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Fanspeak Redskins Draft Board Update

March 4, 2014 in Redskins Offseason, Uncategorized, Washington Redskins, Washington Redskins Draft

It's been a couple weeks since I originally posted the Fanspeak Redskins draft board. If this is completely new to you, here is a link to the original post explaining how it works. Over the past few weeks, the guys have been adding names here and there, with the board starting to take some shape.Some of the combine results made us go back and re-watch certain prospects to double check where we had them graded.

>>>Link to the draft board<<<

One of the biggest changes I made was at wide receiver. Odell Beckham Jr. had a solid outing at the combine, forcing me to go back and watch him again. I really liked his ability to take the top off the defense the first time I saw him; but after watching him again, I really liked his route running too. He was crisp in and out of breaks and set up defenders well with the angles he took into his cuts. I soured slightly on USC receiver Marqise Lee after re-watching him. His hands weren't as good as I remembered them and His routes weren't as well executed as I'd have liked. His explosiveness is still undeniable, however, meaning he only dropped from a 1B to a 1C grade.

At safety, I added Calvin Pryor from Louisville and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama. Both have the ability to play single high, as well as work in the box. Clinton-Dix is the top ranked safety on most draft analysis boards, but personally I prefer how Pryor plays aggressively with instincts. But of course, this could change as we reevaluate the board later on. Pryor attacks the line of scrimmage in the run game, rarely missing a tackle, although he does take the occasional bad angle. He also displayed good range and intimidating hitting ability while covering the deep middle of the field. I saw more than one receiver pull out of a potential reception knowing that Pryor was incoming. Clinton-Dix is a technically sound prospect that takes good angles to the ball-carrier and makes good reads from deep. He's a less aggressive player than Pryor, but he is consistently in the correct position, which is a valuable trait as a safety. Having a reliable safety over the top allows corners to play more aggressively, knowing they can count on their safety to be in position to help them. Clinton-Dix will be that kind of player in the NFL, but personally I prefer the more aggressive Pryor.

The rest of the guys have added plenty of other names, so make sure to check out the board and tell us what you think.

CB Victor Hampton Breakdown

February 22, 2014 in Washington Redskins Draft

By Adam Frazier

A Hidden Gem Slot Corner:

-As a 'skins fan we all realize that there are so many holes on this roster thanks to the Shanaplan. I personally liked the Deangelo Hall signing and was impressed with his play last season. While last year I was not a big David Amerson fan coming into the draft, he did played better then expected and although he does gamble, he exceeded my expectations and will fill out that 2nd boundary spot as a corner this year.

-What people fail to realize is that we played a "nickel" package around 60 percent of the time last year. With that said, our slot corner is basically a starting position on this defense and I know just the guy coming into this years draft that will not cost us one of our higher round draft picks. The guy even comes from a school that has developed some of the NFL's top Defensive Backs. His name is Victor Hampton from South Carolina University

-First play I watched Hamtpon make on film. Is it impressive? Yup. Kid sits on the route and makes the play, should have took it to the house though, he cut it inside and should have just followed his blocks to the endzone. I use to do this a lot though as well in my college playing days, so I'll let it slide.

-Kid's just great in coverage. He has great positioning here even though he lacks height the WR just has no chance to make this play b/c Hampton is all over it.

-MUST WATCH…This is the play that absolutely blows my mind. SC is in zone coverage here an is an absolute mismatch against the DE. Hampton's responsibility is to split the WR's and break on the ball as its thrown and make the play. This should be an impossible play for Hampton to make, but he makes it happen. Just absolutely unreal ability to read the QB and break on the ball. I'm jealous.

-You may ask me is this to good to be true??? What's wrong with this kid??? Well he does need some improvement in one area and that area is tackling. The guy can get off blocks but he often dives at the ball carrier's feet to tackle. I know he can make these tackles with proper coaching b/c he always places himself in position to make them(unlike Rambo). His press coverage needs some work to be as a nickel corner he's there to cover slot WR's and that is exactly what he can excel at. I came away impressed with him and while many have him at a 3rd round grade I think there is a great possibility he falls to the 4th at least b/c some of the corners in this draft with lesser talent but better size will be over drafted as teams try to mold their DB's with Seattle.

Skins Next Two Corners?

February 18, 2014 in Washington Redskins Draft

By Adam Frazier

Prospect clips courtesy of Draft Breakdown 

-Today I will be taking a look at Florida’s two corners Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson. Through film, I’m going to highlight the traits that make an elite corner and we’ll decide together which one of these two guys are the better fit for our team.

