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Need to Know: NFL Draft talk dominates week’s top 5 Redskins posts

May 4, 2014, 5:48 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 4, four days before the NFL draft.

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

CSN’s Redskins draft board: Inside linebacker—Do the Redskins have London Fletcher’s replacement on the roster right now? They could look to the draft to find a long-term solution.

Draft chatter: Will Gruden want another tight end?—Jay Gruden used two tight ends very effectively in Cincinnati. Will he want the Redskins to take a tag team partner for Jordan Reed in the early going during the draft?

Draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins—The Redskins have only six picks in a deep draft. They could get more by trading back; here are a few possible scenarios.

Five safe draft picks for the Redskins at 34—The Redskins can’t afford to take chances with any of their picks; here are five safe picks who should be there with their top selection.

Who will start at safety for the Redskins?—It’s two questions, really. Who will line up when the season starts? And is there anyone who might overtake the starters as the season goes on?

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The best of the rest from the week:

  1. internetcareer - May 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Hey Rich I have a question. The Redskins are in a WIN NOW mode obviously by paying 31 year old Hatcher and keeping a bunch of 30 year old D. linemen and signing Santana Moss back and by signing D. HALL and MERRIWEATHER and 35 year old Clark….it is win this year, Right Now.

    With that said……since you brought up the topic of trading back BECAUSE the Redskins only have 6 picks in the draft, do the Redskins have SEVEN open spots on their roster. In other words where are the SEVEN spots that the draft would increase productivity?

    in other words….if they need 7 draft picks(players) what 7 positions would the Redskins fill if they had 7 picks and realistically would 5th, 6th, and 7th round draft picks actually be expected to make the final roster and be productive on a veteran team wanting to win NOW? thanks for any reply.

    • internetcareer - May 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      P.S. and if SEVEN rookies are added…who are the 7 veterans who would most likely be leaving?

    • Rich Tandler - May 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Not sure what you mean by 7 spots on the roster. By my count they have 73 players on the roster and they can carry 90. If they run out of room between draft picks and UDFA’s they could release any of the dozen or so marginal players on the roster.

      I don’t think that having some veterans on the roster means they are in “win now” mode necessarily. I do think that it is a sign that their recent drafts have been less than adequate to replace departing free agents. I think they want to maintain respectability now while they get some younger players ready. But they are not in “win now” at the expense of the future, which is how I interpret that phrase. That’s what the Cowboys are doing.

      Which veterans might be in jeopardy due to draft picks? Let’s see who they draft, that’s one of my annual post-draft posts.

  2. internetcareer - May 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    sorry if I wasn’t clear but I was referring to the final roster. As the season starts if you were to look at the final 53 guys on the roster as most of us could do right now….lets say they do trade down and pick up an EXTRA draft pick and now have SEVEN rookies….who would those 7 rookies replace on the final roster. For instance…do you see Santana getting cut to make room for a rookie in the 6th round. Does Compton get cut if a 4th round pick is a tackle?

    I mean…if you add 7 rookies then you are going to have to make room on the final roster by getting rid of 7 veterans. My contention is that this team doesn’t need to trade down because this team is not going to get better with 7 draft picks. I personally do not see 7 rookies coming in and making this team better….maybe 3 or 4 rookies can come in and make the team but I don’t see 7. If you do, I was wondering if you decided the final 53, who would most likely not make the squad that was there last season.

    Rookies rarely make an impact in the NFL so I just don’t see where trading for another rookie makes a difference on a team that OBVIOUSLY expects to win this season. And in my opinion, when you go out and give FOUR year deals to 31 year old Pro Bowl linemen…you expect to win NOW because you are sacrificing dollars NOW that could lock up younger players for 2-3 years down the road. But maybe that’s just me.

    • Rich Tandler - May 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Thanks for clarifying. Again, I can write a more meaningful post on who replaces who after the draft. There are plenty of holdovers who are on the bubble.

      I still think you approach the draft as what you have to do to improve your team for the long run. If that means you trade back, that’s what you do and let the chips fall where they may. If it means you stand pat, you do that. Any “win now” intentions should be disregarded.

      But before knowing who they’ll draft I can almost guarantee that all but one, maaaaybe two of the players they draft make the 53. If you have a 3-13 team and can’t find six players who will stick you’re doing something wrong.


  3. skinsfan5182 - May 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Why must we draft a player who specifically only plays Safety? it seems like a waste of a pick. We should draft a DB who can play both Corner and Free Safety. For our middle linebacker need we should draft a Safety that we can coach to play middle linebacker and he can also slide to safety in some packages. That’s why we have coaches for every position, so they can coach. Archives

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