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Final Look at the 2014 Redskins Draft

May 31, 2014 in Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins Draft

By: Justin Partlow

After doing a player by player breakdown of each draft pick, I wanted to then go and give one last final look at the draft class and give then a preliminary look at the 2015 draft and what route it could go as well. This draft class at first was given pretty low marks by some, but after carefully reviewing it and looking at the team depth chart, it makes sense that they chose to go the route of developmental guys who can really provide value moving forward even if it isn’t as noticeable in 2014. So with that said let’s take one last look at this class

When sitting down on Friday night of the draft, I had it almost in my head that they would be taking an OT at 34 or if they traded down in round 2 they would take one there. After the Cowboys trade I knew it could then be an OLB target, but still had held out hope that it could be an OT. When the pick of Trent Murphy was announced, there was that mixed audible reaction out of my mouth. Looking back at the pick, I would have preferred someone such as Jeremiah Attaochu, but Murphy makes sense as he could be seen as insurance for Ryan Kerrigan, and also provides another guy who can put his hand in the dirt and can pass rush from that DT position if Haslett implements the nascar packages again. After that selection I felt that the team would go either OT or secondary help. Getting Morgan Moses at 66 was a great move and if he can continue his trajectory seen in his senior year, then the Redskins have a long term starter at RT for years to come. Finally the Redskins took this OG in Spencer Long who wasn’t as well known, but because of the knee injury he had he wasn’t able to take fully show his ability he had in 2012. Long can immediately compete for the RG spot in 2014 and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did so.

After day two came day three, which is really about getting those value picks and then finding guys who can do one thing better than anyone else. The Redskins used that mindset to get guys who they felt were good fits both on special teams as well as upgrades at positions they can use help at. Bashaud Breeland has the ability to be a starting caliber CB, but will need a bit of a red shirt year to learn and refine his technique. Then adding guys like Ryan Grant and Lache Seastrunk will provide more weapons for the disposal of RG3, HC Jay Gruden and OC Sean McVay. Grant will make his name as someone who can play special teams along with being a slot WR. Seastrunk is the dynamic homerun threat at RB that many fans have wanted for years with his ability to take any run and turn it into a touchdown. Finally the Redskins rounded out the draft with Ted Bolser and Zach Hocker as the final picks. Bolser can compete as the #3 TE, but almost figures to be a candidate to get a year on the PS before he can become the #3 TE. Hocker could unseat Kai Forbath as the team’s only kicker, but could at worst be kept as a kickoff specialist.

So with that said what can we expect from the Redskins in the 2015 draft? If this year is any suggestion the Redskins are really leaning on the idea of a BPA approach, but also a very forward look for the team. If that’s the case then I’d look for them to continue that approach with the CB class along with S class. With the Redskins having a 1st round pick again after the RG3 trade, I’d not be surprised to see them target those classes early. 2015 will be a big year both drafting as well as development for the Redskins and could lead to very good results in the future.

Ryan Grant: What Can Redskins Fans Expect Next Year?

May 23, 2014 in Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins Draft

By: Justin Partlow

 

 

While there was the prevailing thought around Redskins fans that they didn’t need to add at all to the WR core after the DJax signing, the Redskins still added another young receiver in Ryan Grant from Tulane. Ryan Grant is a gifted WR who doesn’t have the high-end speed that one would look for, but he also is someone who is already polished as a WR and can be used in different ways on offense. Coming from Tulane, Grant wasn’t really seen as a top end WR who would go early, but for what I watched of him, I saw someone who showed the ability to play as both a slot WR and an outside WR. What makes Grant special is his ability to understand how to play the position and knows the different depths and ways to set up defensive backs to get open. Below I’ll take a look at what Grant does well already and what Redskins fans can expect next year out of Grant in his rookie year.

