Knowing Your Role: Figuring Out Where The Redskins Rookies Fit on the Team

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1.) Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Head coach Jay Gruden stated straight out that Scherff will start out at right tackle. He projects as a Pro Bowl caliber guard, but the Redskins desperately need right tackle help.

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Everyone Talks About How Stupid Post-Draft Grades Are; Doesn’t Stop People From Doing It

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So I get it. The 2015 NFL Draft is over, and that means that coverage of it is about to dry up. There’s a sizable gap in content between the start of the draft and the start of training camp, a hole that voluntary workouts and mandatory minicamps can only fill for so long.

And so you have to ring every last bit of content out of the waning days of the draft as possible because unless Jameis Winston “forgets” to pay for some seafood again there will basically be nothing to talk about until July.

But man are draft grades dumb. I mean dumb for real. Just asinine and totally dumb. And the worst bit is everyone knows it, and yet they keep pumping out columns about it.

It’s impossible to grade a draft 24 hours after it’s happened. No games have happened, training camp is a gleam in most coaches’ eyes, and what every article about draft grades boils down to is “how many big names did they take” and “how many positions that we projected they needed did they feel.” It’s almost entirely based on the author’s personal opinion, which is impossible, because no one analyst plays that much attention to every team in the league.

And so it becomes easier to fall on cliches about teams — popular hearsay and prejudiced ideals — to better accomodate having to fairly judged 32 teams who have mostly drafted players that you don’t know about. If you’re making a draft grade article half an hour after the draft ends, you’re not spending hours looking at tape and searching up combine resorts. You’re making snap judgments based on little information.

In 2011, the Washington Redskins had what appeared to be a great class. They traded down, gaining multiple picks. They filled several needs and looked to be rebuilding a thin team.

4 years later? Two of their 12 draft picks from that season are still on the team. That draft only produced one pro bowler (Ryan Kerrigan). 6 of those 12 players are currently free agents or out of the league. The draft only produced one full time starter on top of that, and again, that was the first round draft pick.

It’s almost comical to look at that draft and compare it to say, Seattle’s much maligned 2012 draft, or even their overlooked 11 class. All they did was fine a bunch of solid contribuitors that eventually produced a Super Bowl, and yet those drafts were mostly treated like jokes.

Every Redskins fan ever laughed at Dallas when they drafted a center in the first round and a projected guard the year after that. They completely revamped their offense and dominated the line of scrimmage with their offensive line and gave Tony Romo 300 years to throw the ball, while the Redskins quarterbacks were sacked a combined 58 times.

Picks that look like slam dunks now will inevitably bust, and picks that look dumb now will inevitably prove people wrong. It’s how it works.

The way to do it is as CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler did it; not assessing each and every individual pick, but examining a team’s overall strategy and the general talent and fit across the team. That way you limit bold proclamations about something being horrible or the best and keep a mostly neutral viewpoint about the overall direction of a draft.

Content over quality analysis is a plague in the NFL; hell, in sports in general. Pieces that seek to generate controversy over inform make everything worse. The only thing worse than that is 2016 Mock Drafts in May 2015.

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Bigger, Meaner, and Nastier: Washington Redskins Second Round Analysis and Best Players Available

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GM Scot McCloughan set the tone in round one; he drafted a big, physical offensive linemen with a mean streak. On day two, McCloughan continued to add to his renewed focus on beefing up the trenches, while also adding some needed depth to the running backs.

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The First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft In Three Cynical Sentences (Or Less)

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This is my challenge to myself to analyze every pick in the first round in three sentences or less. Because really, the NFL Draft boils down to hot takes anyway, so why not makes 32 hot takes in one post?

NOTE: I started this the day after the draft, which means some of what I say makes no sense in hindsight. But when has hindsight every stopped some hot takes, amirite?

1.) (TB) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Jameis Winston gets drafted first overall like everyone thought he would. His first reaction was to post a picture of himself with crab legs on Instagram. A new era of no self-awareness and endless coverage of a black quarterback has begun.

 

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