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Need to Know: Redskins’ draft prep hits crunch time

Apr 17, 2016, 6:54 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 17, 11 days before the NFL Draft.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 98 days ago. It will be 148 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 1; 2016 NFL draft 11; Redskins training camp starts 102

Hot topic

A few thoughts about the Redskins as they start up their offseason workouts and get into crunch time with their draft preparations.

—The Redskins hosted Eastern Kentucky edge defender Noah Spence last week. He plays a position that isn’t believed to be a huge area of need as they have pretty good players there in Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Junior Galette. But Galette is only under contract through next year and if he has a good year he could command a substantial contract. Scot McCloughan might like to have the option to let him walk if the contract demands get out of hand. Drafting someone like Spence could give him that option.

—According to Over the Cap, the Redskins have $11.7 million in cap space remaining. The will need some of that to sign their draft picks but only a net of about $3 million (post coming with details in the next week or so). It seems inevitable that they will release Andre Roberts and perhaps Adam Hayward at some point, which would clear up nearly $3 million so that pays for their draft picks. They will want to go into the season with about $5 million in space to cover players on injured reserve and the practice squad. In short, they are in good shape and should have $5 million or so million to roll over to next year unless they sign Jordan Reed to a contract extension.

—I didn’t mention Perry Riley as a possible cap cut although there has been plenty of talk that the team would rather have the extra $4 million in cap space than his services for 2016. But now they appear to be leaning towards keeping him to maintain depth at the position. Last year they were fortunate to be able to find Mason Foster on the street and that Will Compton was ready to step up from being a backup to starting when Riley and Keenan Robinson were injured. Right now the thinking appears to be that they would rather have Riley around than rely on Martrell Spaight and Terence Garvin to provide backup. But Riley shouldn’t feel totally secure; the draft could provide a younger and cheaper backup and they could decide to let Riley walk.

—Last year the Redskins started with 7 draft picks and by the time McCloughan and Bruce Allen were done dealing they had 10 plus one in this year’s draft. The trade that triggered the dealing was the one they pulled off with the Seahawks, sending their 3rd-round pick, which was No. 69 overall, to Seattle for their third-, fourth-, and fifth-round picks, which were all late in those rounds. It will be more difficult to pull off a similar trade this year since the Redskins are picking about 15 spots further back in each round. In short, their third-round pick this year isn’t as valuable as their third rounder was last year so they won’t get as much in return for trading back with it. If McCloughan wants to stockpile picks he may need to trade back earlier, starting in the second round or perhaps the first.

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 17, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Pick 21: The Redskins have traded their 1st round pick for Seattle’s 1st (26) and 3rd (90) round picks…
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    • Trey Gregory - Apr 17, 2016 at 6:16 PM

      I could live with that. Maybe we miss out on the DT we want but a good WR or CB should still be available.

      But I can’t really see why Seattle would go for that. They too are a team who likes to build through the draft and they gave away picks last year. They would really have to love the guy at 21 to do that. It’s getting expensive to keep all their players. They need to keep pumping in good draft picks to stay afloat.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 17, 2016 at 8:38 PM

        They might do it, depending on who was on the board at 21.

        The main argument against this trade with the Seahawks (or Green Bay, etc.) is it’s likely there will be more teams like us wanting to move down than teams wanting to move up.

        Bad market, in other words.
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        • Trey Gregory - Apr 17, 2016 at 9:31 PM

          I completely agree. I’ve been saying that ever since this trade back nonsense started. Everybody wants to trade back. Every team wants more kicks. At the same time, no teams want to lose picks. There has to be a special player still available for that to happen.

          I’ve heard quite a few fans call into NFL radio saying maybe their team could trade back with Washington since Washington needs XYZ and we can’t get that at 21. It’s something fan bases do every offseason. But it’s not all that common unless there’s a QB a team needs or maybe a special guy like Gurly.

          I think there will be some very good players available at 21 who can make an instant impact. Or even back at 26. I just hope we stay in the first round of we do trade back.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Apr 17, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Trade back is one strategy. Trade out is another. They traded their third round back to pick up a lower third, 4th, and 5th. They could trade their third for no 3rd, and pick up many other 4ths. Like with Green Bay. They have three 4th round picks. Not saying it will happen, just saying trade back is one strategy. Trade out is another. Green Bay might want two different 3 RD round picks more than their three 4th rounders. We could forfiet our third all together to get a pile of other picks.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 17, 2016 at 8:23 AM

      That’s still a trade back. The pick numbers are what matters, not so much the round numbers. Distinction without a difference.

      • theismann7 - Apr 18, 2016 at 1:06 PM

        Exactly Rich.

  3. troylok - Apr 17, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    I’m thankful we’re not back in the day when we had to do all kinds of cap manipulation to just be able to sign our draft picks. The front office is doing a good job keeping our cap number manageable while still bringing in solid players.

