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Need to Know: Redskins view DeSean Jackson as their first-round pick

Apr 21, 2014, 4:48 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 21, 17 days before the NFL draft.

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Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which I think we can all agree is taking forever to get here.

1. The Redskins are looking at DeSean Jackson as their first-round draft pick. Of course, it’s not exactly the same since Jackson will cost more (although not that much more, see below) and is unlikely to be around for as long as the player taken with the second overall pick will be. But the veteran wide receiver is a proven NFL talent who should provide instant impact.

2. What’s the cost comparison? This year, it’s just about even. Jackson’s contract carries a 2014 cap charge of $4.25 million while the No. 2 overall pick will cost the Rams $4.21 million against the cap. But the difference widens quickly. Over the next three years, Jackson’s cap charges will total $22.75 million while the second pick will cost around $15.8 million. That’s why you want to build through the draft.

3. The Redskins may have been targeting a wide receiver with their top draft pick, No. 34 overall. With the draft being so loaded at the position it’s easy to envision a scenario where a wide receiver is one of the best available at that pick. This is also an indication that Gruden wants to run a lot of sets with three wide receivers.

4. Although I’m on record as saying that I think that the Redskins’ top pick will be an offensive tackle, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s a defensive front seven player who can get after the quarterback. The Jackson contract will squeeze the cap somewhat next year. It’s not like they will be unable to tag Brian Orakpo for a second time if they want to but it might be better to have a replacement ready so that decision is not made from desperation.

5. I’m going to keep an eye on the Redskins third- and fourth-round picks as an indication of what they think of Keenan Robinson’s chances of moving into a starting role at inside linebacker. If they believe that he can, they are likely to bypass taking a inside linebacker. Should the belief be that Robinson will be nothing more than a backup, the third or fourth would be a good area to target one.

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—It’s been 113 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 139 days until they play another one.

Days until: First veteran minicamp 8; NFL Draft 17; Training camp starts 93

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  1. captblood3000 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    If the Redskins Front Office really has a “win now” philosophy then we can expect them to draft a tackle at #34 and an interior lineman in round 3 or 4. If the FO drafts BPA, they’re more likely to pick a 3-4 defensive end (say, Hageman or Jernigan) or a cornerback (say, Fuller or Roby). But it will be someone they ranked around #20 who dropped into their laps. The best case scenario is a trade out of #34 to get an additional pick and a tackle later in round 2. I don’t buy the “win now” philosophy. I would give them a 20% chance of winning the division next year, and if they make the playoffs, I don’t see them winning on the road. The gap in talent will be too great.

    • ceetown22 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Haha, well by default they automatically have a 25% chance of winning the division by just being 1 of 4 teams in the division…

      what makes you subtract the 5%? and who are you giving it to?

      • captblood3000 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        The Eagles, until the rest of the league figures out how to defend that offense, I’d make them even money to repeat.

        • ceetown22 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

          haha so the iggles have a 30% chance to win the div, the boys and gmen 25% and us only 20%… I dunno about that one.

  2. internetcareer - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY WILL DO…..BUT…

    With only 3 DL positions and SEVEN veteran DL on the roster I am going to predict that DL will NOT happen with pick #34. The STARTING lineup is already set on those 3 DL spots so why would they waste the top pick on a bench warmer. No no that’s not logical.

    Right Tackle needs an upgrade so that’s a likely pick, but don’t be shocked if they draft an INTERIOR lineman because that may be the best player available…. HOWEVER….my sleeper pick is Austin Seferian-Jenkins IF he is available.

    A pass catching tight end is mandatory in Gruden’s offense and right now there are questions surrounding Reed and his ability to stay healthy. And if by chance he does stay healthy, Gruden can employ 2 pass catching tight end sets and drive D. coordinators crazy.

    • captblood3000 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Their d line starters will be Hatcher, Cofield and who? How many of their starters made the Pro Bowl? The rest of their starters are upgradable. Add Hageman, for instance, and you’ll have two defensive ends who can rush the passer. And how much better will Hageman be than that 7th veteran d lineman? I suppose you assume that Bowen makes a complete recovery? Haz frequently substitutes d linemen, but he would give a playmaker most of the snaps.

      If Clinton-Dix or Pryor fall to #34, that will be BPA. But the next safety on their board (say Jimmy Ward) is unlikely to have a first round grade. A CB could fall to them.

  3. hailyeah1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Win now! well it seems like it,they are taking the talent we have trying get all the players they need to win now.
    The moves they made and what we need in the draft it seems that they are taking the foundation we have and plugging in the rest as fast as possible.

    • otismeanwhile - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Thats what Snyder has always done…unfortunately its been more disaster than success

  4. manchild157 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    If the Right Tackle of our dreams isn’t there at 34 then hopefully Orakpo’s replacement will be, next would be Safety or Cornerback. It’s one of those situations where you have needs but who is the best player available to fill those needs.

    • captblood3000 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      This is not “best player available”, to rule out anyone but an OT or DB at #34. One result of the Redskins’ moves in free agency is that they can and should draft the best player available at #34. I don’t necessarily see this as Cyrus Kouandijo or Morgan Moses or Jimmie Ward. They can upgrade at most positions and even at rush linebacker they need a plan beyond franchising Orakpo. If Dee Ford is there at #34, do you take him?

  5. kenlinkins - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I do not think the Redskins are in full blown “Win Now” mode, nor are they thinking of a total rebuild of the roster. IMO the Redskins are trying to see what parts the might have using a “get better where you can, when you can” motto. The NFC East is very weak, Philly and Dallas both took major hits in the off-season losing key players. The Redskins plan seems to be one of trying to correct areas of major concern by up grading “when you can, while you can” but walking away from deals that do not fit the long term plan of keeping your powder dry in case someone like D Jackson falls into your lap. I still think GM Allen’s plan is to build with the draft for long term success and use Free Agents to give his first year coach a fighting chance at winning the NFC East. If the Redskins are in the hunt in games 15 & 16, go 8-8, miss the play-offs by a game BUT find out RG3 is the real deal plus get a read on the 2011-2013 draft picks, plus get a pass rush going, and do not look like bums on Special teams, stop the leaks on defense and keep A Morris running well, and find a few starters in this years draft, Hey wait. Maybe the Redskins are in Win Now Mode. Seems like they have taken a few major steps this off season. Can not wait for the DRAFT now!

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