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Need to Know: Would the Redskins draft Derrick Henry in the second round?

Mar 30, 2016, 5:16 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 30, 29 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 80 days ago. It will be about 165 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 19; 2016 NFL draft 29; Redskins training camp starts 120

Hot topic

Yesterday, after news that Anquan Boldin is visiting the Redskins came out, Mike Giardi of our corporate brethren at CSN New England put out a tweet that shed some light on why Boldin is making his first visit almost three weeks into free agency.

“Still out there not because of lack of interest, but $$$ demands,” wrote Giardi.

This is not just the answer to why Boldin hasn’t visited anywhere before yesterday. It also possibly is the answer to “Why aren’t the Redskins interested in (fill in the blank with your favorite free agent safety, running back, tight end, or other position of need)?”

It’s not always a matter of the Redskins not recognizing that this player could help them or thinking that he can’t play. It’s often a situation where the player’s price tag is too high and they want to wait until it drops to a point where they might be able to agree on a reasonable contract.

Sometimes the reason why a team doesn’t show interest in a free agent is because of the lack of a scheme or character fit. But more often than not it’s a matter of money.

Fan question of the day

Not to be too obvious about it, but two things would need to happen for the Redskins to draft Henry in the second round. For one thing, he would have to be there when the Redskins pick at No. 53 overall. I don’t think that the Heisman Trophy winner will be a first-round pick so he likely will be there on the second day of the draft. But will he make it past 21 other teams, several of which have needs at running back, to the Redskins pick? It’s hard to say how a draft will play out but I’d say that chances that he is there are less than 50-50, maybe way less.

If he does make it to No. 53 will the Redskins take him? I don’t see it for a couple of reasons. The word is that they want a faster back, a guy who can score from anywhere on the field, to pair with Matt Jones. And I think that Scot McCloughan will believe that he can find his second running back later in the draft.

With all of that said, you can’t rule it out completely. McCloughan likes big players and at 6-3, 247 Henry certainly qualifies. By all indications he is a high-character player who has the work ethic that the Redskins are looking for. Still, the odds seem to be against it.

(Hit me up on Twitter with #NTK @Rich_TandlerCSN or here in the comments to submit a question)

Stat of the day

Kirk Cousins threw at least one touchdown pass in all 16 games last year.

The Redskins’ 2015 opponents threw at least one touchdown pass in all but two games (@ Atlanta, vs. Dallas). They lost both of those games.

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  1. Lex - Mar 30, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    Not a good idea bama rbs dont do well in the nfl

    • jonevans511 - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:52 AM

      Going back to the early 2000s, Shaun Alexander fared very well for the most part. Mark Ingram has been more than solid. Trent Richardson is a completely different story, as is Glen Coffee. Jury’s still out on Eddie Lacy but I wouldn’t be too quick to say he “hasn’t done well” as he’s had a couple solid seasons followed by a bad one this past season.TJ Yeldon had a solid rookie season and looks promising. The knock on Bama RBs is that Saban runs them in to the ground by the time they go pro, but I think that’s a myth.

      Can’t lump all Bama RBs in to the “don’t do well” category, but your point has some merit when it comes to the big bully type Bama RBs. I’d say Henry has a shot to further dispel the myth though, because even though he’s not a speedster he does have some breakaway ability when he gets to the second & third level of the defense. Don’t let him get a full head of steam or he will run past and/or through you.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Mar 30, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    We have got to fix Dline or at least stabilize in this draft. We got rid of pot roast and Hatch and our Dline was horrible with them. We only picked up Reyes to help fix the situation. Is Reyes better than Hatch? Not sure there. So that means our Dline is already in question compared to last year where we were horrible at stopping the run, and pressure from the Dline was not that great. Our pressure came from OLB. So we at minimum need 2 more Dline and one of them needs to be better than Hatch and one needs to be better than pot roast to see any improvement over last year. I should hope we are looking for Dline improvement year over year.

    That means we need to be pulling the Dline picks at high rounds not later. So RB in the second I seriously doubt.

    • babyteal1 - Mar 30, 2016 at 7:14 AM

      Pot Roast will be resigned today

      • metalman5150 - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:23 AM

        I hope Pot Roast comes back!

        • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 30, 2016 at 5:31 PM

          He’s Lean Roast now. Maybe Turkey Roast? Can you buy a turkey roast? Now I’m hungry…

  3. sidepull - Mar 30, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    I dont think the Redskins are going to have to worry about it. If they stay where they are at in the 2nd, he wont be there. Draft D.

  4. abanig - Mar 30, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    I agree with Rich. Henry is too similar to Matt Jones and McCloughan drafted Matt Jones with the hopes of him being the feature back. Jones is going to get that opportunity this season.

    I’ll also add I’d rather see the Redskins spend their first few picks on defense. The Redskins defense needs an infusion of more talented youth. Especially along the DL & secondary. I hope they do that in the first two rounds and then in the mid rounds take a RB who can do a little bit of everything – like a Helu type back – and a reserve center prospect to groom.

    I don’t think Center or Running back is something that they should be focusing on in round 1 or 2 of the draft.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:01 AM

      Agreed, we can’t afford to spend an early pick on an RB.

      I see the Redskins are meeting with skinny Pot Roast, that’s something that would give McGlue a little more flexibility. (We still need young defensive line talent either way, of course.)

      • abanig - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:27 AM

        Yeah, I hope the reports and pictures that Baker posted are true. If they are Potroast looks like he’s around Baker’s size, maybe even smaller. If Potroast is around that size he will resemble more of the player he was in Jacksonville and his first year in Denver when he was quicker, in shape and could play twice as many snaps a game as he did last year.

        I hope it’s true.

        • Mr.moneylover - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:53 AM

          From what I seen I think the report is true…he was on TV and he did look like he lost some weight…they will be set at NT if pot roast sign they can let jarrel powe and pot roast battle it out for the starting job But I still think they gonna another rookie DL…if Andrew billing not there when we pick then that pick is not worth spending it on a DL you can get that in the second round

        • abanig - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:06 AM

          Yeah, I think the draft a DL, possibly 2. One early and one mid to late.

          They have some bodies now that can play NT in our one-gap scheme. Baker, Golston, Paea & Hood could all rotate at NT on the scheme we currently run. The NT in our scheme isn’t asked to two gap as much as they were asked to in Haz’s scheme.

          On the practice squad we have a NT & a DE prospect. The NT is Anthony Johnson from LSU and the DE prospect is named Corey Crawford from Clemson. They have been developing our system and have talent as well.

          On top of that we run a nickel defense with 3 corners about 60% of the game anyways and have done so since 2010 when we went to the 3-4 as our base. So often times we only have 2 or even 1 300 pounder on the field most of the time during games.

        • colorofmyskinz - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM

          Keep in mind last year after pot roast signed he had $475,000 incentive to hit a weight target and he failed to do so. He is ok eating celery while trying to find a contract, but once signed, back to the pot roast…

        • abanig - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

          He was out of shape all off season last year though it’s why no one would give him more than a one year deal.

          If… IF he is in shape now, that will be the first time he’s in good shape in the last 4 or 5 years. He started to get lazy and get too fat while he was in his last year in Jax. That’s why they didn’t keep him.

        • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 30, 2016 at 5:52 PM

          How cool is it that people WANT to play in DC now? You had Junior lobbying to get back, did he even entertain other teams? You’ve got Pot Roast who sounded like he never wanted to leave in the first place and now POSSIBLY choosing us over the Pats if we can get a deal done. (I know that’s a reach but just join me on this journey dang it!) Alf seemed a little bummed about leaving. Colt probably-definitely had a nice little market for him, maybe even get to compete for a job but, chose to come back to DC. I know Lean Roast is BFFs with Baker so there’s obviously a little incentive for him to want to come back, but it’s still refreshing that we aren’t just cash cows anymore. Junior took a team friendly deal. Lean Roast/Turkey Roast (I’m undecided on what to call him) will probably have to take another “prove-it” deal. Colt isn’t raking in the dough either. Dashon if we get him back will be taking a pay cut too. They aren’t coming for the money anymore. They know the MADTV guy is trying to build a winner and it seems he commands the league-wide respect that guys want to play for. I’m sure seeing Kirk break records last year doesn’t hurt but it looks like the guys that were here KNOW what we have and want to be apart of it going forward. It’s still early in FA for players to be declaring they want to come home instead of testing the market, there are teams that are desperate and would’ve taken a chance on any of these players.

