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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 13 Brian Orakpo DE Texas #1 DE Round 1
3 80 Kevin Barnes CB Maryland #10 CB Round 3
5 158 Cody Glenn OLB/FB Nebraska NR 7th/FA
6 186 Robert Henson ILB TCU NR 7th/FA
7 221 Eddie Williams TE/FB Idaho NR 7th/FA
7 243 Marko Mitchell WR Nevada NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Scott Burley OT Maryland NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Chase Daniel QB Missouri NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Lendy Holmes FS Oklahoma NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Derek Walker DE Illinois NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Edwin Williams OC Maryland NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Jaison Williams WR Oregon NR 7th/FA

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The best part of the Redskins draft was my top rated defensive end, Orakpo, falling to them in round.  However, "word on the street" is that they may be moving him to outside linebacker.  Why?  After Orakpo the Redskins draft didn't excite me and neither did their group of college street free agents.

Late note - the Redskins added Jarmon Jeremy is the supplemental draft.  He has the potential to be a solid all around defensive end, but will not be a "put it in the bank" double-digit sacker.

DRAFT PICKS

Orakpo was my number one defensive end in the draft.  He is strong, fast, quick and athletic.  He is also big enough to be a three-down end.  Why the Redskins want to move him to linebacker in their 3-4 defense confounds me.  Yes, he is athletic enough to cover tight ends, but why would you want to use him in that role.  Let him be a dominate force at end.

Barnes is a nice player and was fine value in round three.  He has good size and speed and tremendous quickness and athleticism.  He will develop into a good starting cornerback.  While I cannot fault this selection, I would have gone with defensive tackle Roy Miller, even with the signing of Haynesworth and resigning of Griffin.  Miller would have provided good depth and a future star to plug in next to Haynesworth.

Glenn and Henson were reaches.  I wouldn't be surprised if both are cut.  If they make the team they will be nothing more than special teams players.  The Redskins would have been better off drafting running back Javon Ringer in round five as Portis' eventual replacement and looking at linebackers Follett and/or Beckwith in the later rounds of the draft.

If the Redskins selected Miller in round three, my selection would have been cornerback Lankster or Mickens here.  Keeping Barnes in round three (which was fine), I liked David Johnson as a blocker and Camerron Morrash better as a receiver at this spot.  Williams is another player who might not make the team.

What does drafting Mitchell say about the Redskins faith in Kelly?  That maybe he doesn't have the speed to get on the field consistently.  Mitchell has good height and NFL speed, but questionable hands.  As a receiver, Tiquan Underwood would have been my pick.  However, this could have been the spot for middle linebacker Beckwith, an underrated prospect who did not get drafted. 

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Burley has quickness and athleticism but needs work.  He is a candidate for the Redskins' development squad.

Daniel had a rough post-season, but is worth a look in camp.  I like Colt Brennan as a young quarterback much better than Daniel so he's playing for a spot on Washington's development squad.

Holmes could surprise in camp.  He has plus cover skills for a safety so could have value in nickel and dime defenses as well as being a plus on special teams.

Walker is better against the run than the pass.  If he can keep his quickness as he adds weight he could develop into a reliable backup.

Edwin Williams is a fundamentally sound football player who did not work out well.  His play in preseason games will determine if he sticks around on the development squad.

Jaison Williams is a similar athlete with a build similar to Marko Mitchell.  As a second big target in camp, is this further evidence of the Redskins concern regarding Kelly's playing speed?

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Orakpo Brian Texas 6'3" 263 M-M 31 4.63 1.58 2.66 4.45 - 7.26 39.5" 10'10"
Barnes Kevin Maryland 6'0.2" 187 L-S - 4.45 1.49 2.55 3.96 - 6.72 41" 10'8"
Glenn Cody Nebraska 6'0" 244 L-XL 25 4.67 1.62 2.67 - - - 38.5" 9'7"
Henson Robert TCU 6'0.1" 240 - - 4.70 1.61 2.71 4.62 - 7.38 35" 9'11"
Williams Eddie Idaho 6'0.6" 239 S-M 23 - - - - - - - -
Mitchell Marko Nevada 6'3.5" 218 XL-XL 9 4.48 1.56 2.53 4.33 - 7.04 32.5" 10'3"
Burley Scott Maryland 6'4.6" 315 - 19 5.45 1.85 3.03 4.67 - 7.73 31" 8'0"
Daniel Chase Missouri 6'0" 218 S-L - 4.79 1.63 2.81 4.31 - 7.28 33" 9'0"
Holmes Lendy Oklahoma 6'0" 206 M-L 16 4.65 1.62 2.63 4.06 - 7.26 35" 10'0"
Walker Derek Illinois 6'3.6" 268 L-L 24 4.98 1.60 2.84 4.41 - 7.31 37.5" 9'7"
Williams Edwin Maryland 6'2.2" 308 L-M 22 5.40 1.81 3.09 4.98 - 8.15 28.5" 8'3"
Williams Jaison Oregon 6'4.1" 237 L-L 14 4.47 1.53 2.57 4.34 - 6.94 36.5" 9'10"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB With Campbell, a young quarterback I like and believe will grow into a top tier QB, the vet Collins and the surprising Colt Brennan, the Redskins are fine here.
RB Portis is starting to show his age.  I know he had a a very productive year, but he was banged up all the time and missed a lot of practice time during the week.  While he did get his yards per rush back up over 4.0 (4.3), he only averaged 3.5 yards a run during the second half of the season and his long run was only 29 yards.  Portis came into the league as a speed back with home-run hitting ability and has admirably transformed into a between the tackles, move the chains type.  While his toughness and mind say yes to that role, his body is quickly saying no.  Betts has shown flashes in his career, but time is passing him by.  He will remain a solid backup even when Portis is replaced.
WR Randle El and Moss are a talented but mismatched pair of starting receivers.  I can see starting one or the other, but not both.  Thomas and Kelly were nowhere to be found their rookie years.  Thomas should come on nexst year, I'm not as convinced about Kelly.
TE Cooley is great for this offense and an underrated player.  Fred Davis should develop into a reliable #2 tight end.  Yoder is okay but could be replaced by a blocking tight end.
OL The line started off great but were not as successful in the second half.  Was it them or Campbell and Portis?  Kendall is an UFA so analyzing this correctly is important.  I vote for the line's poor play in the pass offense, Portis in the run offense.  In any case, a make over will be needed whether for the upcoming year or for a short time down the line.
DL Starters Evans and Golston are UFAs.  The other two Griffin and Carter are the better players.  The line played well against the run, but offered little in the way of a pass rush.  Hopefully Jason Taylor will be back and healthy to help with the pass rush.  How ironic is it that Taylor wanted out because the Dolphins were rebuilding and it ended up that Miami made the playoffs and the Redskins did not.  Oh well.  Washington needs to upgrade this unit.  They need a pass rusher and a defensive tackle if Golston bolts.
LB Fletcher-Baker keeps rolling on at a very high level and McIntosh looks like an emerging talent.  Washington has never recovered enough from injuries to be the force he once was.  It's time to move on.
DB Rogers, Hall and the veteran Springs give the Redskins three good corners.  Smoot may not be as good as he once was, but as a fourth corner you couldn't ask for more.  Landry and Horton make up one of the best young safety combos in the league.   Doughty is an UFA so depth at safety needs to be added.
ST Suisham is an UFA.  One of the Jets' UFA kickers (Feely or Nugent) could be an upgrade.  Plackemeier is also replaceable.  Cartwright and Randle El's best return days may be behind them.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
2 34 Devin Thomas WR/Ret 6'1.7" 216 Michigan St #1 WR Round 1
2 48 Fred Davis TE 6'3" 255 USC #5 TE Round 3
2 51 Malcolm Kelly WR 6'3.6" 224 Oklahoma #9 WR Round 2/Round 3
3 96 Chad Rinehart OG/OT 6'5" 317 N Illinois #9 OG Round 4/Round 5
4 124 Justin Tryon CB/Ret 5'9.1" 190 Arizona State   Late Round Value
6 168 Durant Brooks P 6'0" 204 Georgia Tech #1 P Late Round Value
6 180 Kareem Moore SS/FS 5'10.4" 213 Nicholls St   Late Round Value/Free Agent
6 186 Colt Brennan QB 6'2.3" 207 Hawaii   Late Round Value
7 242 Rob Jackson DE 6'3.3" 257 Kansas State   Free Agent
7 249 Chris Horton SS/FS 6'0.1" 212 UCLA   Late Round Value
FA   Devin Clark OT 6'3.5" 305 New Mexico   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Andrew Crummy OG/C 6'4.5" 299 Maryland   Late Round Value
FA   Curtis Gatewood DE/OLB 6'2" 248 Vanderbilt   Late Round Value
FA   Matteral Richardson CB 5'11" 194 Arkansas   Late Round Value
FA   Dorian Smith DE 6'1.5" 264 Oregon State   Late Round Value/Free Agent

