Monday, April 30, 2012

And Now The Waiting Game......

With The Draft over now comes the hardest part of the year for a football fan.....

Waiting until late July/early August for training camp to start. Sure, there's a rookie mini-camp coming this Friday. We might get to see a photo or some video of Robert Griffin III throwing a football in a practice jersey. We might hear about a undrafted rookie or veteran working out for the team, but that'll be about it.

There will be OTAs, workouts and a mini-camp for the entire team but we'll learn very little from those events.
The 'Skins will probably sign a few more players and possibly cut a couple with possible names being mentioned like Tim Hightower, Jabar Gaffney and Santana Moss. But none of them will give us any clue about the 2012 team or how they'll do when the season gets here.

It's because of this hiatus that makes us miss football. So much so, that we'll be clamoring for every and any update when camp starts and watch the first week of pre-season with a crazed fervor (until we realize how boring and annoying pre-season really is).

So find some footage of RGIII's Baylor games, Roy Helu's highlights and Leonard Hankerson's game vs. Miami and be ready to wear out those clips because nothing will be happening for the next three months or so.

And keep it tuned to IIWII. I have plenty of stuff to write about from last year, including a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Army/Navy Game and some other thinks that I can think of writing. While many football sites shut it down, I'll actually be trying to get back to my form from 2009/2010 when I was doing almost daily posts on the site.

Mike Polk on Brandon Weeden, Redskins on Kirk Cousins and Updates

It's well known that I'm a big fan of comedian Mike Polk Jr. despite not being a Browns fan or being from Cleveland. That said, his videos from the "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism" video to the "Factory of Sadness" have become favorites with me and my friends.

I knew he was going to have a take on the Browns draft and below is his take on the Browns new (or is old the better word?) QB Brandon Weeden. I also love his deconstruction of the typical highlight video with the dot following the player to the music of Motley Crue.

Meanwhile, Adam Schefter is reporting that the Redskins had Kirk Cousins as the third best QB on their board. Based on what RGIII has said, it sounds like the Redskins had RGIII as their top QB prospect with Luck at #2 and Cousins at #3. A little differnt than how I saw it but what do I know? I thought Cam Newton would be a bust last year..... Also a quick update. I should have some thoughts on Day 3 of the draft and a look at the entire Redskins draft including the UDFA rookies/tryouts coming in the next day or so. Right now I have some grass to cut at my house and then it's back to writing the blog.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Best Available for Redskins on Day Three

The Redskins enter day three with 6 picks in the final four rounds. The good news for the Redskins is that there is plenty of value still to be had in this draft. Here's some names to keep an eye on as Day three starts:
*note in () will be my projection on where these players will go today
** Guys I really like and could be a good fit in Washington

Phillip Blake, Baylor (4th/5th)**
Ben Jones, Georgia (4th/5th)
David Molk, Michigan (6th/7th)

Brandon Boykin, Georgia (4th)**
Omar Bolden, ASU (4th/5th)
Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina (4th/5th)
Ryan Steed, Furman (4th/5th)
Keith Tandy, WVU (5th)**
Chase Minnifield, Va. Tech (5th)**
Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (6th)
Coryell Judie, Texas A&M (6th)**

Inside LB
Keenan Robinson, Texas (4th/5th)
James Michael-Johnson, Nevada (4th/5th)**
Emmanual Acho, Texas (4th/5th)
Tank Carder, TCU (5th)
Audie Cole, NC St. (6th)

Offensive Guard
James Brown, Troy (4th)
Lucas Nix, Pitt (5th)
Senio Kelemete, Washington (6th/7th)**

Offensive Tackle
Bobby Massie, Ole Miss (4th)
Zebrie Sanders, Florida St. (4th)**
Matt McCants, UAB (5th)
Nate Potter, Boise St. (6th)**
Andrew Datko, Florida St. (6th)

Ryan Lindley, San Diego St. (5th/6th)
BJ Coleman, Chattanooga (5th/6th)**
GJ Kinnie, Tulsa (7th/UDFA)

Running Backs
Lamar Miller, Miami (4th)**
Chris Polk, Washington (4th)
Robert Turbin, Utah St. (4th/5th)
Chris Rainey, Florida (4th/5th)**
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M (5th)
Terrance Ganaway, Baylor (6th/7th)**
Lennon Creer, Louisana Tech (7th/UDFA)
Davin Meggett, Maryland (7th/UDFA)

George Iloka, Boise St. (4th)
Brandon Hardin, Oregon St. (4th/5th)
Trenton Robinson, Michigan St.(4th/5th)
Markell Martin, Oklahoma St. (4th/5th)
Antonio Allen, SCAR (4th/5th)
Phillip Thomas, Syracuse (5th)**

Wide Receivers
Joe Adams, Arkansas (4th)**
Marvin Mcnutt, Iowa (4th)
Jarius Wright, Arkansas (4th/5th)
Marvin Jones, California (4th/5th)
Jaron Criner, Arizona (5th)
Nick Toon, Wisconsin (5th/6th)
Tommy Streeter, Miami (6th)
Chris Owusu, Stanford (7th)
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M (7th)

Thoughts on Redskins Day 2 Draft Pick

Who is this guy?

First things first, the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III on day one of the 2012 draft......

.....and I really didn't write anything about it.

The reasons are simple. He was the right choice that we knew that the Redskins would take almost two months ago when they made the trade with the Rams. Only a slightly off-kilter and twitter cryptic Jim Irsay (owner of the Colts) made fans think otherwise. Irsay was just milking the #1 overall pick as long as he could (understandable I guess) but in the end RGIII is coming to DC.

