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Need to Know: Speculating on the Redskins’ second-round pick

Feb 24, 2015, 4:56 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 24, 14 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

Question of the day

I’m back from the combine but I’m still going to control the question of the day before throwing it back out to the readers. Sticking with the draft questions

Who might the Redskins take in the second round?

In the last couple of mornings I’ve looked at what I see as the three top possibilities for the Redskins to draft with the No. 5 pick and I also threw out three dark horse possibilities.

Let’s go a little further out onto the speculative limb here and look at three players the Redskins might take in the second round. These are in no particular order.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri—A lot would have to line up for this to happen. Scot McCloughan would have to determine that his past troubles, which include two marijuana possession arrests, getting kicked out of the Missouri program, and an allegation that he pushed a woman down a flight stairs, are indeed in the past. The GM also would have to conclude that football is important to DGB and that he would work to use his size (6-5, 237), and speed (4.5 in the 40) up to his potential. Even if all of that lines up, a team picking ahead of the Redskins could come to a similar conclusion and grab Green-Beckham before the Redskins get a shot.

DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma—If they bypass Washington’s Danny Shelton in the first round they could look at Phillips to fill this critical spot in the 3-4 defense. At 6-5, 329, he fits the “big guys win” mold that McCloughan is fond of. But as noted in this post from a couple of weeks ago, they will need to figure out if he is over some back troubles that cost him time in 2013 and if they affected his play in 2014. He didn’t have a motor that ran all the time and McCloughan will have to sort out if that’s a function of being a big man or of the back problems. And McCloughan would have to consult with Joe Barry to see if a 6-5 nose tackle is too tall to function the way that Barry wants.

S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss—You may have noticed a pattern here in that players in the second round have a lot to like but they tend to have major holes in their games. If they weren’t flawed they would be first rounders. At 6-2, Prewitt has the height that McCloughan likes in his defensive backs but at 208 the Redskins might want him to put on a few pounds. He possesses a good football I. Q. and he was a team captain of a very good Ole Miss defense. Will he work to correct the holes in his game?

Tandler “scouts” Kerrigan

The setup here was that I was asked to pretend like I was a scout or GM conducting an interview with Ryan Kerrigan at the NFL Combine when he was coming out of college.


—It’s been 58 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 201 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 14; Redskins offseason workouts start 55; 2015 NFL Draft 65

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  1. mr.moneylover - Feb 24, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    I think saftey cody prewitt hurt his value in the combine…hes a slow runner witch means he will get beat off the line most the time cody prewitt is more of a third maybe fourth rounder…if that guy from Stanford or collins from LSU is there in the second round I would pick one of them but both might be gone but its so much talent in the draft some good players will get overlook and fall into the second round

  2. bk70 - Feb 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    If we’re talking about pick 38, only Cody Prewitt would still be around and I like him more as a third round selection.
    Second round, How about Arik Armsted from Oregon to work as the starting DE with Jason Hatcher on the opposite side? Lot of heavy OG available in the second round (AJ Cann, Laken Tomlinson or Tre Jackson).

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM

      Thought about Armstead but I think he’s gone mid-late first. Somebody (SEA) will grab him based on potential.

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      • bk70 - Feb 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

        I have this fixation of a starting DL of Hatcher, Shelton and Armstead. If this can’t happen I’d rather see us trade back from the 5th pick and get an extra 2nd round pick with a lower first round pick. Somehow I see the GM selecting a WR in the first two rounds if we get an extra pick.

  3. shermanp79 - Feb 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    If they don’t address the DL in the 1st round I think they do it here. I think they can get one of the big OL guys in the early 3rd round. Another option, could they trade down and grab a 3rd rounder. If they stay at % I would think about it.

  4. bangkokben - Feb 24, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Personal preference here, no to anyone with hyphenated names. We are a generation away from multiple hyphens. When will the hyphens stop? How is Dorial Green-Beckham’s son going to get his name on his jersey if he’s raised by a woman named Cromartie? And would it be Cromartie-Green-Beckham or Green-Beckham-Cromartie? Of course it wouldn’t have to be a woman named Cromartie. It could be a man and the boy could be adopted or something else.. Sometimes, it seems society is changing as fast as technology.

  5. mr.moneylover - Feb 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Regardless there will be talent players in rounds 1-3 and scot always find away to hit on late rounds in the draft and even undrafted free agents

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  7. pdxskin - Feb 24, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    It’s good to keep an open mind at the top of the 2nd round, as there are sure to be some surprise slides out of the 1st round, and we are in a good spot to snatch one of them up! I would be tempted to take DGB in the 2nd round, but would be much more likely to do so if we have successfully traded back in the 1st (hopefully more than once) to get additional Day 2 picks – as I think he would be a bit of luxury pick. I agree that Cody Prewitt is looking more like a 3rd or 4th round pick – I guess I wouldn’t complain if they took him the 3rd but I’d rather see them take an OL in that spot instead..

    • ET - Feb 24, 2015 at 2:06 PM

      An open mind is a must at the top of the 2nd round. There are always a few on-the-bubble surprises in the bottom of the 1st / top of the 2nd. I like Prewitt, but agree that’s probably too high for him. I do hope McC & Co. take a hard look at defensive players in that spot, however.

  8. william - Feb 26, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    I think it is good choice to consider DGB he’s 6ft5 That’s MegaTron skill set there he would definitely fit in coach Gruden’s scheme for big receivers which we have yet had in years.

  9. deepball1 - Mar 14, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    well lets end the speculation of DL for a second round pick. The Nose Tackle and End spots are locked in and over. We have 3 starters and 3 backups. Now its time to speculate on Pass rushers and safeties and the most likely 2nd round choice: RIGHT TACKLE. Archives

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