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Need to Know: The Redskins’ five best mid-round draft picks

Apr 12, 2016, 5:26 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 12, 16 days before the NFL Draft.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 93 days ago. It will be about 152 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 6; 2016 NFL draft 16; Redskins training camp starts 107

Hot topic

As I have been going through some mock draft scenarios including trades there is one thing that becomes obvious. When you’re picking 21st-22nd in each round, it’s hard to add picks relatively early in the draft due to the value of the picks you have to start out with. And adding a lot of low-round picks really doesn’t get you much in return. Sure, you can hit on a seventh-round pick every once in a while but even the best talent evaluators are hard pressed to come up with a useful player after the first 175 have come off of the board.

That means that the best picks you’re going to collect when trading down are multiple mid-round picks. When I did a Redskins mock on Monday I ended up with three fourths and four fifths. If Scot McCloughan is going to wheel and deal until he has 12 picks a lot of them will be in that range.

Who are the best players the Redskins have taken in those middle rounds (4-5) recently? Here are the top five taken since the 2000 draft (you can see all of them here):

QB Kirk Cousins (Round 4-2012)—Even though he has only been the starter for one year, the value of the position combined with his performance in 2015 have him on top of the list here.

ILB Perry Riley (4-2010)—He’s never been great but anyone who starts for more than four seasons is pretty competent.

DL Anthony Montgomery (5-2006)—For a while it looked like he was going to be a real draft steal but he didn’t keep it going. Kedric Golston, drafted a round after him, remains on the roster.

CB Bashaud Breeland (4-2013)—This is another position of value so he’s on the list after intercepting four passes in two seasons.

TE Robert Royal (5-2002)—He has to most games played (110) and most starts (81) of any of the Redskins’ mid-round picks since 2000. He played most of his career with the Bills after three years in Washington.

Honorable mention: Jamison Crowder, Niles Paul, Keenan Robinson

For comparison purposes, the top five mid-round picks since 2000 in the NFL in terms of career approximate value are G Jahari Evans, DE Jared Allen, WR Brandon Marshall, OT Josh Sitton, and C Dan Koppen.

Stat of the day

The Redskins allowed their quarterbacks to get sacked on just 4.6 percent of pass plays. That was fifth in the league overall and first among teams that made the playoffs.

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  1. troylok - Apr 12, 2016 at 6:06 AM

    I suspect that is precisely what will happen – the Redskins will accumulate a bunch of picks in the mid-rounds. I wonder if there will be any player-for-draft-pick trades that will help accumulate more picks. In McGloughin’s hands, they are like gold.

    • thirdistheworrd - Apr 12, 2016 at 9:49 AM

      I really doubt player for draft pick years are going to happen. Draft picks have become so valuable with the new contract scale that it’s almost never worth it. The only players that would command any kind of reasonable trade value are players we don’t want to get rid of.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Apr 12, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Rich, here is what we Need To Know…

    Injury report update on our key players that had surgeries. Can we count on Paul, Paulson, Redd, Jones, Thompson, Culliver, Gallette, Luavao, Ihencho… Many others. With $100 chips, how much would you place on each making OTAs?

    I think we trade our third round pick to get 3 of GBs forth round picks. The draft points equate. It gives us our first 2 rounds, we miss a third but then get 4 forth round picks.

  3. abanig - Apr 12, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    Ryan Grant has been a pretty good mid round pick. I questioned the pick when Allen made it because we had Aldrick Robinson & Leonard Hankerson but he’s turned out to be better than I expected. Good job Bruce. All in all, his one offseason calling the shots wasn’t so bad.

    • skinsgame - Apr 12, 2016 at 8:21 AM

      Don’t forget that, during the season that time when Allen was running the draft, Scot was a handsomely paid consultant to him.

      • abanig - Apr 12, 2016 at 2:19 PM

        That’s what people “say” I’ve never heard it or seen it confirmed though

      • rtcwon - Apr 13, 2016 at 2:12 PM

        Actually, Scot sold his book of notes & grades to 20-25 teams. The Skins did not get any different or more intel than the other teams that bought the same info.

        Now you could argue that they relied on them more than others but that could never be known.

        What is known is Shanny ignored Scott Campbell’s grades and had miserable drafts both here & Denver once he got control there. Bruce using Scott’s grades, possibly cross checked with Scot’s notes, did well. And Scot & Scott working together also did well.

  4. Lex - Apr 12, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Hopefully Victor Ochi is one of those pics! Small school but he can flat out get after the passer

  5. bangkokben - Apr 12, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    When Robert Royal, Anthony Montgomery, and Perry Riley are the ceiling; it begs the question of why get more of these players. Because they are actually the floor of a good talent evaluator. Here’s to the next Jared Allen, Brandon Marshall, and Richard Sherman.

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