Apr 20, 2015, 4:56 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 20, 10 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.
Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft:
—I’ve been thinking the Redskins would go with a guard in second round (specifically Laken Tomlinson of Duke). But an offensive tackle they like more could still be there and be the pick instead. If he checks out medically and is still around, Cedric Ogbuehi of Texas A&M (knee) could be the pick and I’ve seen some mock drafts where Ereck Flowers of Miami has lasted until the early second.
—It’s possible that the Redskins will make a trade back deal with the Browns but they probably won’t get Cleveland’s second first-round pick in the trade. The 12th and 19th, Cleveland’s two firsts, would be enough to get up to about the second or third pick so why shouldn’t they just do that if they have a particular player targeted. If they make a trade with Washington moving from 5th to 12th the compensation is more likely to be Cleveland’s second-rounder (No. 43) plus a Saturday afternoon pick.
—A few days ago I posted on the possibility that Leonard Williams will be there when the Redskins pick at No. 5. If they take him, what would that do to the defensive line depth chart? Williams would be an end in the 3-4 alignment and right now Jason Hatcher and Stephen Paea are the starters there with Chris Baker and Ricky Jean-Francois as the primary backups. I know it’s heresy to say that the fifth pick in the draft may not start but I’d work Williams in the rotation on both sides in normal alignments and on the left end when they are in a four-man line in nickel. If he forces his way into a starting role over Hatcher or Paea, fine. In any case, Hatcher has an $8.75 million cap number next year and is likely to be gone regardless.
—There’s been plenty of talk about the Redskins taking Kevin White or Amari Cooper at No. 5 but not much of them taking a wide receiver later in the draft. They have four on the roster now with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, Andre Roberts, and Ryan Grant. They normally carry five on the roster so drafting one is definitely in play. Stefon Diggs of Maryland might be a good pick in the fourth or fifth round since he might be able to bolster the return game. Scot McCloughan prefers taller receivers (Diggs is 6-0) but the bigger guys don’t get you much juice in the return game. We will see.
—Greg Cosell of NFL Films called Florida OLB Dante Fowler Jr. “the best defensive prospect in the draft . . . I’d take him over any other defensive player in the draft. Fowler has natural athleticism and flexibility, good balance, lateral quickness with explosion, closing burst and speed – all the traits you look for in an NFL pass rusher.” Of course Scot McCloughan may not have the same opinion but that is some high praise from a very knowledgeable analyst.
—It’s been 113 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 146 days until they play another one.
—Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 11; Redskins minicamp starts 58; Redskins training camp starts 102
If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
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