May 3, 2015, 6:11 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 3, 44 days before the Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.
Here is a quick assessment of what the role of each of the Redskins’ draft picks might be in the coming season.
OL Brandon Scherff—He will be plugged in at right tackle and over the course of the season we will see if he is more suited to playing guard or tackle in the NFL.
OLB Preston Smith—I’m not even sure if the coaches know exactly how he will be used at this point. Smith will be used in a variety of roles, playing with his hand in the dirt and in a two-point stance. He and Trent Murphy, who also might line up in a variety of spots, will compete for playing time.
RB Matt Jones—The obvious spot to use him early on is in short-yardage situations, giving him the ball and having him bang out a couple of yards on third and one. He will compete with Silas Redd for carries when Alfred Morris needs a rest.
WR Jamison Crowder—Jay Gruden said that he could well be the punt returner from Day One and he will back up Andre Roberts as the slot receiver. It will be hard for a fourth-round receiver to get very many snaps as a rookie.
G Arie Kouandjio—It’s not realistic to think he could compete for a starting job this year. He will need to battle with Spencer Long (or Chris Chester if Long beats him out for the starting job) and Josh LeRibeus for backup roster spots. LeRibeus and Chester are better suited to the zone-blocking scheme so Kouandjio could benefit from the team’s move to more of a power scheme.
ILB Martrell Spaight—He likely will need to push his way past either Will Compton or Adam Hayward to land a spot as a reserve inside linebacker. To do that he will have to excel on special teams.
S Kyshoen Jarrett—Virginia Tech is known for its emphasis on special teams and that is how Jarrett will have to earn his way onto the 53-man roster. It will be tough for him to get a regular role on defense even if he does.
CB Tevin Mitchel—Like Jarrett, he will have to carve out a role on special teams. Cornerback is rather crowded and it will be tough for Mitchel to earn snaps on defense.
WR Evan Spencer—The same theme continues here; he is also going to need to play some special teams to make the 53. It will be interesting to see if Gruden carves out a roster spot for a sixth wide receiver. Holdovers Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Roberts, and Ryan Grant aren’t going anywhere and Crowder is likely to claim the fifth spot.
C Austin Reiter—Last year Chester was the backup center and that is a typical arrangement on many teams. Reiter might even have a tough time beating out Tyler Larsen, a second-year player signed as a free agent. If he can’t work his way onto the 53 a practice squad job is a possibility.
—It’s been 126 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 133 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 44; Redskins training camp starts 88; Redskins @ Giants 144
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