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Need to Know: If there is a Knighton signing it won’t affect the Redskins’ draft plans

Mar 31, 2016, 5:08 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 31, 28 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 81 days ago. It will be about 164 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 18; 2016 NFL draft 28; Redskins training camp starts 119

Hot topic

Apparently Chris Baker needs to have his press credentials revoked. On 1067 The Fan on Tuesday he reported that Terrance Knighton would rejoin the Redskins by lunchtime on Wednesday. It’s now Thursday morning and still no Pot Roast under contract. Good thing Baker is a pretty good defensive end.

This doesn’t mean that a Knighton return is dead just that it isn’t going to happen right now. But whether he comes back or not will have no effect on how the Redskins conduct the draft. They are still likely to draft defensive linemen early and perhaps often.

Knighton is going to be 30 in July. If he signs it will either be a one- or two-year deal. There will be little if any guaranteed money. It’s likely that he would make the team in September but his spot would not be assured. Even if he is under contract for 2017 there is no guarantee that he will be on the roster.

Yes, they may have 25 or 30 snaps per game in the middle of the line covered if Knighton is on the 53. But it would be a short-term solution. The draft is about the long term. Even in the first round McCloughan will be looking for a player who can help in the long term and he won’t bypass the best available player because he has a short-term stopgap.

By the way, you can apply the same logic if they sign receiver Anquan Boldin (age 35) or tight end Vernon Davis (32). If they were going to draft a wide receiver or a tight end before signing one of them they will draft one after.

Fan question of the day

If the Redskins trade down from the 21st pick and gain other picks how likely would it be the skins pick Jaylon Smith #NTK

Jaylon Smith, for those who don’t know, is a linebacker who was set to be a very high pick in the NFL draft until he suffered a devastating knee injury during Notre Dame’s bowl game.

How serious was the injury? The consensus of teams who would give NFL Network’s Mike Mayock a comment on the combine medical exams on the knee was, “It’s bad,” perhaps to the point where he won’t be able to take the field in 2017.

Still, he could be quite an asset to a team when he can play again. But I don’t think that the Redskins would take him with either of their top two picks even if they did trade back.

The reason is simple. They can’t afford to have one of their top picks sitting out a season. Their defense was ranked 28th last year. They need young players who can contribute and start developing now.

The best landing spot for Smith would be someplace like Seattle or Kansas City, a team with an established defense that can afford to wait for Smith to rehab properly.

Now, if Smith is still on the board when the Redskins’ third-round pick comes up, Scot McCloughan might think about it. But that’s unlikely after the Seahawks, Chiefs, and a few others who can wait it out have had multiple chances at him.

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

Stat of the day

Since the year 2000 the Redskins have drafted seven defensive linemen. Only one, Jarvis Jenkins (second round 2012), was taken before the sixth round.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Mar 31, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Pot roast was given a $475,000 inventive when signing last year to hit a weigh… He missed it. If someone placed that in front of me to lose 10% body weight I would be eating Ethiopian ants, peanut butter and celery until I hit it. Obviously once he signs a contract, he does not care about his weight. Past behavior is the greatest indicator of future behavior. He may have frantically dropped weight once he knew he would not be resigned. But once signed, what do you think will happen? Roll out the celery and roll in the pot roast. I would not fall for the “I have changed my ways” bit. Maybe if he can hold the weight down for half the season, and we sign a completely prove it no guaranteed money deal, for one year. But I would walk away. If the Pats don’t sign him, why should we??

    Sorry pot, you failed your one year prove it deal you already had. Why another?

  2. sidepull - Mar 31, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Agree Rich, if they sign him it makes no difference come draft day. If they want a big body to plug up the middle, maybe apply some pressure and one is sitting there when they pick they will not be swayed by the resigning of Knighton. They are not gong to be handcuffed to the decision of signing or not signing Knighton annually. I mean they let him walk already. No worries. Scot is going to draft some DL I firmly believe.

    And color I get the ants and celery but peanut butter is a weight loss food???? No wonder Knighton couldnt get his weight down.

    • colorofmyskinz - Mar 31, 2016 at 7:27 AM

      Lol!! You have to have some protein! It’s the visual… Lol have a great Thursday!

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 31, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    What a shame. J. Smith would have been the first LB off the board, but for that last game…

  4. princewilks - Mar 31, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    I ran a draft simulator this morning after all the updates; free agent signings, resignings, extensions. Here’s what i came up for the skins:


    I wanted to go Dlineman in the 1st but Hargreaves sitting there at 21 I couldn’t help it, then the rest was done on BPA basis taking into account scheme fits.

    Let me know what you think.

