love Jones size/athletisism, but WR's generally take 3 yrs 2 have an impact.This echoes comments that I have heard over the past few months from people saying that the Redskins need to draft a position that provides an immediate impact, perhaps a lineman on either side of the ball or linebacker. But many of those same people figure that it will take two or three years at a minimum for the Redskins to be serious playoff contenders. If that is the case, then why not get the players in the positions that take the longest to develop, like wide receiver and quarterback, in the house now and get the learning process starting? What is the sense in taking a few years to build up the lines if you then have to take a few more years to get the skill positions up to snuff? This goes back to what I’ve been saying about Redskins fans for a few months. Many of them say that they realize that rebuilding the team will take [caption id="attachment_5617" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Graham gano"][/caption] some time. However, they will raise holy hell over the actual steps of rebuilding, like possibly letting the 32-year-old Santana Moss walk in free agency or suffering through the growing pains of young players like Graham Gano or, in this case, executing a high draft pick that might not pay immediate dividends. In short, they are in favor of Shanahan rebuilding “the right way” as long as that way is their way and as long as it happens in a hurry. So, which is it, folks? Rebuild so it will last a while? Or make your moves with paying off immediately? It's not impossible to do both but should Shanahan not draft the best player on the team's draft board because it might take him two or three years to become truly effective? What do you think? Hit the comments below and let us know.
If the Patriots consider trading up in the first round of the NFL Draft, I think Washington’s No. 10 spot is a logical place as a starting point. The Redskins are without third- and fourth-round picks, and by moving down seven spots could replenish their mid-round supply.New England's target could be wide receiver Julio Jones of Alabama or perhaps one of the several defensive ends who would be good fits in the the Patriots 3-4 defense. The Redskins, of course, could use Jones and some strengthening of their three-man DL as well. But, as Reiss suggests, they could sacrifice some degree of quality to bolster their draft pick quantity. If you use the NFL draft chart as a guideline, the tenth pick in the draft is worth 1,300 points while New England's pick, the 17th, is worth 950. The 350-point difference is equal to the 55th pick of the draft, the 23rd of the second round. The Patriots hold the 60th pick so that and maybe their fourth-round pick, the 125th, would work out just about right. Should the Redskins trade back and risk not getting a blue-chip impact player? Or is moving down to get some extra picks the smart move?
The NFL will announce the order of the full NFL draft on Friday which means two things for those who follow the Washington Redskins. First, we will find out what pick, if any, the Redskins will get from the Colts in the trade for Justin Tryon. Most think it will be the Colts' seventh-round pick but we haven't been able to find out for sure.
Also, the compensatory picks will be announced. Those picks are supposed to serve as compensation for teams who lost players via free agency. You may have noticed that the Redskins did not have any players leave via free agency. All of the veteran players who departed were released. However, this does not mean that the Redskins will not get a comp pick. There are 32 of them awarded most years. If 32 teams do not qualify for picks under the super secret formula that the NFL uses to determine who gets them the extra selections, at the end of the seventh round, they apparently are distributed to teams in the original order of the draft.
So, if there are 10 extra comp picks to be awarded, the Redskins, who pick tenth, will get one. Unfortunately, internet legend AdamJT13, who has been predicting the compensatory picks with a high degree of accuracy for over a decade, has decided not to take on the task this year. I have been able to find one other blogger who is willing to take on the task of trying to figure out the comp picks. On SB Nation's Mocking the Draft, a writer who goes by ct17 applied AdamJT13's principles and came up with 21 compensatory picks. That leaves 11 extras meaning that the Redskins would pick up one freebie, the next to the last pick of the draft. That would be around pick number 255 or so, depending on if any picks are forfeited by teams in earlier rounds. Given that the Redskins need every draft pick they can get and that if the lockout still is in effect they, like every other NFL team, will be unable to sign undrafted players, that could be a small plus.
Five of their seven picks will be made on Saturday during rounds five through seven. That being the case, if the Redskins are to have a successful draft they will have to get it done in the late rounds. It should be fairly easy to find a productive immediate starter either on offense or defense with their first round pick, the 10th overall. And in the second round, the 41st pick, there should be a player who can develop into a starter fairly quickly.
Conclusion: If there's one thing the two quarterbacks in Super Bowl XLV showed is, it's that the ability to beat pressure in a productive fashion is more important that it has ever been. In a lot of ways, Mallett is the anti-version of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, two star quarterbacks who have built estimable careers on their abilities to frustrate defenses no end by evading hits and hurries and consistently throwing for killer downfield gains. He's more the older-style quarterback (think Drew Bledsoe) with a great arm and a lack of modern-day skills around it.So much for Mallett being one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, right? Maybe, or maybe not. Sporting News Radio late-night host Todd Wright had draft scout Russ Lande as a guest earlier this week. In a series of tweets, Wright related what Lande told him about Mallett:
Think of him as a statue with a cannon attached, and then ask yourself how well such a player would do against the 2010 defenses of Dick Lebeau and Rex Ryan. To be an elite NFL quarterback, Mallett will need a top-5 pass-blocking line, and there isn't much room for error there.
Our Sporting News NFL Draft scout Russ Lande told me this about Ryan Mallett, "People wonder about the maturity level, inconsistent play as well as his accuracy and decision making. Mallett makes bad decisions when you watch him on film. However, when he works out and showcases that big arm and physical ability, somebody's going to fall in love with him as their future NFL starting QB."This does not necessarily mean, of course, that the Redskins would be interested. However, Mike Shanahan is known for drafting players based on their highlight reels, figuring that he and his coaches can fix any flaws in his game. At this point, I'd be very surprised if the Redskins take Mallett at No. 10. But things can change in a hurry. It's something that bears watching.