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Old 05-01-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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Picking Kelly over Sweed

Why do you suppose that the Skins chose Kelly over Sweed. Todd McShay had Sweed as the highest rated receiver on his board. They are similar in size but Sweed posted a quicker 40 time and doesn't have the knee injury history.


I like Kelly now that he's a Redskin and also trust the Skins scouts picked the best player for the squad. Sweed was available at our pick so I was wondering what Skins fans thought about the Kelly over Sweed selection.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

kelly runs better routes and is more proven as far as consistent, year to year, production
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:34 PM   #3
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

Sweed has his own injury questions with his wrist.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:35 PM   #4
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

I wasen't a big Sweed guy, knee's aside I think Kelly is the better WR.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:37 PM   #5
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

Kelly has a higher ceiling, but is more of a gamble due to three things. Timmed speed, knee concerns and attitude. Kelly plays faster than he was timed, his knees were cleared by most teams doctors and lastly while he threw a tantrum at his pro day he didn't have a character red flag before that incident so nothing is positive about any of the three negatives.

On tape Kelly was much harder to press and generally keep track of. He is very elusive for a taller receiver.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:51 PM   #6
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

I think the biggest differentiator is Kelly's hands. He probably has the surest hands of any WR drafted. Sweed is the more explosive playmaker, but the Redskins have guys like that. What they need is the move the chains receiver who can consistently catch the ball with bodies draped over him going 9 yards over the middle on a 3rd and 8
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:53 PM   #7
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

I remember reading that Kelly only dropped one ball in his career at OU.
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

Even the people who have criticized him are saying he's like a Keyshawn Johnson clone.

We could do a LOT worse than to have another Keyshawn sans the 'tude.
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

Sweed never seemed to get involved when Texas played ranked opponents. I mean maybe he would get a touchdown catch, but "maybe he would get" is not what you look for when you try and draft a game breaking reciever. Plus he only averaged 3 or 4 catches a game. Kelly seemed to have a better track record against ranked opponents.
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:44 PM   #10
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

Oh yeah and like others have pointed out Kelly has sick hands. Sick!
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:14 PM   #11
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

Kelly's body oozes stick em' I'm pretty sure. The dude doesnt drop balls, something that cant be said of sweed.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:28 PM   #12
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

yeah Sweed liked to drop balls and not only that but the Redskins spent alot of time with Kelly and I feel that they knew they were going after him from day one. We have good scouts and for some reason, Sweed didnt bait our scouts. I am excited about Kelly's hands and I think he will be good.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:34 PM   #13
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

a repeat of what most post said Kelly's hands are the best
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:00 PM   #14
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

is kelly gonna be number 86 when he was introduced? or number 12 which it says on the official site? just curious bc thomas is number 11 on the site but when introduced he was 85
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Re: Picking Kelly over Sweed

On Redskins Radio, they said worked out Kelly alot. They actually brought out Campbell and made him throw to Kelly, which is apparently rare for workouts. Campbell and Zorn liked his ability to catch the fade in the endzone and were not concerned about his speed.
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