Before I break down the Redskins’ draft, I will confess. I was once a Redskins fan, back when the Colts had packed their bags and left in the middle of the night for Indianapolis. I was a 19 year old Colt season ticket holder when the Mayflower vans pulled out on a cold snowy night, leaving a huge hole in my heart. As the years went by and the NFL made no attempt to give Baltimore a team, being a huge football fan I gravitated towards the Redskins. They were easy to like at the time. Under Joe Gibbs’ tenure, the team experienced nothing but success! To me Gibbs is in the conversation when it comes to discussing the greatest coaches of all time. Unlike others, he didn’t have a Montana, a Brady, or an Aikman under center. He had Theismann, Rypien and Williams. No disrespect to those guys, but none are Hall of Fame quarterbacks like the others. Three rings with three different quarterbacks is unheard of! His teams were hard-working and unselfish. The Hogs and the Fun Bunch and the Diesel and Art Monk and all that was good with the Redskins!
Fast forwarding to 2013, I really like what the team did in this year’s NFL draft. The Redskins had an obvious need at safety, and lucky for them this year’s class was the deepest I’ve ever seen. In fact, I can think of two great safeties that didn’t even get drafted, and they were Tony Jefferson from Oklahoma, and Robert Lester from Alabama. Here’s my analysis of the picks:
Round 2, 19 (51) North Carolina State CB David Amerson – I think he can be a real special player, but watching tape on him I believe that he projects better at safety than he does at cornerback. The team took two safeties later on in the draft, but in the pass happy NFL, these days you can’t have enough quality players on the back end of your defense. At 6’3″ 195 he is a lean athlete, and he has exceptional ball skills as evidenced by his 11 picks in his junior season. I like the fact that he came back for his senior season, although I could make the argument that he would have been picked higher last year. He is has a high football IQ, and he doesn’t bite on double moves, which is rare for a rookie. He is not a “buffet tackler”, so he will come up to deliver a nasty hit when the opportunity presents itself. I think the Redskins got themselves a steal, as Amerson could develop into a Pro Bowl type of player.
Round 3, 23 (85) Florida TE Jordan Reed – At 6’3″ 245 he projects as a TE/H back type of a player. He is a fluid runner who gets in and out of breaks quickly, and although he ran a pedestrian 4.72 40, because of his suddenness he is able to gain separation. He is also a willing runner once he’s caught the ball, who will not shy away from contact. The Redskins didn’t draft him for his blocking ability, and that is an area that he needs to be coached up in. He was a productive player in college who got open and made plays, and will be another weapon at RGIII’s disposal.
Round 4, 22 (119) Fresno State Phillip Thomas – I love this 6’1 215 pound senior! I had him ranked as a legitimate late second early third round pick, and the only reason he fell to this spot was due to the depth of this draft! The Redskins get yet another steal at this spot! He’s not the fastest guy in the world, as he ran a 4.65 40, but he has elite instincts that allow him to play center field, and play it well! He is a hawkish when the football is in the air, and has good hands to boot. He is a reliable tackler who doesn’t shy away from contact, and who particularly likes to bring down big receivers and backs.
Round 5, 21 (154) Florida State RB Chris Thompson – The Redskins were looking for a back up running back, so it wasn’t surprising that they picked this 5’8″ 190 pound senior. He’s coming off of a surgically repaired knee, as he tore his ACL back in October of last year. He runs about a 4.5 40, and is very compact and strong runner (he benched 225 pounds 21 times!). Gil Brandt said when Thompson is healthy, he reminds him of Darren Sproles. If he is anywhere near the player that Sproles has turned out to be, it’s good news for the Redskins!
Round 5, 29 (162) Florida State OLB Brandon Jenkins – I had Jenkins mocked to the Ravens in the 3rd or 4th round. He may have been a number one draft pick had he been healthy, as he had 21. 5 sacks in two years, prior to breaking his left foot in the season opener. I know I’ve said this a lot, but the Redskins got an absolute steal here as well! At 6’3″ 250 pounds, Jenkins will fit in real well as an OLB in the Redskins 3-4 defense. He has a great first step and a great burst upfield, and if he is 100% healthy, he will absolutely put pressure on the quarterback!
Round 6, 23 (191) Georgia FS Bacarri Rambo – Are you kidding me? I would have drafted this guy just to buy his jersey with the name “Rambo” in the back of it! But seriously, this was yet another stellar player that dropped way below where he should have been picked at, and the Redskins got great value here as a result. To be fair, he had some off field issues while at Georgia, and that probably had something to do with him dropping this far, but in my opinion it’s definitely worth the risk. He’s a little inconsistent on the field at times, and needs to focus on wrapping up ball carriers instead of going for the big hit. He has ok hands, but you wouldn’t know it because he picked off quite a few balls in his career.
Round 7, 22 (228) Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison – Listed at 5’7″ 205 pounds, this productive running back will fit in well with the Redskins’ zone blocking scheme. He is a complete back, as he not only excels in pass protection, but also in catching passes out of the backfield. He runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds, but he is a patient runner with good vision. He is short in stature, but he is by no means a small back.
