Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Thoughts on the Draft: Day 3

(Sadly, one of the least important picks is being one of the most discussed topics by the media.)

4th Round
#102 Overall- Kirk Cousins, QB Michigan St.

 This was a surprising pick for me because it seemed that the Redskins had the backup QB already on the roster in Rex Grossman. But if the story by Adam Schefter of ESPN is true then it makes total sense that the Redskins took Cousins. According to Schefter, the Redskins had Cousins as their 3rd rated QB on the board and the highest player still on the board when they picked at #102. The 'Skins went BPA (Best Player Available) in this case. Ironically, the media including draft experts like Mel Kiper, are bashing the Redskins for going with BPA over need despite always saying that teams make the biggest mistakes when they reach to fill a need instead of sticking with their boards and going BPA.

My thoughts on Cousins.....one word really: Meh. It's not a bad move per se and if the Redskins had him that high, then they made the right move. I had Cousins as my 6th rated QB ( Luck, RGIII, Tannehill, Weeden, Wilson, Cousins) and figured he'd go to a team mid 2nd to early 3rd round. I see Cousins as a very good backup QB in the NFL. He reminds me of Todd Collins. Take that as either a positive or negative. He has an average arm. He is a team leader and a very smart player, a team guy based on what I've read. I think his niche will be to master a scheme and rely on good timing to complete passes. Where the media sees QB controversy, I'm laughing my ass off at that thought. I'm glad the Redskins have made it clear that RGIII is the man and Cousins is the back up but anybody who thought there is a real competition between the two QBs is either smoking something illegal, doesn't understand the situation or just trying to stir up trouble. Cousins will most likely be the 3rd string QB this year. Where is the controversy?

#119 Overall- Keenan Robinson, LB Texas
The Redskins traded back 10 spots with the Steelers and get an additional 6th round pick. Then they draft Robinson, who may be the future starting ILB next to Perry Riley. From everything that I saw it was a good move. Robinson can play both ILB and OLB. He worked out at the Senior Bowl with the Redskins. During that week, it was the 'Skins that moved him inside. They must have liked what they have saw. This was a major fill for the Redskins need, but also a solid pick. I like it.

5th Round
#141 Overall- Adam Gettis, OG Iowa
I have to be honest, I haven't seen that much of Gettis and most of the other players after this pick. Guess it's time to head to head to You Tube and watch some more highlights. That said, from the brief clips I've seen he looks like another nasty interior O-lineman that could compete for playing time. Forget the rankings of OL by draft experts when it comes to Mike Shanahan and his scheme. He likes somewhat undersized, athletic players who can create lanes not by bulldozing players but by creating angles through redistribution of the players (ie. sliding a player out of a hole). Gettis seems like a perfect fit for Shanahan's scheme.

6th Round
#173 Overall- Alfred Morris, RB Florida Atlantic
Never doubt a late round RB taken by Mike Shanahan. Morris looks like he'll be  a good short yard back who can play in a ZBS. Also seems to be another hard working, good character player. Fits another need and at worst will probably be on the practice squad if the team re-signs Tim Hightower. Maybe converts to fullback to back up D. Young?

#193 Overall- Tom Compton, OT South Dakota
The Redskins address a possible need at the RT position by drafting Compton. He appears to have the size and skill set that Mike Shanahan looks for in his OL. But it also seems that he's going to need to get stronger and improve upon his footwork. He has competition with Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus and James Lee to earn a roster spot. A very nice value pick from the trade with Pittsburgh.

7th Round
#213 Overall- Richard Crawford, CB SMU
 Depth CB who will fight for a spot on the team. I expect he'll be more of a ST player. Also a punt return specialist. Could he be competing with Brandon Banks as a PR/KR? Very fast. We need depth at the position so that's good. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if Crawford will be able to compete to be a nickle or #2 CB.

#217 Overall- Jordan Burnstine 
Athletic S who can play some CB, another depth player who will compete for a roster spot. Probably will make the team through special team play. Not sure he'll make the roster with the Redskins bringing in so many players at the S position.

This group is not exact since sometimes it's hard to determine what is a rumor created by an organization, an agent or fans. The Redskins haven't officially confirmed who they've picked up according to their current roster and no formal release has been issued.
NEPatriotsdraft.com is stating that the Redskins have signed 13 UDFAs (and one tryout player), while The Post is stating 12. You can click on the links to check out the players.
Most notable are Lennon Creer, Chase Minnifield and Vaughn Meatoga. Creer was the MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. Minnifield is considered to be a 2nd round talent with starting potential, he just needs to recover from a knee injury. Meatoga is considered a potential diamond in the rough who will be converting from DT to DE in the Redskins 3-4 scheme.

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