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2014 NFL draft

  1. Grading the Washington Redskins draft

    May 11, 2014, 10:11 AM EST

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    Since we don’t know how the careers of the players picked by the Redskins yesterday will turn out we have to dig in a little more to come up with a grade. Here’s my assessment, feel free to leave yours in the comments. Strategy—C+ They came in with the handicap of not having a first-round…

  2. Need to Know: 5 notes and quotes about the 5 newest Redskins

    May 11, 2014, 5:23 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 11, five days before the Redskins’ hold their rookie minicamp. Nickel coverage Five things to know about the five players the Redskins took in the draft yesterday: 4th round CB Bashaud Breeland (Clemson) said that he models his game after that of a current…

  3. Enemy Intel: Some head scratching around the NFC East after first round

    May 9, 2014, 11:53 AM EST

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    There was some head scratching around the NFC East as the Redskins’ three division rivals made their initial selections in the NFL draft. Many thought that the Giants would look at upgrading their offensive line with the 12th pick of the first round. But when offensive tackle Taylor Lewan went off the board immediately before…

  4. Redskins move into first round possible but unlikely

    May 8, 2014, 12:21 PM EST

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    As things stand now, the Redskins are spectators for tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft. They don’t own any of the top 32 picks due to the 2012 trade up to get in position to draft Robert Griffin III. But the draft always changes almost as soon as it starts. There are a couple…

  5. Need to Know: 5 things to watch for as the Redskins watch tonight’s draft

    May 8, 2014, 5:11 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 8, one day before the Redskins make their first pick in the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five things to look for tonight during the first round of the draft that will affect the Redskins: A run on quarterbacks—If quarterback-needy teams like the…

  6. Will an emphasis on work ethic take some players off the Redskins’ draft board?

    May 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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    It appears that the Redskins are putting a greater emphasis on intangibles when they are putting together their draft board and that might remove some prospects from consideration. “What we’re looking for is people who love football and want to play football and want to win with the Washington Redskins,” said Bruce Allen during the…

  7. Transcript: Allen and Campbell pre-draft press conference

    May 6, 2014, 5:43 PM EST

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    Transcript via Redskins PR: Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen and Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell Opening statement: ALLEN: “Good morning, everyone. Part of today’s press briefing, we want you to know we have several hundred of our Redskin fans who are listening from home or at work to this press conference. We think…

  8. Draft chatter: For many teams, the NFL Draft revolves around the QB position

    May 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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    The draft starts on Thursday and while the don’t know how things will unfold, we do know one thing—that for most teams that don’t have a quarterback the draft will revolve around getting that quarterback. The chances seem high that the Browns, Titans, Jaguars, Texans, Raiders, Vikings, Bucs and Cardinals will take quarterbacks at some point…

  9. Need to Know: Five surprise picks the Redskins could make at 34

    May 5, 2014, 4:46 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 5, three days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five surprise picks the Redskins could make with their second-round pick. CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State—This would be a surprise for the Redskins because not many expect him to be here at this…

  10. Draft chatter: An instant starter at tackle for the Redskins?

    May 3, 2014, 10:55 AM EST

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    When it comes to trying to figure out where the Redskins are going to go with their top pick in the upcoming draft, NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock doesn’t seem to have a much better handle on it than many in the local media and even some fans. During a recent conference call with reporters,…

  11. Draft chatter: Could Alabama LB Mosley last until pick 34?

    May 1, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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    The website Sports on Earth conducted a two-round mock draft with three of their football analysts each making every pick. The idea is that former Chicago Tribune writer Dan Pompei is supposed to figure out who the team is likely to select, former scout Russ Lande picks the player that the team needs and Mike…

  12. Need to Know: The five best O-linemen drafted in the second round

    Apr 30, 2014, 5:11 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 30, eight days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage The five best offensive linemen drafted in the second round since the common draft starting in 1968 (per the career Approximate Value metric used by Pro Football Reference). Kevin Mawae, Seahawks, 1994 (36 overall, 109…

  13. Draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins

    Apr 29, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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    The Redskins could use an infusion of young talent from next month’s NFL draft. The problem is that that have only six picks and they are missing a first rounder. They could improve their chances of landing good contributors and perhaps even a star player or two by acquiring more draft picks. One way is…

  14. Draft Chatter: Will Gruden want another tight end?

    Apr 27, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

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    When Jay Gruden came to the Bengals in 2011 he already had a solid tight end in Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. But Gruden didn’t mind it a year ago when the Bengals drafted tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round. Eifert and Gresham combined to gain over…

  15. Draft Chatter: Where do mock drafts go wrong?

    Apr 25, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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    This is the time of year where we hear many firm declarations by draft prognosticators, both paid and unpaid, about what will unfold when the draft starts. “There’s no chance that Player X gets past Team Y.” “He’s a surefire first-round talent.” “Team A has absolutely no interest in player B; he’s not a fit…

  16. Draft Chatter: A guard for the Redskins at 34?

    Apr 24, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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    We all know that NFL teams should draft the best available player when they are on the clock. But how you define that term is very much open to interpretation. Is it the guy with the best measurables, the biggest, fastest, strongest? How much does character count? Should you factor in if you think you…

  17. Draft chatter: 30 players invited to NFL draft in New York

    Apr 23, 2014, 8:15 AM EST

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    Here are the 30 players who have been invited to New York for the NFL Draft on May 8. Given the unpredictability of the draft, a few of them are likely to be left on the board when the Redskins’ first pick, 34th overall, rolls around on Friday night. Who do you think will still…

  18. Need to Know: Redskins view DeSean Jackson as their first-round pick

    Apr 21, 2014, 4:48 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 21, 17 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which I think we can all agree is taking forever to get here. 1. The Redskins are looking at DeSean Jackson as their first-round…

  19. How much cap space do the Redskins need to sign their draft picks?

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:54 AM EST

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    According to the NFLPA, the Redskins have a little under $7 million in salary cap space remaining. They are better off than some teams; seven have less than $5 million left. But with some needs they have yet to fill they are in worse shape than many others as 11 teams have more than twice…

  20. Need to Know: The five tallest receivers at the NFL Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:55 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 26, 13 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage There is a strong possibility that the Redskins will take a wide receiver in the NFL draft. Since it’s well known that Jay Gruden employed taller receivers when he was with the…

  21. With a buyer’s market at WR, will the Redskins take advantage?

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:25 AM EST

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    Two years ago the Redskins the Redskins went into free agency in need of two wide receivers. It was not a good year to need a wideout as the demand exceeded the supply. In the opening hours of free agency they landed Pierre Garçon for five years with a deal worth $42 million while Morgan…

  22. Need to Know: The last five players drafted with pick No. 34

    Feb 22, 2014, 5:09 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 22, 17 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage The Redskins have the 34th pick in the NFL draft, which starts May 8. Here are the last five players taken at No. 34 overall: WR Justin Hunter, TEN, 2013—The 6-4 receiver…

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