-This is what gets me excited about Marcus Roberson, watch him sink his hips and he’s 0-100 out of his plant. His quickness is unreal

-Here’s a good job by Roberson keeping contain and separating from the WR, however, the way he makes tackles is Ramboish, and quite honestly I’m not a fan of any CB who shoulder tackles and leaves his feet. This is a huge concern for me after watching the Redskin’s Defense tackle last year

-Roberson plays this route perfect, he doesn’t bite for the double move and there’s just no chance for this play. Roberson does a great job through all the film I’ve watched running with any WR in their hip pocket.

-Here’s another issue with Roberson and that’s his ability to jam receivers. You will see him at the top of the screen and he doesn’t jam the WR at all and alter his route. This is alarming to me because I’ve seen it enough that he clearly struggles at it.

-Does Roberson fit on this team? Absolutly the talent is there, but what I cannot stand is that he cannot tackle. That drives me insane as a former DB. However, his speed is unreal and the ability to get to cut with receivers is phenomenal. Bottom line is the kid needs some work but he’s got all the tools to be very good at the next level. I’ll let you decide if you think he’s worth a ‘skins pick.

-I’ll start off with some good and bad with Loucheiz Purifoy. On this play, as Roberson does, he struggles with press. However, he is so quick that even though he gets beat he still puts on some good coverage.

-You’ll see Purifoy lose contain here, however, I have seen much better tackling technique then his counterpart.

-Great route recognition and ability to break on the ball here by Purifoy

-Playmaker, enough said. Kid knows how to create turnovers.

-Purifoy is a very very good corner. I like his ability to tackle but he does leave his feet at times. He needs to fill out a bit but I think he is a great fit for the ‘skins.

-After watching the film a couple times I actually came away impressed with both players. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one is the better fit for the skins.

Fanspeak Redskins Draft Board

February 17, 2014 in Redskins Offseason, Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins, Washington Redskins Draft

This Redskins draft board is a project I've been running over on Hogs Haven the past few years. I try to get together a group of guys that follow the draft and, of course, are Redskins fans, to  evaluate draft prospects based on their fit with the Redskins. This year we have the HTTR 24-7 guys Kevin, Ken and Justin coming back along with Manny from Pro Player Insiders to help Steve and I put together the board.

If you're unfamiliar with how the board works, this is how we rank players: We split each round into three sections: A, B and C. A represents a player graded to go in the top third of the round, B represents a player graded to go in the middle third of the round and C represents a player graded to go in the last third of the round. This board is tailored to the Redskins schemes, so for example; if a player doesn't fit in the 3-4 defense, his grade will be lowered

>>>Link to the draft board<<<

So far, I'm the only one to update the board with the players I've watched. As you can see, I've mainly been focused on the wide receivers. These rankings are subject to change as the other guys begin to contribute. We should start to see the board fill up soon, and you can expect a weekly update from me on who we've added and why we've graded them where they are. But for now, what do you think of the current receiver rankings? Who's too high? Who's too low? Who have I left out? Let me know your thoughts.

Could the Redskins Draft Multiple WR’s This Year?

February 11, 2014 in Washington Redskins Draft

By: Justin Partlow

After the 2013 season ended, the focus began to be on whom the Redskins could add both through the draft and free agency. As the weeks have passed, there seems to be trends and heavy speculation on what could happen both in FA and the draft. The one that seems to be gaining major steam is the thought of the Redskins adding two WR’s through the draft. I’ll discuss why it would be smart to happen, and some targets that make the most sense below.

Why does it make sense?

While some will not understand the idea of adding two WR’s, the truth of the matter is that you need to add weapons for both Jay Gruden to use, and for Robert Griffin III to throw to. Right now currently on the roster, the Redskins have Garcon and after that a mediocre group at best. While there are no guarantees in the draft, looking at the drafting of players while Gruden as the OC in Cincy, it’s easy to see that they did quite well with the WR selections.

What makes the idea of drafting two WR’s very enticing is the ability to develop in-house talent and hopefully have them at a lower cost than that of a possible high priced free agent WR who could come in. The move puts them under team control for likely four years and the cost would be highly less than that of say an Eric Decker who is going to land a contract around 8 to 9 million dollars a year. The other thing that makes the idea of drafting WR’s enticing is to have them grow and develop with Robert Griffin. It allows for more cohesion and through the growing pains will make the team that much better in the end if they do pan out.

Who could the Redskins draft?

The question now comes to who could the Redskins draft if they look to add two WR’s in this draft. I think the smart bet would be to add a bigger slot WR, and add someone who can be the #2 WR that takes the pressure off of Pierre Garcon to produce at the 100+ catch level. With that in mind I’ve narrowed down a few names that fit into each part.

