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  • If other teams worried about LSU running back Derrius Guice's character Youth Arizona Cardinals Jerseys , prompting his fall from first-round prospect to late-second-round pick, Washington Redskins senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams figures he had "inside information."

     

    The Redskins, Williams said at a post-draft news conference Monday, did not share the concerns that apparently were behind Guice's slide until Washington took him with the 59th overall choice after trading down from No. 44 and adding a third-round selection in the process.

    Williams called him "a value pick."

    "We do have some inside information and some influence that helped us along the way. Plus, we had met with the kid. We went to dinner with the kid. We brought the kid up here. Where Guice is from, I'm from the same area, basically. I knew Guice. I knew who he is. I know where he comes from," Williams said. "And when you talk about a kid that has produced on the field the way he has, other than what was out there, and you look at this kid, man, he's just a happy-go kid who likes to play football. And I think we were fortunate enough to get a guy like that."

    Guice, the SEC record-holder for most 250-yard rushing games Ed Dickson Jersey Elite , was connected in reports to a flap during his visit with the Eagles, something Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman denied.

    "No one wants to hear their name be slandered like that," Guice said Saturday during a Redskins draft event at the team's stadium. The Redskins, he added, "believed in me; they trusted me."

    Williams said any reports about off-field issues were not a part of Washington's draft discussion.

    "What other teams thought don't necessarily mean what we thought. ... When he's there at your pick, you have to take advantage of it and pick that guy. And we did that. We didn't let what other people said influence us. What influenced us is the information that we had gotten from him and the people around him. We had a lot of sources that we talked to," the MVP of the 1988 Super Bowl said. "You and I both know the way social media and the media and a lot of other things happen out there when it comes to players. Most of them take one thing and they run with it. Unfortunately, they don't know the kid."

    Other topics addressed by Williams:

    鈥?The Redskins didn't draft a tight end and they feel "pretty good" at that position, Williams said, "because Jordan Reed is progressing with his injury." Reed needed surgery on his big left toe.

    鈥?Washington needs a starting left guard but didn't pick someone, he said, because "there were some guys on the board, but at our pick Jaire Alexander Jersey , those guys weren't on the board." Williams also noted that Ty Nsekhe "has played a little guard."

    鈥?WR Jamison Crowder "is still the punt returner," Williams said, but "you certainly want to take a load off Jamison, if you can."

    鈥?The Redskins "had about two or three calls" from teams interested in trading for the 13th overall pick that Washington used to take Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne.

    Notes: After drafting two defensive linemen, the Redskins released three players at that position Monday: Terrell McClain, A.J. Francis and Montori Hughes. McClain joined Washington as a free agent last offseason, but he started only two games and missed time with a toe injury. The Redskins also waived TE Chris Bazile, LB Cassanova McKinzy and DB James Sample.

    With 17 career starts in three seasons, Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Ramik Wilson might not look like a grizzled veteran.

     

    However, at a position where the second and third-most experienced players have combined for six career starts and the other three are rookies, the 25-year-old Wilson certainly qualifies.

    "We have a lot of youth at that position. We have a lot of guys, other than Mark Barron, that haven't been starters before. To be able to get (Ramik) in free agency was great Redskins Jonathan Allen Jersey ," linebackers coach Joe Barry said.

    The Rams needed to add experience after trading starting linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants. Cory Littleton had started five games in two seasons while backing up Barron, but would get the first chance to replace Ogletree at middle linebacker. Bryce Hager's only start came in Week 17 last season when the Rams rested players ahead of their home playoff game.

    Wilson fit the bill after starting 11 games and recording 61 tackles for Kansas City in 2016, but saw his playing time reduced last season after the Chiefs traded for former second-round draft pick Reggie Ragland. When the Chiefs did not tender a contract to Wilson, he agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Rams in March weeks after they agreed to trade Ogletree.

    The opportunity to play for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was something Wilson could not pass up, especially with the chance to move back to his more natural position playing on the weak side.

    "It just made perfect sense," Wilson said. "I can run to the ball and I can flow. I can make plays. I can do what I'm supposed to do."

    Barry liked Wilson coming out of college at Georgia, and his subsequent experience as both a starter and backup for the Chiefs made Wilson even more appealing.

    "As an NFL player, you've got to prepare subtly different if you're the guy as the starter compared to if you're the backup. He's been in both roles, so I think that means a lot," Barry said.

    Wilson's ability to adjust was evident during OTAs. With Barron sitting out because of injuries, Wilson was paired with Littleton as part of the first-team defense. The two quickly meshed, and the partnership seems to have only grown as Wilson and Littleton continued to work together early in training camp, with Barron being worked back in cautiously.

    Barry could not take credit for the chemistry Wilson and Littleton have displayed.

    "When two guys go out and they take over 200 snaps together in OTAs Josh Rosen Cardinals Jersey , they are going to build a rapport together. It just happens naturally," Barry said.

    Despite the inexperience of the group, Wilson likes how they are progressing. How the linebackers perform might determine whether the play of the Rams defense matches the hysteria created by signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and trading for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peter in the offseason, and Wilson has not seen anything to indicate the inside linebackers are not ready for the challenge.

    "They are right along and they are ready to go, the whole room," Wilson said. "We've got a lot of expectations, but we know we've got the talent. We're just putting in the work each day now and taking it one day at a time. That's all we are going to do, and the results will show at the end of the day."

    NOTES: Rams head coach Sean McVay said Saturday there was no update regarding All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald's holdout, but they have been in contact via telephone. "I spoke with him in the last day or so, and we're just checking in, seeing how he's doing," McVay said.

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