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Need to Know: After trade, a busy Saturday ahead for Redskins

May 2, 2015, 7:01 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 2, 45 days before the Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.

A busy day ahead

Scot McCloughan got up to his desired number of draft picks and that sets up a busy Saturday for him and the rest of the Redskins’ staff.

In a trade with the Seahawks, McCloughan added three picks to the Redskins’ stockpile. Added to the three they have already used and the four they already have, Washington has 10 picks.

In his meeting with the media on Monday, McCloughan mentioned a couple of times that he would like to acquire enough picks to have at least 10.

Here are the picks that the Redskins have at their disposal today:



It seems likely that after meeting some needs in the first three rounds, McCloughan will very much be in best player available mode rather than trying to fill immediate needs. Most of the players chosen on Saturday will be reserves and players the team may try to develop into starters at some point a year or more down the road. Of the 40 players chosen in the fourth round last year, only five started more than half of their teams’ games. Just over half of the fourth rounders, 21 players, did not start any games. The percentages go down in the lower rounds.

The bottom line here is that if you haven’t filled your needs already, it is very risky to figure that you are going to do so on Saturday. That doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with a fourth-round player like Bashaud Breeland (15 starts as a rookie) or a sixth rounder like Alfred Morris (16). But relying on players picked on Saturdays to fill your immediate holes is not a good way to do business.

It should be noted that McCloughan didn’t necessarily want to stockpile extra picks in order to draft more players. He also wants to be able to move up if he wants to.

“If you can acquire them [additional picks], you can still use them to go back up if need be,” he said. “If all of the sudden a good player starts falling, you have more ammunition to go back up and get [him].”

So stay alert and be prepared for some surprises as McCloughan maneuvers to try to get some more depth.


—It’s been 125 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 134 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 45; Redskins training camp starts 89; Redskins @ Giants 145

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  1. mr.moneylover - May 2, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Love the picks so far…but theres still alot talent out there that can help this team this year…redskins got a unrated running back matt jones that teams love his only problem is his vision to find holes and alfred morris have that same problem sometimes I think going to a power run scheme will help him and he brings something the redskins dont have this kids loves to block for the QB love picking up the blitz…there still CBs and WRs and more on the board who can help a team example. Josh shaw he plays saftey but is actually is capable of playing CB mayock says he can be a heck of a press CB in the NFL

  2. kenlinkins - May 2, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    The new GM has reloaded his gun and has 7 picks still waiting to be used. He should be able to move around the draft at will. I loved the first two picks, but I am still trying to talk myself into like RB Matt Jones in the 3rd round, he just wasn’t on my list but I like the size and mind set. Whoever said that the new GM liked size knew what he was talking about.

    • warpath1 - May 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      apparently they had jones out a couple of weeks ago and really liked the kids attitude and charactor. Ill take a guy with a great midset and maybe not great skills. Heck he is allready talking about playing special teams

    • ET - May 2, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      I’m feeling the same way—loved the first two picks, not sure about Matt Jones. After reading about him and sleeping on it, I’m feeling better about the 3rd round pick, however.

      Overall, McC and Gruden are doing exactly what they said they’d do: targeting big, smart, aggressive players who want to play smashmouth. How can you not like that?

    • kenlinkins - May 2, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      After checking in with my U of Fla. / “Gator Nation” connection, sounds like we Redskins fans are going to like this kid Matt Jones. “Bull Dog” Tuff, coachable, and understands his way onto the 53 man roster is Special Teams!

  3. Henry Dean - May 2, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    GM is doing a fantastic job go skins!!!!

  4. captblood3000 - May 2, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    La’el Collins, T J Clemmings, Durrell Eskridge and Anthony Harris are all still available. There should be good tight ends available in the 5th round.