Devin Street WR Pittsburgh

In comparison to other WR’s in this class, Street seems to be one of the least known players and that is a shame. Street is a savvy player who has great hands and makes plays for his team. What Street doesn’t do well is have that long speed that allows him to break away from defenders. When watching Street on film it’s easy to see how effective he is in the slot. He can take a 3-5 yard slant and turn it into a 10-15 yard gain for the offense. Teams will devalue him in some respects due to his speed, but in the slot with his size and short area quickness he could be a very valuable commodity.

Allen Robinson WR Penn State

Another gifted WR to come out of the Big 10, Allen Robinson has shown to be a future star in the NFL. Robinson has a lot of a Pierre Garcon flavor to his game in the intricacies of his routes, and the types of routes he runs. What I mean is that when I watched Robinson on film, I saw the bubble screens, the drag routes, the post routes that make Garcon a very good WR. Route running can be improved with Robinson and there are some raw parts to his game still, but in terms of what Robinson has now he’s someone who can play right away in the NFL.

Davante Adams WR Fresno State

Of all of the WR’s mentioned, Adams is the one with the most raw parts to his game. This also leads to him being a moldable piece of clay that can become a very good WR if he can learn and refine his game. Adams has a wide catch radius, and does a very good job of high-pointing the ball. Adams though struggles with some of his routes, and that is mainly attributed to the offense he played in at Fresno State. Blocking is a downside to Adams as well, but if you need someone who can become a very good red-zone threat early on and develop from there, then you have one with Adams.

With all of that said I’d really be surprised to not see the Redskins draft two receivers this year. With the insane depth of the upcoming draft class, it makes the most sense to focus the free agency efforts on the defense and offensive line, and focus the draft to mainly the offense.

Players the Redskins Should be Watching at the Senior Bowl: Defense

January 25, 2014 in Washington Redskins Draft

(By their listed Senior Bowl position)

Defensive Ends:

Ik Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech (South), Will Clarke, WVU (North)

-The week started out with a pair of quality 5-technique defensive ends who were listed at end for the Senior Bowl, in Alabama's Ed Stinson and UVA's Brett Urban. Unfortunately both players had to pullout of the practice week early due to injuries. This left very little left that really fit with the Redskins needs. There were some top pass rushers like Trent Murphy and Dee Ford down here, but unless Brian Orakpo is allowed to walk and not replaced with a free agent signing it wouldn't make sense for the Redskins to draft them. Enemkpali was a mid-week replacement end and he fits the mold of a pass rusher who can probably stand up in a 3-4. Unlike some of the other prospects down here he's a late round-UDFA type of player so he could be intriguing late for the Redskins. Will Clarke isn't a guy who is going to stand-up, but he's got a very projectable frame and if he adds 20 lbs he could be a lighter 5 technique who is brought in for pass rushing situations. Again he'd be more of a late round developmental type or someone to watch if he falls out of the draft for some reason.

Defensive Tackles:

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (North), Will Sutton, Arizona State (South), Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota (North), Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech (North), Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (South), DaQuan Jones, Penn State (North), Deandre Coleman, California (South), Shamar Stephen, UConn, (North) , Caraun Reid, Princeton (North)

-This defensive tackle group is incredibly deep and a tremendous mix of speed and power guys. Some of these guys may be considered better fits for the 4-3, but that doesn't mean that they can't fit in a 3-4 scheme if used the right way. The name you will here the 4-3 or undersized label with the most is the best DT down here in Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald. Donald won four major awards this season (Outland, Lombardi/Rotary, Bednarik, Nagurski) and followed it up by winning the player of the week award by scouts down here at the Senior Bowl. Despite the impressive trophy case, Donald is a player who very much could be in play for the Redskins at the 34th pick in the draft. Some teams will drop him due to his size, and he could fall to the top of the 2nd round. While you would think that the lack of size should cause the Redskins to pause as well, they shouldn't ignore a pure talent like Donald. Donald lived in the offensive backfield this week in practice and was nearly unblockable. He plays with excellent technique and quickness, which allows him to push back offensive linemen who have 30-40 lbs on him. Donald was also one of the most impressive defensive tackles working against double teams this week. That type of talent can play in any system, and if they Redskins want an impact player with the 34th pick Donald could be their guy.

