lucky: The Redskins ranked last in the NFL in rushing

The Redskins ranked last in the NFL in rushing

27 Apr 2018 at 11:34pm
yards per game and needed more depth up front. With Barkley selected by the Giants and Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, the Redskins need to make sure they’re strong up front or they’ll get handled once more in the run game. They do have Jonathan Allen, Payne’s former Alabama teammate. When Allen was hurt last season and missed the last 11 games, the Redskins’ run defense suffered. Now, Washington should have enough depth to withstand injuries.

Biggest question: Can he impact the pass game? Several scouts and coaches around the league aren’t sold that he can be a three-down player, and he doesn’t collapse the pocket. The Redskins also passed on two players who, perhaps, are more talented in safety Derwin James and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. If Payne provides push inside, they won’t regret the pick.-- John Keim

An edge rusher was a no-brainer for the Saints, especially a big one like the 6-foot-6, 264-pound Davenport, who can be a true 4-3 defensive end. I’ve had edge rusher ranked as New Orleans’ No. 1 need for the past two years, and it’s the kind of impact position that can push a contender over /a> the top.

Biggest question: The price tag is obviously the question mark -- the Saints dropped one of the biggest bombshells on this year’s draft by trading two first-rounders and a fifth-rounder to move up from No. 27 to No. 14. Also, Davenport is considered a bit of a raw developmental prospect coming from the University of Texas-San Antonio, though he was projected to go around this spot in the draft. -- Mike Triplett

Why they did it: As dominant as the Raiders' offensive line has shown it can be, there is a weakness at right tackle, and Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn will turn 35 on Friday. Miller is a fourth-year junior who was the /a> Bruins’ starter at right tackle in 2016, before moving to left tackle last season to protect Josh Rosen’s blind side. Tom Cable, the former Eric Tomlinson Jersey Raiders coach who is returning to Oakland under Jon Gruden as the offensive line coach, is absolutely digging this pick -- even if Miller is more of a project than a Day 1 starter -- especially with division rival Denver adding Bradley Chubb. Biggest question: The Raiders signed Breno Giacomini in free agency, a year after drafting David Sharpe, two years after drafting Vadal Alexander. So who goes? -- Paul Gutierrez

Why they did it: Edmunds, who was considered by some to be a top-10 talent in the draft, was slipping down the board. Buffalo traded one of its two third-round picks (No. 65) and the No. 22 pick to move up six spots to No. 16, where they ended Edmunds’ fall. They also acquired a fifth-round pick (No. 154) from Baltimore. Edmunds is a long, athletic linebacker who can play several spots. He projects to start somewhere in the Bills’ 4-3, depending on how they shuffle players around.

Biggest question: The Bills began the day with six picks in the first three rounds, the product of several trades since last year that gave them some of the most draft capital in the league. They used almost all of that capital to trade up for Edmunds and quarterback Josh Allen. Barring further trades, that leaves Buffalo with an 80-selection gap until their next pick, No. 96 in the third round. That is a big void for a team that could use help at several positions. -- Mike Rodak

Why they did it: The Chargers lost safety Tre Boston in free agency, then had one of the best athletes in the draft slip to No. 17 in James. The Bolts have been looking for a long-term answer at the safety position since Eric Weddle left at the end of the 2015 season, and they appear to have their answer. Biggest question: James will be tabbed to play a Kam Chancellor-type role in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme. However, Jahleel Addae already fills that position for the Chargers at strong safety, so it will be interesting to see if James can play some free safety. James worked out with one of Bradley’s former players, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, Cam Fowler Youth jersey during the lead-up to the draft. -- Eric D. Williams

Why they did it: They needed big-time help in the secondary. Yes, they signed veterans Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency. But after trading 2015 first-round pick Damarious Randall to the Browns last month, they had a void in the secondary, even after they drafted cornerback Kevin King with their top overall pick last year (No. 33 overall).

Biggest question: Is Alexander tall enough? He measured just 5-foot-10¼ at the scouting combine. Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf had a rule that he wouldn’t take a DB under 5-foot-11 after he made the mistake of taking Terrell Buckley (5-foot-10) with his very first pick as the Packers GM in 1992. New GM Brian Gutekunst, who was hired by Wolf, wasn’t scared away by Alexander’s height after trading back from No. 14 overall, where he had the chance to take Marcus Davenport, Tremaine Edmunds or Derwin James. -- Rob Demovsky cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys from china

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