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Need to Know: The five scariest first rounders on the Redskins’ schedule

May 9, 2014, 6:19 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 9, the day the Redskins make their first pick in the NFL draft.

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Here are the five players taken in last night’s first round that will keep Redskins coaches awake nights before they play this year.

DL Jadaveon Clowney, Texans (1st)—He will make his NFL debut Sept. 7 by spending the afternoon chasing after Robert Griffin III. Jay Gruden will have to content with drawing up schemes to stop both Clowney and JJ Watt.

WR Mike Evans, Bucs (7th)—At 6-5, Evans will line up opposite Vincent Jackson, who is also 6-5. That’s a lot of receiver for the Redskins to cover in Week 11 at FedEx field.

DT Aaron Donald, Rams (13th)—He’s undersized but he can get after the quarterback from the inside. Add him to Robert Quinn and Chris Long pressuring from the outside and RG3 could be in for a long day when the Redskins host the Rams in Week 14.

LB Anthony Barr, Vikings (9th)—More trouble for Griffin and the offensive line. Barr is a disruptive pass rusher from the linebacker position. They meet in Week 9 in the Vikings’ temporary outdoor home.

WR Odell Beckham, Giants (12th)—Evans is the big receiver to contend with while Beckham is a burner. He will stretch the Redskins’ secondary twice next year in Week 4 at FedEx Field and in Week 15 at MetLife Stadium.

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—It’s been 131 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 121 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: Rookie minicamp 7; Training camp starts 75; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 90

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I, too, was saddened when Jerruh didn’t take Johnny Football.

  2. internetcareer - May 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    every year all teams are Superbowl contenders after the first round and all the analysts say things like :I love the pick, they’ve really upgraded”… gets everybody over excited. But some rookies will just not play well, or get injured, and 2 or 3 will make the Pro Bowl.

    Evans needs a QB to throw to him. I would be more concerned about Donald cause he plays with so many other great defensive players. St. Louis is going to have an awesome defense. Archives

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