NFL Draft 2008: Report Card
Arizona Cardinals: B
The Cards satisfied their two biggest needs in the first two rounds of the draft, as if it were scripted for them to do so. We expected them to take the top corner on their board in the first and that is exactly what they did taking the talented, athletic Rodgers-Cromartie to fill the spot vacated by Antrele Rolle's move to safety. The Cards also needed to give some help to their secondary by getting a better pass-rush and Calais Campbell has serious ability to do so. He was a first round talent that they got in the middle of the second round. Early Doucet could be a steal in the third round especially in Anquan Boldin winds up on the trading block. The biggest issue? The Cardinals did not get an answer for Edgerrin James, as Timothy Hightower from Richmond is a big back, but lacks great speed and will not be a franchise back by any means. 'Zona even reached to take him in the fifth round.
Atlanta Falcons: B+
Looking to put the Michael Vick fiasco behind them, the Falcons took the best player at the most important position on the team in BC QB Matt Ryan. This is a perfect situation for Ryan as he is used to carrying a team with a mediocre supporting cast. OT Sam Baker has great feet and agility and will be a solid left tackle in the NFL if he can get a little stronger, but I just don't see why they had to trade back into the first to get him, I had him as a second round player. ILB Curtis Lofton from Oklahoma adds toughness and power to the inside of the defense. Head Coach Mike Smith will love the way Lofton plays and can be the quarterback of that defense. CB Chevis Jackson and S Thomas DeCoud are both also solid players who can help the Falcons D right away. The biggest problem is they did not take the defensive tackle they desperately needed when they could have had Glenn Dorsey.
(I went 3-3 with Atlanta's first three selections, but it had no bearing on their grade)
Baltimore Ravens: B-
This was no better than a C after the first day in my estimation. Reaching for Joe Flacco was a mistake, and they probably could have given up less to get him later, particularly when they cashed in when Jacksonville wanted to move up. However, Ray Rice will be a solid second back behind McGahee and 7th round RB Allen Patrick was a steal, giving the Ravens depth at running back. LB Tavares Gooden gives the Ravens another talented backer from the U who could help them right away with his versatility in their 3-4 scheme. I would have liked to see more offensive lineman taken, particularly with uncertainly surrounding Ogden's future and with a rookie QB potentially starting. Oniel Cousins is a talented, but raw player who will not solidify that line by any means. Receiver also needed a bigger upgrade than New Mexico WR Marcus Smith who has limited upside.
Buffalo Bills: C+
The first three rounds of the Bills draft really deserve an A. After that, there is not a great deal to be excited about. The Bills did not reach for Devin Thomas at 11 and were able to get the best corner in the draft. Then, they got a top 5 receiver and the big red zone target to compliment Lee Evans. Virginia Tech DE Chris Ellis has tremendous pass-rush skills and will upgrade that d-line. However, Akron CB Reggie Corner was a huge reach and in the fourth, with plenty of talent left on the board. RB Xavier Omon is a powerful runner without great speed, but they already have Marshawn Lynch for that. Addionally, the Bills desperately needed a tight end, but reached in the fourth round to get Derek Fine from Kansas, who really seems like an H-back with limited pass-catching capabilities. That Bills defense needed depth at linebacker, reaching for Alvin Bowen from Iowa State was certainly not the best option to address that need.
Carolina Panthers: B+
After saying goodbye to DeShaun Foster, the Panthers were looking for a back to compliment DeAngelo Williams. Stewart has a physical style and has the speed to hit the seam and go. He has great versatility in the passing game and should be a good fit along with Stewart. Otah will help pave the road for Stewart and Williams, bookending with Jordan Gross. However, they gave up WAY too much to get him ( a 2, a 4 and 2009's #1). Otah will be a great fit for the Panthers and their run game, but mortgaging your franchise to get the fourth or fifth best lineman in the draft does not make much sense to me, particularly on a team with holes in a number of areas. Getting Charles Godfrey and Dan Connor in the third were steals and will help Jon Fox's defense right away. TE Gary Barnidge and DT Nick Hayden were also great value picks. If not for the overpay for Otah, we might be saying the Panthers came away with one of the best draft classes in 2008. As it is, they added tremendous talent to a roster that hasn't been the same since they lost in the NFC Championship game in 2006.