  4. troylok - Apr 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Had a thought yesterday that maybe we are being fooled by the pre-draft smokescreen. Maybe the Redskins are thinking that Matt Jones doesn’t complete the puzzle at running back and maybe they will be gunning for a running back early in this draft. We all talk about safety and defensive tackle as positions of real need, but gosh, depending on a second year running back with mixed reviews to carry the load doesn’t seem like a good move.

  5. austrianhttrfan - Apr 17, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    I have a certain feeling….Scott said he hopes “his player” will be there, I think if he will, lets assume now Billings, he will take him for sure, if not he will trade back so we know if his favorite pick was still there or not…if we trade back I assume we will trade back 1-15 slots back and pick up the safety from Vest Virgina Joseph…if we stay where we are I think it could be really Spence…

    man I can’t wait anymore for draft day to come….

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 17, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    There are several NTs who could be The Guy if we go NT. I haven’t seen Vernon Butler mentioned much, so here he is:

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/vernon-butler?id=2555243
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  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 17, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Oh yeah!

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    • goback2rfk - Apr 17, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      They gunna need more than the weight room to win the East next season.

  8. bangkokben - Apr 17, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    As for the rookie draft picks, I think the INITIAL net will be more like $1.5 million as only their CURRENT top three picks will count against the cap due to the rule of 51. That would be about $3.27 million but then bumping the three on the 51 off, subtracting $1.8 million in salary, resulting in the net of $1.5 million. Of course, OTC doesn’t yet account for the Greg Toler contract so difference is negligible and only for a few months.

    • goback2rfk - Apr 17, 2016 at 5:47 PM

      Thats way to much analysis for what will become a pretty straight forward.draft. The needs are obvious, the bets player to fill the need will be taken, what else is there to talk about.

      • bangkokben - Apr 17, 2016 at 7:44 PM

        You like that? Here’s more:

        That’s one way to look at it and then there’s the finances. The Redskins’ first pick, should they stay at #21, will have a cap hit of $1,840,916 irregardless of position — WR, C, S, NT, DE — all the same. Now where does that rookie rank in the league at that cap hit? Good question! Glad you asked. You did, didn’t you? Either way here it goes:

        34DT – 13th highest cap hit (provided he’s the first 34DT taken, 14th if second, etc)
        C – 22nd
        RB – 27th
        34DE – 29th
        34OLB – 35th
        ILB – 37th
        S – 51st
        WR – 67th
        CB – 68th

        Not that much can be made of these figures. They’re simply here because it beats another mock draft.

  9. austrianhttrfan - Apr 17, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Rich,

    How is the thing with hosting players working? Why we sometimes know it and sometimes not?
    Thank you

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 17, 2016 at 12:58 PM

      In most cases it appears that they are asking the agents to keep them quiet. That’s how word of them gets out > 95% of the time.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 17, 2016 at 7:20 PM

        To be fair to the agents, their job is to do best they can by their clients, the players. Generating press is part of that.
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        • bangkokben - Apr 17, 2016 at 7:40 PM

          True, but it’s not like leaking this stuff helps either the agent or the player with the Redskins picking 21st. The player is going to get whatever is slotted for them and agents really get paid for the second contract. However, the difference in where the ‘skins pick could be a reason for the silence. The 21st pick is going to get a contract with a total worth of $10,125,038, a $5,563,664 signing bonus, and a 2016 cap hit of $1,840,916. Meanwhile, the 5th pick of the draft has a total value of $23,244,368, a signing bonus of $15,104,996, and a 2016 cap hit of $4,226,249. 16 picks is worth nearly triple in signing bonus.

    • thirdistheworrd - Apr 18, 2016 at 6:29 PM

      Redskins didn’t draft one player they had an “official meeting” (combine, pro day, east west, etc) with last year. So that goes hand in hand with rich’s point, but the real point is thst Scot’s meetings have no correlation at all to the players he’s going to draft. I’m sure you all remember Brandon Scherff being totally caught by surprise when we drafted him, he thought we weren’t interested at all. Good work by Scot.

  10. seanakin17 - Apr 17, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Didn’t Scot say it won’t be a “sexy” pick like last year
    I think a trade back with the Broncos
    They take a QB, if Paxton is there
    And Skins select C Martin from ND or the kid from Bama

    • goback2rfk - Apr 18, 2016 at 12:36 AM

      Kory Lich. will be the starting center for the season. no doubt.

  11. timmythetoothnyr - Apr 18, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    LA Rams trade 2nd 3rd & 4th round picks to WASH. for pick #21 to draft L.Treadwell to pair with Goff.

    • shermanp79 - Apr 18, 2016 at 8:27 AM

      believe they gave up the 3rd in trade

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