WASHINGTON — The Redskins season ended on Sunday in excruciating fashion, with a 19-10 loss to the New York Giants that was a lot closer than the final score suggests.
It was just the latest in a long line of heartbreaking moments in disappointing seasons for Washington — both the city and the team — and now the Redskins are left looking toward the offseason. No more worries about whether the Redskins will stick to the run game or whether Josh Norman will spend sufficient time on the opposing receiver’s top man or whether Joe Barry will effectively match up with the opposing offensive coordinator. For now, it’s onto thinking about which coaches will keep their jobs, which players to re-sign, cut or let walk, and the draft.
As of 9 a.m. on Monday — often referred to as Black Monday around the league due to the many firings that annually take place around the league — there had been no reports of Redskins moves. It is unlikely head coach Jay Gruden is fired, and offensive coordinator Sean McVay is only leaving Washington if he gets a better job offer elsewhere. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry is expected by some to be fired, as the defense was an obvious weak spot on the team. Special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica is a possibility to be fired, but it’s not likely.
Personnel decisions are still a ways away, which leaves us looking at the draft. Already, with many teams having finished their seasons, the first 20 picks are already set.
The Redskins will have the 17th pick in the 2017 draft, which is right around what one would expect of a team that finished with an 8-7-1 record. Here is the full order of picks 1-20, per NFL.com.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Chicago Bears
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)
6. New York Jets
7. San Diego Chargers
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Buffalo Bills
11. New Orleans Saints
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Indianapolis Colts (will be decided via coin flip)
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings, will be decided via coin flip)
16. Baltimore Ravens
18. Tennessee Titans
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Denver Broncos
For what it’s worth, the 17th pick in the 2016 draft was safety Keanu Neal, who some around the area hoped would fall to Washington, which drafted 22nd last year. Neal has been solid for the Atlanta Falcons all season, racking up 106 total tackles, five forced fumbles and eight passes defended.
There is obvious value at that point, though with the NFL draft, there is value throughout the first round. But the very slight silver lining to come from the Redskins’ loss is they got a marginally better spot in the draft, which could enable them to pick a player they were really interested in.
That’s something, right?