Let's take a look at the draft history of the new Redskins Exec. VP of Blah Blah Blah and ::gasp:: GENERAL MANAGER.
I'm only looking at his stint in Tampa Bay and I didn't look into player injuries, so keep that in mind when I say a player only played so many games in a given season. Draft results can be found here.
His 5th round pick in 2004 was Jeb Terry, OG. Terry played 3 seasons in the NFL, but this pick kicks off a trend that should give Redskins fans something to be optimistic about.
2005 was TB's best draft under Allen. They selected Cadillac Williams 5th overall and Barrett Ruud 36th. Both had an immediate impact and led the team to an 11-5 record, an NFC South title, and a Wild Card matchup with your Washington Redskins. I hope you can forgive us, Bruce, if we forgive you for that last-second win over us the same season.
In the 4th round of the 2005 draft, TB drafted another OG, Dan Buenning, who started all 16 games his rookie year, but he too faded into oblivion and is no longer in the league.
Brace yourself, because here's where things get foreign for Redskins fans.
In the 1st round of the 2006 draft TB drafted ANOTHER OG, Davin Joseph, 23rd overall. Wow, could it be? A GM in Washington who understands the value of OL? Joseph made the Pro Bowl once but has only played in 2 games in 2009.
Jeremy Trueblood, OT, was selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. He started 45 games in his first 3 seasons in the league, but has only played 3 games in 2009. This is a promising trend, right?
In the 2007 draft, TB took Gaines Adams 4th overall, and Arron Sears, OT, 35th. Sears started 31 games in 2007-8, but there is no indication he has played any games in 2009. Please correct me if that's wrong. Tampa Bay would win the NFC South title in 2007.
In 2008, Allen's final draft as GM in Tampa Bay, Aqib Talib was taken in the 1st. They drafted another OG, Jeremy Zuttah, in the 3rd round. Zuttah started 5 games his rookie season and has played in 4 games in 2009 with no starts.
Could this be the change we're looking for? A GM who understands the value of an OL? Allen's track record drafting skill players, like Clayton and Bruce Gradkowski in the 6th round of the 2006 draft, is a bit shaky, but I'm cautiously optimistic given the attention he's paid to the OL in the early rounds of drafts.
After all, we know who really calls the shots at Redskins Park.