The Redskins Draft Grade.

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Robert Griffin III coming to the Redskins this past weekend was the fact that we had alot more needs than our franchise QB. While I am amongst the redskins faithful that are more than excited to welcome “RG3” I think alot of needs went over looked this draft. I am not even going to grade the First round..I am homer all the way here! A++++++

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Third round. This was an area where I felt we were going to address our OT position. Let’s face it, Jammal Brown has been injured since he came to the Redskins and 2011 showed how shallow we were in the depth department. Let me be clear, when I use the word DEPTH I tend to mean somewhat talented back ups. The back ups we fielded last year after Jammal Browns’ injury and Trent Williams’ suspension were not talented in any sense of the word. We completely over looked Bobby Massie, the Junior out of Ole’ Miss who at the time was available, for a Guard by the name of LeRibeus out of SMU. Regardless of wether or not this guy “fits” our scheme he does not fit the work ethic that once was this franchises bright spot. To let yourself engulf to 380 during what is basically your future career tryout shows me the lack of dedication to not only yourself but your team. He was “sat” his junior year because of such, it is said for “academic reasons” but when a coach sees a guy that can barely move due to his weight….he sits him. With that said though this kid is comfortable in the ZBS and is very strong. Bobby Massie or Donald Stephenson could have easily been worked into our ZBS and would have been some talented “depth” guys for TW and JB. Brandon Taylor the SS out of LSU or one of those OT’s would have made this a grade A round but even with the acquistion of the extra pick in 7th ended up a C+.

4th round. This is where I thought we may look for that Guard/Center and a talented CB/SS. We completely lacked depth at both positions and as of right now I have NO idea who is playing SS for us this season. I like most was shocked initially to hear QB Kirk Cousins from Michigan State name called but I also immediately understood why they did it. I wrote last year about the blunders that Beck would bring to the Redskins but no one would listen. I am glad that Kirk will be filling Becks role on this team and I am excited to see what the future brings in return for us wether it be in a back up role or trade bait later. I personally would have liked to have seen Anotonio Allen from S. Car. and S Jerone McMillian from Maine they would have been stellar picks there. Our second 4th round pick is actually understandable and we got GREAT value. Keenan Robinson 6’3″ 242 OLB out of Texas is definitely our 2nd best pick in this draft. 85 tackles (8.5 for loss) and 6 PDs in 2011, he has the ability to play in space and cover tight ends WELL! I don’t know if they plan a move into the middle for this kid but that could definitely fill in some holes we have in the interior of our LB core that I had us filling in the 5th anyway. This round consisted of a strange but thought out pick as well as a great LB, have to give the Skins a B- here because of the lack of a TALENTED OT that is NEEDED at this point but did acquire another 6th. Great job on Keenan for sure.

Fifth and Sixth rounds. Fifth round I had us picking up a good zone LB or a good Center, we filled the LB in the fourth with a talented one so hail to that! We ended up with Adam Gettis a Guard out of Iowa. Gettis is kind of one of those more than meets the eye guys, he is actually a VERY good Center as well. Kirk Ferentz HC of Iowa used Gettis as center on his practice squad and even considered moving the little scrapper to Center. I actually liked this pick the second I heard it because we end up with more depth at G/C. First 6th round pick brought us Alfred Morris out of Florida Atlantic, another small RB to add to our squad but does have a knowledge of the zone scheme. (I guess Ganaway was off their radar even though he has soft hands and could have been our banger @ 3rd and shorts and Goal line situations) Second pick of the 6th finally brought us our Tackle Tom Compton out of S. Dakota! We actually got GREAT value for this kid @ pick #193, he can handle moving to the second and third levels of defenses and sustain good blocking form. He thrives at angles and makes pulling around the edge look like a day in the park. With the acquisition of the G/C combo of Gettis, T Compton and RB Depth (no Hightower in sight) this was another good round. Have to give them a C+ here.

Seventh Round. I am sorry but the last 2 picks were freak out picks and they made it clear by choosing 2 DBs. After a relatively good draft they almost managed to piss it away but I have watched Jordan Bernstine play ball and dude can ball. In 2011 he accounted for 99 tackles (44 solo) and had 3 tackles for a loss and a Sack. I like this kid @ SS LATER in all honesty and if I have faith in anyone working him in, it would be Raheem Morris. It will not be an immediate transition, he will have to earn his spot but I think he may contribute later on in his career. I give the 7th round a grade of D-. Reaching for straws and left our SS position wide open. (Brandon Taylor was RIGHT there lol)

Alot of fans are giving this draft an A++ simply because we got our “Franchise” QB but it is what was not done that I will take into account of this grade. We did manage to get depth at the LB position and GREAT depth at that. We ended up actually getting a good depth tackle at great value so Kudos there. We also ended up with 2 Guards to fight for spots on our team and one that can play Center. SS and CB depth is still horendous and we still don’t have a big bruising back (Ganaway was available when we got Morris) and I still have no idea who starts @ SS or Nickleback. Overall we got a GREAT QB prospect and a 2 Great values from LB Keenan and T Compton. We added “players” to the Oline and DB charts but I wouldn’t say they are depth players at this point. We hit on 2 of the 4 areas well so I have to give this draft an overall grade of B- and that is simply off the fact we got RG3…without him I would have given this draft a C-. Good job overall Redskins, quite excited to see what we are capable of this year.