    • toothcoster - May 2, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      Blake Bell from Oklahoma is huge and has nice tool set, he’s a former option QB…. he can in line block and make plays in passing game. Did I mention he’s 6-5 260…

      • captblood3000 - May 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM

        Or Nick Boyle from Delaware.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - May 2, 2015 at 12:11 PM

        I really like Blake Bell at TE. Since Jamon Brown and John Miller already went in the 3rd round I hope at some point we get Shaq Mason G/C and Lorenzo Doss CB. Wouldn’t mind Clemmings.

  5. redskinscaio - May 2, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Let’s get some linebackers to play special teams!

  6. skinsgame - May 2, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    No picks are guaranteed of course but, this part of the draft is where the scouts can shine. Picking up a couple of gems that can make the roster and make a difference on special teams or in another role is critical. That Seattle trade almost looks as if the Seahawks did Scot a favor. He must be planning to make another trade to move up because 10 is an awful lot.

  7. 214hof - May 2, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Amos is just sitting there! Take him with the105 pick!!!

  8. abanig - May 2, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    I love what they’ve done and love what they have in front of them.

    With matt jones, we have a Marshawn lynch type back and I’ve heard he can pass block also which is sothjingbwe haven’t had from our rbs since Portis, Betts & Cartwright.

    I hope with one of their next two picks they take Prewitt, Deron Smith, Amos or Drummond.

    • abanig - May 2, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      Or Anthony Harris.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 2, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      Who was going to take Matt Jones before the 4th, if we didn’t?

      I’m sure he’s a McGlue kind of guy, but I don’t think anyone but us was in a hurry to pick him.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 10:31 AM

        Don’t buy into the media “wizards” opinions. They really know very little about where players are going and what interests teams had. Scott knows far more and is in the NFL circle. He obviously had to feel there was a threat of Matt getting selected before 4.6 pick.

    • ET - May 2, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Time to get some linebacker and DB depth. There are lots of promising prospects still out there. Amos and / or Harris would be great.

  9. LS Dietz - May 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Skins need to add some depth and competition on the OL. With all these late pick, take a flyer on La’el Collins. We’ll have a good idea of the facts before preseason starts and if he’s involved, just cut him. If not Collins, then draft other road graders. I want to see Spencer, Morgan, Compton and whole line have to work their butts off just to make the team.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - May 2, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      We have 2 5th round picks I would use one on Collins if he is innocent we could get tremendous value here. Sheriff at G Collins at RT. We would have 3 1st round talented Olinemen just need to fill LG and C

  10. bangkokben - May 2, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Let’s consider for a second that the current draft was being conducted by Bruce Allen instead of Scot McCloughan. If that was the scenario, the amount of pis and vinegar here would be overwhelming. We would be very skeptical about having a bunch of picks after the fourth round. Would we really expect another Breeland or Morris from this group? We’d be outraged about drafting Matt Jones and Preston Smith. The vast majority of us fans had other more polished players in more obvious need positions. Two weeks ago neither was touted as a possibility. And had Bruce Allen selected Brandon Scherff, we’d all know by now how historic it was to select a right tackle this high in the draft and be calling for a ‘real’ GM.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 2, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      I’m still disappointed we couldn’t get somebody to trade back with on that Scherff pick, but I guess the market just wasn’t there.

      Almost nobody traded up in the 1st round, and even then it was small moves.

      • bangkokben - May 2, 2015 at 2:20 PM

        That’s certainly a possibility but some of the pundits were thinking it was Williams considering how ‘fast’ the Redskins were in making the pick. I hope Scherff becomes all-world. I’m just saying that due to who made the pick the reaction is positive. I insist if Vinny or Bruce made this pick we’d look at from the negative perspective. In Scot we trust…for now.

    • captblood3000 - May 3, 2015 at 7:38 AM

      I’m stunned by the Jarrett pick. Other ACC safeties on the board were Eskridge, Harris and Holliman. This is an assignable failure. The Redskins have a new GM but the same old scouts. You know why the Monday after the draft is called Black Monday?