Though Donald was the start of the show, the defensive tackle group as a whole really impressed. Sutton is a player similar to Donald and is in that late 1st-early 2nd round mix. He's got more size than Donald so is a bit of a better fit for the Redskins, but he's not a natural nose or 5 tech kind of player. Hageman has the best size of the top three tackles down here, but he's not as explosive as Donald/Sutton. Still he might be the most natural fit if the Redskins want an impact defensive lineman to help anchor their defense. Justin Ellis, Daniel McCullers and DaQuan Jones all project to be nose tackles in the 3-4 and could be 4th-5th round options for the Redskins. Ellis has a great mix of size and explosion, and could be the highest drafted of the three. McCullers has probably the best potential with his size and power, but he lacks consistency. Deandre Coleman and Shamar Stephen are good fits for the 5 technique if the Redskins want to upgrade the position. Considering that both Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker should be cut, there is a need there. Coleman shows nice power and could be another player in the mix for the 4th round. Stephen probably will go a little later in the draft, but could be a nice depth player.

Outside Linebackers:

Jordan Tripp, Montana (South), Telvin Smith, FSU (South), Christian Kirksey, Iowa (North)

-Again this is another group that has some intriguing pass rushers if the Redskins were to lose Brian Orakpo, but not likely guys they will be targeting early in the draft. Jordan Tripp and Christian Kirksey both are guys who could possibly move inside in a 3-4 system. Both are very active linebackers who are all over the field and show some nice coverage abilities. Telvin Smith is undersized for the 3-4, but in the day of specialization he could be considered a sub-package linebacker who is brought in to boost the coverage skills on passing downs.

Inside Linebackers:

Christian Jones, FSU (South), Chris Borland, Wisconsin (North), Larmin Barrow, LSU (South)

-A strong underrated group here at the Senior Bowl. Jones lined up all over the field for the South squad and will draw interest for just about any defensive system. In a 3-4 he can play inside and even help as a pass rusher as well. He is similar in that regard to another former Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons for the Steelers. Timmons is primarly an inside linebacker, but they give him the freedom to blitz. They've also used him outside at times when injuries have piled up among their outside linebackers. Jones could be used in a similar way. He's also got better length than Timmons and can be used in coverage versus bigger tight ends or as a blitzer on third downs. Borland is your classic undersized middle/inside linebacker. He's got instincts and football intelligence that are off the charts, similar to former Redskins backer London Fletcher. Though he doesn't get enough credit for it, but Borland had pretty good athleticism as well, and shows a nice ability to get off blocks. Barrow isn't as much of a starting prospect as the other two inside backers, but he could be more of a 4th-5th round option and a guy with some nice depth.

Cornerbacks:

Keith McGill, Utah (South), Walt Aikens, Liberty (South), Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern (South), Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (North), Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (North), Dez Southward, Wisconsin (North), Nevin Lawson, Utah State (North)

-If you want a corner with size this is your year to watch the Senior Bowl. The majority of the corners down here are over 6'0", including a couple who are over 6'2". In a league with a number of dominant bigger receivers and joker tight ends that size and length is becoming a premium. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Pierre Desir, Walt Aikens, Keith McGill and Dez Southward are the top guys to watch with size and length to cover the bigger receivers. None should be top two round picks so the Redskins should be able to choose from them in the mid-late rounds to restock their corner position. Jean-Baptiste and Desir get the greatest hype, but watch Aikens as a sleeper prospect.

Smaller quicker corners took a hit when Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin was lost to an ACL injury and Florida's Jaylen Watkins pulled out with an injury as well. Nevin Lawson though is an intriguing smaller school guy to watch though. He's got impressive speed and quickness and could be a slot corner.

Safeties:

Craig Loston, LSU (South), Terrance Brooks, FSU (South), Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech (South), Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois (North), Deone Bucannon, Washington State (North), Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (North)

-This is not an incredibly deep safety group from a starting potential standpoint, but there are some interesting names to watch. Jimmie Ward may not come from a big name school, but he plays like a big name player. He's very fluid and quick in coverage and does a great job reading the quarterbacks eyes. He's also a guy who loves to come up in run support and enjoys playing special teams (a desperate need for the Redskins). His stock is rising, but he probably won't go before the late 3rd round and could be an option in the 4th round or late if he slides. Deone Bucannon is a big physical safety, he didn't have the greatest week, but you see some potential as a strong safety who can help in the box. Terrance Brooks and Ahmad Dixon are both interesting guys who flash some potential, but will probably be more like 5th round or later draft picks. They could be guys to develop and build up the special teams play. Jemea Thomas is very natural in coverage, but he's also one of the smaller safeties here. He might not be able to hold up versus large tight ends and receivers. Still his football instincts give him a chance to make it at the next level.