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A Tribute To Sean Taylor.

I was chatting in one of my favorite spaces this evening Extremeskins.com and a post from a member was talking about the leadership abilities of RG3.  The #2 draft pick in this years draft but everyone’s #1 here in DC!  This talk of leadership led me to respond with the on the field leadership (lead by example if you will) of Sean Taylor. As I carried on through writing my reply I suddenly got choked up. I think about Sean Taylor every time I watch a game and always ask myself “what if he was still out here putting fear in these WR’s hearts” but I have never really talked about him in length since the shooting until today.

I began to think about on what level is it that this guy reached me to invoke such love for someone I have never met, then I decided to watch a film of his highlights as a Redskin and I instantly remembered why.  He played the game the way that everyone should live their lives: full of passion, without fear and outright determination.  He made everyone around him better by simply playing every play as if it was his last. When you see someone do that day in and day out you can’t help but be inspired. This easily translated through the TV screen and the Football field as I watched him play. I took my little cousin to the game against Detroit (Sup Frampton) and by the end of the game Taylor had yet another young follower who still wears his number to this day and plays as if he is Taylor reborn. He inspired not only the players around him to be better, but his fans as well.  That is the definition of a TRUE leader.

He was a raw talent on and off the field, as he grew into the incredible talent he was on the field, it was matched by his growing as a man and a father off  of it. Regardless of what went on in this mans past, the day his daughter was born was the day that changed the rest of his life. He began to approach both football and life in a whole new manner. He was a complete professional on and off the field. If he wasn’t at practice he was home with his daughter and his high school sweetheart spending time with them. Developing bonds with them the same way he did his teammates, protecting them the same way as well. He was also seeking spiritual guidance. During a late night conversation with his family’s pastor at an International House of Pancakes restaurant in College Park, Maryland, Taylor reaffirmed a decision he’d made earlier in 2007 to return to the Adventist Church and to the Lord.

The aftermath of events that took place on November 27, 2007 shows how respected he was in both Football and in Life.  I am not going to post up stats for the simple reason that he brought a lot more to the game of football than INTs, Hits and Forced Fumbles, he made a nation of fans believe…he made me believe.  I am choosing from this point on to not be saddened by the loss of this great man, but to rather celebrate him.  You were in a class all by yourself Sean Taylor and you are missed by many.  You will never be forgotten, especially by this fan. #21

The Meast In Action ==> Best of Sean Taylor!

TY SHK from ExtremeSkins for the quotes.

Thomas Jones: “I knew Sean. I played against him the past couple of years in the league,” said Jets running back Thomas Jones during his weekly appearance on a local radio station. “He’s one of the better safeties in this league. That’s just tragic and it’s kind of hard to believe. We just played against those guys a couple of weeks ago and I talked to him and now he’s gone. It’s unbelievable.”

Jonathan Vilma “Sean has been a close friend of mine since our days at the University of Miami. He was a great teammate and an even greater person,” Vilma said in a statement. “It is so hard for me to fathom that I am not going to be able to pick up the phone to call him. My deepest condolences are extended to his family, especially his daughter and parents. Sean will definitely be missed and I hope for the best for his family.”

Kellen Winslow: “My thoughts and prayers go out to Sean Taylor’s family,” Winslow said in a statement released by the Browns. “The University of Miami’s one big family, and we lost a brother today. “Sean and I had a special bond.We came in to college together, we left for the NFL the same year and were drafted right next to each other. “Sean’s future was taken away from him by a senseless act of violence. I am at a loss for words to describe the pain I feel for Sean and his family right now.”

Ken Dorsey: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and former teammate, Sean Taylor. Sean was an intense competitor and a great teammate at the University of Miami.

Ken Hamlin: “The guy had a family, a lot of friends,” Hamlin said. “Sure he’s a great player, but from everything you hear, he was a great person as well. It’s definitely a big loss. I pray for his family and friends at this time.”

Roy Williams: “It’s tragic. I’m wearing a (No.) 21 on the back of my helmet for the rest of the season,” Williams said. “He’s a great dude. I met him at the Pro Bowl and was impressed with him on the field and off the field. He really will be missed.