Chicago Bears: B
Chicago: I know you like Rex Grossman, but you couldn't take one QB? The Bears addressed just about every major concern area on their team except for the most important one, they still have no quarterback. Chris Williams can come in right away and help in the passing game, but lacks the great power to facilitate the improvement of a lackluster running game from a season ago. Matt Forte will certainly help with his powerful style and ability to grind out yards. OT Kirk Burton and WR Marcus Monk were absolute steals in the 7th round and with essentially no receivers worth talking about, Monk and Vandy's Earl Bennett will have a chance to come in and help whoever is under center right away. DT Marcus Harrison and S Craig Steltz should help provide depth on an underachieving defense from last season. This grade could have been considerably higher if the Bears front office had not been too stubborn to draft one of the many quality signal callers in this draft.
Cincinatti Bengals: C+
With all the dealing going on just ahead of the Bengals, they did not panic and simply got their guy at nine. Rivers will bring character and a winning attitude to a defense that has been putrid. The Bengals will get back Odell Thurman but likely will lose David Pollak to retirement. Rivers will be able to play where the Bengals feel they could use him and we know Marvin Lewis can coach linebackers. Taking Simpson in the second seems like a reach, particularly with Desean Jackson, Limas Sweed, and Malcolm Kelly all still on the board. Simpson is a tall receiver with soft hands, but he certainly does not have the kind of explosiveness to replace Chad Johnson. DT Pat Sims is a great pick and will help this defense right away, but what about the rest of the defense? This Bengals team was terrible last year against the run and the pass and could have used upgrades just about everywhere. WR Andre Caldwell and OT Anthony Collins help on offense, but there were just too many needs elsewhere to justify such an offensive focus.
Cleveland Browns: A-
With no first day picks ( a welcome change for Browns fans), Cleveland had to be especially creative. The Browns front office kept it together and made some inspired picks. You can never have too many linebackers if you play a 3-4 and Beau Bell can really clog the middle in run support. TE Martin Rucker gives the Browns a dynamic set of young pass-catching tight ends with Kellen Winslow Jr. on the other side. WR Paul Hubbard was a steal in the 6th round and will have time to learn from guys like Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth. DT Ahtyba Rubin was also a solid value in the 6th round, but with a glut of defensive tackles already, I would have liked a corner there. Overall though, the Browns stuck to their board and did not reach for guys, worrying about making sure they got every single need satisfied.
Dallas Cowboys: B+
The seemingly perfect match between Arkansas Jones' works out even with Richard Mendenhall on the board. Felix Jones presents the perfect compliment to Marion Barber's violent style and will give Dallas a much needed lift in the return game. The Cowboys traded up to get Mike Jenkins from South Florida, a guy with shutdown potential, but was inconsistent at times while in Tampa. He can be physical and has great speed, plus the best hands in the draft at corner. He could facilitate a move to safety for Anthony Henry. With the second round pick, the Cowboys' depth allowed them to take a luxury pick and grab Bennett. A great blocking tigh end with a massive frame, Bennett can be a compliment to Jason Witten's receiving skills and will be another giant red zone target for Romo. I expected a receiver at some point, as well as some more help in the front 7 for the 'Boys who could have used depth at D-tackle and linebacker.
Denver Broncos: C
Denver had to be extremely happy to see Ryan Clady make it to them at 12. Clady is the second best offensive lineman in the draft and probably the best pass blocker. Despite his massive size, Clady has great feet and agility to stay with edge rushers like Shawne Merriman in the West. He could be a good fit for the zone scheme in Denver as well. In the second round, I love Eddie Royal and believed he was an underrated prospect (Apparently, he was not as under appreciated as I thought) Denver took the former Hokie over Sweed, Jackson, and Kelly. If they wanted a slot receiver I don't know why they wouldn't take Jackson, but I still think Royal will be an excellent compliment to Brandon Marshall and will give Jay Cutler another weapon in the passing game. The defense was just horrible against the run, and it seemed to me, there were bigger needs than to reach for a receiver in that spot. Furthermore, DT Carlteton Powell by no means solves the Broncos troubles up front. LB Spencer Larson really only projects as a solid back-up and won't help much on a linebacking core that needed to get better. I would have preferred Steven Justice or Mike Pollak to Lichtensteiger, particularly when both Justice and Pollak project into zone schemes. Still too many holes on that defense to justify so much offense.