 

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Redskins brought in a lot of players but outside of Thomas, they valued their players more than me.  Needless to say I would have gone in many different directions.  In fact, I don't see a lot of difference in some of their college street free agents from some of their later draft picks, and they didn't have a great college street free agent signing period.  While my analysis will look bad initially since many will make the team, in a few years Redskin fans will see the missed opportunities and that this was not a particularly good draft.

DRAFT PICKS

Thomas was my top rated receiver, although not my favorite.  His production and workout proved to show the least downside in relation top his upside, but I project he will not be the best receiver to come out of this draft.  He will be a solid player, however.  Thomas has good size, hands and speed.  He is more fast than quick but will give some needed size to the Redskins receiving corps.

Fred Davis started the draft process as a potential first round pick and ended up getting a third round grade from me.  He looks a little stiff as a receiver and didn't put up anywhere near the workout numbers I expected from him.   As a tight end, I like Cottam much better.  My pick would have been defensive end Campbell or possibly Groves as a pass rush specialist.  Then I would have grabbed Cottam with my next selection in round two.

Kelly is a real risk.  He looks good on tape but has the size/numbers ratio of many of the big receivers who have not panned out in the NFL.  As mentioned earlier I would have gone Cottam here after grabbing a defensive end earlier.  If I wanted another receiver here, I would have gone Hawkins, who will be a star while Kelly at best will be functional.

Rinehart has a chance, a good chance, to be a solid, versatile backup lineman.  Selecting him in round three was too high.  If the Redskins wanted him, he would have, most likely, been available a round later and that is where I would have grabbed him.  If I was the Redskins GM I would have come away with Campbell or Groves, Cottam and Hawkins with picks 48, 51 and 96.

Tryon is an undersized corner who is strong and fast, but not particularly quick.  He is a special teams type who could fill in if an injury hit.  I had Scandrick, Wilhite and Bowman all rated more highly than Tryon.

Brooks was my top rated punter and was a nice selection by Washington.

Kareem Moore is a tough kid who will be a good special teams player.  However, Josh Barrett was available and is a player who I believe will be a very good starting strong safety in a couple of years.

Colt Brennan is worth a shot, I guess.  At one point he was viewed as a possible top quarterback prospect, but showed poor arm strength.  He will need time, but could develop into a solid backup.  Then again, it wouldn't surprise me if Canada is in his future.

Jackson did not have a particularly productive college career.  While the Skins need an end, I'm not sure Jackson will even make the team.

Based on some of Washington's other picks, Horton was golden.  Horton was productive in college and has the ability to be a quality sub and solid special teams player.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Clark looks the part and has had good moments, but may not have the foot speed to transition well to the NFL.  Maybe a year of work on the practice squad will help. 

Crummy is a smart football player.  Coming off a broken leg, Crummy could be stashed on the injured list next year.  He has a shot to be a solid backup and was a good signing by the Redskins.

Gatewood will get a look as a pass rushing defensive end.  I actually like his chances a little more than Jackson's chances.  He is very quick for his his size.

Richardson is a physical corner who could give Tryon a run for his money for a roster spot.

