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Old 01-31-2012, 06:04 PM   #76
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Re: How Scouting College Players Has Evolved Under Shanahan

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Re: How Scouting College Players Has Evolved Under Shanahan

With that said, there are very critical elements of the approach that have remained consistent. We still have a tendency to trade draft picks for middling veterans (McNabb in April 2010, Jammal Brown in June 2010, Hightower in July 2011). I do think they are less careless with picks, but saying the Redskins have a newfound emphasis in the draft isn't entirely accurate. Are the days of trading second rounders for Jason Taylor over? Probably. I don't think that ends the player evaluation issue or the tendency to trade picks for middling veterans, but it is a start.
Ok, just what is the average quality of a sixth round player? Hightower has contributed about just as much as a 6th rounder, if not more to the table even if his season was cut short.
Not only that, we traded away the aging Vonnie Holliday.
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