Detroit Lions: C+
I am all for picking "your guy," but this was at least 10 spots too high for Cherilus. The Lions desperately needed a right tackle and Cherilus fits their power run scheme so it can't be held against the Lions too heavily (although it is easier to second guess Matt Millen). Then, another reach for Jordon Dizon who, to me, was at least a round too high, perhaps two. To be fair, the Lions dominated the third round, grabbing a tough running back for their system in UCF's Kevin Smith, and two defensive lineman DT Andre Fluellen and DE Cliff Avril to bolster a depleted defensive line. Wake WR Kenneth Moore was a reach in the fifth round, but has some talent. The publicity Caleb Campbell will make him a steal, regardless of how he plays. FB Jerome Fulton should help their power running game although the fifth round is a little too high for him.
Green Bay Packers: C+
I love the tough, physical corner from Auburn, Patrick Lee, for the Packers. He will get to learn from Al Harris and Charles Woodson and could develop into a solid nickel corner as a rookie. Also, TE Jermichael Finley from Texas brings great athleticism and upside to the Packers offense. I just don't understand WR Jordy Nelson when you have five solid wide receivers on your roster and bigger holes to fill. I do, however, like Brian Brohm in the second for Green Bay. They don't know if Aaron Rodgers it the next franchise QB and Brohm could have been a top 5 pick last year had he come out early. In two years, Brohm could be the Packers starting QB; if you're gonna draft a QB, why not one who can start for you? If nothing else, he is Matt Schaub like trade bait in a few seasons. South Florida OL Josh Sitton was a huge reach in the fourth, but Ted Thompson has very specific requirements of his offensive lineman and they really like him...that doesn't mean I have to.
Houston Texans: B-
Some people in the ACC believe Duane Brown has been overrated by many, and the Texans clearly appear to be one of those who have fallen in love with his athletic talents. I thought the Texans could have drafted a corner or safety at 26 and waited for a guy like Anthony Collins or Tony Nicks. Instead, they took their corner in the third and made an enormous reach for Antwaun Molden who was really no better than a sixth round prospect in my opinion. I love Steve Slaton for this offense, looking for an explosive running back with versatility in the passing game. He will be an excellent fit for the Texans and could help them as a rookie. LB Xavier Adibi in the fourth and DT Frank Okam in the fifth were great value picks and should add depth to the Houston defense. The Texans draft was all over the place, but they wound up with several players who could really help this team down the road.
Indianpolis Colts: A-
Without a first round pick, the Colts were still able to make out like bandits in this draft. Mike Pollak and Steven Justice were the two best centers in this draft and to get Pollak in the second and then Justice in the sixth was brilliant. One will likely move to guard, but both are perfect fits for Indy's running scheme. I love Phillip Wheeler and Marcus Howard as linebacker son this defense. Wheeler is smart and a great leader while Howard can fly around the field and get after the quarterback. RB Mike Hart was also a great value sixth round. The only reason this is an A- and not an A is because I thought the Colts could have used more help upfront on defense, having not drafted a single defensive lineman. There is a reason the Colts have gone from cellar-dwellers to perennial contenders, and it is drafts like this that keep them consistently talented and deep.
Reach city for the Jaguars all draft long. Jacksonville bolted up the draft board to grab Derrick Harvey at 8, then grabbed an almost comparable pass-rusher in Quentin Groves in the second round. LB Thomas Williams from USC was a reach as well and offers no upgrade over any of the current Jaguar linebackers (a position of relative weakness on this team). I am not sure why a team who just lost Marcus Stroud opted to take no defensive tackles but rather two finesse, speed rush end and proceed to add no other strength to the front seven. The Jaguars gave up too much in this draft and got too little in return. Harvey and Groves have excellent pass-rush ability but to trade up to grab an end, then draft one in the second with the same skills seems foolish. CB Trae Williams will offer some depth and could help on special teams right away as a gunner.
