Word on the Street: Redskins, NFC East draft talk

Word on the Street: Redskins, NFC East draft talk
April 25, 2011, 1:50 pm
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Monday, April 25, 2011 8:45 a.m.UPDATED 10:38 a.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRedskins RoundupFor all the dozens and dozens of mock drafts that have been floated around, certain names keep coming up, and this week we'll profile those players. University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, perhaps the biggest question mark in the draft, come on down.Add the Redskins sack leader asthose wanting the team to draft a perimeter pass rusher. (Sporting News)This team draft preview says the Redskins' top needs are quarterback, nose tackle, pass rusher, cornerback, wide receiver and running back. What, no punter? (CBSSports.com)Interest-ed in how much coin Dan Snyder can make from season ticket holder payments even if the NFL season is canceled? (Washington Examiner)Speaking of the draft, Peter King's observations have him thinking interest is down this year. (Sports Illustrated)Capitals CornerLessons learned in victorious Round 1. (Washington Times)Even on a team with Alex Ovechkin, Michal Neuvirth is the Capitals' man of the moment. (Washington Post)Neuvirth's unflappability is getting attention north of the border. (Toronto Sun)No shocker, Mike Green received the team's hard hat after taking a puck to the head in Game 5, not to mention plenty of praise. (Washington Times)Larranaga on with the Sports JunkiesMonday morning, the former George Mason head man was on with "The Sports Junkies." The takeaways:Asked if the reported rocky relationship between him and Director of Athletics Tom O'Connor was a Gary Williams-Debbie Yow situation, Larranaga said, "No."Said he thought George Mason would be his last job; Miami probably will be.Though his name only surfaced for the Miami this past Thursday, the process began on April 11.The Shaka Smart contract with VCU raised the bar for mid-major coaches and sent a message to CAA programs about valuing coaches.Does not know who is in the running to replace him at George Mason.More Larranaga reactionAt this point, he has not had a Billy Donovan-esque change ofheart and is still headed to the University of Miami. Seems fair to deduce that power conference money was at the top of the list of reasons why, but several factors went into the longtime George Mason coach choosing to takehis talents to South Beach. (Washington Post)So who will take the Patriots' coaching reins? More love for Vermont's Mike Lonergan, who has plenty of local ties, among others. (Washington Examiner)One of the Patriots' two incoming recruits still is planning on keeping his commitment, but is playing the waiting game until a new coach is hired. (Albany Times-Union)As for the Hurricanes, they are now going from playing under a soft-spoken coach to one with a drill sergeant vibe. Sounds like they need it. (FOXSports.com)NFC East draft buzzOut of their past three drafts, the Cowboys have generated a whopping three starters, so they cannot afford a swing and a miss at No. 9. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)All of the potential trade jockeying for a quarterback in the back of the first round has the Eagles in the cat bird seat at No. 23. (CSNphilly.com)The Giants offensive line has been a consistent force for several years, but it's time to add some young big uglies to the mix. (NY Daily News)Breakfast buffetNot that the Wizards dont need help in several areas, but positionally small forward appears to be their weakest link. Heres a list of five potential draft options ready to play in the NBA. (Hoopsworld)In the internet era, it's much harder tohide the red flags for NFL draft prospects. (Washington Examiner)Nationals starter Jason Marquis barely threw the I-95 speed limit on one pitch Sunday. (Washington Post)Record number of draftees will be in New York for the draft. (Hogs Haven)If they square off in the Maui Classic,the Hoyas will have picked a good time to face the Kansas Jayhawks. (Kansas City Star)