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Who's left for the Redskins on day two?

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Who's left for the Redskins on day two?

The first round is in the books and for now, the Redskins have to wait out 37 picks before they are on the clock again. After having way too much fun with my first-round mock, I decided to project all those picks from 33 thru 69 with some analysis thrown in here and there...33. St. Louis Rams: Cordy Glenn, Georgia, GOT34. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE... Though not selected in the first as many predicted, Fleener blew away scouts with his 4.45 speed. No wonder he averaged 19.6 yards last season and showed the ability to stretch the deep middle. Fleener won't last long in round two and considering the Colts tight end position has gone from strength to question marks, reuniting him with his Stanford is simply idea.35. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin... Concerns over Konz's strength pushed him into the second round. Would help the Ravens as a potential fill-in at guard for the departed Ben Grubbs before eventually taking over at center for veteran Matt Birk who is on a one-year deal.36. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State, DT
37. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, WR
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Courtney Upshaw, DEOLB, Alabama
39. St. Louis Rams: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
40. Carolina Panthers: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama, CB
41. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
42. Miami Dolphins: Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson
43. Seattle Seahawks: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
44. Kansas City Chiefs: Bobbie Massie, OT, Mississippi
45. St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, Miami, RB46. Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Brown, North Carolina, OLB...Depending on the evaluator, Brown is either a stud who was worthy ofbeing a first-rounder or an inconsistent sort who left onlookers wanting more. The Eagles need linebackers so they will see what Brown can do for them.47. New York Jets: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, WR
48. New England Patriots: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
49. San Diego Chargers: Kendall Reyes, DE, Connecticut
50. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State51. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida - They shipped Asante Samuel before the draft so Robinson steps into nickel corner role.52. Tennessee Titans: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Vinny Curry, Marshall, DE
54. Detroit Lions: Dwight Bentley, CB, La-Lafayette
55. Atlanta Falcons: Dwayne Allen, Clemson, TE
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington57. Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, QB - Yes, theBroncosadded that Peyton Manning guy, but who knows if he will make it through the entire season and the backup position is Tebow-less.Denver can groom the 6-foot-8 Osweiler behind the future Hall of Famer.58. Houston Texans: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California
59. Green Bay Packers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
60. Baltimore Ravens: Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California
61. San Francisco 49ers: Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State, G
62. New England Patriots: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson63. New York Giants: Jeff Allen, G, Ilinois - The offensive line is aging and frankly, not that impressive despite the Super Bowl winning run. Allen can play inside and out, but figures to play guard on the pro level.Third Round64. Indianapolis Colts: Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
65. St. Louis Rams: Ronell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
66. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
67. Cleveland Browns: Derek Wolfe, DE, Cincinnati
68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State69. REDSKINS: Zerbie Sanders, OT, Florida State - Sticking to my earlier predictionof the massive four-year college starter being the pick, especially with linebackers Kendricks and Wagner off the board. The alternative in this scenario would be grabbing a corner like Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley or Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming. An outside the box pick could Georgia tight end Orson Charles.

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Most OTAs absences don't matter, but Montae Nicholson's absence sure stands out

Most OTAs absences don't matter, but Montae Nicholson's absence sure stands out

Most of the time, if you're getting upset about an NFL player skipping voluntary OTAs, you're doing life wrong.

But if you're a Redskins fan who's a bit puzzled by Montae Nicholson not showing up to the early sessions of Washington's offseason workouts, you have a right to be.

Nicholson wasn't in Ashburn on Monday, a practice that was open to the media. There's been no indication that he's reported to the 'Skins since that day, either. 

Now, this isn't a situation worth really freaking out about. Again, OTAs are voluntary, and it's totally possible Nicholson was working out somewhere else and feels that's how he'll be best prepared for 2019. 

Still, though, assuming he had nothing else serious going on, it's a questionable choice by the defensive back. And, according to Jay Gruden, it was a questionable choice he made on his own.

"Correct," Gruden answered Monday when asked if Nicholson skipping was based on the 23-year-old's decision. Gruden said earlier in his presser that he was "not really surprised" by it.

Perhaps the coach is telling the truth and he wasn't surprised. You can bet he was definitely annoyed by it, however.

Nicholson isn't an established player like Trent Williams or Josh Norman, other guys who weren't there when the Burgundy and Gold started this phase of the NFL calendar. He's a third-year safety with 22 up-and-down games to his name.

Not only that, he's just a week or so removed from the news that December assault charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence. You'd think someone who just learned that would be eager to get in front of Gruden and his coaching staff and try to repair his image.

After all, much of the same coaching staff who preferred to keep Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the lineup over Nicholson, even as Clinton-Dix struggled following his arrival, remains in charge.  

The starting spot opposite of Landon Collins is wide open, and of the options on the roster, Nicholson is the most talented. He also would fit nicely next to Collins, considering he's got the speed and ability in coverage when he's healthy and mentally right.

Speaking of Collins, he attended OTAs, despite the fact that he wasn't able to participate as he continues to rehab a shoulder injury. Yet there he was, involved and roaming the sidelines, encouraging his teammates and coaching up the younger DBs on various techniques and details.

One of those DBs Collins should've been coaching up is Nicholson, yet Nicholson was nowhere to be found. Plenty more reps await Nicholson over the coming months, but the fact that he wasn't there to claim the first helping of them is not the best way to start his path back into the starting lineup.

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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.

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