Although there were some head scratchers on draft day for the Washington Redskins – I fully support Shanahan and Allen. Entering rounds 3 – 7, even the so called experts cannot truly predict the spot rookies should be drafted or were value is obtained. Hell, the vast majority of names in those later rounds are unknown players to most of us.
Another point, the Redskins are not taking chances on poor character rookies (or poor Wonderlick scores like Claiborne…a "4?" haha). In addition, we are not trying to build some hyped up "Dream Team" like the Eagles. They continue to stack up these highly profiled players to make this dream team a reality. However, I believe in building around true team players. That means players that don’t have inflated egos! Shanahan believes in getting better by increasing competition as well.
This draft focused on 3 primary areas of concern for the Redskins:
1) Quarterback – In selecting RGIII and Kirk Cousins, Shanahan declared war on the QB position in Washington. I personally love it! He’s saying that no longer will this position hold the Redskins hostage and out of the playoffs. It’s a bold move but one I feel is needed for depth. Beck is out the door and Rex is next! Congratulations Washington for the QB make-over!
2) Offensive Linemen – The Redskins also nabbed 3 linemen in this draft. While some, i.e. LeRibeus were unknown; I still feel they are picking the best player on "their" board (at least by position). Doesn’t mean some of these players are high on Mayock’s’ board. Doesn’t mean these players could play for the Giants or Cowboys because the Skins us a zone-blocking scheme that requires unique talent. Nearly all Redskin fans (including myself) have been demanding O-line help in this draft. Most fans would have been happy with 2; Shanahan grabbed 3 total this weekend. Needed depth and competition.
3) Special Teams – Selections of LB K. Robinson and two (7th round) DB’s (Crawford & Berstine) add much needed defensive depth and talent for special teams. Crawford gives the Redskins a new option as a Kick Returner and I expect him to compete in the offseason (with B. Banks, A. Robinson). In addition, RB A. Morris could add depth as a blocker and on ST defense. Morris could also be depth for the FB position or a solid goal line tailback.
It’s a good sign in the nation’s capital when management is finding small-town players that are not on the high-profile list. In the past, poor management was reacting like the Eagles and Cowboys – selecting players everyone else claims is the best players available. The Patriots, Steelers and Ravens have been known for finding solid smaller school players. The Redskins picked 2 players from SMU and 1 from FAU. Also, 2 players from Iowa, which shows that the Redskins have identified certain colleges that fit what they are looking for (last year was a Nebraska heavy draft). In my humble opinion, The Washington Redskins are headed in the right direction.