 

As I mentioned earlier, Grant is a savvy receiver who uses his technique and refinement to become successful in all ways possible. When I watched the little bit of film that was available on Grant, I saw someone who basically took what he knew of the game and would use it to his advantage over others. Another thing that Grant does very well and it shows on film is his ability to bring his hands up at the same time and play very poised. Rarely on film did you see Grant show bad form catching the ball, and he never really would drop the ball. What also is interesting when watching Grant was how he used his speed to make plays. Grant didn’t run a high 40 time, but he showed very good short area quickness and ability to get YAC even with him not being the fastest guy possible. What Ryan Grant really has in innate to him, he’s not someone who is a freak athlete, and he’s not going to wow you in any way possible. Grant is going to get the job done and do it very well without having the elite measurables that teams will seem to look for.

 

So what can Redskins fans then expect from Grant as they watch him next year? I look for Ryan Grant to make his name as the possible #4 WR and also as a special teams guy. What Grant will bring to the team early on is another moveable piece that Jay Gruden can use along with guys like Pierre Garcon, DJax, and Andre Roberts at the WR core. Having those 4 guys and a guy like Jordan Reed at TE allows for teams to have to account for others and could allow for Grant to have more opportunities early on. As well I expect Grant to make his name on special teams. Before he became the big name player he was at Tulane, Grant was first a special teams player. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a kickoff return guy or have the ability to be a special teams player along with coming along and being the #4 WR that he can be early. Overall, while he was given as a bad rap as someone who was seen by few as a “7th round or priority free agent guy” I personally had a 5th round grade on Grant and wasn’t surprised when the Redskins took him. Grant has potential to make his name for a while in the NFL, he’ll be fortunate to have the ability to be brought along slowly, but also get his chances to be successful.

Bashaud Breeland: What Can Redskins Fans Expect Next Year

May 22, 2014 in Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins, Washington Redskins Draft

By: Justin Partlow

 

Heading into day three, the common thought among beat writers and fans was that the Redskins were going to target help in the secondary for the future. This move wasn’t going to be one that was essential to the upcoming year, but one who had the ability to grow and become a future starter for the Redskins. Into the 4th round the Redskins had a guy fall into their laps that was able to become that guy that they were looking for, and that was Bashaud Breeland from Clemson. Breeland is a very physical CB who is a bit of a trash talker, but also will get his job done and will be physical in doing so. Breeland also will contribute very early on with his special teams play that he’s shown while in college. Below I’ll take a look at what Breeland does well already and what Redskins fans can look to expect from him next year.

 

When I first started to scout DB’s I expected the Redskins to target more of a slot CB and the ability to target another safety. Breeland was one of those CB’s I really enjoyed watching, but had the feeling that he would go earlier than the Redskins would look to target one. Breeland impressed me early on when I watched his film, because he did many things well, but also had a ton of raw ability that hadn’t been tapped yet. Breeland uses his length and physicality to redirect receivers off of their routes, and uses his athleticism to make plays both in the form of INT’s as well as pass break ups. What really hurt Breeland in the pre-draft process was the 40 time that he posted, which was in the 4.6 range. On film though you can see pretty fast that his game speed, and long speed was a lot more important than the forty time that was shown. Breeland isn’t a top end speed guy, but what he does is have the long speed that is needed to continue to match up with the outside receivers of the NFL.

 

What can Redskins fans then expect from Breeland next year? Simply put I think Breeland has a bit of a “redshirt” year for the Redskins. Raheem Morris really has a high end CB on his hands that could become a very good starter, but he has a lot of small flaws that need to be corrected in order to do so. I’d expect Breeland to be the #4 CB who gets playing time, but isn’t always out there on the field early on. What Breeland though will make his mark on early is on special teams, where he’s shown the ability to be a very good “gunner” in the college ranks. If Breeland can contribute early on teams, and then the coaches will continue to give him opportunities to be on the field. By 2015, I expect Breeland to be pushing for the starting job at CB, and could be beneficial as it can move DeAngelo Hall inside to the slot CB role or even to a FS role if the Redskins want to move that route. Bashaud Breeland was a bit of a gamble pick in some respects, but if you look at what he has and where he can improve and be successful, the Redskins have the makings of a steal of a pick. If Breeland were to come out in 2015, then he would have more than likely become a top two round pick. The sky is the limit for Breeland, and the future can truly be bright in the Washington secondary, which has been a bit of a sore spot.

