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Need to Know: Five top Friday night draft possibilities for the Redskins

May 1, 2015, 6:44 AM EDT

Eli-Harold

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 1, 46 days before the Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.

Nickel coverage

The Redskins have made their top pick. offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. Here are five players they could take a close look at in Rounds 2 and 3 tonight:

DB Eric Rowe—At 6-1, Rowe is a good candidate to be converted to safety; that’s where he started for three years at Utah before moving to cornerback last year. He has solid coverage skills and is physical.

RB T. J. Yeldon—They invested their top pick in a lineman to bolster the running game so perhaps they look for a running back who can add some pop to the running game. Yeldon isn’t a burner but he’s quick and can make tacklers miss.

QB Garrett Grayson—Friday may be a day too early for the Redskins to go after a quarterback but if Jay Gruden wants a pocket passer who can be ready to see action in 2016 they might need to get Grayson. He’s not the most talented QB left on the board but he could be the most NFL ready.

Edge Eli Harold–With Randy Gregory likely to be off of Scot McCloughan’s board due to some failed drug tests, Harold is their best available edge rusher. At 247 they might want him to add a little bulk but he can set the edge on the run pretty well.

S Jaquiski Tartt—The level of competition at Samford makes him tough to judge. But he’s clearly a tough, smart, physical player who is capable of developing into a starting safety within a season or two.

Timeline

—It’s been 124 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 135 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 46; Redskins training camp starts 90; Redskins @ Giants 146

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  1. Klinkins - May 1, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Rich, every year some GM comes out of the draft looking like a donkey, IYO who is wearing long ears and a tail this morning?

    • redskinscaio - May 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM

      I’m going to say the Rams. They have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. That line has gotten them no where, it even got Bradford injured last year…they haven’t been able to run the ball in years. Even Jackson couldn’t run the ball in his prime behind that line….and they go and draft a running back instead of an offensive lineman with their first pick?????? Terrible choice. Gurley is going to suffer, and Foles is going to struggle worse than he did last year for the Eagles….

      • ceetown22 - May 1, 2015 at 9:59 AM

        I feel like they had 2 decent running backs… Tre Mason was looking good last year. Zac Stacy wasn’t bad either.

        • bangkokben - May 1, 2015 at 10:20 AM

          Never mind that they used at least one pick from the Griffin trade on a running back – Isaiah Pead?

      • skinsgame - May 2, 2015 at 2:03 AM

        Chump Kelly. Trading Foles for Bradford plus adding draft picks is the either the smartest or dumbest move of the entire offseason, eclipsing even the draft.

  2. ericskins44 - May 1, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    What about Landon Collins or Eric Kendricks? Collins is dyin to be a Redskin and Kendricks is really athletic and would be an upgrade over Perry Riley in my opinion. I still like taking BPA here because there is some Day 1 starter potential here. One more question for you if you have time. If Tre Jackson is there in the 3rd, could you see us taking him? Thanks for your post.

    • bowlregard - May 1, 2015 at 8:26 AM

      Only one ILB is off the board.

    • redskinscaio - May 1, 2015 at 8:46 AM

      I agree with you. I think most likely, that’s who the Skins will be drafting if they’re still availble

  3. austrianhttrfan - May 1, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I think it will be in fact a trade down…
    otherwise..I don´t know…
    How great would it be for Collins to play for his favorite team…so we would get a good football player with high passion for sure…but I see him limited and actually I wanted Jerson Johnson to have a shot starting at SS…
    …Jordan or Herold are my favorites to become the pick if we stay put…

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 1, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    A few of the NTs who might have gone first round are still there, too.
    ~

  5. ET - May 1, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    I’d love to get Harold, he’s got a lot of potential. Harold’s teammate S Anthony Harris may be more of a Day 3 prospect, but I wouldn’t be disappointed with Harris, Rowe, or Tartt.

