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Daily Slop: Redskins GM Scot McCloughan's "Meat and Potatoes" Drafts

A look at the top Redskins stories around the web

Steve Shoup

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Bill Polian on Redskins' Scot McCloughan's drafts: 'Meat and potatoes' - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
“The foundation for San Francisco was laid when he was there and it was sound and solid,” Polian said in a conference call. “It was meat and potatoes. Not a lot of flash and dash. Just good, solid football players who block and tackle and ran and were tough. You have to give him high marks for that.”

Washington Redskins draft prospects: Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
What I liked: He definitely has good feet and that shows in pass protection. His issues were more about technique than agility. He moved his feet well when blocking and had no problem adjusting to the rush. You’d rarely see his feet stop moving. He showed good recognition on stunts. He can anchor fine and he does not get caught lunging or bending at the waist.

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams to visit Washington Redskins - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN

How he would fit: As a 3-4 defensive end with the ability to play inside in the nickel to collapse the pocket. The Redskins want to improve their pass rush, so if Williams falls and they like him better than the edge rushers, it’s a possibility.

Reassessing the Washington Redskins roster: Receivers

Taking a look at positions that have been impacted by free agency or areas the Washington Redskins still need to address. Today: Receivers.

25 Redskins questions: What would a successful 2015 look like? | Comcast SportsNet Washington

At first glance, the Redskins seem to be headed in the right direction following back-to-back last place finishes. Ownership hired a football lifer, Scot McCloughan, to take the reins of a personnel department that lacked direction and a core philosophy. In just four months, McCloughan appears to be making some headway. He hasn’t allowed sentimentality to interfere with business.

CSN Ranks: 10 greatest passing seasons in Redskins history | Comcast SportsNet Washington

The Washington Redskins have a long and decorated history that features three Super Bowl titles, five total championships and a long list of Hall of Famers. It wasn't a simple task deciding who to put at No. 1 and who to leave off the list, so disagreement is welcome. Redskins expert Rich Tandler will provide analysis of the list on Friday, so be sure to check back for that.

25 Redskins questions: More special teams improvement in 2015? | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Although Redskins fans have likely tried to completely forget the 2013 campaign, they surely remember how awful the special teams performance was that season. In fact, the unit was 70 percent worse than the team that ranked 31st, according to the DVOA metric used by Football Outsiders. Last year, the kicking units were merely bad, but not historically horrible. They “improved” to 29th in the NFL. That’s commendable, we suppose, but it’s not anywhere close to where the Redskins need to be if they want to be a contending team. Can they take another, bigger stride on special teams in 2015?

Will Adrian Peterson end up with the Cowboys? | Comcast SportsNet Washington

It made national news before last season: The infamous phone call between Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones where the player told the owner of his interest in playing in Dallas. No big deal on the surface, it could be argued that the call constituted tampering, a serious charge in the NFL that can result in a host of penalties.

Need to Know: More defense in the draft for the Redskins? | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

The Redskins have indeed loaded up on the defensive side of the ball this offseason with every free agent signing the team made going to help Joe Barry’s unit. So far they have signed three linemen, a cornerback, and two safeties. That alone could well help a unit that was near the bottom of the barrel in most significant statistical categories. But I don’t think that they are done. Yes, Scot McCloughan will continue to give the defense some building blocks in the draft.

Redskins Draft Countdown: Kentucky edge defender Bud Dupree | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins allowed 27.4 points per game last year, 29th in the NFL. Their secondary could be marginally better after some additions but if the pass defense is going to improve (24th in yards allowed, 32nd in TD passes, 32nd with 108.3 opp. passer rating) the pass rush will have to get better. Dupree is a very good if somewhat unpolished edge rusher, explosive and versatile. He played all over the Wildcats’ defensive front, inside and outside, left and right, on two feet and with his hand in the dirt. The Redskins could use a flexible player as new defensive coordinator Joe Barry will use multiple fronts and a pass rusher who can line up anywhere to keep the offensive will be welcome.