Jeremy Shockey: “I first got to know Sean in college when he came in as a freshman and I was in my last year at Miami. He came in with Kellen Winslow. He was kind of a wild child, like myself, but life changed for Sean after he had his baby girl. Fatherhood really changed him. He grew up and matured. That baby (daughter Jackie) had transformed his life. Working out with him during the offseason, I witnessed a change. You could see it like night and day. I feel so bad for the family.”

Sinorice Moss: “It’s a tough time for me right now. Sean was really like a brother to me. We were classmates and teammates at UM and he was a guy that just loved football and loved being around his friends. I feel for his family. I know his dad real well, and I feel for his baby girl. He was so proud of his little girl, and it’s just so sad that he’s no longer here and won’t be able to see her grow up. The whole UM family is hurting right now. My prayers go out to his family because they are going to need our support.”

Andy Reid: “We are saddened by the news about Sean Taylor’s death. Although I did not know Sean personally we have competed against him for the last several years. He was a good football player who played the game with great energy and passion,” Reid said. “I listened to the respect and remorse that Coach (Joe) Gibbs and James Thrash had and felt for Sean. These are two people I know and respect greatly.

Eric Green: “I didn’t know him that well,” said Green, who still fell to his knees crying. But there was a feeling in my stomach that I knew him forever. One thing people don’t really know about the NFL, the league is like one big fraternity. It can be a guy from the Redskins and he can be out here, and he says I am in the NFL, if we are out, we show him love. To see another one go down, it brought back memories of New Year’s Day, when we were at Antrel (Rolle’s) house and at 5 in the morning, we are hearing (Broncos cornerback) Darrent Williams died. It was like the whole thing came back to me.”

Willis Mcgahee: “Sean was a great player, but more importantly a special person. When a senseless tragedy like this happens close to home, it really makes you think about the people in your life. This is much bigger than football; life is precious and you are reminded of that every day. I know he is in a better place, and my prayers are with his family.

Herm Edwards: “When you lose a young man like that, in the prime of his life, it sets you back,” Edwards said. “You think about the things you really feel bad about, and you figure out, ‘You know what? That’s really not too important in the grand scheme of it.’ ”

Tony Romo: “Once you are part of the NFL, you are part of a family. He was a guy that was a great talent on the field,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “It’s hard to talk about.”

Chris Samuels: “A few weeks ago I was telling Coach Gibbs how Sean has matured, I thought he was a great guy off the field. He’s really a team guy.”

James Thrash: “He’s been tremendous. From the first day I met him to now, it’s like night and day. He really has his head on his shoulders. He has been doing really well as far as just being a man. It has been awesome to see that growth.”

Joe Gibbs: “We’re going to miss him, I’m not talking about as a player. I’m talking about as a person.”

“Bounty Gate” the fallout with Gregg Williams Audio.

I understand that there are little nuances outside of what us fans get to see that make Football what it is. Wether it be superstitions, a cookout at a veterans house to form player morale or things such as players competing and betting for money. But if you are trying to end someones career over 10 grand, I find that despicable.  Many of the retired and current football players have said throughout “Bounty Gate”, this happens in every locker room in the NFL. and I couldn’t AGREE more, but  I don’t think they meant to this extent though.  A friendly competition to see who can knock the snot out of someone with a clean hit between the numbers and “aiming” for someone’s head and or leg are 2 totally different things and a few of the retired players “supporting” the Saints have  already stood against this as this is NOT the norm.

I will admit I was one of the “old school” NFL fans fighting against the penalties handed down to Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization. I will continue to hold my stance that this takes place in EVERY locker room in the NFL (as far as hitting someone so hard it takes them out of the game and you win a little pool), but I believe NO team (including the Saints) aims for specific areas on bodies like were described in the tape. I quote Gregg Williams on Michael Crabtree “See if he becomes human, when we ***** take out that outside ACL.” on Frank Gore “We need to decide, how many times we can beat Franks’ head.”  My argument has always been “there is NO proof that they were aiming specifically for body parts ” and let’s be honest…there still isn’t.  Even with the release of this tape I still have doubt that their intentions were to harm players.  There really is NO video that shows these actions were ever carried out, hence NO PLAYER SUSPENSIONS.  In the end, I still think it was somewhat just a “hype’em up speech” myself,  but you can do inspiring speeches without mentioning SPECIFIC injuries and areas. (see Ray Lewis) You can hear the full audio of Gregg Williams here. http://theusof.com/

At the end of the day, football is a very aggressive, competitive and violent sport.  It is simply nature that makes these players want to destroy each other out there. We are taught at a very young age to “go out and make his nose blow bubbles.” or “take his **** head off!” probably the most common phrase I heard growing up in football.  Listen to that for 15 years and it becomes 2nd nature.  I do actually hope that defenses in this league keep their competitive drives up and continue to make football the exciting hard-hitting game it is, but do it with honor and respect for the other players on the field, that’s someones son, husband, father, uncle or brother.