Smith got his share of sacks at Oregon State, but his workout numbers put into question his ability to transfer those skills to the NFL.  He should get a good look in camp, however.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Thomas Devin MICH STATE 6'1.7" 216 NA 4.32 1.48 2.52 4.26 NA 7.15 33" 10'6"
Davis Fred USC 6'3" 255 24 4.68 1.56 2.80 4.68 NA 7.36 33" 9'8"
Kelly Malcolm OKLAHOMA 6'3.6" 224 NA 4.68 NA NA 4.24 NA 7.00 32" 9'9"
Rinehart Chad N ILLINOIS 6'5" 317 26 5.26 1.90 3.14 4.56 NA 7.63 29" 8'10"
Tryon Justin ARIZONA ST 5'9.1" 190 21 4.41 1.48 2.52 4.28 NA 7.41 32.5' 9'11'
Moore Kareem NICHOLLS ST 5'10.4" 213 15 4.52 NA NA 4.29 NA 7.41 35" 9'8"
Brennan Colt HAWAII 6'2.3" 207 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Jackson Rob KANSAS ST 6'3.3" 257 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Horton Chris UCLA 6'0.1" 212 14 4.51 1.56 2.63 4.35 NA 7.34 32" 9'11"
Clark Devin NEW MEXICO 6'3.5" 305 25 5.34 1.84 3.03 5.03 NA 8.38 25.5" 8'7"
Crummy Andrew MARYLAND 6'4.5" 299 28 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Gatewood Curtis VANDERBILT 6'2" 248 22 4.72 1.63 2.75 4.22 NA 6.90 34" 9'3"
Richardson Matteral ARKANSAS 5'11" 194 14 4.49 1.56 2.60 4.36 NA 7.11 36" 10'2"
Smith Dorian OREGON ST 6'1.5" 264 24 4.95 1.62 2.81 4.73 NA 7.43 30.5" 9'2"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

WAS          Major Need         Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  Campbell has shown enough to be handed the starting job back next year, even if Collins, a free agent re-signs.  Brunell's roster spot could hinge on whether or not Collins comes back.  I like Hollenbach.  He is an ideal player to groom as a third quarterback but is also a free agent.
RB  Portis has become a too hot and cold for my taste, but still has good skills.  I thought Betts would step forward and continue his growth from two years ago but he didn't.   Costanza errr Cartwright has looked good when given a chance but hasn't been given enough and will most likely leave in free agency.  The Redskins need to bring in a running back.  They most likely think for depth, but I think they need to bring in a player who could be a factor in their offense next year. 
WR  This is a confusing position to evaluate.  Moss and Randle El are both good players, but would be better if playing opposite players other than each other.  A bigger, true #1 is needed.  Caldwell is an underrated player who helps whatever team he is on.  In the best of all worlds, the Redskins need to move Moss or El and grab a big wideout with the skills to be a true #1 and another player for depth.  Since trades are difficult, they should add that big receiver and move Moss or El to the slot.  Whoever they move, however, will not be happy.
TE Cooley is a very good receiving tight end and Yoder is a solid sub.  A third tight end could be added this offseason.
OL  This unit is a strength for the team.  They have a deep unit beacuse of players that had to step in for injured starters.  Heyer, a rookie free agent played well when called on, and the team would like to add some more young players to develop for the future.
DL The team has some good young tackles in Montgomery and Golston to pair with the veteran Griffin.  At end it may be time to find a replacement for Daniels.  Carter had a good year, but it's questionable if he will follow it up with a double digit sack season again next year.  A pass rushing end is needed. 
LB Fletcher-Baker and McIntosh are set in the middle and on the weak side.  Washington is still okay, but is in decline and if a better option can be found, he could be replaced.  A young backup more suited to play on the outside than in the middle could also be added.
DB Washington has four corners who can play in this league.  Springs carries a big cap number next year, but needs to be brought back for his accomplishments on the field and off the field.  Rogers is a good young corner who will only get better.  Smoot and Torrence also have above average skills.  If Springs leaves, another corner could be added.  Landry and Doughty are a good young safety tandem, but expect the Redskins to bring in competition for Doughty.  Whoever loses that competition will serve as the team's nickel safety.
ST The Redskins' kicker, punter and long-snapper should be the same next year.  If Cartwright leaves in free agency, a kick returner will need to be added.  If Randle El starts next year, a punt returner should be added.  The extra snaps on offense took a toll on his punt return ability.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 6 Landry, LaRon FS 6-2 205 Louisiana State # 1 FS Round 1
5 143 Sartz, Dallas OLB 6-5 235 Southern California Late Round Value
6 179 Blades, H.B. ILB 5-11 237 Pittsburgh # 8 ILB Round 4
6 205 Palmer, Jordan QB 6-6 231 Texas-El Paso Late Round Value
7 216 Ecker, Tyler TE 6-6 269 Michigan Off My Board
FA Berman, Carl WR 5-9 166 Indiana State Late Round Value
FA Heyer, Stephon OT 6-6 334 Maryland Late Round Value
FA Hickman, Justin DE 6-1 254 UCLA Late Round Value
FA Jones, Kevin OLB 6-2 226 St. Augustine Off My Board
FA Hollenbach, Sam QB 6-6 217 Maryland (cut - mistake) Late Round Value

 

C-

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Redskins draft was typically brief and, outside of Landry, uneventful.  As far as college street free agents are concerned, they cut my favorite signing (Hollenbach) prior to to me getting around to writing this, the last of my draft report cards.

Landry is a great football player.  However, pairing him with Taylor, especially with the announced Taylor at free safety and Landry at strong safety could result in the Seahawk/Cowboy burned by the long pass disease. Both Taylor and Landry are best served as strong safeties.  Both are hard hitters with excellent read and react skills.  As free safeties, Taylor will be the better playmaker, but lacks top end speed and will give up big plays (both due tom lack of speed and by going for the big hit and missing on occasion), while Landry will prevent the big play but will have few interceptions.  Personally, I would leave Taylor at strong safety and put Landry at free safety where he has great range, is a sure tackler, can run with receivers, and will give up fewer long passes.  I also may have drafted defensive end Jamaal Anderson since the Redskins badly need a pass rusher (and free safety John Wendling could have been grabbed in round five).  Sartz is a former safety who has excellent speed and quickness but is not a top athlete and lacks speed.  He was fine covering tight ends in college but may have trouble with the faster tight ends in the NFL.  He is a sure tackler and could be a versatile backup linebacker.  Blades was excellent value in round six.  If you go by his workout numbers and size he would have gone undrafted.  If you go buy his game tape and heart he would have gone on day one.  I had a fourth round grade on him.   He should, at worst, be a solid and reliable backup.  Palmer has good size and bloodlines, but looked bad in post-season workouts and All Star games.  Yes, he has a good arm, but he is inaccurate and makes poor decisions.   Ecker was off may board because he needs work to become a NFL player.  He has good size and hands but lacks strength and speed.  His best shot for a NFL career is to get stronger and become a reliable blocker.  If he succeeds, he will be an asset since he can be an effective short yardage and goal line target.