Which Rookie Should Have the Best Season?

May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized, Washington Redskins Draft

Typically a question like this is kind of a formality as it is typically the teams' first round pick, and if it's not him or like the Redskins the team doesn't have a first round pick then it is the 2nd rounder. I don't think the answer is that simple for the Redskins this year. Not only do the lack the first rounder, but they took high risk/high reward picks. So everyone could make a case for having a stellar season or a disappointing one.

2nd Round CB David Amerson:

Why it could be him: Amerson was a ball hawk at the college level, leading the NCAA in interceptions his sophomore year. He's the type of guy who is capable of coming up with multiple big game defining plays over the course of the season. Amerson is also a corner who is adept at getting big returns after interceptions and could add a defensive touchdown or two, to his stat line.

Why it won't be him: Amerson is a feast of famine type of cornerback, and too often this past year it was famine. As much as he's capable of making game defining plays, he's just as likely to give up game defining plays. It's an inconsistency in this game that could lead the team to decide that he's best served as a reserve behind DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers this season while he develops. He very well might not even see the field enough to warrant consideration of the best rookie season.

3rd Round TE Jordan Reed:

Why it could be him: Reed has a lot of potential in that joker tight end role and could be a weapon that creates major match-up problems for opposing defenses. He could quickly become the Redskins number two target behind Pierre Garcon, especially if Fred Davis doesn't recover well from the injury. Reed could also be a big Red Zone weapon, not just with his receiving skills, but some trick plays involving his rushing could be in the works as well.

Why it won't be him: Reed has a lot of promise, but he's pretty raw overall, given that he started his career at Florida as a quarterback and dealt with some injury issues slowing his development in college. If Fred Davis is healthy it will make it hard for Reed to make an impact. Also, the Redskins have never really been a team to involve two tight ends in the passing game at the same time, so if Davis is the number one, there will be few targets for the rest of the TE's. Finally, the Redskins are a run first team, and Reed's lack of blocking ability could make him a liability if he's out there too often.

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4th Round S Phillip Thomas:

Why it could be him: Thomas has a really good chance to start next season, something that isn't as clear with the two rookies ahead of him, or any of the players picked behind him. Thomas is a ballhawking safety so he definitely could come up with his fair share of turnovers next year. Thomas has also shown himself to be a quality blitzer so he could add some sacks next season as well.

Why it won't be him: Though he has the potential to do it, Thomas is probably miscast if he's forced to play free safety next year. While he may still be the Redskins best option in that role, he will probably more likely suffer growing pains in that position.

5th Round RB Chris Thompson:

Why it could be him: Thompson has game breaking speed and could have a major situational role on the offense, both as a runner and receiver. Though his touches won't be starting level, he could come up with some big gains and huge game deciding plays. Thompson also could potentially be used as a weapon in the return game as well.

Why it won't be him: Thompson is coming off back-to-back injury shortened years, including an ACL injury this past year. Though some can return at 100% after an ACL, 9-10 months after the injury, the majority of guys still struggle that first year back. Especially in the case of a guy like Thompson who's entire game revolves around speed and lateral quickness. At the very least Thompson will be behind due to missing all the offseason work leading up to training camp (and he might miss some time there as well). It's also unlikely that he'll be able to take over return duties since he doesn't have collegiate experience and likely won't have the time to work on it this offseason.

5th Round OLB Brandon Jenkins:

Why it could be him: Jenkins would have been a lock for the top 50 picks and likely a first round pick, had he not gotten injured the first week of the season this past year. He had a dominant sophomore campaign and a really strong junior year, prior to the injury. If he's fine, he could be a valuable situational pass rusher for the Redskins, particularly early on when Rob Jackson is suspended. Even though he's not going to be a starter, Jenkins could contribute 5+ sacks if given the opportunity.

Why it won't be him: Though other teams might do it, the Redskins haven't really shown many looks of bringing in a third edge rusher on passing downs. While Jenkins could fill in for Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan some, barring an injury it is likely to just be a handful of snaps, especially once Rob Jackson comes back.

6th Round S Bacarri Rambo:

Why it could be him: Rambo is possibly the best natural free safety on the team and has a big history of making big plays. If Thomas can't handle the free safety role, Rambo could get a shot at it. If so he's more than capable of showing his range and coming up with some big turnovers. Rambo also is a guy who is known to defense routes as well, and not just always go for the pick.

