make him one of the most popular athletes ever in Washington.He gets it.We have seen that in how he has dealt with fans and with the media. Griffins visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame provided some more evidence that he is firmly grounded and respects the right things.Jeff Darlington of NFL.com followed RG3 as he went through the hallowed halls and related a few of warm and fuzzy moments.The first was when he stopped to look at a mannequin in an old Redskins uniform. When he realized whose uniform it was, he was appropriately awed.Sammy Baugh, he said in a hushed tone.Baugh came from Texas with much fanfare to be the teams first quarterback after they moved from Boston. Griffin is from Texas and came here with 21st-century hype to be the teams next quarterback.Baugh led the Redskins to an NFL title as a rookie and is the best player in the teams history. Griffin has yet to step on the field but he appreciates what Baugh, and other players from that era, did for the game today."To know what those guys did back then and had to go through to get to where we are (standing) right now, it's extremely important for us to grasp so that we can know what our identity is," Griffin told Darlington later.Later on, Griffin looked at an exhibit of all of the Super Bowl rings awarded. A Hall of Fame employee pointed out the there were three rings there for the Redskins.Thats not enough rings, said Griffin. Weve got to get more.Redskins Nation is in unanimous agreement with RG3 there and there is a growing belief that he just might be the guy to lead to way to getting a few more Lombardis.
A quick reminder about gauging NFL mock drafts three months out before the actual fun in late April: Focus more on the position than the player.
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Public draft boards remain fluid and will remain in this flexible state for several weeks before hardening in early March after the Combine. Compared to pro scouts and front office personnel, outside analysts are always behind the curve. Opinions change once sources share internal projections and rumors spread.
There is also more time for homework on a concentrated batch rather than all of college football.
Alabama safety Deionte Thompson lived in the top 10 before the college football playoffs. Two games later, mock drafters dropped him into the 20’s after struggles against Oklahoma and Clemson. Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen, Oklahoma guard Cody Ford, Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner and Alabama running back Josh Jacobs are among the prospects positively trending.
Team needs, however, remain stable for weeks, outside of the rogue trade or contract extension. Clubs are not permitted to enter into contract negotiations with unrestricted free agents until March 11.
With the knowledge of strengths and weaknesses, study how many players at a position of interest are mocked with a general range of your team’s selection. This is more important for now than a specific prospect at a precise draft slot.
Now, it wouldn't be kosher to put entire mock drafts from other entities on our site (Click here for my latest full two-round mock draft).
Instead, here’s a sampling of what football thinkers are envisioning for the Redskins in the first round.
We have a trade. CBS moves the Redskins to the Green Bay’s selection at 12, while USA Today jumps Washington all the way to nine via Buffalo. Both scenarios have Washington selecting a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback reared in the Big 12 Conference. Apologies for the Robert Griffin III flashbacks.
As discussed here, the Redskins may at least need to jump Denver at 10 and Miami at 13 for a passer, assuming Murray or Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins slip past the Giants (6) and Jaguars (7).
NFL.com: Malcolm Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Pro Football Focus: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
Analyst Daniel Jeremiah states Brown, a true speed threat, makes for a “tempting” option assuming Washington sorts out its quarterback situation. PFF’s Steve Palazzolo writes Washington “needs to replenish their receiving corps and Arcega-Whiteside has one of the best combinations of body control and contested-catch skills in the draft.”
All fair points, but consider me a tad dubious about the Redskins going with a pass catcher at 15. The Redskins certainly need receiver help and more offensive playmakers overall. Adding a veteran ready to help meshes more with a coaching staff and perhaps front office likely putting more of a premium on immediate success after missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season. If slot target Jamison Crowder re-signs, that may eat up any remaining dollars directed for a receiver.
ESPN: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
Mel Kiper Jr. sends an edge rusher to Ashburn, specifically Florida’s Jachai Polite, who finished with 11 sacks this season. This need races to the top of Washington’s list should the team move on from free agent Preston Smith, and does not believe 2017 second-round pick Ryan Anderson can handle the gig.
SB Nation: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
“There are a number areas Washington could address with the No. 15 pick,” writes Dan Kadar. “Cornerback is one of them, and Murphy is pro-ready corner thanks to his instincts and ability to play the ball in the air.”
Again, fair points, and Murphy’s cover skills have some league voice considering him the draft’s top corner ahead of LSU’s Greedy Williams. However…
The Redskins could not really justify a corner in the first round if Josh Norman stays. Now, should they decide the high-priced defender provides more value as a salary cap casualty, then corner becomes a screaming need. It also looks like there will be a handful of corners potentially around on Day 2, including Clemson's Trayvon Mullen.
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Almost a month after his release, former Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger voiced some highly critical comments of Washington head coach Jay Gruden on his Instagram page.
"That coach y’all have will never win big cause it ain it him to coach discipline," Swearinger wrote in a comment on his page.
The backstory here needs telling.
While Swearinger was playing at a high level for Washington in 2018, he was clashing with the coaching staff.
Swearinger was released before the Redskins final game of the 2018 season after the safety made damning comments about defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Swearinger alleged that he watched more film than the defensive coaches and questioned the team's scheme in a critical moment of the Week 16 loss against the Titans.
This was not the first time Swearinger had gone public with complaints about coaching. It happened multiple times in 2018 and also in 2017.
After an ugly December loss against the Giants that caused Swearinger to criticize the team, Gruden publicly admonished his safety. Privately, the coach made clear that the behavior would not again be tolerated. Then, the Titans game happened, Swearinger blasted Mansuky. The safety was released a few days later.
Below are Swearinger's full comments from his Instagram page that came in a reply to a Redskins fan saying he missed him on the team:
Y’all will never win big bro. I’ve seen championship swagger from a coach BA he a OG. That coach y’all have will never win big cause it ain it him to coach discipline..it ain in him to chew somebody out in practice cause they lacking..when u say I’m a cancer for wanting to practice harder or wanting to get coached harder just to win then winning prolly not for you or you don’t understand that hard work pays off. Mediocre work get you beat! Remember This winners are born but champions are made. A strong leader of men make others around him better. Spread Peace Love And Elevation In everything you do lil brudda! Be Easy!!
Nobody would question Swearinger's effort in practice or workouts. He's a hard worker.
For the season, he logged four interceptions and three forced fumbles to go with a sack and 53 tackles in 15 games. Pro Football Focus ranked Swearinger the 13th best safety in the NFL and he had been named as an alternate to the Pro Bowl.
Obviously, Swearinger was not released because of his play. The coaching staff just felt they could no longer tolerate his public criticism, and some on the staff had felt that way for a long time.
It should be noted too that for a talented player, Swearinger has bounced around a lot.
The Texans released him two years after drafting him in 2013, despite having two more years on his rookie contract. Tampa signed him, and released him after seven games. Things worked out in Swearinger's next stop with the Cardinals, where he played for part of 2015 and the full 2016 season before signing with the Redskins as a free agent in 2017.
The Redskins cut Swearinger despite having another year on his contract for a modest $4.5 million price tag. Arizona claimed him on waivers.
One bizarre note in all this: The actual photo Swearinger posted to go along with this comment had nothing to do with the Redskins. It was a picture of Swearinger with Larry Fitzgerald, with the safety congratulating the receiver for his recent announcement that he would return for the 2019 season.
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