In terms of college street free agent signings, Berman is a very small receiver/return man with sub-4.3 speed and tremendous athleticism.  He could be an intriguing return man if he can stand up to the punishment he will take in the NFL.  Heyer has excellent size and strength and is an ideal candidate for the Redskins' development squad.  He needs work on his technique.  With the need for pass rushers, Hickman, a short defensive end with good pass rushing skills, could make a run at a roster spot.  Jones, a small WILL is a good athlete who will be a good special teams player but may need to spend some time on Washington's development squad.  Quaterback Sam Hollenback, already cut, is a player I like more than Palmer.  He was productive in college, moves well in the pocket, is accurate, but will always look better on game day than in practice.  He reminds me of Jake Delhomme and may have bounce around like Delhomme did before sticking as a backup and eventually becoming a starter.  The fact that the Redskins cut him early was expected since they have a young starter, have two capable veteran backups, drafted Palmer as their project QB, and have NFL Europe star Casey Bramlet.   Once Bramlet showed up (after NFL Europe season), there were no practice snaps available for Hollenback.  He should have done a better job of selecting a camp to go to.  

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
LANDRY LARON LOUISIANA ST FS/SS 6'1.4" 213   4.35 1.47 2.52 4.36   7.11 38" 10'6"
Landry is a top ten pick.  He has excellent speed and is a terrific athlete.  He also makes some big hits.  While a rare talent, Landry is billed as a free safety because of his speed and athleticism, but lacks big-play ability.  Therefore, his best position could be strong safety where his terrific tackling, pusuit and read and react skills can be best utilized.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
SARTZ DALLAS SOUTHERN CAL OLB/ILB 6'4.7" 235 20 4.70 1.53 2.68 4.13 11.34 6.85 33.5" 9'3"
Sartz, a former safety, is a SAM who was adept in covering tight ends in college.  He has good quickness and change of direction skills but lacks speed and athleticism.  He could find a home as a backup linebacker.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BLADES H B PITTSBURGH ILB 5'10.6" 236 22 4.69 1.58 2.70 4.36   6.98 32" 9'5"
Blades plays faster on the football field than he shows in workouts.  He is a tough, smart kid who lacks size and athleticism but gets the job done on the field.  I like him more than most because I believe his measureables are misleading.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
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JUMP
PALMER JORDAN UTEP QB 6'5.5" 231   4.98 1.65 2.90 4.58   7.32 30.5" 8'8"
I was expecting much, but saw little in post-season workouts from Palmer.  If not for his size and bloodlines he could go undrafted.  He does possess a strong arm, but he is not accurate.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
ECKER TYLER MICHIGAN TE 6'6.1" 246 17 4.90  1.69 2.80   4.40   7.06 33.5" 9'7"
Ecker is a tall tight end with limited speed, quickness, and athleticism who will have to hit the weight room to become stronger so he can be a backup blocking tight end.  He is a smart kid with good hands so if he can improve his blocking he will be a short area and goal line threat. 

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BERMAN CARL INDIANA ST WR/RET 5'9.1" 166 14 4.29  1.51 2.49  4.26   6.81 38.5" 10'9"
Berman is small, lightning fast receiver who is very athletic and should get a look as a return man in a NFL camp.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HEYER STEPHON MARYLAND OT 6'6.3" 334 30 5.38 1.89 3.05 5.16   7.77 30" 7'11"
Heyer has excellent size and strength and could be an intriguing development squad prosepect.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HICKMAN JUSTIN UCLA DE/OLB 6'1.3" 254 23 4.75 1.58 2.72 4.43   7.06 30.5" 9'7"
Hickman has good pass rushing skills but is short for a defensive end.  He does have the skill set to transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
JONES KEVIN ST AUGUSTINE OLB 6'1.5" 226                  
Jones has good speed for a linebacker but is small and will need to spend time on a team's development squad before he can contribute on defense.  He could be an excellent special teams player.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HOLLENBACH SAM MARYLAND QB 6'5.5" 217   4.86 1.66 2.79 4.34   6.94 34.5" 9'8"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Hollenbach really impressed me at the Inta Juice All Star Game.  He showed good movement in the pocket, made good decisions (for the most part), put mustard on short passes when needed, and was accurate.  I can see him going the path of Jake Delhomme.  Hollenbach's biggest negative at Maryland was that he threw too many interceptions, however, he was still towards the top in quarterback ratings.  That supports my view that his interceptions were from forcing throws, not from lack of accuracy, which is correctable.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Campbell showed promise, Brunell is a solid backup.
RB Portis and Betts are an excellent 1-2 punch.  Cartwright has skills too.
WR What happened to Lloyd?  I thought he was going to be good.  Moss and Randle El are good #1 and #3.
TE Cooley gets it done.  Depth could be addressed.
OL Dockery is an UFA.  Depth at guard is needed whether he returns or not.
DL The Redskins need pass rushing ends.  Daniels and Carter combined for 9 sacks.
LB It's time for a stud in the middle.
DB Springs may be gone.  The Redskins will need a corner to start opposite Rogers.  Taylor and Vincent were just ok.
ST There are some good field goal kickers in the draft.  Look for the Skins to draft one.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Washington
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
2 35 McIntosh, Roger 'Rocky' OLB 6-2 236 Miami (Fla.) # 8 OLB Round 2
5 153 Montgomery, Anthony DT 6-5 300 Minnesota   > Round 4
6 173 Doughty, Reed SS 6-1 208 Northern Colorado Late Round Value > Round 4
6 196 Golston, Kedric DT 6-4 301 Georgia # 14 DT Round 4
7 230 Lefotu, Kili G 6-4 316 Arizona   > Round 4
7 250 Simon, Kevin ILB 5-10 236 Tennessee Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Fenner, Derrick WR 5-11 189 Maryland Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Brown, Manaia DT 6-3 300 BYU Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Havner, Spencer OLB 6-3 242 UCLA # 9 OLB Round 3
  FA Eubanks, John CB 5-11 173 So Mississippi Late Round Value > Round 4

 

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Redskins, as usual had few high picks.  With the picks they did have, they got excellent value with Golston in round six, but reached for Montgomery in round five.