Look, there has been tons of analysis and articles on Griffin and I will have him in my re-cap of the draft and as much as possible as we go forward but there is really no reason to do an analysis on Day 1 for the 'Skins. I've wanted RGIII for months now. So has most of the Redskins fan base. So much so, that I didn't even do a IIWII Consensus Draft Pick for 2012. It was Griffin and all of Redskins Nation was in agreement on the pick.

Ok, on to Day 2.
I'll be honest, in my opinion I saw the Redskins taking a CB in round three. Matter of fact I saw the Redskins targeting Dwight Bentley or Brandon Boykin. If they weren't there, then I thought OT was the way to go with Bobbie Massie or Zebrie Sanders. All four players were on the board at 69. I was ecstatic.

Then the Redskins traded out to the Bills......
Now, I'm frantic. Where did they move to? What did they get? Did they move completely out of round three? Nope, they moved back two spots and picked up a 7th rounder - #217 overall (which is about right when looking at the trade value chart. Pick #69 is worth 245pts, #71 is worth 235pts and #217 is worth 4.6 pts).

The Redskins select OG, Josh Leribeus SMU.

My first thought was "who the hell is this guy?". He wasn't on my radar at all. So obviously I go to try and find out info. on him. CBS had very little. NFL Draft Countdown had nothing on him outside of being listed as a late round/free agent prospect. Walter Football gave the Redskins a D grade (although admitting that the pick filled a need) and had a brief blurb about his senior season and that he was an ideal player in a Zone Blocking Scheme (ZBS) which is what the Redskins primarily run with Mike Shanahan.

Wes Bunting of National Football Post felt that the Redskins reached on him but thought he could be a average starter in the NFL. At worst a career backup. NFL Network's Mike Mayock liked him and based on this report by Emmanual Benton on Rant Sports, Mayock wasn't the only scout who liked him. Also worth noting is that ESPN's Todd McShay had Leribeus going to the Redskins in his 7 round mock....just in the 7th round.

Here's CSN Washington's (and one of my favorite analysts) Trevor Mattich on Leribeus

What it looks like is this:
Positives- Nasty O-lineman who will do whatever it takes to make and finish his block. A scrappy guy who is out to prove himself. Is versatile and has been asked by many teams scouting him to take snaps at center. Thus he could be a good OG/C prospect. Can pull well and seems to be able to move players around to open lanes. After missing a year, lost 70 pounds and got into shape. Team leader and a bit of a character. Oh and he's a Texans fan and hates the Cowboys, can't go wrong there.

Negatives- average physical talent. Missed 2010 due towards academic ineligibility. Was up to 380lbs that year. Will he have weight issues like former OL Mike Williams? Limited play against top tier competition.

I don't know if I really like this move and yes, I think he may have been drafted higher than he should. But we don't know if another team like the Texans would have taken him a few picks later (they did take OG, Brandon Brooks 5 picks later at 76. Were the Texans targeting Leribeus?). Mike Shanahan has a certain body type and skill set for his OL in the ZBS. It is different than what say Joe Gibbs would look for, so it's hard to tell. Either way, we know that he'll compete with Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Maurice Hurt and Erik Cook for playing time.

Here's some more on Leribeus, so make your own conclusions and leave a comment below on what you think about the Redskins choice at #71.

Hogs Haven's collection of media links
Redskins Blog stats on Leribeus
SMU's official bio on Josh Leribeus
Josh Leribeus' combine highlights

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meaningless Mock Draft 1.0

I've been too busy (and too lazy) to sit down and do my first MMD for the 2012 season. Thankfully ESPN has a nice Mock Draft Machine. So with 17 days to go, here's Meaningless Mock Draft 1.0. I'm hoping to do 1-2 more.....

Let me know what you think in the comments below.......

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

John Grudens's QB Camp: Full Episode

Somebody put it on You Tube. The Redskins have it on their site. If you haven't seen it by now here it is in full unedited glory.

Also, here is a link to every episode of QB Camp running on the various ESPN stations and which QB will be on.
View that here.

Finally RGIII has joined twitter. You can read what he has to say @RGIII

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Looking Back at the Redskins 2009 Draft

Don't ever believe the grades that draft "experts" give you after a draft. This includes Mel Kiper, the guys at CBSSports and even a draftnik like myself. Those grades don't reflect what the players will do with a team, what they'll do in the league and whether it was a good draft or a bad draft for that team. All these grades suggest is whether a team picked a player higher than they should have based on predictions and research and whether that team used the draft to address weaknesses on the roster.

The truth is that you don't really know how good a draft really was until about 3-4 years after it happened. By then you can eliminate players who will have a great rookie campaign but flounder afterwards, players who are late bloomers and who is out of the league because of some issue like an injury or legal issue. So after three seasons 2009-2011, let's look back at the Redskins 2009 draft.

This was the last draft of Vinny Cerrato and as usual it is very telling. Cerrato drafts, or drafts that at least slightly involved Cerrato tended to be somewhat strong in the early rounds, terrible in the mid-rounds and have one surprising player who contributes in a later round. Also as usual, the Redskins lacked a 2nd round pick in the horrible trade for Jason Taylor (more or less, the 'Skins rented Taylor for 1 year and Taylor was hurt most of that year). They also lacked a 4th round pick for a trade for Pete Kendall (a better trade that gave the Redskins a solid starting Guard for a few seasons). So, let's look at the 2009 draft class and see if Vinny Cerrato did anything for the Redskins with his final draft for the team. Grades are based on what the player did with the Redskins more than what he's done for other teams.