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Old 04-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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5 Year Draft Review

John Czarnecki, who depending on whom you ask is or isn't a douche, posted a 5 year grading review of all 32 teams. Surprisingly we fared pretty well, especially in comparison to our division peers.. FOX Sports on MSN - NFL - Draft review: How every team ranks from 2003-'08

WASHINGTON: The Redskins did a lot with only 23 picks between 2003-07, although they were devastated by the loss of All-Pro safety Sean Taylor, who was murdered during a home invasion. The 2005 draft produced CB Carlos Rogers and QB Jason Campbell. The next two drafts produced starters Kedric Golston, Rocky McIntosh and free safety LaRon Landry. The key to the Redskins will be if last season's top three picks, all receivers, display some maturity and toughness. If they do, Campbell will have a chance to succeed.
Picks: 33
First-round picks: 4
Starters: 8
Pro Bowlers: 2
Grade: B

Is it possible we don't have untrained chimps running around making our football decisions?
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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For the past few years I've always felt our drafts were fairly solid. I think the problem is with all the draft picks we traded away for players that didnt pan out.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:46 PM   #3
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nice article. Even Colin Cowherd said the Skins draft fairly well, when they draft.

I have much less criticism of who they pick than I do w/the fact that they've squandered valuable picks w/little to nothing to show for it.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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Well, the problem is lack of relatively cheap depth due to lack of quantity of picks. I think that's the biggest complaint (legit complaint) about our draft history. And still others might say, it's because of that we have to pay $100 million to find someone to start in place of Golston (who would be a backup pretty much anywhere)
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:11 PM   #5
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Yeah, you know this is something I feel isn't addressed very often, but the skins do seem to draft well. Thats why last year we were all so excited to see what the FO could do with all the picks we had. If the 2nd round trio from last year live up to the standards set by our previous draft picks we may be a lot better a lot faster then I would've thought when Gibbs left.

And really, is there much need for concern after only a year? Almost three years in many of us were ready to chalk Carlos Rodgers up as a bust, and now he is one of the better shutdown corners in the league (although he can't catch a thing).

This coming season could be pivotal for the Redskins. A year from now and we'll know what we have in JC, DT, MK, and FD. We could have a sick young offense, a bunch of expensive busts, or anywhere in between.
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Yeah, you know this is something I feel isn't addressed very often, but the skins do seem to draft well. Thats why last year we were all so excited to see what the FO could do with all the picks we had. If the 2nd round trio from last year live up to the standards set by our previous draft picks we may be a lot better a lot faster then I would've thought when Gibbs left.

And really, is there much need for concern after only a year? Almost three years in many of us were ready to chalk Carlos Rodgers up as a bust, and now he is one of the better shutdown corners in the league (although he can't catch a thing).

This coming season could be pivotal for the Redskins. A year from now and we'll know what we have in JC, DT, MK, and FD. We could have a sick young offense, a bunch of expensive busts, or anywhere in between.
Actually, among that group the one thing we won't have are expensive busts. All came pretty cheap. The beauty of the draft (so long as you aren't picking in the top 10).
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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For the past few years I've always felt our drafts were fairly solid. I think the problem is with all the draft picks we traded away for players that didnt pan out.
I agree. If we draft well, we should be hoarding picks, not squandering them on folks like Duckett.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:01 PM   #8
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You can afford to miss on 2nd round picks in the NFL, as long as you factor that into your team-building philosophy. What you can't do is take a high risk, mid reward guy like Thomas, while trying to trade the remaining picks for 31 year old WRs, 34 year old DEs, or flavor of the month QBs. That's a good way to kill the margin of error that is inherent in the draft.

Under the current structure though, teams picking in the top ten or so can't miss. That contract is inclusive of the money that you could otherwise spend on a veteran to play the same position.
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