Kansas City Chiefs: A+
If the Colts made out like bandits, what the Chiefs did has to be somewhere between Ocean's 11 and the Italian Job. Glenn Dorsey is the best defensive player in the draft and perhaps best suited of any player to have success in the NFL. Brandon Albert will help that aging Chiefs offensive line right away. I love Brandon Flowers for the Chiefs secondary with a physical presence the kind of swagger Herm Edwards will appreciate as a former DB. Texas RB Jamaal Charles was a great value pick in the third as was S DeJuan Morgan. OT Barry Richardson from Clemson could also wind up to be a great value in the sixth round, and if he gets motivated watch out. Tenneessee TE Brad Cottam needed to go to a place where he could learn and watch, what better player to learn from than one of the greatest to ever play the game in Tony Gonzalez? C Brandon Carr was really the only reach of the draft for K.C. in what looks like the most loaded group of 2008.
Miami Dolphins: B-
No where to go but up...well almost. After a 1-15 season the Dolphins looked like they were cruising through the first three rounds. OT Jake Long will be a pillar on the OL for a decade and DE Phillip Merling fell right into their lap at 32, giving them a top 25 player and top 5 defensive lineman. The selection of QB Chad Henne has to make you believe they are not sold on John Beck, and probably has a higher upside anyway. Kendall Langford is one of the best small school prospects in this draft and fits what they want to do with their 3-4 defense at end. After that, it was just reach after reach with G Shawn Murphy and RB Jalen Parmele. Why not bring Mike Hart in to run behind his former teammate Jake Long instead of drafting an almost identical back without the production or experience? DT Lionel Datson was one of the lone bright spots in the Dolphins second day draft.
Minnesota Vikings: B+
Unlike the Chicago Bears, the Vikings went into the draft with considerable QB issues and emerged with one of the most accurate signal-callers in the draft. USC's John David Booty does have a cannon, nor the athleticism of Tavaris Jackson, but is more polished and has considerably better precision with his throws. S Tyrell Johnson looks like the the heir apparent to Darren Sharper and can actually tackle, so that will be a plus for the Vikings. Notre Dame C John Sullivan could step right in for Matt Birk shortly and has the kind of toughness to help pave the road for Adrian Peterson and co. Letroy Guion was a steal in the fifth round and will give the Vikings the option of resting their talented tackle tandem, something that will be particularly important for a team looking to make a playoff run. The only issue I have is, where is the play maker in the passing game? Bernard Berrian is not the answer and there were plenty of receivers worth taking that would fit this offense and make life easier for the Viking's young quarterbacks.
New England Patriots: C
I hate to give the Patriots such a low grade given their history of great drafts. Jerod Mayo was a reach at 10, but has fills a flaring need and has the versatility and athleticism to contribute right away. I could think of half a dozen corners I'd rather have than Colorado's Terrance Wheatley in the second round, but his speed and agility should provide depth for the Pats' thin secondary. Shawn Crable shares more than just a similar name to Mike Vrable. The former Michigan linebacker has the strength and motor to get after the QB in the Patriots 3-4. Matt Slater was a big reach on a team that could have used a little help behind Welker and Moss. Someone must have forgotten to tell New England that they had depth issues outside of just the linebacker position. This was not one of the best drafts and we cannot blame Super Bowl loss hangover.
New Orleans Saints: B+
The Saints clearly believe their ticket to the Super Bowl lies in improving their defense. DT Sedrick Ellis and Demario Pressley should sure up a porous run defense and a pass defense unable to consistently get pressure. Tracy Porter has the speed and agility to be a great compliment to Mike McKenzie. I expected them to pick a receiver earlier but got awesome value in Adrian Arrington in the seventh. Some people don't like Taylor Mehlhaff, but he has a big leg and was excellent Wisconsin. Carl Nicks is a massive, powerful blocker who would give the Saints O-line some much needed depth. I know they traded up and gave up picks when they had holes, but they clearly believe Vilma and Morgan are the answers at linebacker. The holes along the defense were filled to some degree, but I would have liked to have seen them add a tight end for Drew Brees to utilize in the middle of the field and the red zone.