    • James McFullan - Mar 31, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      Personally I’d rather the Redskins get a center at 84, they are already set at outside linebacker with Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Junior Galette, and Trent Murphy, but at center they have Kory Lichtensteiger, Josh LeReibus, and Austin Reiter. Center is the bigger issue, but I like all the other picks. Although I do like getting Vernon Hargreaves, I think I would still prefer Josh Doctson a little more.

      • James McFullan - Mar 31, 2016 at 11:02 AM

        My mock draft was
        21: Josh Doctson
        53: Vernon Butler
        84: Nick Martin
        120: Cyrus Jones
        158: Keith Marshall

    • renhoekk2 - Mar 31, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      I like Scooby Wright as well for a move to ILB in 3-4. Also a Kenyan Drake fan. Hargeaves is a top 15 pick and won’t be there at 21. But William Jackson or Eli Apple could be there at 21 for a DB. Butler might not be there at 53 but if he is that would be a good grab. I like the the kid from Maryland Davis better than Killebrew at S. The rest of the guys you could put 4 or 5 names in a hat an pick one for each position.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 31, 2016 at 12:43 PM

        Eli Apple has the perfect CB physique and awesome Combine numbers.

        But William Jackson III actually covered people in college.

        if you’re picking Apple, you’re betting you can coach being a good CB into him.

  5. Mr.moneylover - Mar 31, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Sometimes those one year deals take awhile to get done …WR Brandon lafell visit the Bengals 3 weeks ago and he just sign yesterday…last year it took a min for redskins to sign pot roast and everybody kept saying was what’s the holdup 5 days later he ended up signing with redskins…I didn’t expect A. Boldin to sign right away he probably was interested in seeing what the head coach is like and what the facility look like…pot roast gonna make a decision soon I’m told…he probably gonna make a decision by the end of the week

    • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 31, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      Redskins signed Vernon Davis today and he visited last week. Like you said it takes time, it’s also still early in FA and some teams are weighing their options via their own roster and draft. Players are also weighing options from different teams. I felt good about our chances to land Davis, his numbers dropped the last two years, hurting his value, because of nasty Kaep. Split the second season with the Broncos was only targeted 29 times but had 20 receptions. He can still play just didn’t have the strongest of QBs the last few years. Kaep throwing high or into coverage and Peyton was throwing ducks. I think Davis will be a nice addition, with “no-hands Niles” coming off injury he’s really gotta show up in camp and preseason if he’s ready to go. NoHands has the larger cap hit and I think if we draft a TE, and the rookie forms a good tandem with Reed/Davis, Niles could be the odd man out. No reason to be carrying this many TE’s during a rebuilding phase. Gotta shed these redundancies and play the guys that can produce.

  6. Mr.moneylover - Mar 31, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Chris Baker don’t sound like the redskins gonna sign him after the meeting….I still think redskins probably feel he need to lose more weight… his contract was setup last year to get to certain goals and if losing weight was in his contract and he fail then I can understand why redskins are bein shaky on resigning him…

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 31, 2016 at 2:28 PM

      Somebody needs to teach emoji to Chris Russell.


  7. kenlinkins - Mar 31, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Todays simulated draft: (no trade back)
    1. ILB R. Ragland, Ala: plug and play starter day one
    2. DT V Butler La Tech: Will play 40% of D snaps day one
    3. SS M Killebrew S Utah: big, fast, hits hard, loves football, sub package / Special teams in 2016
    4. FS S Davis Md: coaching required starter in 2017, special teams 2016
    5. CB J Bradberry Samford: could be steal of the draft at CB, year away from starting, sub pachage in 2016
    6. RB K Marshall Ga: sub-package RB in 2016
    7. CB J Burris NC St: Project with talent to cause turn overs, will tackle, PS in 2016
    7. WR D Robinson Fla: Talent but lazy, requires coaching, big risk, bigger reward. Up to him what happens in 2016.

    Note: never saw a OC or TE that was a value when picking. Big, Fast, and likes to hit were the order of the day. Football players! Looking to better over all team speed and tackling on defense. Middle of defense no longer the weak point.

  8. metalman5150 - Mar 31, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Word on the web is pot roast signs with patriots.

    • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 31, 2016 at 7:48 PM

      Yep… Bill will try to work that Annapolis magic and harness some decent lay out of him. Sucks we couldn’t get him back but when you see what Rich was suggesting; “Knighton is going to be 30 in July. If he signs it will either be a one- or two-year deal. There will be little if any guaranteed money.” it’s no surprise we didn’t bring him back when the Pats gave him 4.5 for one year. We gave him that and he underperformed no way we were going to give him that again. Archives

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