        • abanig - Mar 30, 2016 at 6:56 PM

          McCloughan & Gruden changed the culture in just one season. The team got along well last year and played for each other. Players wand want to be a part of that. They see something growing and developing in DC and they want to be a part of it.

    • hotpicksblog - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      if Matt Jones is similar to Henry then Matt Jones would have performed in college like Henry. HE DIDN’T.

      • abanig - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

        Matt Jones didn’t have the Alabama OL to run behind

  5. renhoekk2 - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    He’s a slower version of Matt Jones. I would rather they wait until the 3rd or 4th rd and drat his teammate Kenyan Drake. He’s the “score from anywhere” guy Rich was referencing.

  6. Mr.moneylover - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    They seen how well Chris Thompson fit in they running and passing game so they must was thinking OK if we get a more faster guy who can run between the tackles that help the offense as well…its good that they been more active this year tryna sure up they offense

  7. hotpicksblog - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    this would be a legitimate question if the Redskins were picking top 5 again in each round, but sitting way back there at 53 this is only a fantasy football question.

    Regarding Boldin…if dollars is why Boldin is not signed…why waste money on a plane visit and flying him in? Is it not possible to see him on film, talk to his agent on the phone, and then determine that the money is a brick wall in negotiations? Ya have to bring him in for a visit just to find out that he wants too much money????? Something is wrong there…..

    • goback2rfk - Mar 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM

      We don’t want Boldin, He is another aging Pierre Garcon. We need fresh, tall, new talent at the WR position.

      • John - Mar 30, 2016 at 1:03 PM

        Not to say they want or need Bold in but being is an older less expensive version of Garcon, they may see him as a wedge in negotiations with Garcon to get a lower cap number.

        Boldin caught 60+ last year for 700+ yards last year, so he still has some gas in the tank. If Garcon won’t restructure and they cut him loose he costs the team $2 million vs. $7 million. You get Bolin for a year, perhaps 2 and draft and develop a rookie receiver to play some this year and kill it the following season. Other benefit is having money to resign Reed and maybe Galette next off season.

        • bangkokben - Mar 30, 2016 at 1:18 PM

          This all sounds plausible but I give it 1%< chance of it actually happening. McCloughan, Gruden, and Cousins all like Garcon. Garcon is FIVE years younger AND faster than Boldin. Garcon is not under contract next year, so there is no concern with Pierre's next year's salary conflicting with Galette's potential contract next year and cutting Andre Roberts gets you the same amount for a Reed extension as Boldin's cap hit plus the dead money from Garcon. Even in baseball, you can't replace one .285 right-handed hitter with another and get the same results. Much more so in football.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:39 AM

      Nothing is wrong at all.

      First of all, a plane flight and possibly a night a at the hotel are nothing to and NFL team. Companies fly job candidates into town all the time and many of them do not end up getting hired.

      Also, if you think about it, there are two possible explanations here. One, perhaps Boldin’s agent has let it be known that he has lowered his contract expectations from what they were during the first three weeks of free agency. Or, the Redskins may have invited him in thinking that it’s inevitable that he will end up signing for less than what he wants now and they want to be able to operate quickly if that opportunity arises, with the visit and interview already accomplished.

  8. metalman5150 - Mar 30, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    About the prospect of darting a DL in round 1; think back to last years’ draft, we Scotty M was starring the anointed, “BEST DLINEMAN” in the draft, Leonard Williams.

    End of story. Take the WR if Doctson is there.

  9. James McFullan - Mar 30, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    If the Redskins re-sign Pot Roast today, and according to Swaggy they will, the Redskins should draft Josh Doctson with the 21st pick, the pick Chris Jones/Kenny Clark with the 53rd pick and then get Keith Marshall with the 83rd pick.

    • James McFullan - Mar 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM

      The Redskins could also go after Vernon Butler with the 53rd pick. 6-3 323lbs, he’s got the size, speed, strength, and athleticism that Scot McCloughan looks for.

  10. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 30, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Dang, he’s not a terrible 3rd CB at all. And only 25 years old? I guess we didn’t need him…
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