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. Click here for the first three questions including thoughts on the Josh Norman signing, biggest need outside of defensive line and Scot McCloughan's "football player."
4) How many picks do the Redskins end up with and how many trades will they make?
Ben Standig (Breaking Burgundy): Final tally: 11 picks and two trades. Assuming QB Paxton Lynch is gone, I can see teams wanting to trade up for the receiver or defensive lineman of their choice because both of those positions will start flying off the board around this spot.
Tim Murray (ESPN 980): 11. It's seems like GMSM is the type of guy who wants to one up what he did the year before. 2 trades (including the 1st round)
Chuck Sapienza (Breaking Burgundy): Redskins will make 3 trades and finished with 9 selections this year and add 2 selections next season
Burgundy Blog: a) 10 picks, b) 1 trade
Justin Byram (Breaking Burgundy): 12 picks, 3 trades.
Scott Jackson (ESPN 980): They end up with 12 picks and two trades.
Steve Shoup (Fanspeak.com): McCloughan says he wants 12 picks and I think he gets them. I think it will take 3 trades to get the extra picks.
5) Guilty pleasure pick. While keeping reality in mind (i.e. no Jalen Ramsey or Carson Wentz), who is the guy you'd love seeing playing for the Redskins regardless of need or round?
Ben Standig: Time to name someone whose name doesn't rhyme with Barl Roseph. Man, I'd sure like to see what happens if you add TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson to the current mix while getting him ready to take over as the No. 1 target in 2017 when DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon hit free agency. Typically receivers need a year or so of adjustment time upon entering the league so there would be no guilt over nabbing Doctson or another pass catcher in the early rounds.
Tim Murray: Reggie Ragland. Doesn't fill an immediate need but he looks like a 10 year starter at MLB. Speaking of linebacker, if available in 3rd round, why not take a flyer on Jaylon Smith? Reward out weighs the risk in the 3rd Rd. Smith was a top 5 overall pick talent pre-injury.
Chuck Sapienza: Cyrus Jones, Alabama. The Redskins haven't had a punt return threat in years. I'd like to see the Skins take a shot at someone that could give the offense some short fields and maybe take 1-2 to the house
Burgundy Blog: Jeremy Cash is a big, smart, absolutely ferocious box safety from a program that McCloughan respects (Duke). He'd be a winning pick on Day 2.
Justin Byram: I'm still a huge Vernon Butler fan, I love his upside and think he'd be a perfect schematic fit with the Skins.
Scott Jackson: Alabama RB Derrick Henry
Steve Shoup: This might be a player you could get in the 4th round, but I'm a big Sheldon Day, (DL Notre Dame). He's not a perfect 3-4 fit, but the Redskins aren't in a 3-4 that much to begin with. He's an excellent penetrator in the mold (though not the upside) of Aaron Donald, and he could really be a great addition to the nickel pass rush.
6) Who will be the first player selected by the Redskins?
Chuck Sapienza: Reggie Ragland
Tim Murray: After the Skins trade with the Cardinals... The Redskins will select Karl Joseph with the 29th pick.
Burgundy Blog: Karl Joseph or Laquon Treadwell
Justin Byram: Karl Joseph
Scott Jackson: Baylor DT Andrew Billings
Steve Shoup: I'll go with my pick from earlier and say Jarran Reed is their 1st round pick (though hopefully after they trade back a few spots). I think he fits what McCloughan wants and he fits with what the Redskins need.
And here are some other opinions...
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