  11. goback2rfk - May 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    So we draft another Alfred Morris. lol

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      Are you referring to Matt Jones? They are not even close to similar. Please break down those similarities you are LOLing about!

      • goback2rfk - May 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        Oh I dont know, about the same 40 yard dash time, same power running style lets think about this since you are one of those know it all’s that post a bunch of spam a does not back up the comments.

        Matt Jones is a one-trick pony as a powerful downhill runner. Lacks the preferred top-end speed and isn’t particularly nimble to make defenders miss in tight quarters. <————-Same as Alfred Morris
        Alfred Morris lacks that explosiveness and speed to bust out the big one which is very much like Jones.

        The differences are that Jones is Bigger and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Other than that they are the same one cut style power running backs.

  12. goback2rfk - May 2, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    These picks have been terrible, awful. And with a lackluster QB at the helm for the foreseeable future this thing is a wrap guys. Face it guyz, we stink, and the new “master GM” is making some questionable calls.
    Someone please tell me why we drafted another alfred morris when there are 10 other needs on this team.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      Someone please tell me how you can be so uninformed about the two running backs?

  13. chris - May 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Just drafted Santana Moss’ replacement

  14. goback2rfk - May 2, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Crowder is a nice pick. I like that one.

  15. ajbus1 - May 2, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Can’t believe the amount of armchair GMs that think they know better. I bet the Seahawks message boards were full of the same crap when they spent all that money on Matt Flynn and then spent a 3rd round pick on Russell Wilson.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      It’s not even armchair GMs. It’s a bunch of fans referencing and paraphrasing other armchair GMs. It’s pretty bad when they go and read a few scouting reports off of pseudo media draft sites and then come here to provide their misinformed “nostradamus” outcomes.

  16. bangkokben - May 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    From the shield
    Grade Title
    9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
    8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
    7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
    7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
    6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
    6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
    5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
    5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential

    Williams, Leonard 7.5
    Brandon Scherff 6.4
    Preston Smith 5.7
    Matt Jones 5.3
    Jamison Crowder 5.3
    Arie Kouandjio 5.2
    Martrell Spaight 5.3

    Pick Analysis: “How about that? The beauty is that Washington has been looking for a right tackle. The right side of the Redskins’ line is getting younger and more athletic. Scherff is a lot like Zack Martin from last year’s draft.” — Mike Mayock

    Pick Analysis: “Smith was a defensive end at Mississippi State, but you just heard him introduced as a linebacker. That’s because the Redskins are a 3-4 base defensive team.” — Mike Mayock

    Pick Analysis: “That is a big specimen right there. Jones is a big, physical downhill guy who needs to learn patience, but he has a lot of talent.” — Mike Mayock

    Pick Analysis: Crowder’s height and weight are below average for the position and he’ll likely compete for a slot/return role with the Redskins. He has big time punt return ability. –Mark Dulgerian

    Pick Analysis: Washington selects another mauler in Kouandjio (Cyrus’ brother). He’s not as gifted in pass protection as Cyrus, but he’ll move men off the ball in the run game. –Mark Dulgerian

    So, so far it’s 2011 all over again. A bunch of backups and/or special teamers, one solid starter and potential for another marginal starter instead of an impact player.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Seriously? You really think those so called pundits know more than our current GM???

      Wait out and prepare to burn those comments later.

      • bangkokben - May 2, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        No, no I don’t. But if Vinny or Bruce made these picks we’d eviscerate them instead of drinking the kool-aid. My point is the narrative by fans is so positive because Scot McC made the picks. We said the same things the first two off seasons of the Shanahan regime. (“In Shanahan we trust.” “Finally, we have a real football man making the decisions.” Etc.) I’m not saying it’s history repeating itself because the Seahawks built a winning organization despite multiple missteps. I’m not even saying that the personnel selected or the decision to pick from the back of the draft are necessarily missteps. But just because the person in charge of building the team is the most competent in 25 years, doesn’t mean we can’t question his decisions or does it?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 2, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Mike Mayock well lost credibility some time ago but it is verified when he thinks Preston is going to be a linebacker. Man come on and find some better sources.

