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Trent Williams on moving to guard: I don't really know how to address the rumor

Trent Williams on moving to guard: I don't really know how to address the rumor

While Trent Williams sat out four games due to suspension, Ty Nsekhe stepped in at left tackle and performed well in spots, serviceable in others. Somewhere along the way, the notion of Williams coming back to play guard gained steam.

On Wednesday, Williams was back at Redskins Park, his suspension over. While the four-time Pro Bowler seemed most excited to talk about his return to the field and helping the 'Skins in the playoff chase, he was asked about the possible position switch. Williams seemed put off by the idea.

Below is an edited transcript between WUSA's Diane Roberts - who asked Williams about moving to guard - and Williams:

DR: You’re the left tackle Trent, but there have been conversations about potentially moving you to guard. Would you be open to that if that was what the team needed?

TW: Where did the conversation start at is the question.

DR: You know how things are and that's why we're asking you.

TW: Coach never asked me about it or nothing. We haven’t had a conversation about it.

DR: Conversation is probably the wrong word. Rumors have been swirling about that potential and I just wondered if you would be open to it.

TW: Nobody’s talked to me about it, so I don’t really know how to address the rumor. I can only address the truth. Obviously I've done it before but that was some spot-work, patch-work, playing for a half. It’s not the same.

Williams did play guard in the second half of a Week 3 win over the New York Giants, and following that game, he made it clear he prefers tackle. Earlier this week, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he was happy to have Williams back with the team, and he made clear that Williams is "our starting tackle and he’s the best in the business."

It's hard to pinpoint the launch point for internet rumors, but between Williams and Gruden's comments about a possible move to guard, the notion should be laid to rest.

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

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NFL Draft prospect Deionte Thompson to miss combine following wrist surgery

Starting Tuesday, all 32 NFL teams will have a chance to asses some of the best talents in the upcoming draft at the NFL Combine. However, one of the better safety prospects available will be noticeably absent in Indianapolis.

University of Alabama safety Deionte Thompson will reportedly not participate in combine activities after having surgery on his wrist Friday to mend a torn ligament, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport did mention that the injury is not believed to have a serious impact long-term. 

Thompson is coming off a junior season at Alabama in which he recorded two interceptions and 78 tackles while earning Consensus All-America honors.

As the draft approaches, the safety is being regarded as one of the better secondary options available for teams. In NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig's latest mock draft, Thompson is projected to go 24th overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Though the projection doesn't have Thompson ending up as a member of the Burgundy and Gold, he is still a realistic option for the Redskins. With a few questions marks in the secondary following the departure of D.J. Swearinger Sr. and the unclear future of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Redskins could very well see Thompson as a viable target at No. 15.

If Thompson's impending recovery time leads to his draft stock falling, there is a slight chance he may even be available in the second round when the Redskins pick at No. 46.

Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Alabama is scheduled to host its Pro Day on March 19, which could be the next time Washington and other teams will get a chance to evaluate Thompson.


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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected


The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count.