We've reached NFL Draft week so it's time finalize those thoughts on what's up with the Washington Redskins. Breaking Burgundy came up with a six-pack of pre-draft questions and asked a panel of football thinkers for the answers.
1) Five words on how you feel about the Josh Norman signing
Ben Standig (Breaking Burgundy): Damn, Daniel, those corners cover
Tim Murray (ESPN 980): In Scot We Trust
Chuck Sapienza (Breaking Burgundy): Hope this was McCloughan's decision
Burgundy Blog: Top dollar for top player
Justin Byram (Breaking Burgundy): Our Corners have identity now
Scott Jackson (ESPN 980): WTF were the Panthers thinking
Steve Shoup (Fanspeak.com): Well worth the risk.
2) Other than defensive line, what's the one position the Redskins must address in the draft by Day 2?
Ben Standig: Other than needing a bit more size, the wide receiver position is set for 2016. As for 2017 and beyond, not so much. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are in the final year of their contracts. I could be swayed toward safety if we had a better sense of Kyshoen Jarrett's injury situation.
Tim Murray: Who knows if the Kam Chancellor to DC rumors are real, but safety is a position the Skins certainly need to address. Will Ihenacho ever be healthy? Do you trust a second year sixth rounder (Jarrett) and D Hall back there? It's not a strong safety class but could Karl Joseph be around in the 2nd round? Jeremy Cash? Vonn Bell? When in doubt... Revert to answer 1. Running back needs to be addressed to but safety is higher up for me.
Chuck Sapienza: Safety. The Redskins secondary was ordinary. They obviously addressed CB with the Norman signing but they need help at safety if they want to be a top 10 defense.
Burgundy Blog: Wide receiver. Norman's $20M cap number will make for hard decisions in 2017. Garçon or Jackson (or even both) will be gone next season so the Redskins will need a perimeter pass-catcher to step up while Crowder mans the slot.
Justin Byram: It's not McCloughan's style to draft this position early, but I think safety needs some major depth and youth. Kyshoen Jarrett's situation is up in the air, D-Hall transitioned to the position recently and isn't exactly a spring chicken himself, and Bruton and Ihenacho have both essentially proved nothing with the Redskins. It's a position that could be solid if Hall takes the next step in his transition and a few others can stay healthy, but regardless adding youth is a must.
Scott Jackson: Running back
Steve Shoup: I'll say safety, it's a top heavy safety draft and it's not very deep so if you are going to add a safety you can't really wait till the 4th round.
3) Scot McCloughan recently suggested there's one player he wants at 21 if available. Best guess on that player and why?
Ben Standig: As a reminder, McCloughan described said player as having "toughness, smarts, competitiveness, team. The whole thing." My first thought is that player is Alabama LB Reggie Ragland. My final thought, especially when considering value based on an injury slide and remembering Seattle's booming secondary whcih was built when McCloughan worked there, is West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.
Tim Murray: If Scot is this confident... You would think there is a good chance the player he's talking about would most likely be available, right? "Tough, smarts, competitive, team."To me those characteristics screamed Reggie Ragland. A senior captain for the national champs. The QB of the D. All American. Helps out in the community. Seems too good to be true, no?
Chuck Sapienza : Reggie Ragland - Redskins have a need at inside linebacker and Ragland is a perfect fit in a 3-4 scheme. Not only did he stuff the run but also had 6 defended passes. He would have been a 1st round pick last season but returned to school and earned his degree which shows a level of maturity.
Burgundy Blog: McCloughan's interview yielded three clues about the player's identity: 1) immense football character, 2) possibly lacking prototypical size, and 3) likely to be available. To me, the best match that also fills a key need is Karl Joseph. Redskins team doctor James Andrews repaired Joseph's ACL.
Justin Byram: Laquon Treadwell. He fit's the classic "football player" mold McCloughan loves. People knock him because he isn't the fastest guy, and people question his ability to separate at the next level. But I think he'll be a prospect you look back and think "Man, we over thought that one". McCloughan tends to not over think those players. Not to mention Treadwell is the big, tall, powerful receiver the Redskins currently lack and Kirk Cousins could really benefit from.
Scott Jackson: I think he's playing media with this statement. However for this exercise I will play along and say it's Alabama DT Jarran Reed.
Steve Shoup: DL Jarran Reed, He's not the flashiest player, but he gets the job done and he comes from a big time program like McCloughan likes.He will also be a stud run defender which was a big weakness of this team last year and something that has yet to be addressed.
Part 2: How many picks will the Redskins make? Guilty pleasure prospect? First player selected by Scot McCloughan will be...?
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