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Need to Know: Mock draft, D-Hall talk among Redskins top five stories of the week

Feb 23, 2014, 5:17 AM EDT

DeAngelo Hall Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) returns an interception in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 23, 16 days before the start of NFL free agency.

Nickel coverage

Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was.

1. 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0—I don’t necessarily agree with Ben Standig’s choice for the Redskins with the 34th overall pick but it’s a solid, two-round effort.

2. Fred Davis suspended indefinitely—It was not a good week for Davis. At first his assertion that his suspension stemmed from a banned substance contained in a supplement, not marijuana. But a couple of days later he was arrested for DWI and, well, his credibility quickly evaporated.

3. Redskins want a second-round pick for CousinsThis story evolved later in the week when there were reports that the Redskins are not going to trade their backup QB. Still, I’d be willing to bet that if someone called with an offer to take Cousins for a pick in the first half of the second round Bruce Allen would make the deal before hanging up the phone.

4. DeAngelo Hall signs back with RedskinsHall’s return didn’t take everyone by surprise but the timing did. His four-year deal almost ensures that he will retire a Redskin.

5. Free agent fits: CornerbackAfter re-signing Hall, should the Redskins still bring in a free agent corner? Tarik tells you who is the best fit and about the best of the rest.

The best of the rest of the week

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Timeline

—It’s been 56 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 196 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Free agency starts 16; Offseason workouts start 43; NFL Draft 7

  1. hailyeah1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    well i guess its mock draft time and every sports writer has an opinion,with the second round #34 pick oline, wr,ilb cb and ss are glaring needs dline could be also so we could go any direction with that pick and fill a need. Just hope they pick the right one we don’t need another 2008 type draft .
    Rich what do you think on what direction our team should go?

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Right now I think the Redskins should lean towards a right offensive tackle. Days where you can get by with a solid LT and just a guy at RT are gone. Can’t spend too much on a free agent so draft is the way to go.

      Of course, the right guy has to be there but that’s the way I see it right now.

      • captblood3000 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        I would prefer that the Redskins lean towards talent. Assuming they resign or franchise Orakpo, the Redskins will be in decent shape at all positions (QB, LT, #1 WR, CB, rush LB) where teams reach in the draft. I predict that BPA at #34 will not be one of those positions, but that’s OK because practically every other position (except maybe RB) is a position of need for Redskins. I also expect the same scenario to play out at #66 and #98.

        In that mock draft you cite, a stud 3-4 DE would help the entire defense. I’ve seen another mock draft where Aaron Donald, DT from Alabama, is available at #34. If they must draft a CB, I see them trying to trade down in the 2nd round, where they might get better value and another draft pick early on day 3.

        The problem with going RT at #34 is that your RT prospect can be a LT prospect for many other teams. Morgan Moses from Virginia would be an example.

        Last year the Redskins did not select a safety in the third round, though that was an obvious need. There were as many as 8 available safeties at that point with similar draft grades, and the Skins front office held off drafting a safety until round 4. I hope they show as much patience this year.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Rich, I read that some teams are taking Cyrus Kouandjio off their draft boards, due to an arthritic knee. The 49ers have a ridiculous number of picks, so they can afford that kind of risk. We don’t…we can’t afford another Malcolm Kelly.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000328001/article/cyrus-kouandjio-failing-club-physicals-at-combine

    As for Stephon Tuitt with the 34th pick, I’d have no problem with that. Even better, if Ra’shede Hageman was still around where he’s projecting (29th), I’d love to see us move our 2nd rounder and a third day pick to go up and get him.

    I don’t think we can fix all our holes in one draft. We should just try to pick players we who can make the biggest impact down the road.

    Go back and look at the 2008 draft. Sure we got Rob Jackson, and Horton played a few decent games for us. But otherwise, the entire thing was a waste. We’d have been better off picking Calais Campbell, for instance, and nobody else!
    ~

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      The smokescreens may be starting already. Could be an issue, could be at attempt by a team to hurt his stock so that they can take him late in the second. Odd for word of the medical evals to get out, those are usually tightly held. In short, I’m not going to take those reports at face value. Worth monitoring but possibly BS.

