It’s very easy for me to sit here with 20/20 hindsight and criticize Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan’s 2010 draft. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that plenty has yet to be seen from most of these Redskins draft picks.
Mistake number one happened on Easter Sunday with the Redskins trading their 2010 2nd Rounder and a future 3rd or 4th rounder for Donovan McNabb. At first, I have to admit, I was ecstatic about this move. I thought McNabb would bring leadership in the huddle and veteran presence on the field that would result in wins for the next three years for the Skins. But as this story played out, we got scammed, and the Eagles got a very productive Safety in Nate Allen. Looking back we could have had any of the following guys within the 2nd or Allen himself: Arrelious Benn (WR), Zane Beadles (OT), Jimmy Clausen (QB), Taylor Mays (S), Javier Arenas (CB), Toby Gerhart (RB, how great would he have been for Shanny?), Terrence Cody (NT), and others.
So after lamenting over McNabb, let’s look over the rest of the Skins 2010 Draft:
1st Pick- Trent Williams (OT), 1st Round (4th Overall): I can’t argue with Trent. I was a Okung guy but we definitely made the right pick in "Silverback"
2nd Pick- Perry Riley (ILB), 4th Round, (103 Overall): I really like Riley and think he will continue to develop into a productive ILB for the Skins for years to come.
Who we could of had: Bruce Campbell (OT), Jacoby Ford (WR), Joe McKnight (RB), Aaron Hernandez (TE), Mike Kafka (QB)
3rd Pick- Dennis Morris (TE/FB), 6th Round (174 Overall): O what could have been… LJP had YouTube videos and was ready for Morris to break on to the scene. Morris turned out to be a bust in training camp and was traded to St. Louis right before the start of the season for some guy named Hall Davis, who was immediately cut by the Skins.
Who we could of had: Anybody but Morris! Rusty Smith (QB), Dan LeFevour (QB), Eric Olsen ( C), Sam Young (OT), Joe Webb (QB), Jonathan Dwyer (RB)
4th Pick- Terrence Austin (WR), 7th Round (217 Overall): Austin spent much of the year on the practice squad, but got some action late in the year. He still shows a lot of potential and is a physical receiver.
Who we could have had: George Selvie (DE), would have loved to grab this pass rusher out of South Florida.
5th/6th Picks- Erik Cook (C/G), 7th Round (227 Overall), Selvish Capers (G) (229): Cook and Capers have a similar story to Austin. Cook was on PS and got called up late, Capers spent the whole year on the PS. These guys will be properly graded when we get to see them again this preseason.
This draft still has a lot to be determined, but it was thrown off kilter from the beginning with the McNabb trade. Cleary value could have been found in different areas with certain picks.