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2013 Draft Profile: Jonathan Cyprien

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 24, 2013 – 2:05 pm

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[Note-This post does not indicate any plans for the draft. It is merely a more in-depth look at a prospect that has been floated around the No. 51 pick in mock drafts.]

We are a little over 24 hours away from the 78th annual NFL Draft commencing at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of the Big Apple.

While the Redskins are currently on the outside looking in at what will be a frenzy of a first round on Thursday night, that doesn’t mean that this draft is a throwaway.

With starters such as Alfred Morris and Perry Riley being selected after the conclusion of the first round, head coach Mike Shanahan has given Redskins Nation a reason to tune in to every round of the draft.

Yesterday, I looked at Mississippi State safety Darius Slay and what he could bring to the Redskins secondary if his name is called by the Burgundy and Gold this weekend.

Since he played for an SEC school that always fights for a spot in end of year top-25 rankings, chance are that you probably saw Slay play at least once during his two years in Starksville.

Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International University, however, is a little known commodity that could bring a big-play mentality to the Nation’s Capital if his name is called.

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LaVar Arrington To Announce No. 51 Pick

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2013 – 12:42 pm

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It’s hard to believe it was 13 years ago this weekend that Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington was selected No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins, becoming the face of a youth movement on defense.

Back then, the NFL Draft was held at Madison Square Garden, which is a bigger but less intimate venue than Radio City Music Hall.

The Redskins held the second overall pick via a trade with the New Orleans Saints, and selected Arrington one pick before franchise left tackle Chris Samuels.

Arrington proved worthy of his collegiate hype, playing six seasons in the Nation’s Capital and making the Pro Bowl three times.

He was voted by fans as one of the 80 Greatest Redskins during the team’s anniversary season last year, and has been a familiar face in the Washington sports conversation ever since his retirement in 2007.

This weekend, he will return to New York City on behalf of the Washington Redskins to announce the selection of the team’s top pick, currently scheduled for No. 51.

This is a classy gesture to one of the most recognizable Redskins of the last decade, and one of the NFL’s better ideas surrounding the annual draft circus.

The Redskins had Doug Williams announce the team’s second round pick in 2011, with Ken Harvey announcing last year’s third-rounder.

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Redskins’ No. 1 Jerseys Are In New York

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2013 – 12:14 pm

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It is a time-honored tradition in the modern NFL Draft to have the commissioner present each team’s first-round selection with the No. 1 jersey of their new employer.

It’s symbolic, it’s tradition, and it serves as an excuse for an iconic photo shoot.

This year, the Redskins are one of three teams that enters the 2013 NFL Draft without a first round draft pick (joined by the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The Redskins are not scheduled to select a player until the second round, on Friday evening with the 51st overall pick.

With that in mind (and very little trade bait to move back into the first round), you would think that the Redskins would not have any No. 1 jerseys ready to go at Radio City Music Hall.

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Griffin III’s Arrival To Draft Day Party

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 24, 2013 – 12:02 pm

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One year ago at the 2012 NFL Draft, Robert Griffin III was at Radio City Music Hall waiting for the Washington Redskins to call his name with the second overall pick.

In his first year in the Nation’s Capital, No. 10 led the Redskins to their first division title since 1999 behind a 6-2 home record at FedExField during the regular season.

This Saturday, Griffin III won’t in the Big Apple. Instead,  he’ll be returning to FedExField for the Redskins Draft Day Party.

The fiesta starts at noon as admission and parking to see Griffin III and the rest of the events for the day will be free.

So, when will be the best chance to see the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year? (You know its difficult to catch No. 10 at FedExField, just ask the Minnesota Vikings.)

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Ravens Game Was ‘Tough’ For Griffin III

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 24, 2013 – 11:11 am

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When the team started its seven-game winning streak to catapult them from last in the NFC East to eventual division champions with a 31-6 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, it seemed as if everything started to click.

Just a few days later on Thanksgiving, quarterback Robert Griffin III led the Redskins in an incredible display of offensive power in the second quarter when the Burgundy and Gold trounced the Cowboys defense for 28 points before beating Dallas by a final score of 38-31. Then on Monday Night Football, the Redskins eked out a 17-16 victory over the New York Giants to pull the team back to .500.

In Week 14, however, the Redskins were faced with perhaps their biggest obstacle to date.

Late in a down to the wire contest with Washington’s closest geographical rival, Griffin III was knocked out of the game with an injury. At that moment it seemed as if the Redskins winning streak was in jeopardy of coming to an end at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

Obviously that did not happen as Kirk Cousins led the Redskins to a comeback victory and a 38-21 win the next week in Cleveland.

In the seventh segment of “10 Days With No. 10” on Redskins Nation, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year told Larry Michael what went through his head after leaving the Ravens game as well as watching the Browns game unfold from the sideline the next Sunday.

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UPDATED: Redskins Mock Draft Tracker

Posted by Chris Herting on April 24, 2013 – 8:15 am

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Please note that these posts do not indicate any plans for the draft, yet is simply a look, for your enjoyment, at potential prospects at pick No. 51.

Two newcomers (D.J. Swearinger and D.J. Hayden) along with one name repeated twice (Johnthan Banks) headline our last and final mock draft tracker. (Yesterday, Redskins Blog profiled Banks’ teammate Darius Slay)

Here’s a quick recap of who the experts have picked over the course of our eight mock draft tracker installments (click on the name for each players’ complete combine profile). Listed in order of position, there have been eight different cornerbacks, six different safeties, one defensive end and one defensive tackle linked to your Redskins this spring – this is just in the five mock drafts that we’ve tracked. Many more names have popped up over the last few months.

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