So … let’s talk Redskins and the NFL draft

April 17, 2014

The Insider’s sampling of what folks outside The Post are writing about the Redskins:

Three weeks from tonight, the NFL draft begins. Unless something changes, three weeks and one day from tonight, the Washington Redskins add their first highly regarded college prospect.

If you’re not already in NFL draft mode, it’s okay to start heading in that direction. Folks who write about the Redskins have (here is Mike Jones’s collection of reports on prospects, including those from the Senior Bowl and combine; Plus Mark Bullock’s look at safeties, and more NFL draft links on The Insider), and here are some blog posts about it to help pass the afternoon:

Cyrus Kouandjio (Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
Tackle Cyrus Kouandjio during his pro day. (Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)

● DeMatha’s Cyrus Kouandjio, a tackle who played in college at Alabama, would be a steal at pick No. 34 for the Redskins, according to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah. The Redskins’ areas of need and draft primer both list O-line as the top need, followed by three defensive positions.

● CBSSports’s Dane Brugler lists five players who should be on Washington’s draft radar, though the first paragraph also says the Redskins went 4-12 last year, so take it with a grain of salt.

● CSN Washington is doing a position-by-position draft board, and looks at running backs, with three potential prospects listed.

● Hate draft grades the day after the draft? Football Outsiders revisits the 2008 draft — the same one in which Redskins wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon were drafted by the Eagles and Colts, while Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas were taken by the Vinny Cerrato-led Washington draft braintrust– and analyzes the most productive picks, best values and biggest busts.

● NFL.com, meanwhile, revisits 2012. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll hate what Bucky Brooks suggests the Redskins should have done at No. 2 overall. Brooks also re-did 2010 and 2008, where Jackson and Garcon sneak into Round 1.

● Pro Football Focus looked back at the Redskins’ picks between 2009 and 2011, and while they might not change your opinion on how good any of the picks were, there are some names you haven’t heard in a while. Selvish Capers!

● As always, HailRedskins.com features dozens of links to mock drafts.

Away from the draft, there are some links that might interest you as well:

● Jay Gruden tells Redskins.com ‘so far, so good’ on offseason workouts.

● Brian Orakpo still wants a long-term contract.

● NFL.com re-evaluates the NFC East post free-agency and pre-draft.

● ESPN’s John Keim looks at the Redskins’ spending on offense compared to the league’s highest-paid players, and shares five thoughts after reading Kent Babb’s story about DeSean Jackson’s childhood.

Have a football question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

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Outsider: Three safeties who could be Redskins draft picks

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