New York Giants: B+
Teams at the bottom of the first round often have the luxury of picking players with great talent who fell for whatever reason. The Giants took advantage of that when they took S Kenny Phillips and WR Mario Manningham. Phillips had an outstanding sophomore year and could step in right away to replace Gibril Wilson at safety. New York needed a wide receiver and Manningham was a dynamic player at Michigan, although concerns about drug use and his dishonesty regarding it clearly dropped him in the eyes of teams. Terrell Thomas was a bit of a reach in the second round, but is big and physical. He will bring a great attitude to that great Giant D. Linebackers Bryan Kehl and Jonathan Goff added depth at linebacker for a team that lost Kawika Mitchell from an already thin group. Andre Woodson at the bottom of the draft was an outstanding value pick and someone who will have time to learn the offense while Eli runs the show. Some help up front on the offensive line would have been nice, but overall an excellent draft as the Giants simply let the picks fall to them.
New York Jets: B-
It would be hard to grade the Jets at this point because they picked some guys who have boom or bust capabilities. DE/OLB Vernon Gholston could be the best defensive player in this draft by the end of his career, or he could be just another physical specimen who failed to live up to expectations on the next level. The same can be said for Dustin Keller, although his natural pass-catching abilities and athletic talent make that less likely. The issue with Keller is the Jets needed a wide receiver and could have gotten the best receiver available when they traded back into the first round to nap Keller. I know Chris Baker doesn't like it, but he doesn't much say. Dwight Lowery was a bit of a reach in the fourth round, but he was a play maker at San Jose State and had to cover James Jones in practice everyday. I like Erik Ainge as a back up, but maybe he just adds more murkiness to an already opaque quarterback situation in New York. The Jets failed to address one of their biggest needs, wide receiver, and some of their top picks may take some time to develop into play makers in the NFL. This grade could be very different in five years.
Oakland Raiders: C-
It looks like Al Davis doesn't care about being an old dog, he will not learn new tricks. Despite needing help at a plethora of positions, the Raiders took two wide receivers, a running back, a corner, and a defensive end when they have holes at d-tackle, everywhere on the offensive line and at every position not running back. McFadden has the chance to be special, but at what cost? Why pass up Glenn Dorsey at a need position, it makes no sense. I love CB Tyvon Branch and the Raiders needed help in the secondary. Two wide receivers will help JeMarcus Russell, but neither are particularly special. It is hard to believe that the team who took the best player in the draft could be getting such a low grade, but this was one of only a handful of teams who should not have taken McFadden. I know none of the backs in Oakland are this good, but they just had too many other areas that needed to be filled, that never got filled, because Al Davis wasted a pick. Glenn Dorsey can be on defense what McFadden will be on offense and they let that chance slip away.
Philadelphia Eagles: B+
Philly has done it again: they did not make very many glamorous picks, but have one of the more solid draft classes in the NFC. DL Trevor Laws can play inside or outside and should thrive in Jim Johnson's complex blitz schemes. The most inspired pick was DeSean Jackson in the second round. Donovan wanted play makers and Jackson is one of the best in the draft, and on yeah....he can catch a punt. Not only can he catch a punt, he is the most dynamic return man in this draft and will make the Eagles special teams dangerous right away. DE Bryan Smith was a reach particularly with Laws coming in, but they like his motor and he could play linebacker. They took a risk on Wisconsin DB Jack Ikegwuonu who is coming off a serious knee injury, but he was a second round pick before the injury. He and S Quinten Demps from UTEP could really bring some depth to an aging Eagles secondary, particularly at safety. G Michael McGlynn from down the road at Pitt should also bolster an O-line that has been getting a little long in the tooth.
Pittsburgh Steelers: A-
Talk about a team reloading, the Steelers offense could look very different next season. RB Richard Mendenhall was a top player in the draft and fell all the way to 23. He should be the perfect compliment to Willie Parker's big play speed game. Also, Limas Sweed gives the Steelers a big, red zone receiver who can also get deep and will open up the passing game for Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes. But they didn't just upgrade the offense, OLB/DE Bruce Davis is a pass rush specialist and in the 3-4 he could be a terror. I love that pick for the Steelers. OT Tony Hills gives them some youth on the offensive line where they have gotten older and it has shown. I would have liked to have seen more offensive lineman, but with guys like Mendenhall and Sweed falling, I can't fault them for taking such dynamic offensive weapons.
