Draft Analysis: Washington Redskins

By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins came into the 2010 NFL Draft as a wild card team to no surprise. Nobody knew what the Redskins would do with the 4th pick; draft an offensive lineman, a glaring weakness of the team last year, draft a quarterback to be mentored by Donovan McNabb, or trade the pick all together to make up for the lack of second to third round picks. Well, everyone seemed surprised when the Redskins did exactly what they should have by drafting Trent Williams, offensive tackle out of Oklahoma at No. 4.

Coming into the draft, many people regarded Russell Okung from Oklahoma State as the best tackle in the draft, or most complete. But Washington decided to go with the more atheltic and more potential upside in Williams. He stands 6 foot 5, 315 pounds, and fits Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme very well. This was regarded by many as a risky pick, but i think that the Redskins obviously upgraded on the offensive line, regardless of who they picked. Williams could possibly start out at left or right tackle, and remember that there will be a tremendous amount of pressure on this guy to produce, being the first pick of the Allen-Shanahan era and hopeful savior of the offensive line.

There was a huge gap between the Redskins first and second pick, from number four all the way to number 103 in the 4th round. Here the Skins selected Perry Riley, and Outside Linebacker out of LSU. He will probably play on the inside of the Redskins 3-4 defense, and coming from the SEC where defenses are always tough, this seems like a logical pick. London Fletcher won’t play forever, so eventually you need to find a possible replacement, and maybe Riley is the guy. In the 6th round Washington took Dennis Morris, a Tight End from Louisiana Tech, which is kind of a head scratcher which has led to one conclusion: Either Chris Cooley or Fred Davis will not be with the Redskins next year. Davis showed a lot last year filling in for Cooley, and was arguably the best receiver on the team when he played. The Redskins basically have two number one tight ends on their team, and will have to decide which one they want to go with in the future.

The rest of the picks were Terrence Austin, WR from UCLA, Eric Cook, OG from New Mexico, and Selvish Capers, OT from West Virginia. A Wide Reciever makes sense due to the departure of Antwaan Randel-El and the aging of Santana Moss, and any pick on the offensive line sounds good to me since it was such an achilles heel last season. To me, it seems as if the Redskins have filled all of their holes with this draft, it just remains to be seen if they have done so with the right personnel. Only time will tell.

The last and final splash the Redskins made was trading Quarterback Jason Campbell to Oakland for a fourth round pick in the 2012 Draft. It was obvious that this would happen since the Redskins had traded for Donovan McNabb and Campbell seemed on his way out. I think that the Redskins got good value for Campbell and were smart by sending him far away to Oakland, a place where if he resurrects his career he won’t hurt the Skins. Campbell was coming off his best statistical season with arguably the worst offensive line he has had, and will likely challenge JaMarcus Russell for the starting spot. I wish Jason the best of luck as he tries to have some success with the Raiders.

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