Why it won't be him: Rambo has had off the field maturity issues which caused him to slide in the draft, if there are any further issues it could lead him to being benched or suspended. Rambo also has two areas of concern in his game as well. For one thing he tries too hard to strip the ball, which could lead to some missed tackles and extra yards for the offense. Also, Rambo struggled at the Senior Bowl, particularly when asked to man up with tight ends and receivers. Finally, it is very likely that Rambo just won't have the opportunity to play enough as a rookie.

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7th Round RB Jawan Jamison:

Why it could be him: Jamison comes from a zone blocking scheme and is a perfect fit for Mike Shanahan's offensive system. Knowing the track record Shanahan has with late round running backs (and just rookies in general), you have to feel good about Jamison's chances. Though he should just max out as Alfred Morris's back-up, the reality is at RB the back-up can quickly become the starter. While Morris was 100% healthy last year, he might not be as lucky this year. In which case Jamison could fill in and put up some really good numbers.

Why it won't be him: Though Jamison is a really good fit for Mike Shanahan he will still start out on the depth chart behind Morris, Roy Helu Jr. and likely Evan Royster. Unless he has to, Mike Shanahan typically has not relied upon rookies (other than first rounders) with the Redskins early in the season, so Jamison's attempts could be way down, even if Morris were to miss some time. If Morris is healthy and Thompson is the change of pace/specialty back, it will likely limit any chance of Jamison getting the opportunity to be the best rookie.

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Redskins Draft Recap & Reaction

April 29, 2013 in Washington Redskins Draft

By Staff Writer John Manuel:

Overall Thoughts:

I really like what the Redskins were able to do without owning a first round choice this weekend.  I feel they addressed their needs of help in the secondary with three potential contributors in the future.  I expect all three to get a chance early on to step in for the open spots created by injuries and just a lack of talent.

Shanahan seemed to address athleticism and playmaking potential with this draft by adding guys like Amerson, Thomas and Rambo.  In this day and age of the NFL the offenses are ahead of the defenses, so turnovers are so key.  We will face plenty of high powered offenses, so much like last year forcing turnovers will be key again.

Was David Amerson taken too high?

Maybe, but let’s just wait and see.  I know many have killed him for taking chances and getting burned but 11 interceptions is 11 interceptions.  Amerson comes in with a great attitude and seems ready to work with Haslett and Morris from day one.  I put a lot of Amerson's future on the Redskins coaches but there is no doubt the physical skills are there.

I know a lot of people will look at what DJ Swearinger does in Houston and compare to Amerson.  I am completely fine that they didn't go that route especially after all the talk about all the talking of Swearinger.  I feel the Skins had that already in Laron Landry and it got old.  And we still have it with DeAngelo Hall.  Then adding Thomas and Rambo ended any thoughts of Swearinger.

Taking Risks in the Later Rounds:

The Redskins spent Saturday taking players who are considered risks and their draft status really fell due that.  Brandon Jenkins and Chris Thompson are coming off major injuries and Baccari Rambo is coming off other issues.  I think if the Skins get one solid contributor and one decent one it’s a win with these three.  Thompson could be electric and fills a need that this team has.  Jenkins should be given time to get healthy and Rambo has a chance to be a factor quickly.  If the Skins hit on either Thomas or Rambo a huge need is filled for many years to come.

 

One and a Half Complaints:

I think the Redskins should always look to take at least one offensive lineman each draft.  They added 3 last year, but 0 this draft.  Not drafting lineman during the Cerrato/ Gibbs/ Spurrier time really hurt this roster and it looked like Shanny was changing that, but not this year.  The team still needs to find a permanent answer at right tackle and not a 4 man open competition or a guy with the hip of a 95 year-old man.

My other semi complaint was I felt Washington really didn't need to go tight end in this draft and especially with their 3rd rounder.  I felt they were ok with the Davis/Paulson/Paul trio for 2013.  Now do they keep Paul?  They have to especially after losing Lorenzo Alexander on special teams.

Many seem to love Jordan Reed, so I am completely willing to see what he can add to the offense.  Especially if he can come in and fill a TE/WR hybrid combo.  But if he isn't big contributor by 2014 this will be considered a draft mistake.

