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Alex Smith seemed to know immediately
LANDOVER https://www.theredskinslockerroom.com/au...rin-jersey , Md. (AP) — Alex Smith seemed to know immediately this was bad. Really, really bad. He covered his face with both hands, then a white towel, before his fractured right leg was placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field.One of his predecessors as quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann, was at Sunday’s game and sensed the same — all-too-familiar with what a season-ending broken leg looks and feels like.Exactly 33 years to the day after Theismann’s gruesome injury during a nationally televised game , Smith went down with breaks to his right fibula and tibia midway through the third quarter of Washington’s 23-21 loss to the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday and was replaced at QB by backup Colt McCoy. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Smith would have surgery “right away.”“I saw a pile of people go down, and then I saw Alex’s leg in the position it was in. And I turned away after that. It brought back vivid memories,” said Theismann, hurt when hit by Lawrence Taylor during a Redskins’ victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 18, 1985.“This date has always been a day in my life that I’ll never forget,” Theismann said in a telephone interview.“My immediate thought was that my heart went out to him. I feel so bad for him. I know the road ahead. We’re somewhat similar in age (when the injuries happened). He’s not 25 or 26 years of age. I was 35; he’s 34. How long will it take to come back? What is the severity?” Theismann added, saying he sent Smith a text message of support. “I worry less about Alex and his football career than I do Alex and wanting to be able to do the things in life he wants to do.”Smith was in his first season with the Redskins after arriving in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs. He had thrown two first-half interceptions Sunday, one returned 101 yards for a TD by Texans safety Justin Reid, as Washington fell behind 17-7.McCoy helped Washington score a pair of TDs, including on his 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed on the backup QB’s first pass in a regular-season game since 2015.Now Gruden will have a short week to help McCoy make his first NFL start since 2014: Washington (6-4) plays at Dallas (5-5) on Thanksgiving Day with first place in the NFC East on the line.“I’ve still got to knock a little rust off,” said McCoy, who went 6 for 12 for 54 yards passing and ran five times for 35 yards after replacing Smith.McCoy tried to lead the Redskins to the go-ahead points, but their last drive stalled, and Dustin Hopkins tried a 63-yard field goal that fell well short.The injury came when Smith was first hit by cornerback Kareem Jackson, then by defensive end J.J. Watt. Before Smith was driven off the field, players from both teams left the sidelines to offer well wishes. He waved to spectators as he was taken away.“We’re all gutted for Alex,” Watt said. “I feel absolutely terrible for him. It sucks. It’s the worst part of the game.”With Smith headed to injured reserve, McCoy is the only QB on Washington’s roster, so the team will need to find a backup somewhere. Gruden said he hoped to have someone signed by Monday.McCoy hasn’t worked with the first-team offense for the past few years, but Gruden said he still thinks his new starter at quarterback has a “great comfort level, I believe.”“He hasn’t played a whole lot. So we’ll see how he does,” Gruden said. “But I have confidence in Colt. Always have.” We are halfway through the NFL season and 69%-75% through the college football season depending on your team’s schedule. The upcoming draft will be a departure from what we have seen the past few seasons especially in the 1st round. The past few years we have become accustomed to seeing 3-5 first round QBs, a good amount of first round RBs and WRs, and a few potentially elite offensive linemen all off the board early. This year is already shaping up to be much different. This draft will seemingly feature a good number of EDGE, DL, and DBs with first round potential in other words if you need a defensive player in the first round you are in for a treat.Sure Things = These are Seniors Womens Bryce Love Jersey , without injury or other circumstance they should be considered 1st rounders based on their production and tape. Probably Will Declare = These are underclassmen who probably will forfeit their remaining eligibility due to favorable position depth, nothing left to accomplish in their collegiate career, etc. Could Stay, Could Go = These are underclassmen largely mentioned in 1st round conversations but could return to school to further develop, make a playoff / championship run etc. Wildcards = These are players who could sneak into the 1st round based on what they do with the rest of the college season. Alternatively some of these guys could be 2nd or 3rd round picks due to position depth or their production the rest of the year while other prospects rise.Sure ThingsNick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio StateDrew Lock, QB, MissouriChristian Wilkins, DL, ClemsonDeandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaJosh Allen, EDGE, KentuckyMontez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi StateIsaiah Buggs, DL, AlabamaJerry Tillery, DL, Notre DameProbably Will DeclareEd Oliver, DL, HoustonClelin Ferrell, DL, ClemsonGreedy Williams, CB, LSUDexter Lawrence, DL, ClemsonJeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi StateDeionte Thompson, S Wes Martin Jersey , AlabamaBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio StateJonah Williams, OT, AlabamaCould Stay, Could GoJustin Herbert, QB, Oregon Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateQuinnen Williams, DL, AlabamaRaekwon Davis, DL, AlabamaJulian Love, CB, Notre DameWildcardsJachai Polite, EDGE, FloridaBen Powers, OG, OklahomaDalton Risner, OG, Kansas StateNoah Fant, TE, IowaJoe Jackson, EDGE, MiamiGreg Little, OT, Ole MissBenny Snell, RB, KentuckyZach Allen Russ Grimm Jersey , DL, Boston CollegeElgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi StateDevin Bush, LB, Michigan The top 10 prospects I think the Redskins should go afterDrew Lock, QBLock has the size and arm strength you want out of a franchise QB. The kid can sling it but is not ready to start because of his accuracy issues (60.6% in his career), like most star QBs he needs to learn he doesnt need to do it all by himself, and because of his spotty record against top defenses this year (Alabama and Kentucky). With all that said I think Lock would be a solid pick even in the 1st round to sit for a year or two behind Smith and learn the nuances of the game. Deandre Baker, CBBaker is the top zone corner in the draft without question. He has decent size and even better coverage, ball, and anticipatory skills. He’s pretty much a lockdown corner in college and baits QBs into throwing his way before he closes. I think he fits the Redskins scheme a lot better than say Greedy Williams who is more of a man corner but Baker could come in and start right away opposite Dunbar/Norman. Josh Allen, EDGEThere are a handful of solid EDGE options in the draft and I think Allen is the best among them not named Bosa. Allen is showing out this year and his combination of size, speed, length, production, and nose for the ball should make him an all but certain top 10 pick. Montez Sweat, EDGELike his fellow alumni Preston Smith I think Sweat has the skills along the height/weight/power/speed to make an impact off the edge as an OLB in a 3-4. He’s redefined his career after transferring from Michigan State to Mississippi State and has put up impressive production. Sweat is a better athlete than Smith and a bit lighter which probably makes him a slightly more promising pass rushing option in the pro’s at least in theory. If Josh Allen is not there which he probably won’t be Sweat would not be a bad option.Isaiah Buggs, DLBuggs is having a monster year rushing the passer. He has 8 sacks on the year from the DE position and like most Bama DL the constant question that is thrown out is “Is he benefiting from the talent around him?”. The answer is of course! He is playing with Quinnen Williams and Raekwon Davis next to him but they all are really good in their own right as we have seen with our Alabama turned Redskin players. Some might think the DL position is getting a bit full but trust me there is room to replace Stacy McGee and Caleb Brantley. Deionte Thompson, SThompson has already drawn comparisons to Ed Reed and Sean Taylor by former NFL players Shannon Sharpe and Torry Holt. He simply is the best safety in the class and could play both positions if you wanted him to but you really want him to play FS like the aforementioned stars so he can show off his coverage and ball skills and lay wood to receivers coming into his area. Depending on how this draft goes he could he could go top 5 but he definitely is likely going top 10. Jeffery Simmons, DLThere is the possibility that the Redskins do something crazy and don’t draft a Bama boy for the DL. They could look elsewhere in the SEC and Simmons would not be a bad choice at all. Simmons is a dominant run defender and consistently blows up opposing offensive lines to make stops in the backfield. If you have not seen him and Sweat play together this year you are missing out. Dwayne Haskins, QBHaskins if he declares is likely the second QB off the board (probably top 10) behind Justin Herbert (if he declares). Haskins has been excellent this year and may decide to jump to the NFL depending on Ohio State’s finish in the playoff. With only 1 year as a starter on tape though he may decide to go back and play another year or two as he is only a RS Sophomore. Haskins has arm strength and accuracy and only needs to hone his craft and cut down on some of the young mistakes. He definitely has the tools to be a franchise QB. Quinnen Williams, DLWilliams isn’t blowing up the stat sheet like his teammate Buggs but his impact and presence is certainly felt. Williams plays the other DE spot opposite of Buggs and is a consistent and constant disruptor. He reminds be a bit of Daron Payne though their positions and roles where different. If you are looking for sacks to prove his worth you will be disappointed and you probably will not regret drafting him to see his skillset flourish in the NFL. Julian Love, CBIt is certainly up for debate but I think Love is the clear CB3 behind Williams and Baker. Love is another zone corner who I think could fit well into the Redskins system. He is a great coverage corner and like Baker baits the QB into throwing his way. I think Love could be a bit better in run support but his coverage skills shouldn’t be questioned at this point in his career. He’s posted impressive production so far this season and I still think he is a little bit underrated if he declares it could really bring solid depth for teams needing 1st round corners next year. The prospects from that list I think the Redskins have an actual shot at (#15-#32)Drew Lock, QB - Especially if Herbert and Haskins declare. Montez Sweat, EDGE - I think he might be there if the above QBs declare, Bosa and Allen go before him and I’m anticipating an early run on DL as well as considering his fit in a 3-4 to make him last a bit longer potentially.Jeffery Simmons, DL - This is crazy but Simmons with all his talent could be the 8th or 9th DL selected in the 1st round a testament to the depth of the group this year. Julian Love, CB - As I mentioned above assuming Greedy Williams enters I think Love is the 3rd corner to be taken - just looking at past draft trends this usually happens in the early teens to low 20s range. This exercise of course is speculative and a bit bittersweet there is a ton of talent his year especially with defensive lineman. There are some top tier EDGE and corner prospects as well a lot of which I like but most of which I don’t think the Redskins will have a shot at if they keep winning. It will be interesting to look back on this and see just how wrong I will be. Let me know what you guys think of my assessment in the comments!

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