    Somewhat surprised RB Abdullah isn’t listed above—he seems like the kind of change-of-pace back that gets Gruden excited.

    Finally, I’m not sure ILB can or should be addressed this early, but I hope it is addressed.

    • thankslittlebrandonbanks - May 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      There are major concerns with Abdullah’s pass blocking ability. 3rd down back needs to pass block.

  6. bowlregard - May 1, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Grayson looks like Mettenberg. I would have to think that if they were to go QB in the second it would have to be Hundley.

  7. redskinscaio - May 1, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Wow, what a great night! Landon Collins is still available!!! If he’s there, I think that’s who the Skins grab.

  8. cowboyhater - May 1, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    First of all I will toot my own horn concerning Scherff. It was a necessary pick, and just as I have said previously….. who says the top OL in the draft isn’t worth the #5 pick? This kid will be around for 10-12 years as your book end tackle with Trent. Anyone disagreeing with that pick is the fan who has been brainwashed for years of ineptitude of our front office who couldn’t get out of their own way in terms of picking the players that would help this roster. As for the second round, there is a ton of talent and I trust that our GM had done his due diligence and knows exactly what direction to go tonight. This team will get the right parts, and in 2 years we will see a more competitive team, who will not quit on the field.

    • captblood3000 - May 1, 2015 at 9:10 AM

      Your characterization of Scherff’s critics is total nonsense. I watched Scherff play in the 2014 game against Maryland. I counted 1 1/2 sacks, an intentional grounding call, 3 quarterback hits and 3 other quarterback pressures that led to incompletions. All due to players Scherff was assigned to block. More than half the time Scherff had a tight end on his left shoulder, and then he wasn’t a liability.

      Many analysts project Scherff to guard because of his problems with speed rushers. But the Maryland defenders also bull rushed him successfully twice. The last time I watched one player like that was Morgan Moses against San Francisco. Moses was better on the whole, and his assignment was Aldon Smith. Scherff was the better run blocker of the two.

      Granted, the Maryland game was Scherff’s worst game of 2014. He rebounded from it. But I’m sure every team that interviewed him asked him some variant of “What did you learn from the Maryland game”?

      I learned that Stefon Diggs is a good player.

      • ET - May 1, 2015 at 12:09 PM

        Stefon Diggs!

        Good player, could be a mid-to-late round sleeper. Has potential as a return guy, too.

    • bangkokben - May 1, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      In Scot McGloughan we trust. Now IF Scherff turns out to be Jake Long then McGloughan becomes McClueless. History is full of draft picks that bust; it is not full of right tackles drafted as high as Scherff. I got to believe they think he can eventually move over to left tackle if need be.

      Heard this morning on the radio how nasty Scherff is and that sounds great. Also heard that “he is compared to Zach Martin but that may be unfair because he’s not yet where Martin is.” So, we draft a guy higher that isn’t quite as good? I expect that Scherff will be good – a Bryan Bulaga type. Super solid right tackle for years that never makes the pro-bowl (reserved for left tackles) and he’s a building block for this team. I also expect that in three years that there will at least two players that we could’ve drafted at five that are leaps and bounds better than Scherff.

      Bottom line: if anyone other than McGloughan made this pick, we’d all be saying how the team once again is listening to the fans. Think about it. Snyder loved the hogs, the stadium is the emptiest it has been in years, and every fan on the message boards has been griping about the o-line for years.

  9. redskinscaio - May 1, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    There are still some pretty good offensive linemen left. Maybe the Skins can grab a right tackle to compete with Moses…. Then they can have a competition for left guard. Whomever is the best guard, put him on the left next to Trent Williams. Probably is Sherff… Then the Skins would have one of the best left sides in the entire world, they would be able to run the ball all day to the left. Trent Williams at left tackle, Sherff at left guard, Lich at center, Lauvao at right guard, and then draft a right tackle with the second round pick to compete with Moses. Wow, that would be f ing awesome!

