Apr 21, 2016, 4:56 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 21, 7 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 102 days ago. It will be 144 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: 2016 NFL draft 7; Rookie minicamp 22; Redskins training camp starts 98
All of the pre-draft talk has the Redskins going with a defensive lineman with their top draft pick or perhaps a run stuffing linebacker. But perhaps they should look at another position that they have long neglected in the early part of the draft—cornerback.
Many who advocate taking a D-lineman first have pointed out that the Redskins have not drafted a player at that position in the first round since they took Kenard Lang in 1997. But they haven’t take a corner in the first round in a long time, either. Their last first-round cornerback was Carlos Rogers, taken in 2005. Washington took Fred Smoot in the second round in 2001 and David Amerson in the second in 2013. That’s it as far as cornerbacks with premium picks in the last 16 drafts.
This year might be a good year to take a cornerback in the first round. For one things, there are several who are first-round talents. Jalen Ramsey for Florida State and Vernon Hargraves of Florida are the two best and both probably will be gone. But there doesn’t seem to be a great need for corners among the teams drafting ahead of the Redskins. In some other years corners like Eli Apple of Ohio State, William Jackson III of Houston and Mackensie Alexander of Clemson would be off the board in the teens. But it seems likely that at least one and perhaps all three will be available when the Redskins pick at No. 21.
There is plenty of depth in the pool of defensive linemen available in this draft so perhaps the Redskins could go corner in the first and D-line in the second or even third without too much of a drop off in talent on the line.
The Redskins could get through the season with the corners they have now but with Chris Culliver coming off of a knee injury and possession high cap numbers for the remaining three years of his contract, Will Blackmon turning 32 before the bye week, and the other corners besides Bashaud Breeland being inexperienced, they would do well to get some insurance and provide for the future.
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Today’s is in Twitter form, in response to a question on yesterday’s post.
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