  3. internetcareer - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    RICH…with the Skins needing interior offensive linemen, Has anybody bothered to check out Karim Barton of Morgan State Great story. From a poor family in Jamaica, Mom died when he was 13. Quality individual listed at 6’3 and 315 lbs. and Probably available in the 7th round. True Guard. Sounds line an Allen kind of player. Very little risk and strong WORK ETHIC.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Uh, I am sure the Redskins are “bothering” to check out all of the draftable prospects. However, they are not sharing the list of those who think they are worth pursuing further.

      As far as me “bothering” to check him out, I’m not going to be doing much on late-round prospects. After round 4, honestly, it’s not worth putting in the effort for the time it takes to research the guys who are getting called late Saturday afternoon compared to the amount of traffic those posts draw. I’ll focus on the first 2-3 picks they have and after that I’ll let the Redskins do the pre-draft work and then find out as much as I can about them after they are picked.

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  4. kenlinkins - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Rich, Would it be fair to say that GM Allen “Played it Safe” if he Tags Orakpo, resigns Jackson, Riley, and Baker and does not CUT Cofield, Bowen, Montgomery and Chester then drafts O-Line with our first two picks (trying to give RG3 a pocket)? That just doesn’t sound like a rebuild of a 3-13 team to me unless you blame the O-line for all the problems.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Is it a 3-13 team? Or, since the same guys went 10-6 in 2012 are they a decent team whose QB had a bad year? Not sure what you mean by “play it safe”. I think the smart thing to do is not cut anyone unless you have a better alternative.

      It’s more than a one-year rebuild so if all the changes that need to be made aren’t made it’s understandable.

  5. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Rich is it .Possible for the Redskins Tag and Trade Orakpo for a 1st round pick and maybe a 3rd rounder? With the money saved not paying $11 million and extra picks wouldn’t that be worth looking into. It would also be beneficial to the other team too because they could then sign him to a long term deal and not have completion for his services. What do you think?

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      With $11 million saved they could sign 2 quality players for that amount plus Draft a 1st rounder

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Possible? Yes. A good idea? No.

      Pay the man and work it from there. It’s the most important position on that defense. Orakpo is not great, but very good. And $11 million for one year on a $132 million cap is not elite money.

      The need to–and probably will–tag him and then move on to the rest of free agency.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        So you would rather sign 1 starter instead of getting 3?

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

          Yes. And so would Gruden, Allen, and many others whose opinions I trust.

          You’re welcome to disagree. But you’re not going to persuade me otherwise.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

          I thought You would write a compelling argument against it if you felt that way. Not Just because

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:31 PM

          Sorry, I don’t have unlimited time to respond in the comments. If saying that you don’t let a very good player at a very important position go if you have nobody to replace him–and Rob Jackson and Brandon Jenkins are not replacements–doesn’t suffice, oh well.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:34 PM

          Thanks for the response

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

          Thanks for reading.

      • kenlinkins - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Now that’s the best point for tagging Orakpo I have seen. $11 million is not Elite money on a $130 million cap. Something to think about. thanks.

  6. thankslittlebrandonbanks - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Rich, anyone whispering about Jeff Janis? Admittedly I don’t know a lot about him, but size, speed, and a quick Google search put him in the interesting category I’d say.

  7. colmac69 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    If they tag orapko this yr what could they do nxt yr with him and kerrigan both out of contract (if both have gd seasons)…..with those two and riley u got chance to nail three starting lbs for nxt 5 yrs all at a gd age and coming into what should b the prime yrs of their career….spend money on defence..said it before imo the offense isnt far away from being one of the best in league…odds favour rgiii returning to 2012 form (too much talent)…get that into equation maybe acquire another wr then offense will produce….get defence sorted….out of curiosity regarding special teams how much diff was their in personnel from 12 till 13 season in guys who regularly started on s/t….

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