Morgan Moses: What Can Fans Expect Next Year?

May 13, 2014 in Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins Draft

By: Justin Partlow

 

Heading into the 2014 NFL draft, Morgan Moses was seen as being in the upper echelon of OT’s and was a likely 1st round draft pick to a team such as the Carolina Panthers. After not going in the 1st round, there was the thought that Moses wouldn’t last long on day two, then he just continued to fall into the 3rd round. At 66 the Redskins pounced on the big OT from UVA and now have their future RT for years to come. Moses is a dancing bear, and someone who figures prominently into the teams plans for a long time. Look for the Redskins to work on his overall technique, but for him to become a starter early into year one. Below I’ll take a look at what fans can expect from him next year.

 

Simply put, drafting Morgan Moses in the 3rd round shows that you are looking for him to become a starter early into his career if not in year one if possible. Moses right now possesses the ability to start, mainly due to his ability to pass block at a very high level. When you watch the film of Moses, it always stood out this year that he could shut down the top pass rushers that he faced, but always did so while not being the top end athlete. Morgan Moses is so impressive in his ability to use his length to wall off defenders. If Moses gets the chance to start in year one, then look for him to be an upgrade at RT with his ability to pass block at a high level. Chris Foerster though will have his hands full though with Moses. As I’ve noted before in my reports of Moses, he does allow for guys to get into his body easily and doesn’t always show the best overall technique. At times it almost looks as if Moses gets by with his length, instead of having technique that wins.

 

The other thing Moses will improve early on is something that isn’t mentioned enough. Moses has played both RT and LT in college. By having that experience at both positions he can provide depth at two different positions and can help with the overall team. This can allow for the Redskins to not have as much concern about the back up LT position, but at the same time you want Moses to be your long-term starter at RT instead of just a swing tackle. One thing I really do like about Moses and something that fans will enjoy as well is his ability to finish plays and be dominant when he gets his hands on opponents. Routinely on film you were able to see Moses latch on in the 2nd level and then drive block the defender down the field. Moses at the RT position will provide a great value if he can continue the upward trajectory he’s shown in the previous year when he moved to the LT position and seemed in a way to re-dedicate himself to the game.

 

Morgan Moses is a project in some ways, but at the same time he’s also someone who if he continues is improvement and takes advantage of what he does well then he could become one of the steals of the draft. As mentioned before, Moses does have his overall flaws and will need help in reaching his potential, but at the same time he does have exactly every tool you can want. While not the star athlete or the best looking guy you’ll find on the field, he’s someone who gets the job done and continually does it even if it’s not the prettiest way.

A Look at the Redskins 4th-7th round Draft picks

May 11, 2014 in Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins Draft

4th Round: CB Bashaud Breeland

The Good:

  • Long corner who can get physical with receivers and defend against jump balls.
  • Had a breakout 2013 and was a star of the Clemson defense making 4 interceptions and adding 2 sacks
  • Strong in run support, not afraid to make a tackle on a big back
  • Flips his hips well and is smooth in transition
  • Quicker than fast, doesn't waste a lot of time changing direction
  • Has the size and aggressiveness to play safety
  • Good ball skills and coverage ability
  • High upside guy, had he stayed in school would have been considered a top 50 prospect entering next year

The Bad:

  • A real raw prospect who has only been a full time starter for one season
  • Doesn't have great speed, he can be beat vertically
  • Inconsistent, will look great on a series of plays or in a game, only to look poor in another series or in the next game
  • Needs to do a better job of wrapping up on tackles

Overall:

Breeland was a bit of a surprise early entry because he really has only had one good season (and full season) at the college level. He played really well this past year, but he was still showing a lot of signs of being a raw prospect. Had he returned to school and was able to repeat the performance he would have been a top 50 pick and would have had a good chance to crack the top 25. In the long term this could be a really good value pick for the Redskins as Breeland won't be asked to do much as a rookie. Mainly he needs to play special teams and if he can give them 100 or more snaps they should be happy. If he develops well he could end up being the replacement for DeAngelo Hall as one of the starting corners in 2 or 3 years.

