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Redskins Insider: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Fred Davis and Malcolm Kelly

OK, this is getting a little bizarre. Three pass catchers with the first three picks. Gonna be very interesting to get all of these guys on the field at once. All big guys. Still have Cooley, Moss, ARE as big money guys under contract. The USC TE never expected to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (586)
 
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What's Next, Again?

This is probably higher than the Skins would like to take a backup C/G, but they are high on Pollak, the C from Az State.. Collins, the tackle from Kansas, might make sense, too. Joe Bugel spent a lot of time working out guys at this position and thought he...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
 
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Devin Thomas

He was the one WR the Skins would seriously think about at the end of the day with the 21st pick. This is very good value for someone who had a first round rating at this position from many teams and is well suited to the West Coast offense. Tampa...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
 
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Gotta Think It's a WR Now

Maybe Johnson, the safety from Ark State, falling this far - if the Rams dont take him - gives the Skins pause, but this is lining up for them to have the pick of the receivers. All still on the board. They love Nelson and Kelly, but most teams have...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Okay, What Now?

Skins would have had to take Duane Brown at 34 - and I'm guessing their going WR there - because he would not have been there at 48 (sources said the 49ers would have pounced at 39). Jordy Nelson could be there, but Dallas likely taking some WR coming up.And...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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The Full Trade (We Were Given Wrong Info From the Team, Here's The Full Details Now)

Here's The Trade, as the team now reports it to us in the media room: Skins get the 34th and 48th and 103 pick Skins trade 21 overall, 84 overall (third round), and 154 (5th round) So they had two third and a fifth round pick originally, and now have...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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Jordy Nelson

The Cincy Bengals could make a play for the WR in the next 8 picks or so, trying to move up, according to league sources. If not, KC has expressed a lot of interest in him, too, he's from K State, and they will give him a good luck at...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Skins Make A Helluva Deal

Getting 3 picks for this pick, one the team was never married to and one where it may have required a stretch given their needs, makes all the sense in the world. They get 2 second round picks - 34 and 48 overall - and also get a 4th round...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Skins Trade The Pick

More details to come. Guessing the Skins get Atlanta's second round pick, and something else. UPDATE - Get Falcons, 34th, 48th picks in the second round, plus a 4th rounder) The tackle Atlanta took is a bit of a reach, and the Skins still have a tackle they like, Duane...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Skins On The Clock

Again, the Skins have told teams and players this could come down to the last second. They're exploring trades and having to decide between a WR (Thomas, Kelly or Nelson, though they know a good receiver can be had in the second round) or Merling, who they are obviously very...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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ALL TVs OUT AT REDSKINS PARK

Seriously, storm just hit as Philly went on the clock and the satellite signal is out through the entire building. Weird time to say the least. At Zorn's first press conference the building twice lost power while he was talking, and now this....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Otah vs. Jenkins vs. Merling

Looks like Devin Thomas - the one WR who most teams could see going at 21 - could be gone to Philly or Tampa - both have a need there and he's a great West Coast fit. Tampa could Jenkins as well, as he's one of the top guys available...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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3 pm Baby, Can't You Feel The Excitement??

Well, only about another 3 1/2 hours until the Skins get on the clock. Ye-ha! The first two picks are pretty well set, according to reports. Maybe the Ravens move up and get Ryan, the BC QB, but other than that not much intrgrue early. I think I'm supposed to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
 
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Jerry Coleman In The House

He's here, in the flesh, in the media room at The Park, rocking that 980 mic like no one else can. I had him pegged to show up around 9 pm with a bacardi and coke in his hand, sometime late in the second round, but i guess my boy...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Chad Johnson - Still Can't Get Him

Skins still very interested in trading their 21st overall draft pick, and, according to sources, the Redskins made another approach for Johnson in the last day or so, shopping multiple first round picks, and were rebuffed again. Trading down is still something they will pursue hotly. Once pick 17 or...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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DraftCast Reminder

Don't forget -- during the first round of the NFL draft, washingtonpost.com will stream a live Web cast with reporting and analysis from Post reporters (including the Jasons), editors (including THE Cindy) and an additional cast of thousands (give or take) from inside and outside the Post. We'll talk about...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  April 26, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Draft Primer

Here's a brief list of some guys on the Skins draft radar, just to get this long day started: Tackle They would love for Albert, Williams, Otah or Clody to fall to them, but much more likely they take a long look at Duane Brown (Va Tech) in the second-to-third...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 26, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Draft Update