 

 

Redskins Round 2 and 3 Draft Scenarios

April 26, 2013 in Washington Redskins Draft

The Redskins didn't have a first round pick, but that doesn't mean they can't walk away with some impact players from this draft. Here are some of the top options potentially available to them in Rounds 2 and 3:

Round 2:

Defensive line:

Johnathan Hankins
John Jenkins
Jesse Williams
Margus Hunt

 

Cornerback:

Jonathan Banks
Darius Slay
Jordan Poyer
Robert Alford

 

Safety:

D.J. Swearinger

 

Offensive line:

Barrett Jones
Dallas Thomas
Terron Armstead

 

Wide Receiver:

Robert Woods
Quinton Patton
Markus Wheaton

 

Tight End:

Zach Ertz

 

 

3rd Round Options:

 

Defensive Line:

None

 

Cornerback:

Logan Ryan
B.W. Webb
Dwayne Gratz

 

Safety:

Tony Jefferson
Phillip Thomas
Bacarri Rambo
Shamarko Thomas

 

Offensive Line:

David Bakhtari
David Quessenberry

 

Wide Receiver:

Ryan Swope
Aaron Dobson
Stedman Bailey

 

Tight End:

Vance McDonald
Gavin Escobar

 

Now safety, corner and offensive tackle are the Redskins three biggest needs, but the value could be there at another position and the Redskins could justify taking a defensive lineman, a tight end or a wide receiver (particularly a slot wide receiver). Now of course in reality some of the players listed in the 2nd or 3rd round will be off the board when the Redskins select, but there should at least be a reasonable chance that these guys will be there (guys like Jonathan Cyprien and Jamar Taylor I don't believe have a reasonable chance to be there). Now the best case scenario would of course be if the Redskins can get two of the names off the 2nd round list, but for the purpose of this we will look at one from each list. Here are my top 5 scenarios for the Redskins:

#1

2nd Round CB Jonathan Banks, 3rd Round S Phillip Thomas

-This would fill the Redskins two biggest needs and give them a pair of young defensive backs to build around in 2014 when Wilson, Hall, Biggers, Meriweather and Doughty are all free agents. In addition to filling the needs, it lands the Redskins great value at each position.

#2

2nd Round DE Margus Hunt, 3rd Round CB B.W. Webb

-This would be a high-upside scenario for the Redskins. Hunt has incredible potential and could develop into a poor man's J.J. Watt, giving the Redskins a big boost for their pass rush and helping to add depth to a unit that has been riddled with injuries and underperformance. Webb isn't as touted as a number of higher ranked corners, but his potential is pretty high. He's got a strong work ethic and shows impressive awareness and technique. He also should contribute on special teams as a returner.

#3

2nd Round DT Johnathan Hankins, 3rd Round S Bacarri Rambo

-This would be an interesting scenario. Hankins could be a steal in terms of value and he should bolster the defensive line. He can split time at both nose tackle and defensive end, adding depth and potential to both spots. Hankins showed the potential to be major force along the line, as he can eat up blockers and still get good penetration. He should really boost the Redskins run defense, which should help overall by putting opponents in longer passing situations. Rambo would fill the Redskins need at free safety, and give them someone with nice range and potential.

#4

2nd Round OL Barrett Jones, 3rd Round S Tony Jefferson

-This would be considered an odd draft by some, but I think it would be a very safe and versatile draft. Barrett Jones may be listed as a center but the reality is he can play anywhere along the line. He's incredibly intelligent and had just a fantastic career at Alabama. He could be a Bruce Matthews type of player who moves all around the line throughout his career, but continues to rack up trips to Hawaii. Tony Jefferson is one of the smarter safeties in this class, I love his instincts and though he's probably a better SS fit, he should be able to play free safety as well.

#5

2nd Round S D.J. Swearinger, 3rd Round WR Ryan Swope

-This would be a balanced draft for the Redskins. Targeting their biggest need, but slightly reaching in the 2nd round and addressing a future need in the third round. The immediate impact of this draft would likely be more limited, but it doesn't ignore either side of the ball and gives them some playmakers. Swearinger should compete for a starting job, and even if he struggles early in his career would be an upgrade over what the Redskins currently have at safety. Swope could be the eventual replacement for Santana Moss, and give the Redskins a versatile guy, who could fit nicely in the Redskins creative offense. Should also make an impact on special teams.

 

 

Redskins #MockFive Recap

April 10, 2013 in Washington Redskins Draft

Here are the Results from the #MockFive Twitter draft for the Washington Redskins. I'd again like to thank Scott Jennings for being my assistant G.M.

Pick Overall Choice Notes

2.21 51 Johnathan Banks, CB from Mississippi State

We tried to trade back, but when nothing materialized it was a no brainer pick for us.  We were absolutely thrilled that Jonathan Banks was still on the board as we feel he is a steal at this point. We aren't concerned by his forty time as we have every faith that he can succeed. He should match-up well versus some of the bigger receivers in our division.

