Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Draft Report Card

This year will be a pivotal for the Redskins especially the draft class and how they produce. After two seasons of Scot McCloughan calling the shots on draft day, Bruce Allen will be in control of the draft board and the franchises future
Via redskins.com


 Hail RedskinsNation!!!! Welcome to another season of Redskins football and another year of my report cards, thoughts and observations of this team we all know and love. As always I want to thank you the fans for all the support and love throughout the last 5 seasons. If you've been following the blog and Sports On The Hill Podcast, which airs live Monday nights 7pm-9pm est.You can also check out any of our old shows or my old articles on our website www.webngames.com We love seeing our family grow and we have just started our second season. You can follow us on Facebook @ Sports on the Hill Podcast , on Twitter @SportsOTHP , or on Instagram SportsOTHP. You can also follow me, Carroll Porter III or my co host Robbie Gross personally on Facebook and we also have Twitter pages, as you all know my handle is @TattooedScorpio and Robbie's is @eibborssorg. We would also like to announce we will be covering the new AFL team Washington Valor and possibly the Washington Mystics this season and upcoming season.

 This off-season has been....unsettled and defining. The departure of Scot McCloughan and his above average scouting/drafting skills and the still franchise tagged Kirk Cousins has showed some instability. The additions and subtractions on defense has the team looking like it's still using some of the old GM's playbook for addressing free agents and the draft. The fact that this is the first time since 1997 the Redskins drafted defensive players 1-2-3 in the draft has me optimistic for this upcoming season despite all the negative media spin during this past off-season. The team started out with 10 draft picks and drafted 10 players and signed 7 undrafted rookies, I'll just highlight the draft picks here and list the undrafted rookies:
     
                                                       
Via Washington Redskins Official Facebook Page




 By now we've seen the results of the draft as pictured above and I hope that RedskinsNation is as pleased as I am. I honestly have to give this draft a B+ from first look at these prospects. The fact that the team drafted 6 defensive/4 offensive players shows that the team finally understands that you need playmakers on defense and offense to compete and win. The first two picks DE Johnathan Allen and OLB Ryan Anderson look to be immediate additions to this talent and youth hungry defense. These two players out of Alabama makes the defense better in the run stop defense and pass rush/pressure. With the OLB position needing a upgrade and the DL, my thought is that Preston Smith may move to DE which will improve the DL with him playing with his hand in the dirt in college and Anderson will be a upgrade from Smith at the OLB position. The third round pick CB Fabian Moreau is a tall CB with good ball tracking skills and good size but only three career INT's in college shows he doesn't have the best hands when he does make a play. He also could be a possible replacement for Bashaud Breeland who is in a contract year. Now to me the X factor of this draft is RB Samaje Perine the 4th round pick. With his combination of size, power, speed and good hands he could really add an explosive power element to this Redskins offense and run game. My only question is his blocking ability but with his size and low center of gravity, I don't think it will be an issue. S Montae Nicholson, the second of 2 fourth round picks was another solid pick for what the defense needs in the secondary. He has size, speed, athleticism, and physicality which are things that unit desperately needs. He got benched for taking bad angles and bad tackling but has turned that weakness into a strength, he's still raw and could've benefited from another year in school but I'm sure the team can get him coached up. The fifth round selection TE Jeremy Sprinkle could be a godsend for this inconsistent redzone offense. He's a huge kid with above average blocking skills and is a big target in the tight confines in goal line situations if needed. The first of the sixth round picks C Chase Rouiller was my most applauded move. The team finally decided to draft a huge lynch pin to this improving offensive line. He's a little raw with only one year of starting at C but could be a upgrade at that position. The big WR Robert Davis was the second of the 6th round picks and could also be a great addition for the red zone with his long wing span and the ability to stretch the field with his speed. The questions on him was the strength of competition he faced. In the seventh round the team went back to addressing the defense with LB/S Josh Harvey-Clemons. He's looking to be used more as a ILB but with combination of hybrid players this team has on defense, no doubt pressure and confusion is the goal of the defense moving forward. With the final selection the Redskins drafted a risky pick with a often injured CB Joshua Holsey. He's a low expectation/high ceiling player, if he's able to rehab this summer and stay healthy he will be a diamond in the rough that could add more size, speed and play making skills to this revamped defense in the near future.We can all agree the team got bigger, faster, and more physical. Now if they could get the dysfunction out of the front office and the local sports media....everything will be right in the D.C. sports world. Here's the undrafted rookies as promised:


James Quick WR- Louisville
Tyler Catalina OL- Georgia
Zach Pascal WR- ODU
Ondre Pipkins DT- Texas Tech
Kyle Kalis OT- Michigan
Mario Yakoo G- Boise State
Fish Smithson S- Kansas
Nico Marley LB- Tulane
Levern Jacobs WR- Maryland
Jameel Jackson DB- Grambling
Cass Weitl DE- Northwest Missouri State
Verlan Hunter WR- Grambling

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