McIntosh is an athletic WILL who can get sacks, and make tackles sideline to sideline.  He can get caught up in pursuit so a little more strength would help.  However, he has good speed and has a chance to win a starting job with the Redskins this year or next.  Montgomery looks quick and strong on the field, but didn't have the workout to support him being able to translate his college skills to the NFL.  He does have good instincts so it's possible he made plays in college, and will continue to make plays in the NFL using those, but it's a risk.  I like Jon Lewis as a defensive tackle much better at this spot, but my pick would have been defensive end Mark Anderson who would have given the Redskins a good pass rushing end who would have at a minimum been a rusher in the nickel.  If I was to use one word to sum up Doughty it would be reliable.  He gets the most out of his ability, is a sure tackler and heady player.  He also has excellent read and react skills.  Doughty will be a solid backup safety who can step in and start without being a liability to the team, and fine special teams performer.  Golston is a player I like.  He wasn't an option for teams that like the massive run-stuffing defensive tackles.  Golston is very quick and very athletic for a defensive tackle.  He will shoot the gap to put pressure on quarterbacks, and pursue along the line to make tackles against the run.  And while Golston is light for a defensive tackle, he is strong so he will hold his own against teams that run directly at him.  A good pick by the Skins, and a better prospect than Montgomery.  Lefotu will either be a starter in three years or be out of the league.  He has the tools, shows skills, but has a questionable attitude when it comes to keeping in top playing shape and form.  Personally, at guard I liked Montgomery and Setterstrom much better at this spot.  Simon is a short, but strong and instinctive inside linebacker who gets banged up too much and projects better to the WILL because of his lack of size.  He will be a good special teams player.

The Redskins signed four college street free agents of note.  Fenner is very fast and an elite athlete who flashed potential in the rare moments he wasn't injured in college.  He is certainly worth a look in camp.  Brown is another tackle I had rated higher than Montgomery.  He is an athletic tackle who plays quicker than he times.  However, he has been plagued by injuries and plays inconsistently when healthy.  I thought Brown's potential was worth a late day two pick, so trying him as a free agent in camp makes a lot of sense. Havner was a steal in free agency.  He was considered a heady player who was too limited athletically, especially as it related to getting in and out of his cuts, to be much of a factor in the NFL.  Then he showed elite quickness and change-of-direction skills for his position during workouts.  To me, that means Havner has the head and the base skills and can be taught the proper technique to develop into a very good NFL linebacker.  He has the look of a future starter to me, but temper your enthusiasm, I said (and still feel) that McCune will be a good NFL starting linebacker as well.  Eubanks played well at Southern Mississippi, but needs to bulk up to have a shot as a backup corner and special teams player. 

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McIntosh Miami 6'2.1", 237 4.60 1.61 2.72 4.20   7.32 18 42.5" 9'11"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - McIntosh had a pick at the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - McIntosh is an athletic weak side linebacker, who does most things good, but nothing great.  His high in tackles was 111, and his hig in sacks was 5.5 at Miami.  McIntosh has decent speed and quickness, but needs to get stronger to play off tackles.
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Montgomery Minnesota 6'4.7", 311 5.24     4.67   7.79 20 28" 8'10"  
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Doughty Northern Colo 6'0", 209 4.60 1.55 2.67 4.17   6.66 15 37" 10'1"  
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Mike Mayock, NFL Network  - likes him as a second day selection.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Doughty gets the most out of his abilities.  He is a smart player with good quickness, excellent change-of-direction skills, and acceptable speed.  Doughty is also a sure tackler and will be a solid backup safety and special teams performer.
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Golston Georgia 6'4.1", 299 4.94 1.73 2.80 4.45   7.61 31 33" 9'3"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Golston isn't for every team.  He is the quick, comparatively light defensive tackle that some teams use to get an inside rush on the quarterback (think Atlanta).  He has good  speed, quickness, strength and athleticism but needs work on his technique.  If Golston is drafted by the right team he will have a nice career.  If not, he will struggle to make a team.
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Lefotu Arizona 6'4", 316                    
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - A risky developmental prospect because he has a questionable attitude, a soft body, but the potential to be a player in the league.
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Simon Tennessee 5'9.7", 233 4.79 1.72 2.87 4.16   7.03 26 28" 8'7"  
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Fenner Maryland 5'11.2", 189 4.37     4.26 11.35 6.95 13 41" 10'6"  
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Brown, Ma BYU 6'3", 300 5.02 1.74 2.96 4.49   7.65 21 34.5" 9'3"  
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Havner UCLA 6'3.3", 242 4.62 1.65 2.75 4.07   6.81 18 39" 9'8"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Havner was considered a heady player with limited athletic ability especially when it came to agility getting in and out of his cuts.  Then he ran 4.07 short shuttle and a 6.81 three cone.  That ends that.  Havner has the head and athletic ability to be a solid starting linebacker in the NFL.
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Eubanks So Mississippi 5'10.4", 173 4.45     4.28   6.90 16 37.5" 9'8"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Eubanks needs to bulk up, but he has enough speed, change-of-direction skills, strength and athleticism to catch on as a backup corner and special teams player.  He played a solid corner at Southern Mississippi.

 
2006 TEAM NEEDS

prior to free agency

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QB The QB I like the most, will be gone.  Gibbs doesn't like Ramsey.  Oh well, some team is going to get a very good long-term starting QB when the Redskins let him go.  Even without Ramsey, the Redskins appear set with veteran Brunell, and youngster Campbell.
RB Portis, backed up by Betts is a good situation.  Cartwright and Broughton can also play.
WR Moss and ?????  The Redskins need at least two receivers.  Thrash, Jacobs, and even Patten could all be replaced. The Redskins need a starter to play opposite Moss, and a player to pair with Patten for the third and fourth spots.
TE Cooley is a very good player.  Royal and Sellers are functional, but Royal is an UFA.
OL A good unit top to bottom, but OG Dockery is an UFA, and depth at tackle and guard would help.
DL Daniels and Griffin are good starters.  DE Wynn is steady, but replaceable.  The same could be said for DT Salave'a.  Evans showed skills but is an UFA.  The Sedskins could use players who could push Wynn and Salave'a, and at worst provide quality depth.
LB Washington and Marshall are set.  The question is what the Redskins will do with Arrington.  If he is not brought back a new starter will be needed.  I like McCune but he hasn't played the weak side.  Outside of McCune the Redskins lack depth, especially if UFA Holdman leaves.
DB This is blue instead of green because Taylor can explode and be out of football at any time.  The Redskins have two good starting corners, and Taylor is a stud.  SS Clark is an UFA and can't stay on the field.  Bowens, a possible replacement also gets his share of injuries.  Prioleau could fill in if Clark leaves.  However, a good safety, and an upgrade over Harris as the nickel corner is needed.
ST Both Hall and Frost could be replaced.  Thrash will be replaced as the primary punt returner.  Betts is an above-average kick returner.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Washington - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 9 Rogers, Carlos CB 6-0 199 Auburn # 3 CB Round 1
1 25 Campbell, Jason QB 6-4 223 Auburn # 4 QB Round 2
4 120 White, Manuel FB 6-2 244 UCLA   > Round 4
5 154 McCune, Robert ILB 6-0 243 Louisville # 1 ILB Round 2
6 183 Newberry, Jared OLB 6-1 234 Stanford # 13 OLB Round 4
7 222 Broughton, Nehemiah RB 5-11 250 The Citadel Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Redskins had one reach (White) and one steal (McCune).

