My assessment of the Skins draft
Redskins 2008 Draft Assessment & Alternate Picks
I'll give my assessment of the Redskins 2008 picks and who I would have chosen instead. Generally I gave the Redskins a C+ because I felt they didn't do enough to address the O and D lines. The Skins philosophy is clearly BPA which clashes with my needs based approach. Apparently Casserly, on NFLN, claims most teams use a BPA approach and drafts fail if teams deviate from that to reach for a need pick.
This is, of course, a preliminary assessment. Let's see how things pan out in 3 years.
R2#34 Devin Thomas WR Michigan State
Love the pick and tremendous value in the 2nd round.
R2#48 Fred Davis TE USC
This is going to be controversial but I consider this a luxury pick. Davis is probably the best TE in the draft but since we have Cooley this is overkill. I feel there are other WCO type TE's that can be drafted to fit Zorn's system later in the draft.
Alternate pick: Jason Jones DE Eastern Michigan
Similar measurables to Merling but he comes from a small school so he is more of a project. Played DT his senior season so he has some flexibility (drafted by the Titans @ #54)
R2#51 Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma
A big talented WR with questionable attitude and knees. I have warmed up a little more to the pick because it's clear Zorn needs this type of WR for his offence. I'm 50/50 whether to stay with this pick or not.
Alternate pick: Earl Bennett WR Vanderbilt
A shorter version of Kelly (drafted by Chicago @ #70)
Chad Reinhart OT/OG Nothern Iowa
One of the draft's real sleeper picks – fills a need. I like this pick.
R4#124 Justin Tryon CB ASU
Depth at CB was a need and he fits our system so I'm fine with this pick.
R6#168 Durant Brooks P GTech
At first I was Po'ed at this pick but I quickly remembered Frost's inconsistency. Brooks was the highest rated punter in the draft so I'm fine with this pick too.
R6#180 Kareem Moore S Nicholls State
Since the Skins have only 3 safeties on the roster this was a need pick. Short but seems like a good in the box safety. However Josh Barrett was there and it seems odd they passed him over for Moore
Alternate Pick: Josh Barrett S ASU
R6#186 Colt Brennan QB Hawaii
I'm not a fan of QBs in gimmicky offenses and weak conferences. Honestly if the Skins wanted a developmental QB take Paul Smith in the 7th. His performance in the Bowl Game against Georgia convinced me he has no place in the NFL.
Alternate pick: Tom Santi TE Virgina
Picked by the Colts later in the 6th, he has similar size to Davis and would be a decent enough target to team with Cooley in the WCO.
R7#242 Rob Jackson DE Kansas State
Well at least it was a Dlineman. If the Skins drafted Jones as I suggested earlier this pick is unnecessary.
Alternate pick: Erin Henderson OLB Maryland
I do not understand why he wasn't drafted in at least the mid rounds. The Skins need depth at OLB because, like CB, incumbents are questionable due to injury.
R7#249 Chris Horton S UCLA
Another safety? I realize depth is a little thin there but you can get S in UDFA's too.
Alternate pick: Paul Smith QB Tulsa
I realize the need for a developmental QB. Paul Smith put up similar #'s to Brennan in a 2nd rate conference too, so I don't see the big difference between the two.
I welcome any comments and any assessments or alternate picks of your own.
Sean Taylor - You'll always be missed but never forgotten