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Need to Know: Will Norman change the Redskins’ draft strategy?

Apr 23, 2016, 5:40 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 23, five days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 104 days ago. It will be 142 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: 2016 NFL draft 5; Rookie minicamp 20; Redskins training camp starts 96

Hot topic

Here are five of the most popular posts here and on from the Redskins week that was.

NFL mock draft and Redskins mock draft—I know that everybody loves to mock mock drafts. But the simple truth is that you, the people, love to read them. Obviously these were both done pre-Norman but I’m not sure that whole lot would change on either. Ben Standig has the Redskins going safety and D-line 1-2 and in my Redskins mock I didn’t take a defensive back until the third day. Obviously Scot McCloughan saw cornerback as a need but now it is a position that he is likely to bypass in at least the first three rounds.

The pros and cons of the Redskins pursuing Josh Norman—There are ups and downs to the potential Norman deal just like there are to any other. What the organization has to do is maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. Perhaps that sounds simplistic but when a team is making a multi-million dollar investment they need to get it right.

Redskins’ Murphy on the move, Galette on the mend—A popular offseason topic has been the possibility of Trent Murphy moving to the defensive line. He gives the answer himself.

Redskins’ draft prep hits crunch time—An important point about possible trades down, why the Redskins had an edge rusher in for a visit, and depth in the middle of the defense all discussed here.

Best case, worst case: Defense—There is a realistic range of performance scenarios for each player. I tried to figure out what that was for some of the key players on defense. It’s non-scientific but it makes you realize how good the defense could be if everyone performs well and how bad it might be if they falter. This was pre-Norman, of course, I might recalibrate Breeland’s interception numbers as he will get a lot more passes thrown in his area.

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  1. colmac69 - Apr 23, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    Who knows? Unless we privy to discussions we can only speculate. ….u would think corner would b lower priority after signing Norman but just have to wait and see what happens nxt wknd…..

    As for signing I like it….Yeh prob spent a little too much but sometimes u have to spend little xtra to get the best….lots fans/media will prob condemn deal as too xpensive /another snyder splash out on big name but I believe the GM knows what he doing……as for salary cap that won’t b problem when it comes to nxt yr with players who need new contracts as there always ways/means to get it done as like the Norman contract…..

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 24, 2016 at 3:03 AM

      I think WR just because a huge need. We’re going to have to free up a lot of space if we want to resign our own big ticket 2017!free agents (Cousins, Reed, Galette. Baker, etc., etc.). Garcon and Jackson are two older players, in the last year of their contracts, who are taking a ton of cap room. We probably need to release both of them after this season to make room because of this Norman deal.

      Which is fine. But we need to draft the future #2 receiver now. Hopefully early. He can develop this year then take over next year with Crowder is the #2 guy. Maybe even draft another young WR in the 2027 draft for better depth. Then Reed, Paul, and the other TEs to help.

      But get this team a talented DT in this draft, and watch out for this defense this year. The WR thing is looking ahead.

      Either way, Norman’s contract made WR a big need. But if we get this D a legit DT… Wachmmmm

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 24, 2016 at 3:05 AM

        A lot of autocorrect errors in that post. Sorry.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 23, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    I think D Line is even more of a priority now.

    Norman is a very good cover 3 corner (and not a “shutdown corner” as someone over a CSN suggested). To make it work better than last year, we’ve got to get that front 7 working.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM

      Wasn’t me. I think that with today’s rules the concept of a “shutdown corner” is mostly a myth.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 23, 2016 at 9:12 AM

        I know it wasn’t you, I was too lazy to go look it up. It was JP Finlay.

        “Shutdown corner” makes me think of Darrelle Revis. He’s best in man coverage, following the other team’s top WR all over the field. When Tampa Bay signed Revis, it didn’t work out. Their zone defense was not a good fit for his skills.

        Maybe man-to-man vs zone corner would be a more precise description.

  3. colorofmyskinz - Apr 23, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Love having Norman join the team! We now have one side of the field that is shut down. And Breeland growing into that as well. I do have concern on how to manage the following cap strategy over the next 2-3 years for the following that are needing costly contracts however:
    – Cousins
    – Reed
    – Garcon
    – Djax
    – Moses
    – Baker
    – Murphy
    – Breeland

    It’s a few needing big contracts and many more. Going to be dicey.

    • Redskins4life - Apr 24, 2016 at 12:12 AM

      We will keep all but Murphy, Garcon, and Baker. And im praying Murphy has a break year, then maybe we can get a draft pick for him. Cap space shouldnt be an option, seeing as thats where Allen excels! Httr

  4. COSkinsFan - Apr 23, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    I was hoping they would go after apple, but am happier with getting Norman. It seems like at 21 we should take a fs,we or nt. Ive seen mocks with us taking a fs which would make our secondary really imposing. I see out second rounder being dline unless there is a wr or saftey with a much higher grade. I think ppl underestimate Bruton as a safety buy a longer term solution is needed. Hopefully we ate turning into am organization of good drafting and player development so some of the players with contracts coming up next year could be replaced. I really like a trade down scenario for us now depending on what we can get.

  5. colorofmyskinz - Apr 23, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Positions needed with premium draft picks:
    – NT
    – DT
    – S
    – C
    – WR
    – TE

    Dbacks, running backs, and ILB you can pick up in rounds 4-6 pretty easy.

    My guess is that the Norman pick up allowed us to really prioritize the Safety position in the draft. Still must pick up NT, C, DT, S as priority with our top picks.

    We are set at CB now for at least another year or 2 without needing draft at that position.

  6. bangkokben - Apr 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Waiting on the deats before weighing in. At the moment it looks like too much money for too few seasons. (Can’t see Norman finishing off the contract but maybe he’s still worth the money at 31-33. (The same folks that are excited we got him can’t believe we’re keeping DeAngelo Hall at 32 and 1/3 of the cap hit.) Maybe we move Norman to safety in the last two years of his contract.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 23, 2016 at 10:58 AM

      From what I’ve just seen, it’s really a two year deal, and then “options.”

      So it actually averages more than $15 million, if you just count the two years and what is guaranteed at signing.

      But this also means it’s not a long term commitment unless the Skins want it to be. For instance, they can get out of it when the rookies that Scot McGlue has signed start coming up for their 2nd contracts.


  7. skinsgame - Apr 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Vinny McCloughan. Hopefully not! This acquisition of Josh Norman is shocking, to say the least. It’s going to be Scots legacy, for better or worse. It doesn’t feel like a good deal from my lowly abode out West but, I am not an NFL GM.
    When deals like these go through I am reminded that Dan Snyder, for all his faults, is willing to spend whatever he is asked to. And, for all of his credits, Jack Kent Cooke would not give Reggie White a 4 year $16 million dollar deal. It’s all a gamble.

  8. John allen - Apr 23, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Get a safety that can pass coverand play run defense lock teams down make them have to run the ball and shore up that defensive line get more protection for cousin’s and the skins would be pretty solid

  9. robmac81 - Apr 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    My mock draft
    Rd 1 WR Josh Dotson TCU
    Rd 2 DT Austin Johnson Penn state
    Rd 3 DT Sheldon Day Notre Dame
    Rd 4 RB Alex Collins Arkansas
    Rd 5 C Jack Allen MSU
    Rd 6 WR Tajae Sharpe UMass
    Rd 7 S Deindre Hall UNI
    Rd 7 ILB Antonio Morrison Florida
    2016 release andre roberts
    2017 free agent not coming back djax, garcon, riley Archives

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