Bottom line is that the Redskins took the best player available that also happened to be at a position of need. In my estimation, the team didn’t have many holes heading into the draft. Yes, I would have liked to have seen them take an offensive lineman (or two), but the truth is that there was an early run on linemen, and the bulk of them went a round or two higher than they should have. I am giddy about the potential that a lot of these guys have, especially the one’s coming off of injury. I would also at this point classify Amerson, Thomas, Jenkins and Rambo as “steals.”
As the franchise progresses with its young quarterback, hopefully one of these days we can have a beltway Super Bowl! Now wouldn’t THAT be something!
Some of the many topics for this morning’s show:
Preview of Terps and Duke for Saturday afternoon at 1
Terps move to 3-3 ater win over BC
Coach Turgeon responds to my question about the team’s slow starts
How the Redskins Victory catapulted the Ravens into the Super Bowl
Duke pummeled by the U 90-63
2 potential Stars of the Super Bowl –Torrey and Vernon Davis
Terps fall to Navy in Spectacular wrestling match
Women’s Basketball squad defeats NC State and Georgia Tech–to face Carolina tonight at 8:30
terps shut out Howard 7-0 in 1st Tennis match of the season
Scramble for Super Bowl tickets
Some of the topics for today’s show:
Terps move to the Big 10
Review of Ravens Steelers Game with Dennis
Preview of ravens San Diego
The absurdity of the ED Reed fine
Preview of USC—Notre Dame Game
Hector Camacho Announced as Brain Dead
Jack Taylor scores 138 for Grinnell College
Some topics for this morning’s show:
Dez Wells unfairly denied eligibility this year by NCAA
Thorough review of heartbreaking loss to NC State–loss of Perry and Devin Burns to injuries
The saga of the QB situation at Maryland—but there is light at the end of the tunnel
Stefon Diggs and the Wildcat
CJ Brown on the road to recover
Wayne Viener reports on ALL ACCESS Weekend with the Basketball squad
2013 Verbal Commit Derwin Gray —leading the Terrapin charge for recruits
#1 Soccer team continues its unbeaten season—plays Clemson tonight at College Park
Women’s Soccer–home game Sunday afternoon at 1AM
Terps BC relegated to ESPN3
Audio from Logan Aronholt, Seth Allen, and John Auslander
The growth of Alex Len
Field Hockey squad bounces back from UNC loss with 2 victories
— I don’t care what anyone says–why was derrick Rose in the game with 1 minute left and the Bulls holding a 12 point lead. ACL injury— gone for the year —Bulls now are virtually eliminated
—Friday Washington was celebrating the addition of RG#. Football is everything in DC. But then for whatever reason the Redskin hierarchy decided to bust the bubble by selecting QB Kirk Cousins in the 4th round. Great–controversy and the kid hasn’t been to practice yet. Maybe one of the dumbest moves ever.
Some topics for tonight’s show:
Preview of Virginia Tech Game
Lacrosse on the horizon
Signing day February 1
DJ Reader and Stefan Diggs on wish list for Edsall
A grand night for the Maestro at College Park
2 Tough Losses to Temple and Duke
Wrestling rolls along defeating Carolina 25-10
Lady Terps lose to 7-15 Virginia Tech on Thursday
The Ravens horrific loss to New England
Wizards Replace Flip with Randy Wittman
Some topics for the show this morning:
Kevin Anderson to review football program with Edsall from “top to bottom”
My take on John Feinstein’s attack on Randy Edsall
Danny O’Brien—why he should remain at College Park
Casey Townsend’s incredible career draws to a close with Maryland’s elimination in Soccer
Rumors of huge recruiting success in the near future for Terrapin football
Discussion about the transfers of Mackall, DJ Adams–who might follow
Randy Edsall denies interest in Jacksonville job
Rumors of earlier return to action by PeShon
Big Ten ACC Challenge games for Maryland
Wrestling team showing its might–handily defeats #24 American U
New Terrapin target Daxter Miles –2013 PG from Baltimore
Sam Cassell JR–where do we stand with him
Some topics for this morning
Preview of Ravens Steelers with Matt Zenitz
The Unfair Treatment of Alex len by the NCAA
Alabama vs LSU—BCS Title Shot on the Line
Will Danny O’Brien Return to the Starting Lineup Today
Ed Reed vs Polamalu—SI Picks The Steeler–Are they nuts?
Report on Maryland’s 1st Game vs Northwood Friday night
Dodgers Need to Have Mark Cuban Buy the team not Garvey
Mid Season–No NFL team is even close to the Packers
College Basketball will flourish under the NBA’s lockout
Boudreau —Ovechkin –Is there a rift developing?
Is Shanahan the next victim of the Redskin coaching carousel?
Keegan Bradley not on the President’s Cup Team–horrible mistake by Fred Couples
Could the Pacquiao and Mayweather finally meet?
Nobody wants T.O.–not even Drew can help him