Sunday, April 26, 2009

Redskins Draft Coverage 2009 (The Picks)

(The Man of the Hour and it's not Mark Sanchez)


Well, I hope you enjoyed it. After months of studying, predicting and preparing the 2009 NFL draft is over. This draft went out with more of a whimper than a bang as many considered this to be a weak draft. This also was how the Redskins draft went according to many Redskins fans out there.

The draft started off well as the New York Jets moved up to pick #5 (from #17) in order to jump the Redskins and the Bucs to get Mark Sanchez. This caused a general ripple effect as the following things happened:

1. The Cleveland Browns moved to #17. The Brows were generally a wild card spot as they were rumored to take BJ Raji, Michael Crabtree and Brian Orakpo. With them out of the mix it kept all three players on the board.

2. The Green Bay Packers now had the opportunity to take the NT they wanted in Raji (really the only elite one in the draft) thus, Orakpo and Aaron Maybin are still on the board.

3. With Crabtree on the board, the 49ers addressed the need at WR instead of the possible need at OLB/DE.

4. With Maybin on the board, the Bills took him. I like Orakpo better for the Skins scheme anyway.

This led to Orakpo dropping to #13 in what many Skins fans would say it was the pick they (the Skins) wanted all along. Now Michael Oher was on the board as well at #13 and later fell to the Ravens at #23. IIWII's consensus pick was for Oher and I think he would have done well here but I also didn't think Orakpo would be available. When the Skins signed free agent (and former first round bust of the Bills) Mike Williams on Friday, I pretty much figured that the Skins weren't taking Oher at #13 had he made it there.

The Next Vernon Gholston?


This has been the biggest concern with Orakpo by many and some of their qualities are similar. They are both "workout warriors". They both have similar skill sets and frames. But I think the Skins will be fine with Orakpo. The Skins have said that they plan to use him primarily as just a DE and not as a SOLB. Thus, Orakpo can do what he does best- RUSH THE QB. Now Orakpo will need to improve upon his pass rush skills and learn to be a run stuffer. But one has to think with a D line consisting of Carter, Haynesworth, Griffin and Orakpo this will be a scary front four. Add blitzes from McIntosh, Horton and Wilson (I really hope he can become a pass rushing SOLB) and this Redskins D should be much better in creating turnovers and sacks in 2009.

Round 1, #13 Overall: Brian Orakpo, DE Texas

Highlights:




Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
CBS Sports
Scout.com

Round 3, #80 Overall: Kevin Barnes, CB Maryland

Notes: At this point, I thought the Skins would be gunning for either a SOLB or a offensive lineman. Of course, I forgot that the Redskins covet corners and safeties. Barnes has good height which is important in dealing with those taller Plaxico Burress type of receivers. And it appears that Barnes can be a physical corner (which is important in the Redskins scheme). I wasn't that familiar with him but CBS Sports actually considers him the 59th ranked prospect (he went 80 to the Skins. So he could be a very nice value pick up. Expect Barnes to compete with Smoot and Tryon for the nickle spot.

Highlights:




Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
CBS Sports
Scouts.com

Round 5, #158 Overall: Cody Glenn, LB Nebraska

Notes: Yes, that is Cody Glenn. He was originally a RB that converted to OLB last year. Expect him to be a depth LB as he develops and you'll see him on a regular basis as a special teams player.

Highlights:

(check around the 1:00 mark for an interview)


(as a RB)

Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
CBS Sports

Round 6, #186 Overall: Robert Henson, LB TCU

Notes: It was very hard to find much info. on Henson from the draft sites. Henson played MLB and should excel as a special teamer. I watched some of the highlight reels on You Tube and this guy looks amazing. He could be a real diamond or at least a solid depth player/special teamer. He also participated in Deion Sanders' Prime U program.

Highlights:



(interview)

Profile:
NFL.com

Round 7, #221 Overall: Eddie Williams, TE/FB Idaho
Notes: A TE/H-Back who can do just about everything. Sounds like he'll be a project/special teamer and possibly the heir apparent to Mike Sellers (more on this later).

Highlight:


Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
CBS Sports

Round 7, #243 Overall: Marko Mitchell, WR Nevada


Notes: Wasn't the biggest fan of this pick because I was hoping for an O Lineman, but the guy has a nice height and decent speed. I wonder if he's a project on the practice squad or if he'll be competing with Thrash/Kelly/Thomas for a roster spot.

Highlight:


Profiles:
NFL Draft Countdown
NFL.com
CBS Sports

UDFAs Signed
Here are the players and a profile of each player.

QB Chase Daniel, Missouri
OT Scott Burley, Maryland
C Edwin Williams, Maryland
DE Derek Walker, Illinois
WR Jaison Williams (Oregon)
CB Doug Dutch, Michigan
WR John Halman, Concordia
TE Robert Agnone, Delaware
TE Devin Frischkecht, Washington St.
DT Antonio Dixon, The U
DT Brigham Harwell, UCLA
LB Ronnie Palmer, Arizona
S Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma

This is the official list via The Redskins Blog (Matt Terl)

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