    I’m so happy Scott went with Sherff. Just made my night. When Roger announced Sherff at the podium, I was cheering and clapping my hands soooo loud!

    • austrianhttrfan - May 1, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      you for sure didn´t watch the pressconference afterwards…Scherff is gonna play RT ;)

      • redskinscaio - May 1, 2015 at 9:03 AM

        No, I didn’t watch the press conferences afterwards. Who was interviewed? I heard Gruden (not our coach) say that he thinks he will play right tackle. But all I’m saying is, I would put Sherff on the left side and play guard. That way, the Skins can run the ball all day long to the left side. HTTR

        • austrianhttrfan - May 1, 2015 at 10:24 AM

          I don´t agree with this Theory…because IMO you give an defense then the advantage to know and gameplan against the left side of the line…if you have a good O-line in general those issuese can be avoided but with having a stud left side and try to run there all day defenses will think of ways to stop the left side…

        • redskinscaio - May 2, 2015 at 8:43 AM

          “By having an elite left side, you give the defense the advantage to know and gameplan against the left side of the line” That makes absolutely no sense. Your second comment is DUH comment. Of course it’s better to have a great left side, and a great center, and a great right side. My point is, instead of having a mediocre left side, you can have an elite left side. No matter how you game plan, they will pick up chunks of yards. If the defense starts to overload the left, you run a counter to the right. When the defense knows your left side is elite, and you run well to the left, the play action is going to freeze their linebackers and safeties… So yea, it’s better to have an elite left side than to have a mediocre left side.

        • redskinscaio - May 2, 2015 at 8:48 AM

          The other team is going to game plan against you no matter what. The last couple of years the Redskins run to the left 70% of the time anyway because they have Trent over there. So, when they ran left, Trent would block his guy, he would pancake him into the ground, but instead of Alfred picking up a bunch of yards, Lauvao would miss his assignment and his guy would tackle Alfred… It’s obvious to me, that if you’re going to run the ball a majority of the time to the left side, you should put your best blockers on the left. RIght?

        • redskinscaio - May 2, 2015 at 9:40 AM

          I apologize Aus, I didn’t mean to say that what you wrote makes no sense, I should have written that I don’t understand your logic. I’m a student of life. Make me see the light, as they say.

  10. Stephfan - May 1, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Pass rusher or the corner that rich mentioned

  11. shermanp79 - May 1, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    I don’t think a QB is too far fetched. I know Gregory has those issues but you can’t totally ignore him. At what point is the value just too great. I know its a low % and understand it. This is Scots first Draft so he wants to eliminate risk
    I like Harold in the 2nd but we have to think about S Collins, there is better value now and I think he can play the back end. Another guy CB Collins might be a value pick. We could add a CB then move Amerson to FS. I put Ajayi ahead of Yeldon but he probably is gone by our 3rd pick. If we trade down a few spots maybe they consider him. I also listed WR Strong as a guy to think about. If Scot is limiting risk I imagine DBG is out. I think Funchess at some point could be worth thinking about.

  12. 214hof - May 1, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Assuming Scherff is plugged in at RT, does that slide Moses to G?

    • bowlregard - May 1, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      I think the only thing for certain is that Trent Williams plays LT. We’re going to just have to leave it to Callahan to sort the rest out.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 1, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      I say the opposite since Scherff would be a great guard with the right body make up while Moses is just too tall and wide at the wing to play that position. I don’t buy the local media rumor that Moses could play guard. He is just not built for that position. Which poses the question – Was a potential all pro guard worth the 5th pick? I’m on the fence about that possibility but understand Scherff is a great character player and a work out machine. He’ll be around for a long time baring injury.