5th Round: WR Ryan Grant

Good:

  • Excellent hands, makes a lot of smooth catches and can help bail out a quarterback on questionable throws
  • Precise route runner, who is very smooth getting in and out of his breaks
  • Highly productive at Tulane
  • Picks up a lot of yards after the catch, due to good field vision to find the open lanes
  • Quicker than fast, can find value as a potential slot receiver

Bad:

  • Average size and not the type who plays bigger than his size
  • Not a fast receiver, won't be a vertical threat
  • Not a physical receiver who struggles to get off press coverage
  • not going to break tackles or out muscle a defender
  • Weak run blocker
  • More of a 6th-7th round prospect making this a reach
  • Not a returner

Overall:

-Receiver was one of the most set positions on this roster so it was not a high priority. Depth was needed, but ideally it would have been a guy with really good size or return ability. The Redskins got neither and reached for a receiver here. Grant has great wide receiver traits with his strong hands, route running and vision, but he's lacking in all the physical traits of the position. That could make it tough for him to find success at the next level. Grant will need to rely on his route running to gain separation, and he could eventually find a home as a slot receiver.

6th Round: RB Lache Seastrunk

Good:

  • Explosive runner who can kick it into 2nd gear when he finds an opening
  • Home run hitter who had numerous big plays at Baylor
  • Displays smooth cutting ability and can change direction with ease
  • Good balance, can bounce off hits and keep his feet
  • Does a good job not allowing defenders get a clean shot on him
  • Has a strong lower body, could be capable of churning out tough yards
  • Has a lot of potential and could have easily gone a round or two earlier
  • Skins traded back to get him, netting an additional 7th rounder

Bad:

  • Has relied more on his speed and agility overall, and hasn't developed fully as a runner
  • Doesn't have the best patience or vision in finding the hole
  • Very limited pass catching at the college level and has had some drops, leaving his hands to be very questionable
  • Has only 1 career KO or punt return
  • Comes from a spread offense that allowed him to see a lot of favorable fronts
  • May never be a feature back

Overall:

-This was a nice pick-up for the Redskins. Last year the Redskins added a pair of running backs but Jamison is already cut and Chris Thompson ended his third straight season early due to a serious injury. Roy Helu Jr. is a good back-up running back, but he's a free agent next season and probably won't be back. Seastrunk can take over Helu's role as a complementary back to Morris, and will offer a nice speed option and home run hitter for the Redskins. The real question about Seastrunk is can he be enough of a receiver and blocker to earn that 3rd down role. Though he'll be behind Helu this year, Seastrunk will likely get some playing time as the year wears on to get him ready going forward and to offer another weapon in this offense.

7th Round: TE Ted Bosler

Good:

  • Big tight end with really good size
  • Productive tight end in the short area
  • Can be effective in the red zone, with 15 career TD's
  • Strong special teamer
  • Shows good hands

Bad:

  • Despite his size he struggles as a blocker
  • Doesn't have good speed or the ability to stretch the field vertically
  • Not a strong route runner
  • Was not widely considered a draftable guy, probably would have been better as a UDFA

Overall:

-Given Jordan Reed's health, Logan Paulsen's contract and Niles Paul in the final year of his rookie deal the Redskins needed some help at tight end. Bosler though isn't probably going to be much of a help as he is just a short area receiver and he struggles as a blocker. He's gotten high marks for his special teams play, but he's not really a replacement for Paul as an outside gunner. Bosler does have a good frame so the team may view him as a project for 2015, hoping they can improve his strength and blocking ability. He could be a long shot to make the roster and his best hope may be a spot on the practice squad.

