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Why no one person will have final say in Redskins draft room

Why no one person will have final say in Redskins draft room

Fans thinking that the Redskins might have a major shift in their draft philosophy after the abrupt firing of Scot McCloughan should think again.

McCloughan always talked about taking the best player on the board regardless of need. Bruce Allen says that the final say on who gets taken when the Redskins are on the clock will come down to the grade.

It’s a different way of saying the same thing. Needs take a back seat to best player, and that player is the one who has the best grade. It’s a distinction without a difference.

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With McCloughan gone, it appears that Allen, the team president, will break any ties that come up although he did not say that when he talked to CSN on Sunday.

“Ultimately, the final say will be yours?” asked CSN’s JP Finlay.

“It will be the grade,” said Allen.

Any disagreements will be settled long before the team goes into the draft room on April 27.

“We have all of those arguments and debates long before we set the board, so if two players end up having the same grade we’ll have the discussions long before the draft starts, who’s going to be edged up a little bit,” said Allen. “From the area scout to the position coach to the coordinator to Scott Campbell and we’ll have that decision made way before the draft.”

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Allen did not say who had the final word in those pre-draft “arguments and discussions”. While in an ideal situation everyone would fall into line and agree on what player best fits the Redskins, there must be someone to break a deadlock. An it’s a pretty good bet that that someone is Allen.

This doesn’t mean that the Redskins will end up taking the same player that McCloughan would have drafted. Even though a draft board has been set up at Redskins Park already, it will continue to be fine-tuned—meaning changed—over the next few weeks. Even though the scouting staff and other key staff members such as college scouting director Scott Campbell remain in place, the type of player the team is looking for will almost certainly shift.

While many are dreading the prospect of Allen having so much control it should be noted that the Redskins had a pretty good draft in 2014, the only other season when Allen had final say. They brought in three starters in OT Morgan Moses, C Spencer Long, and CB Bashaud Breeland plus OLB Trent Murphy, who had nine sacks in 2016.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.

"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.

Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.  

"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.

Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.

Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."



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Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play. 

It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career. 

There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime. 

Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.