      • Rich Tandler - May 2, 2015 at 8:01 AM

        Thing about Moses is not a “local media rumor”. We’ve been asked by fans if Moses could move to guard. General answer is that they may try him there. You’re right, he may not fit but Callahan and company could work him out to see.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 3:08 PM

          Well the fact he is being considered shocks me since I would expect his height to be a major disadvantage at that position. I guess he has shown the ability to blocking in a lower stance I’d expect from a player that tall. It just doesn’t seem to be a natural fit to me. Good to know there is actual consideration being taken with Moses at guard but I’ll bet my money Scherff is our left guard of the future right now.

  13. shermanp79 - May 1, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    I wouldn’t rule out ILB like Kendricks

    • 214hof - May 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      Although part of me is hoping Washington trades down, I also think taking Kendricks at 38 is a smart move… Another plug’n play player, I believe he would start alongside Robinson opening day.

    • ET - May 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

      Kendricks or Benardrick McKinney would be nice pickups.

  14. skinsgame - May 1, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    The DE from UCLA or the TE from Minnesota.

  15. thankslittlebrandonbanks - May 1, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I would add Collins, Odighizuwa, Preston Smith to the list

  16. pdxskin - May 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    I don’t think there is an RB or QB worth taking with our 2nd rounder (could see an RB with the 3rd rounder, though, but no QB until Saturday).

    My top 5 targets for today’s picks are as follows:

    Round 2
    Dorial Green-Beckem
    Landon Collins
    Eric Rowe
    Eddie Goldman
    Eli Harold

    Round 3
    Any of the above who slide, plus…
    Duke Johnson or Tevin Coleman at RB
    Danielle Hunter or Nate Orchard at OLB

  17. bangkokben - May 1, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    From sixteen days ago:

    bangkokben – Apr 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM
    I’m saying the ‘skins 2nd round pick will not be:
    Laken Tomlinson
    Cameron Erving
    Byron Jones
    Arik Armstead
    D.J. Humphries
    Ereck Flowers
    Andrus Peat

    Eli Harold OLB
    Nate Orchard DE
    Gerod Holliman FS
    Eric Rowe CB
    Denzel Perryman ILB
    Devin Funchess TE/WR
    Jake Fischer OT

    Only seven possibilities left. There was a lot of love for Harold and Orchard that day.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 1, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      Harold is still a solid choice. He has some competition though, with other guys who might have gone in the 1st.
      ~

      • bangkokben - May 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM

        Agreed. I predicted an edge rusher or a wide receiver back then so I’m with you. My point then is: it is incredibly difficult to predict the draft so don’t fall in love with any player until after the draft. Also, the hubris that fans have to predicting players is absurd. Look at the mocks this year. Without the normal amount of trades, did anyone get 2/3s? So I’m not against Harold other than the fact that it would make me right.

  18. hk2000 - May 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I admit., I hardly watch any NCAAF, and wouldn’t know if they drafted a potential pro bowler or a potential ultimate loser, having said that, I’m really excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for this team under the leadership of this GM. The 1st pick may not be the only surprise in this draft, and considering that every year Redskin fans are generally very happy about the teams moves in the off season (including the draft), this year I expect a lot of unhappy and disgruntled fans, so brace yourselves! and trust this guy’s knowledge.

  19. hk2000 - May 1, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Don’t be surprised if they take another O Lineman. That pocket needs to be a a half circle at worst, not a claustrophobic nightmare.

  20. sidepull - May 1, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Lie AJ Cann and Funchess

  21. goback2rfk - May 1, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Wow these are some of the best picks the Redskins have made since the 2012 draft. lmao

    • Skulb - May 2, 2015 at 2:59 AM

      I would have thought the secondary a bigger priority than RB. I might be wrong about this but I`m almost certain that Washington gave up more big plays than any other team last season. Oh well, they know better than I do I`m sure. It would be weird otherwise.

  22. kenlinkins - May 2, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Looks like the new GM has reloaded his gun and should be able to move up and down the board at will today with 7 picks. While I think picks 1 and 2 were very good I am still trying to talk myself into liking RB Matt Jones with the 3rd pick. Today should be very interesting.

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