7th Round: K Zach Hocker

Good:

  • Had a really good senior year going 13 of 15 including 3 of 4 from 50+
  • Strong on Kickoffs, among the nations leaders in Touchback % the last 3 years

Bad:

  • Only has 7 career punts
  • Really struggled his Sophomore and Junior years where his FG% was 77.8% and 61.1% respectively
  • Not considered one of the top kickers by most and probably could have been a UDFA

Overall:

-Though Kai Forbath has been a really good field goal kicker the past two years, he has struggled to kickoff. While ideally the Redskins would have a punter who can be effective on kickoffs, if they can't find one it could open the door for another kicker to supplant Forbath. Hocker has been really effective kicking off in his career and if he can match Forbath's effectiveness on field goals he could possibly unseat him. Overall that seems unlikely, and Hocker probably could have been had as an undrafted free agent. Punter was clearly the bigger issue among specialists last year and the Redskins could have addressed that here. Though this is a 7th round pick, there seems like a good chance this pick doesn't end up on the roster or practice squad.

Recap of the Redskins 2nd and 3rd round picks:

May 10, 2014 in Redskins Personnel, Washington Redskins Draft

Here are my quick reactions to the Redskins first day of picks. More indepth analysis will follow later this week:

2nd Round: DE/OLB Trent Murphy-

The Good:

  • Highly productive college pass rusher.
  • Comes from a 3-4 college defense that was one of the best in the country.
  • Smart player, who makes the most out of his athleticism and skill set.
  • Murphy is known as a leader and really hard worker.
  • Will help generate more of a pass rush as a situational pass rusher and in rotating in to keep the starters fresh.
  • Skins traded back to get him picking up an extra 3rd rounder

The Bad: 

  • Not an explosive edge rusher, who will win with speed or a quick first step
  • Not a big power rusher either
  • Doesn't seem like a right side rusher capable of beating LT's in the NFL
  • Doesn't have an every down role as a rookie, will have limited snaps
  • Looks to be a downgrade to potentially replace Orakpo next season
  • Get's handled too easily when linemen get their hands on him
  • Not a pressing need

Overall Thoughts:

-I like Trent Murphy as a prospect and think that he can be a productive pass rusher at the next level. I also like when teams add depth and the ability to rotate their front 7 players similar to the Seattle Seahawks approach last season. The problem is the Redskins took Murphy with a top 50 pick and that guy has to be able to be more than a situational guy for this club to be a successful selection. I don't really see how that is going to happen. Murphy is like a Ryan Kerrigan lite, and brings a lot of the same things to the table. He's not the fastest or strongest player, but he wins with smarts, motor, and a nose for the football. That can be a good productive player, but typically that skill set screams left side rusher, and that is what Ryan Kerrigan is. Kerrigan didn't replace Brian Orakpo on the right side facing LT's when Orakpo was injured in 2012, because if he did his production would have gone down. He's not likely to make the switch if the Redskins let Orakpo walk next year in free agency, and Murphy doesn't seem likely to be plugged in there as well. If either player takes over that role, they will likely offer a significant reduction in their pass rush production.

The other thing that is a concern is that while the Redskins may be in nickel 60% of the time, it's not like you can play this potential 3 pass rusher package 60% of the time. If it's not a 3rd and long situation and the Redskins come out in this package, smart teams will just audible to run play and catch the Redskins in a bad personnel fit and take advantage of the mismatches it creates. It's tough to imagine that Murphy will play more than 35-40% of the snaps as a rookie (barring an injury), which is tough given more pressing needs at other positions.