According to league sources the Redskins have at least two teams very interested in moving up to the 21st pick if certain players are available, and I continue to think the Skins will make every attempt to move this pick. Depending on the board, they just might be able to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2008; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big Draft Blog

By now we all know the Skins' major needs in this draft. And we all know they are shopping that first round pick. Maybe they end up moving it for a veteran WR at the draft, but internally the Redskins think the odds of that are very slim. They...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2008; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Trade for J. Taylor? Not Interested

From Jason Reid: J La is headed to the Comcast SportsNet studio to appear as a guest on Washington Post Live, so he asked me to put the word out on the Redskins rebuffing Miami's overtures to trade defensive end Jason Taylor, according to league sources. Miami is seeking draft...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  April 25, 2008; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Jordy Nelson

The WR prospect out of Kansas State has been flying under the radar, but last week we noted the Skins mounting interest in him and how impressive he was during his visit to Redskins Park. Well, according to team sources, the Redskins contingent of 10-odd people - including owner Dan...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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DraftCast -- Live on washingtonpost.com Saturday

RI readers: If you're looking for your Redskins fix on Saturday, we have just the thing for you. During the first round of the NFL draft, washingtonpost.com will stream a live Web cast with reporting and analysis from Post reporters (including the Jasons), editors (including the Cindy) and an additional...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  April 25, 2008; 1:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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En Route To Oklahoma (UPDATED - And JC Is Rolling With Them)

So the Skins hearty contingent, including the owner and vp of football ops and head coach, has indeed left Clemson, where DE Phillip Merling worked out, and should be working out Malcolm Kelly shortly, the WR prospect. Also, starting quarterback Jason Campbell is with the Skins and flying to Oklahoma,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 24, 2008; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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Phillip Merling and Malcolm Kelly

The Redskins are honing in on these two players as the draft nears. The team has a contingent of roughly 10 people at Clemson to watch Merling, a DE from Clemson. That group includes Dan Snyder, Jim Zorn, Greg Blache, the club's new DL coach and trainers, according to sources...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 24, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Positional Review - D Line

Our positional review comes to a close today with D Line, the area the Redskins are generally averse to addressing through high draft pick, significant free agent deal or trade. Again, this offseason they passed on a bevy of veterans on the trade/free agent market, and often for good...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 23, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Star Chasing

Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato continue their quest for the big prize - seemingly undeterred by the boundaries of fair value - but it continues to appear as if their lust for a new top WR will succeed. Perhaps if they continue to add more draft picks to the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 23, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pre-Draft Presser

The Skins annual pre-draft press gathering just ended. Pretty much standard fare around the league at these things - an exercise in futility. Teams have no reason whatsoever to be candid about what they hope to accomplish at the draft, and cards are held close to the vest. Vinny...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 22, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Positional Review - LBs

This is another spot of particular concern, specifically on the second day of the draft. Taking a LB in the first few rounds, given the more glaring issues to be filled, is unlikely. The Redskins have a stalwart MLB - London Fletcher - and though age is catching up...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 22, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Redskins Again Make Play for C. Johnson

This in from the Jasons... League sources said last Thursday that the Redskins made another offer to the Cincinnati Bengals for disgruntled Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson, offering Cincinnati first- and third-round picks in this weekend's draft for Johnson. In addition, the Redskins are prepared to guarantee Johnson about...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Kelly and Phillip Merling

Really gotta be fast on this one - puck about to drop - but making more calls and two names to watch this weekend for the Skins are WR Malcolm Kelly and DE Phillip Merling, team sources said. The team was finalizing trips to Oklahoma and Clemson, respectively, to meet...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 21, 2008; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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Roy Williams (the Detroit one)

Getting a lot of emails about the latest rumors of the big WR getting dealt. Now, if he was on the market, I have no doubt the Skins would pursue him in earnest given their feelings for the thus-far un-obtainable Chad Johnson. But from what I gathered today making calls...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 21, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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The Numbers Don't Lie, Version 2.0: Don't Believe The Hype

The Redskins have been trying to sell this idea that they have reformed their ways, are now a smarter and better front office, led by Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato. They've got free agency figured out now, aren't throwing money around, yada yada yada. As those of you who...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 21, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
 
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POSITIONAL REVIEW - DBs

The more I do these the more skeptical I become that the Skins are going to plug all of their holes through the draft, nine picks or not. Add safety to the list with WR, C, T/G, DT, DE and OLB. Team sources said there is strong sentiment within...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 21, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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