      • goback2rfk - May 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM

        You sound like this other guy that used to come on here all the time names “John Greene”
        Is it you John?! Is it?”

        • captblood3000 - May 5, 2015 at 7:52 AM

          It was Joe Greene and he was almost always right. He got booted for his one word characterizations.

  17. chris - May 2, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    You can read into what all these TV people keep saying. Go look at Richard Sherman’s grade. Scott knows good football players.

    • ajbus1 - May 2, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      Exactly. That’s why they’re on tv and not in a front office.

  18. wvredskins - May 2, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    So I am trying to understand. We were said to get 2 picks in the 5th round, picks 141 and 167. When I look at the Draft tracker online it is saying that the Saints picked at 167 without saying that there was a trade. Can someone explain what happened here?

    • chris - May 2, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      Not sure….. I know they traded and got the Saints 6th round pick for this year so they probably got more pics for next year

    • bangkokben - May 2, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      “The Washington Redskins traded their fifth-round No. 167 overall pick to the New Orleans Saints for their sixth-round No. 187 overall and a 2016 sixth-round pick.” from the ESPN trade tracker.

      It was certainly not important to anyone’s coverage to explain the trades.

  19. kenlinkins - May 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    These picks all have a few things in common. They love to play football and hate to lose. They all will hit, tackle, block, get back up and keep fighting. The term Bull Dog and tuff seems to show up a lot. Even the 5’8″ WR has no fear returning punts and kick offs. These guys like contact! The new GM has sent his message to the 90 man roster, These are the kind of guys I want and you better take notice if you want to be on the 53 man roster come opening day. That core of players who just do not get it have just been placed on notice!

    • warpath1 - May 3, 2015 at 7:40 AM

      well put. cant wait to see how they all work out this summer

  20. hail74 - May 2, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    I love this draft. Months ago I wanted Scherff but more recently was on the Williams bandwagon. Surprised that with all the coverage leading up to the draft there was no mention what so ever of Williams shoulder issue. It’s clear that that’s why he dropped to 6 and nobody wanted to trade up to 5 to get him.

  21. murphsman - May 2, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    So Rich, what do you think Crowder’s presence mean for Roberts?

  22. murphsman - May 2, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    My only real compliant is instead of that 2nd receiver I would’ve taken a QB or TE for depth. But other than that I think it was a good draft

    • murphsman - May 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      I’d give it a B grade, though I’m only grading by need and not player because I don’t watch college sports, so the only one I even heard of before this weekend was Scherff, and that’s only because he was mentioned recently as one of our options

  23. bangkokben - May 2, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Although I am skeptical about the talent selected, how many times have we ever said give me ten more “Alfred Morris'” and we’d have a winning team? Insert whomever to you exemplifies heart and toughness. This draft looks to be full of Reed Doughtys. Guys who may lack pizazz but know that the game is physical, play physical, and know how to play the game. They know their assignment and they do it to the best of their abilities. Let’s hope that these guys have Reed Doughty’s qualities with perhaps more ability.

    • chris - May 2, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      You gotta build the foundation before you build the house. We’re not going to the Super Bowl in 1 draft. Let’s just hope we’re doing it right this time cause I’m tired of rebuilding every three years or so.

      • ajbus1 - May 3, 2015 at 2:57 AM

        Yes. I saw John Keim quote Bill Polian: it will be a “meat and potatoes draft” for Scott McCloughan. He got his meat and potatoes. The gravy will come later.

    • warpath1 - May 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      previous redskin super bowl teams were made up of guys that laked “pizazz” but played with heart and toughness. a couple more drafts like that and we hopefully will have a team like the ones of the 80’s 90’s
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