3rd Round: OT Morgan Moses-

The Good:

  • Productive offensive tackle at Virginia with experience on both sides of the line
  • excels in pass protection, who generally keeps a very clean pocket
  • Shows good recovery skills if he loses the initial battle
  • Big lineman who is tough to beat with power
  • Very long arms that helps him protect the edge
  • Good character guy and teammate
  • Should be able to start early
  • Though better suited at RT, has the ability to play some LT in a pinch, offers a better option in case Trent Williams goes down
  • Great value pick, widely considered and early-to-mid 2nd rounder

The Bad:

  • Has slow feet and doesn't display the best footwork, could be more of an issue at NFL level
  • Doesn't play with the best leverage at times, needs to stay lower
  • Could play with a meaner steak at times and could get more physical in the run game
  • Though a highly rated recruit, had an up-and-down career until senior year

Overall Thoughts:

-This was just a great all-around pick for the Redskins. Though it would have been a bit high, had the Redskins taken him at 34 no one would have blinked an eye and if they selected him when they traded back with their 2nd round pick it would have been considered a smart pick at good value. So getting Moses in the 3rd round is a great value pick for the Redskins at a position of need. Right tackle has been an issue for the Redskins the last couple of years and Tyler Polumbus holds a $2.6 million cap number this season and is a free agent after the year. If Moses beats out Polumbus in camp (and the back-ups show promise) the Redskins could cut Polumbus to save money. Even if Polumbus wins the job to start the year, Moses could beat him out at some point in the year and looks like a great option for 2015 and beyond. Moses isn't a perfect prospect, but a lot of the knocks on him are minor and suggest more that he shouldn't be an option at LT. As a right tackle his skill set fits extremely well and there is no reason he can't be a very productive RT at the NFL level

3rd Round: OG Spencer Long-

The Good:

  • Hard working kid with great character, walked on at Nebraska to follow in father's footsteps
  • Leader and team captain
  • 33 game starter at guard for Nebraska
  • Has some experience at all the line positions
  • Physical lineman can bury linebackers if he gets to the 2nd level
  • Smart player, pre-med graduate
  • Solid run blocker
  • Decent in pass protection and plays to the whistle

The Bad:

  • Doesn't have great quickness, can't always get to his man when pulling or trying to get to the 2nd level
  • Slow getting into his anchor, has struggled versus quicker interior rushers
  • Though he has a solid base he still gets overpowered at times
  • Doesn't do a great job picking up blitzers or stunts
  • Loses track of where the QB is when he's scrambling behind him, has let his man go only to see him make a play
  • Tore MCL and PCL in October, missing the rest of the season and any potential All-Star game (i.e. Senior Bowl/East West Game), Combine and Pro Day

Overall Thoughts:

-This was a reach plain and simple. Yes everyone is going to have different grades an opinions on players, but there aren't many pundits who considered Long a top 4 round pick (if not far lower). Now perhaps if he wasn't injured and was able to play out the year, play in an All-Star game in front of scouts and have a nice Combine/Pro Day he could have risen up to a top 150 type of prospect, and been an option in the late 4th or the 5th round. The Skins though took him at 77 and it's highly unlikely that even if Long did all those things he would have widely been considered that highly rated of a prospect. The fact of the matter is he was injured and it was a serious injury. Yes MCL and PCL injuries aren't as serious as ACL injuries, but they are still significant injuries. Also, injuries to those ligaments put a greater strain on the ACL and put you at a higher risk for an ACL injury. Long wasn't able to workout at the Combine or the Nebraska Pro Day (outside of the bench), he was scheduled for an individual workout, but it's unknown how that went. Even the Redskins admitted that they were unsure of his status for the Rookie mini-camp/OTA's. This is not the profile of a player that you take in the mid-3rd round and outside of him being selected at a position of need, this does very little for the Redskins as a team. There was too much talent still on the board at the time, including players at the guard position who were better in college and definitely healthy.