The Redskins had a solid draft.  Rogers is as good as Rolle and  Jones.  In fact, he could end up the best corner in the draft, although I believe Rolle will capture that honor.  Rogers is fast, quick, a very good athlete, and has excellent cover skills. While I had a second round grade on Campbell, he has tremendous potential.  He has it all, a great arm, a good athlete, and is a smart player.  However, I like Ramsey.  This could be a Brees-Rivers situation.  White was a reach in round four.  His best asset as a fullback is his running.  That doesn't translate well to h-back. McCune may have been the steal of the draft.  He is fast, strong, instinctive, and  coachable.  If not this year, he will be a starter next year, and not just an adequate starter, a top starter.  McCune was a great pick.  Newberry is a former fullback who shows good potential as a weak-side linebacker, but is currently behind Arrington and Holdman.  He will have to be a special teams standout to stick.  Broughton is an interesting prospect.  He is more of a traditional Gibbs runner than Portis.  He has good (not great) speed, and is very strong.  Look for him to beat out Rock Cartwright as the Redskins' number three running back.

In terms of  college street free agent signings, no one jumps out but guards Jon Alston, and Adrian Gonzalez have a chance because of the lack of experienced depth at that position

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Rogers CB 4.31 1.52 3.84   6.49 15 40.5" 10'6" 14
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Rogers (6-0 3/8, 196) only did position drills and "wowed" all in attendance with his skills during his Pro Day. 
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
The biggest splash among cornerbacks at the Combine may have been made by Auburn CB Carlos Rogers.  Rogers did the full workout yesterday including running a sizzling 4.31 40 time.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Another very good corner.  Rogers has excellent ball skills, good size, and good speed.
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Campbell QB 4.73   4.32       38" 9'8" 28
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Scouts are anxious to see quarterback Jason Campbell of Auburn throw on Sunday. One of the more physically imposing quarterback prospects here, Campbell checked in at 6-feet-4¾ and 230 pounds, and just looks like an athlete. Campbell progressed very nicely in the past two years, really made strides in his senior season, and seemed to quickly pick up the offense at the Senior Bowl game. With an eye-opening workout on Sunday, he could perhaps squeeze into the first round, but the second stanza is more likely. "He's just a kid who carries himself really well," said Houston Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. "There's a nice even keel to him, both as an athlete and a person. He isn't a guy who gets rattled."
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Campbell played very well during the Senior Bowl game showing excellent movement in the pocket, the ability to throw accurately on the run, good decision-making ability, accuracy, and a strong arm.  One of my top six players in the game.
NFLFans.com reports:
Rising player on the draft boards... Quietly had the third best collegiate passer rating in 2004. Great size and physical tools, has decent mobility, can make all of the throws.
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports:
the Tampa Bay Bucs have been impressed by the skills of Auburn QB Jason Campbelll, who will play for the South squad in the Senior Bowl this year. "He's impressive," coach Jon Gruden said. "He's a quick study, he learns fast. I like his size, 228 pounds, 6-foot-5 plus. He's got great touch and better mobility than even I thought." The club reportedly is interested in adding a quarterback prospect through this year's NFL Draft.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports: Campbell has a lot of potential and he has improved each year he has played. He made a big leap from his junior to his senior year as his decision making and accuracy both improved. He'll need some time but he has everything NFL teams look for physically. He's definitely a player worth developing as he could become a pleasant surprise down the line.
Zac Jackson of ClevelandBrowns.com reports:
  Auburn QB Jason Campbell has seen his stock rise significantly after playing well during the Tigers' undefeated season, as well as impressing scouts and coaches during Senior Bowl practices. "I think the guy that has helped himself the most has been Jason Campbell, going back to August," Cleveland Browns' Senior Vice President and General Manager Phil Savage said. "I think he's gotten himself at least in to the top 50 players in the draft, which is a phenomenal leap from where he was rated a year ago."
InsideThe League.com reports:
Auburn QB Jason Campbell was right on target and had good zip and spin on all of his throws during practice Wednesday, Jan. 26, for the South team at workouts in Mobile, Ala. He looked the best of all the quarterbacks on hand.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
 Jason Campbell of Auburn appears to have separated himself from the other QBs in Mobile. Campbell,  has by far the strongest arm of the 6 QBs in Mobile; Campbell has an easy, almost effortless throwing motion without the need for a lot body behind it; in fact, if anything, some of Campbell's throws appear to be a little lazy at times. Campbell has also shown decent footwork in the pocket, has thrown the ball well on the move and generally been very accurate.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Jason Campbell of Auburn, was able to get all his passes downfield with pretty much a flick of the wrist.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Completed almost 70% of his passes in his senior year and had an incredible 172.7 passer rating!  Campbell is a player on the rise.
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White FB 4.65   4.56 11.90 7.47   31" 8'10" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: White is a better runner and receiver than blocker.  White will need the right system (or improve his blocking skills) to stick with a NFL team.
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McCune ILB 4.50 1.63       34 34"   20

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

McCune has the best combination of speed and strength of all inside linebackers in this draft.  He also checks in at 245 pounds.  McCune, who has served in the Army, is also a very coachable player.  Long term, he could be the best inside linebacker to come out of this draft.  However, he won't be the first one drafted.

Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotte.com) reports:  Louisville's LB Robert McCune has been impressive during Senior Bowl week, making big hits and showing aggressive play. While McCune has likely boosted his draft stock, the 24-year old prospect will be one of the oldest players available in the NFL Draft this year.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Louisville LB Robert McCune, who  measured in at under 6 feet tall - short for a LB - although his sculpted body, which appeared to be one continuous muscle, turned a few heads early in the week at the weigh-in. McCune also went out and impressed on the field where he was an instinctive, low-slung sparkplug type whose feet were always moving making him very difficult player to find and block
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
Louisville MLB Robert McCune, a low-slung sparkplug type whose feet are always moving making him another very difficult player to find and block had a solid practice Wednesday at the Senior Bowl.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Newberry is a former fullback who has played linebacker for only two years.  He is quick for his size and has some upside based on his work-to-date in college.  He has good technique, and experience will help his reads.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Stanford LB Jared Newberry showed decent range, both in coverage - he had a pass breakup in the 11-on-11 drills - as well as chasing down running plays, but wasn't that strong at the point of attack when he got there.
InsideTheLeague.com reports: Stanford LB Jared Newberry looked agile and athletic, despite not having played in almost two months, during the first day of workouts in Mobile, Ala., impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Unfortunately for Broughton this is a deep draft for running backs.  Broughton has a nice mix of power and speed.  He is worth a shot on day two of the draft.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Citadel RB Nehemiah Broughton held up very well in the blocking drill; Broughton also caught the ball reasonably well in passing drills, but dropped one in the 11-on-11s when he tried to run with the ball before he had it tucked away.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA:  Brown OL, Salave'a DT, Pierce LB, Smoot CB, Thrash WR
Key RFA: Marshall LB, Cartwright RB (7th), Evans DE, Warner DE
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: I like the potential of Ramsey, and Brunell is a good backup.  Hasselbeck is fine as a number three.
RB:
Portis and Betts make as solid a on-two punch as their is in the league.  However, Gibbs will have to change his offense some to get the most out of Portis.
WR: I like Gardner.  The Redskins don't.  Therefore, Washington will be looking to unload Garner and find a new starter to play opposite Coles.  Jacobs hasn't progressed as hoped, but year three is the key year for young receivers.
TE:  Cooley was a good pickup from last year's draft.  He's a keeper.  Look for the Redskins to bring in competition for Royal as the blocking tight end.
OL: The Redskins averaged only 3.7 yards a carry and gave up 37 sacks.  Their line could use an upgrade.
DL: A pass rushing defensive end, and a run-stuffing tackle to play next to Griffin are needed. 
LB: If the Redskins sign Pierce, and if Arrington is healthy, this is an excellent unit.  Washington-Pierce-Arrington should be a dominate unit.  Marshall should also be brought back as Arrington-insurance.
DB: If the Redskins bring back Smoot, this unit is solid.  Springs and Smoot are a good pair of corners and Taylor and Bowen are solid safeties.  Clark also played well filling in for Bowen.  A corner that can play slot receivers should be added in the draft.
ST: It may be time to bring in a serious competitor for kicker John Hall.  Morton should have a bounce back year as a punt and kick returner.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Washington
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 5 Taylor, Sean FS 6-2 231 Miami (Fla.)
3 81 Cooley, Chris TE 6-3 265 Utah State
5 151 Wilson, Mark OT 6-6 314 California
6 180 Molinaro, Jim OT 6-6 309 Notre Dame

 

The Redskins grade is limited by the number of selections they had.  Taylor was a great first pick.  He will be a difference maker on defense and will start from day one.  Cooley was a solid pick in round three. He can catch and block.  He should also be a starter sometime this year.  Wilson is a developmental project.  He will have to show something in camp to stick.  With only four selections in the draft, it's not good enough to come away with a player that could be cut in round five.   In fact, after drafting Wilson, the Redskins followed up with another offensive tackle (Molinaro).  This confirms my observation that Wilson is no lock. Molinaro is in the same position as Wilson.  There is a chance he could be cut as well. I would have drafted defensive end Isaac Hilton in round six instead of Molinaro, particularly after drafting Wilson in round five.  Hilton has potential as a pass-rushing defensive end, a need area for the Redskins.  As far as college street free agents are concerned, some to watch in camp are: wide receiver John Standeford, an underrated, polished possession receiver; Ryan Boschetti, who could develop into a rotation player at defensive tackle; and Billy Strother, one of the better college street free agents available. I had a late fourth round grade on Strother, who is a talented, albeit slightly undersized outside linebacker who, at a minimum, will be a demon on special teams.

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Miami

#1 ranked FS by Jaybird

Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Sean Taylor, in my opinion, is a much better athlete than Roy Williams and his football intelligence may be just as high as Roy's. Obviously Roy has seen immediate success and continues to be a force over the middle, so it will be interesting to see how Sean adapts to the pro game. He should be a top 10-12 pick when he leaves school. He's amazing to watch.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Taylor is simply the best defensive player in the draft.
Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 1st round, possible top ten. Good or bad move to come out early? Taylor could be the next Roy Williams. He's big and can catch like a receiver.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: The two players for whom several teams are considering moving up into the top five are Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Miami free safety Sean Taylor. 
Brian DeLucia of foxsports.com reports: Some scouts are turned off by Miami safety Sean Taylor, who doesn't seem to be taking the scouting process very seriously, but don't expect it to hurt Taylor much. The people making the draft decisions crave his physical skills.
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Cooley
Utah State

#5 ranked TE by Jaybird

Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: Cooley (6-3½, 251) had a great finish to the year with 10 catches in the Aggies' season finale against Idaho and made a highlight-film grab at Nebraska. Cooley finished the year with 62 catches thanks to his speed, athleticism and hands. He could be an H-back or moving tight end in the mold of former Washington Redskins standout Clint Didier. Cooley would be ideal in an offense like Mike Martz runs in St. Louis or the one Joe Gibbs will bring back to Washington.  Kiper had him projected as a third round pick at the time of this write-up.
D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Score one for Utah State. Cooley caught the ball well but he looks to be nothing more than an h-back in the NFL.
Nolan Nawrocki and Mike Wilkening of ProFootballWeekly.com report: Scouts (at the Senior Bowl) say Utah State TE Chris Cooley is a beefed-up wide receiver.
Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: Chris Cooley - Utah St - Not bad…good hands and good special teams work.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Cooley's forty times of 4.74 and 4.75 are great for a tight end
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Cooley is a good blocker so his surprising speed should see him take a jump up teams' draft boards.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Utah State's Chris Cooley, 6-3, 265, is a “complete tight end,” Pauline (jaguars.com draft expert) said. “Good pass-catcher, good blocker but not outstanding in any single skill.”
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Wilson
California

