What I would like to do here is give my opinions of our draft over all and some thoughts on some of our picks, why I think we did what we did and chose who we chose. I hope you find some merit in it.
By now, a lot of people may know by now that I was high on drafting Jordy Nelson. I still think he's going to be a great player and he's going to be outstanding for Green Bay. But here's the lesson about not falling in love with a player... Unless it is clear from the beginning that your team is taking that player you are likely to be disappointed because teams have a different take on the draft process. They know that falling in love with a player makes you do dumb things like give up all your picks for a Ricky Williams. The other thing they know is that you stick to your board. Those are players you know the most about. Getting jumpy and picking players you did not first intend to and have not thoroughly vetted can land you players that have problems you might have missed.
So how does this apply to our draft? I think that the redskins were going to draft two receivers one way or another if they could. I also think the Redskins were going to draft Jordy thinking that he would be one of the two available. I also think they had a logical order they were following and they got the best guys available. We will never know if Jordy was ranked ahead of Kelly in their minds because Green Bay made the choice for them, and for Green Bay I think it was the best choice because if you are going to take only one receiver out of those remaining, Jordy Nelson was the closest thing to a sure pick you are going to find. In fact I would say that the only thing better than drafting
Jordy was drafting the other two best receivers on the board, including the guy most people think was the best receiver in the draft.
So why draft two receivers now? A couple of reasons. 1) We had a big need at that position. We have been coming up short there for years (pardon the pun). 2) Two top picks are more likely to produce one outstanding receiver than one pick can. 3) Receivers usually take time to develop. A new system for the team, QB, and rookie receivers could take a year or two to really get going. Why not get everyone (including the new TE and OG) in place from the start so they can all develop together? This was really a smart long term move by the Redskins. And 4)... hopefully the two rookies will see this as a competition and push each other.
OK so let's look at the picks:
2) Devin Thomas WR - Likely the best receiver in the draft at our biggest need. A no brainer when he fell to us.
2) Fred Davis TE - My WTF moment but once you realize the importance of a two TE set, a great pickup.
2) Malcolm Kelly WR - Great potential here and he will give us lots of options. 4 wide anyone?
3) Chad Rinehart OG - He should be good for depth this year and could be starting next year. Makes the first three picks better.
4) Justin Tryon CB - Depth at the #3 slot and he may even start. A good need pick who should contribute.
6) Durant Brooks P - We needed this guy. In a game of field position he could be a huge weapon.
6) Kareem Moore S - Good depth and a guy who could develop into a starter. Special teams.
6) Colt Brennan QB - Not sure about this guy but Zorn thinks he can coach him up in a few years. He was picked after a punter so....
7) Rob Jackson DE - They must see something but he's a project at best. I'm hoping we make some other DL move soon.
7) Chris Horton FS - You can never have too many safeties and line backers playing special teams.
There you have it. At least as I see things. I still wish we had picked up a big time DE or DT. I think its a huge weakness that can hurt us this year if we do not address it. Hopefully we can find some help somewhere and if we make a trade, we don't have to give up too much to get someone. For that reason, the biggest question to me is still going to be Fred Davis. Did we need him that much? Was he rated that much higher than any of the available DEs or DTs? Do we have a plan for the DL that is still in play?Those are questions that will have to wait for answers; maybe until the team hits the field in September.
My draft rating: At worst a B+. Great draft with one piece missing. But I could be wrong. It was a bold draft and a year or two from now we may all be giving them an A+ for building a championship caliber offense. All I know now is that September cant get here soon enough.