Redskins Have Options Atop the 2nd Round

May 9, 2014 in Washington Redskins Draft

The 1st round of the draft went pretty well for the Redskins as they prepare to make their selection at the 2nd pick in the 2nd round tonight. Though safety got picked over and the top two ILB's (Ryan Shazier and C.J. Mosley) didn't fall, the Redskins are still left with a number of intriguing options. Here's a quick look at some of the potential options:

OT Morgan Moses:

-Moses may be the best OT fit for the Redskins. Has the size and length you look for in a RT and is a very smart football player, who does a nice job of keeping his guy off the QB. His technique could use some work, but as a RT option he makes a lot of sense. Moses has continually improved in college and should be able to start day one for the Skins. Also doesn't have the injury concerns of Kouandjio.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio:

-Highly rated tackle, but there are legitimate injury concerns here. Probably a big factor on why he's still on the board. Still worth the pick if he checks out medically, but the injury has to be a concern. Obviously the Redskins will have a much better idea of where he is medically.

OT Joel Bitonio:

-Athletic, versatile OL, capable of playing both guard and tackle. Could be the starting RT this year for the Redskins, but may eventually move back to guard in the long term.

OG Xavier Su'a-Filo:

-Best natural guard in the draft (Zach Martin probably more of a T), would be a great value pick at 34. He should be able to start day one replacing Chester and has the potential to be a top starter at the position. It would be tough for the Redskins to pass up his potential and impact.

OG Gabe Jackson:

-Maybe slightly high for Jackson, but definitely an option for a trade back. Jackson is a big physical guard who should be able to start right away. He could replace Chris Chester whom is owed quite a bit of money over the next two years.

C Weston Richburg:

-This is probably a bit high for Richburg at 34, but he could be a real option if they trade back. Trusting Kory Lichtensteiger as the answer at center is extremely risky and Richburg looks ready to play early on. He's a smart center that could help keep the middle of the pocket clean for RGIII.

NT Louis Nix:

-Best NT in the draft and arguably the top player overall available, would have maybe been even more appealing if the Skins were still more of a 2 gap scheme. Even in a 1 gap scheme he's going to present major issues for opposing offensive lines to figure out. Will allow Cofield to play more outside, where he could help. It doesn't sound like the Skins are looking this direction, but did they really think he'd be on the board for them? Might not even make it to the Skins as he makes a lot of sense for Houston.

DL Stephon Tuitt:

-Highly productive 3-4 DE, last year as a junior his numbers fell off, but he was playing through an injury. In a 1 gap scheme, he could be a 10+ sack type of lineman. A DL of Hatcher-Cofield-Tuitt would be very good and make it tough for OL's to block Orakpo/Kerrigan on the edge. Consistency was a big issue this year. The injury explains some of it, but not all of his problems. Still he's the best 5 tech DL on the board at this point and should easily contribute year one.

DL RaShede Hageman:

-Could be a natural fit in a 3-4, and capable of playing both in a NT role and a 5 tech. He has tremendous size and potential and at times has looked unblockable. Raw and inconsistent player overall. Isn't a sure thing and it might take him a year or two to really contribute even if he does make it. He's worth the 34th overall pick, but if the Skins want more certainty he's not a great fit.

CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste:

-A raw corner with great size and potential. Probably won't make much of a year one impact which could make the Redskins pass.

CB Phillip Gaines:

-A corner who has been rising steadily, not a great fit this high in the draft, but an interesting guy to keep an eye on. Corner isn't as big of a need, but a lot of question marks at the position group keeps it in play.

S: Terrance Brooks:

-Probably the best true safety on the board, would be a nice boost to the FS position for the Redskins, but would be a bit of a reach at 34. Could be in play if they trade back in the round.

S/CB LaMarcus Joyner:

-Another option if there is a trade down, Joyner is a great ball player, who is hurt by his lack of height. If you believe you can find a place for him he can be a very good playmaker and is capable of helping both at corner and safety. Given the risk with this pick, he probably won't get a lot of consideration.

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.