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Came to Cal as a TE but do to his pour route running was immediately converted to the OL. Started every game on the OL as a redshirted freshman winning many honors. Has continued to develop ever since. His only major flaw is in his run blocking. Sure, as a converted TE he still is working on refining some of the finer techniques used for the OT position. However, he is a fantastic blocker in the passing game and would improve immensely in his run blocking if he could strengthen his lower legs and ankles to give him more drive.
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Molinaro T 6.05.6, 308 5.04 - - - 21 - -
Molinaro
Notre Dame

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  Jim has excellent size, power, and strength to play left tackle in the NFL. A good knowledge of the fundamentals and a solid work ethic and attitude gives him excellent upside.  Limited experience due to switch from DT in 2001 will make him a late round developmental project. ND linemen always have had a rep for doing good in the NFL so it will add to his attractiveness in the draft
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Standeford 6-2¾, 195  4,51 - 4.12 - 6.57 - 31¼" 9-1
Standeford
Florida State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Standeford has the potential to be an excellent possession receiver in the NFL. He might not be the “spread the field”, “deep threat”, “big play” guy for your team but will definitely help keep the chains moving in the right direction.
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Boschetti DT 6.04.2, 305  5.16 - - - 15 - -
Boschetti
UCLA

Jaybird: below 4th round

Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com  reports: Under the radar - DT Ryan Boschetti, UCLA  — Boschetti spent time away from school as a personal trainer, during which he bulked up from 245 to more than 300 pounds in a relatively short time. A hard-nosed competitor, Boschetti could be a perfect reserve one-gap tackle whose high motor will attract some team on Draft Day.
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Strother O 5-11¾, 241 4.66 4.15 - 7.41 - 33" 9-4
Strother
New Mexico

#15 ranked OLB by Jaybird

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Strother  looked very good during his pro day workout.
Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com  reports: Under the radar - OLB Billy Strother, New Mexico — No, he’s no Brian Urlacher, but Strother is a fine athlete who makes up for his lack of height (a whisker under 6-0) and put on a decent enough display at the Combine to attract the attention of some NFL people. He’ll probably have to make it first as a special-teams player, but Strother is gifted enough to land on an NFL roster.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Washington
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
2 44 Jacobs, Taylor WR 6-0 205 Florida
3 81 Dockery, Derrick G 6-6 347 Texas
7 232 Hamdan, Gibran QB 6-6 240 Indiana

D+

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Thye

Jacobs is not a case of binging in another Florida player.  He was a first-round talent available in round two who knows the system used in Washington.  This pick makes perfect sense.  Look for Jacobs to be the 'skins third receiver.  Dockery may have been a bit of a reach, especially since his strength is run-blocking, but the Redskins didn't have another pick until round seven.  Hamdan is a developmental quarterback who will have to battle undrafted free agent pickup Brad Banks for that role.  Another interesting undrafted free agent signing was Sultan McCullough who has blazing speed and skills similar to newly acquired Trung Candidate.
Jacobs WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Taylor Jacobs ran the 40 in 4.37, had a 37-inch vertical jump, and didn't drop a pass in practice. (KFFL.com reported the forty time at 4.45 and 4.50)
Dockery Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one veteran NFC scout:  "Every year, you run into a kid who acts like he doesn't even want to be around and my nomination this year is (Texas guard Derrick) Dockery. I mean, he's got some talent, or at least we felt like he did when he did our meetings before coming to Indy. But his head doesn't seem to be in it, he kind of mopes around, and isn't very motivated. Maybe if he finds out he might drop out of the first day (the first three rounds), it'll light a fire under his ass, who knows? He hasn't looked like the same player we watched when he studied him on tape."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports, OG Derrick Dockery (Texas) hurt his draft status at the combine.  Dickery arrived at the combine as one of the better guard prospects and early projections had him a likely second- or third-round choice. But he looked too big, and at timed disinterested in what was going on, and turned off too many people. The fact he didn't test that well is almost secondary to a casual attitude.
WORKOUT NUMBERS   Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Dockery did not work out at the Combine but did here. He came into the day at 6-5½ and 338 pounds. His 40 times were 5.5 and 5.52 seconds. His vertical was 28 inches, his long jump was measured at 8-foot-4, he had 22 lifts, and his arms measured at 35½ inches.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : A


Ramsey is the best QB on the Redskins roster.  He should become the starter before the year is over and may end up having the bets year of all rookie QBs.  Needless to say, excellent pick.  Betts helped himself in the offseason.  He played well in the Senior Bowl showing he could catch as well as run and posted sub-4.5 forty times in private workouts.  Should be a more than capable back-up to Davis who could push him in a couple of years (could be similar situation to the Jets with martin and Jordan).  Bauman was another great pick.  This team has two excellent starting CBs (Bailey and Smoot).  Bauman does not have the size to start full-time but is a talented, cocky smaller corner who could, in his own right, be the equivalent of a shut down corner for quick slot receivers.  Bauman is a limited player but is on the right team and should be a major contributor.  Russell was a flat out steal in round three.  he could end up being this draft's Chris Chambers.  Great pick and perfect system in which to showcase his skills.  Lott was another good pick, although at a position of strength for the Redskins.  He has a better upside than many of the corners drafted ahead of him .  He was moved between safety and corner in college and that hindered his development.  But he has the skills to become a quality CB in the NFL.  TE Royal is another player who could surprise.  TE is not a position featured in the new Redskin offense.  But Royal has the size and hands to make the occasional catches that could come his way.  OT Coleman has third round talent but poor technique.  Technique can be taught.  Cartwright is an undersized fullback who can catch the ball and has good speed.


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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 32 Ramsey, Patrick QB 6-2 219 Tulane
2 56 Betts, Ladell RB 5-10 220 Iowa
3 79 Bauman, Leddure 'Rashad' CB 5-8 186 Oregon
3 87 Russell, Clifford WR 5-11 185 Utah
5 159 Lott, Andre CB 5-10 194 Tennessee
5 160 Royal, Robert TE 6-5 253 Louisiana State
6 192 Coleman, Reggie OT 6-5 301 Tennessee
7 230 Grau, Jeff TE 6-3 246 UCLA
7 234 Scott, Gregory DE 6-4 268 Hampton
7 257 Cartwright, Rock RB 5-8 237 Kansas State

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