Nationals Need to Learn how to Find Late Round Gems

curlyw The Washington Nationals revitalized their organization by having two consecutive first overall picks in 2009 and 2010 that turned into Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. Having those two top overall picks along with drafting Anthony Rendon with the sixth overall pick in 2011 have led the Nationals into playoff contention for the last two years as well as this year. However the teams that stay consistent in being in playoff contention like the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants drafted extremely well even though they do not have picks in the top half of the first round and to continue to succeed in the MLB the Nationals must start finding gems that others have passed over like arguably the best player in the MLB, who was picked with the 25th overall pick in 2009, Mike Trout. Read more about Nationals Need to Learn how to Find Late Round Gems

Analyzing the Redskins Draft

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The Redskins started their draft off with a smart move by GM Bruce Allen to trade down from the 34th selection to the 47th pick; gaining a third rounder by doing so (78th overall). The Redskins had plenty of options at 34, and they knew someone they liked would still be there at 47. The real victory of this trade was gaining an extra third rounder, as a team with a lot of holes and only six draft picks, gaining a high draft pick was a smart move by the Redskins.
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Redskins draft analysis after round one

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With the first round of the NFL draft now complete, it is time to examine the Redskins options at 34. The Redskins could go a few directions with the 34th pick. The most obvious pick would be offensive line, with Players like Morgan Moses, Joel Bitonio, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Xavier Su’a Filo. The Redskins could use upgrades along the offensive line, especially at right tackle, so all these picks would make sense.
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Position Outlook: Safety

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The Redskins haven’t found a long term solution at safety since the tragic death of Sean Taylor. Obviously, Sean Taylor was a special player, and no one expected replacing him would be easy. However, the position has remained a weak point of the Redskins for far too long now.
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The Ravens top three draft needs

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The 2014 NFL draft is days away and the Baltimore Ravens still have some spots to fill on their depth chart.  The Ravens are still looking for a right tackle and a free safety, they are lacking true starters at those positions.

Not included on this list is the fact the Ravens need to draft a running back.  I hope the Ravens select Towson Tigers running back Terrance West at some point in the draft.  This is my list of the top three needs.

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Making the case for Jimmie Ward at 34

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The Washington Redskins have a lot of needs heading into the draft, and will likely use a best player available approach to this May’s draft. The Redskins could go a number of different directions with the 34th pick. You could make an argument for the Skins drafting the offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, or secondary position.
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Redskins Draft Profile: Kyle Van Noy

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Kyle Van Noy is a versatile linebacker that Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett could use in a variety of ways, and that’s why Van Noy has been rising on my draft board.

 

Van Noy would be a perfect fit for the Redskins for multiple reasons. First of all, he has the versatility to play inside and outside linebacker. Van Noy could compete for the starting inside linebacker position beside Perry Riley, while also be insurance for the Redskins at outside linebacker should Brian Orakpo walk after 2014
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Redskins Mailbag

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@RipSeanShock Asks if Dri Archer is a possibility in this May’s draft?

This is a tough one. I wouldn’t be shocked, but I don’t think so. If the Redskins go running back in the draft I see them going with someone who is bigger and more durable that can come in and pass protect on third down, and catch the ball out of the backfield. A Charles Sims or Marion Grice. The Redskins already got their speedy weapon to stretch the field that can be used in a variety of ways in DeSean Jackson so Dri Archers chances of landing in D.C. are slim in my opinion
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