3.23 85 Barrett Jones, C from Alabama

After much debate the Redskins decided to go with value here. Barrett Jones we feel can play any position along the line and even challenge at right tackle. Even if he is limited to the inside, this is a tremendous value pick. Jones has great potential and is also one of the safer picks in the draft given his versatility. Expect Jones to challenge for a starting spot as a rookie.

4.22 119 Duke Williams, S from Nevada

The Redskins have major needs in the secondary and Williams is a player who should be able to challenge for a starting job early in his career. He's got nice potential is that is right around where we valued him. Any concerns about not going safety earlier were alleviated when this pick came up. Safeties got overdrafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, but here we feel we got both talent and value for a major need spot.

5.21 154 Kenjon Barner, RB from Oregon

Considered a couple of options here, but our next favorite option (A.J. Klein) was just selected, so that made this decision a bit easier. Barner gives the Redskins a versatile weapon to pair in the backfield with RGIII. He offers a nice complementary skill set to Alfred Morris, and should be able to contribute significantly in the passing game and return game as well.

5.29 162 Kwame Geathers, DT from Georgia

The Redskins went nose tackle here as they could use a good solid rotational NT to go along with Barry Cofield. Cofield does a nice job, but his best damage comes when the Redskins are in the sub-package formation. Geathers wouldn't need to be a star, but should help out the Skins line. Longtime Redskins fans will remember his uncle Jumpy Geathers who was a big part of their last Super Bowl run.

6.23 191 Conner Vernon, WR from Duke

Considered a couple different positions and players at receiver, but Vernon made the most sense. The Redskins are thin at the slot receiver position, and also have a number of guys with questionable hands. Vernon should improve the team in both areas, and should grow to be a solid player in the Redskins offense. People will get hung-up on his speed, but he's such a good route runner and displays nice short area quickness that he gets enough separation.

7.22 228 Rashard Hall, S from Clemson

The Redskins grab another safety here as the position is probably the weakest on the roster. Hall is a guy who could be a solid back-up/special teamer early in his career with a little potential to grow down the road.

Here are Scott's Notes From the Draft:

I think we got some pretty great value especially with Banks who is still a borderline 1st round pick.  Barrett Jones is being underrated now, but is easily a 2nd round talent.  Shanahan would love his versatility and he could easily compete to win a job on the line early.

Duke Williams is one of my favorite mid round safety prospects in this draft.  I think the 4th is a perfect spot to pick him up, and the safety value was not there in the 3rd.  Unless more players are brought in, or Tanard Jackson magically becomes an option, Duke will have a chance to see the field in his rookie year.  He has great speed and will help shore up the secondary.

Kenjon Barner is a player that I've been mocking to the Skins since January.  It's possible that he is not there in the late 5th, and I think the Eagles could possibly take him before our pick.  Barner is a versatile RB that will be an incredible weapon in the option.  With Helu's recent surgery and consecutive injury filled years, Mike Shanahan will look for a similar running back in this deep draft class.  One of the biggest knocks on Barner is his pass blocking, but he has been working to improve this and showed a better effort at the Senior Bowl.  His ability to catch the ball and make defenders miss will be a great addition to the backfield.

Kwame Geathers is another player that I mocked to the Skins back in January, and I think the DL needs to add talent.  I like Barry Cofield as a player, and he shows flashes of very good play against the pass.  The line could benefit from a big NT like Geathers who can eat up linemen.  Geathers would start as a rotational player on the line, but hopefully he will be able to assume the role full time, and allow Cofield to be utilized at DE more.

Conner Vernon is a player that will be drafted this year and developed to eventually take over the slot when Santana Moss is gone, possibly next year.  He is not a burner, but his short are quickness, route running and his hands will make him a valuable asset.  He will be depth until he is ready to start in a year or two, but with Moss, Morgan, and Briscoe possibly gone next year, it makes sense to draft a WR now.

With our last pick we decided to pick up S Rashard Hall, and let him fight for a depth position.   Hall is 6'2" 210lbs, and will bring some size to the secondary and probably play special teams to get playing time in the beginning of his career.  He had 4 interceptions last year and can make plays.  The 4.7 40 time might limit his options, but he could develop into a solid contributor.

We were unable to get any trades this time which was disappointing.  I think we did very well in getting value at every pick, and we met most of our pressing needs.  I put together a list of possible UDFA targets that were left on the board.

P Jeff Locke
LB Jonathan Stewart, Travis Johnson
CB, Johnny Abrams
S Bradley McDougald
TE Justice Cunningham, Matt Furstenburg
WR Alec Lemon, Keenan Davis, Uzoma Nwachukwu
RB Theo Riddick, Zach Line
OT Braden Brown
DL Joe Vellano