San Diego Chargers: C
It is not really part of the grade when you consider trades and other things that take away picks if they did not happen during the draft. However, the Browns were able to address needs with a small number of picks, the Chargers should have been able to do the same. Antoine Cason was a solid pick, although it was a tad high in my opinion. I guess I understand Jacob Hester as an H-back, but even that is stretch particularly in the third round. RB Marcus Thomas was a huge reach, especially with serviceable backs left in the sixth and San Diego needed to get LT a guy to spell him. OT Corey Clark and CB DeJuan Tribble were nice value picks, but overall the Chargers draft was less than stellar.
San Francisco 49ers: B-
Kentwan Balmer definitely fits a need and could be a solid replacement for the great Bryant Young. G Chilo Rachal has great technique and ability with a winning attitude this team has not had in a long time. I love DB Reggie Smith and even with Nate Clements, San Fran needed some depth in the secondary. Smith is a big, physical coverman with outsanding experience and versatility. Cody Wallace could be a solid player for them as well along the interior and WR Josh Morgan was somewhat underrated coming out of VTech. He has good size and speed and could really help the 49er passing game under Mike Martz. I thought they would address wide receiver earlier and I wanted them to add some pass-rush potential. However, with a number of holes and few picks, San Fransisco upgraded its roster considerably, particularly with its first three picks.
Seattle Seahawks: B
Lawrence Jackson over Phillip Merling seems like a mistake, particularly when they could have also had their pick of wide receiver or tight end and just as easily gotten Jackson, or a comparably player later. I like Carlson as a tight end for them, he probably reminds Mike Holmgren of Mark Chmura, only hopefully without the high school girls in hot tubs part. I thought better of the other two tight ends still on the board, but the Seahawks scouts get paid and I just blog. I like DT Red Bryant and FB Owen Schmitt for the 'Hawks and they got good value there. They also added depth at running back with Justin Forsett from Cal. However, with receiver falling, Seattle could have gotten their favorite receiver in the first round OR the second round and yet passed both times. The Seahawks are tenuously thing at receiver and with Deion Branch hurt, they could have used to help.
Saint Louis Rams: C+
I know Adam Carriker is in place as a defensive tackle, but Dorsey is a special talent inside. He should have been the choice at two, but I really can't fault the Rams for taking Long. I can, however, fault them for taking WR Donnie Avery in the second round with every receiver still on the board. I can think of a dozen receivers I would have taken over the former Houston receiver and plenty of them would fit the Rams passing offense. One of them, they took in the fourth round, Keenan Burton. I am OK with OT John Greco and love the CB Justin King pick in the fourth because of his value there. I thought King was being overvalued by many of the talking heads and the draft just proved NFL scouts agreed with my evaluation of the inconsistent Penn State product. I liked the G Roy Schuenning pick, he could be a solid player on thin offensive line. I just don't know why they waited so long to address linebacker when it was a pressing need on their defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B/B+
Aqib Talib needed to go to cover-2 defense and that is exactly what Tampa did when they picked him 20. Talib could be a serious play maker for Tampa with his ball skills and instincts. Taking WR Dexter Jackson was a bit of a reach, particularly with the guys still on the board, but he can fly and the Bucs needed a deep threat to take some pressure off of Joey Galloway. I thought taking G Jeremy Zuttah was a reach in the third, but he fits a need. I love DT Dre Moore and QB Joshuah Johnson for the Bucs. Both players have a ton of talent and we all know what Jon Gruden can do with quarterbacks. Johnson has outstanding talent and was one of my favorite players coming out. Nabbing Geno Hayes, the linebacker out of Florida State, in the sixth round was another great move and could be a great fit in their defense. I thought adding a running back would be a priority, but Tampa clearly believes the Cadillac will be out of the shop in time to be a factor.
Tennessee Titans: C
One of the more disappointing drafts had to have been by the Titans. In desperate need of receivers for Vince Young, Tennessee drafted RB Chris Johnson in the first round. He will be an excellent compliment to Lendale White and to be fair, has outstanding versatility in the passing game. I liked DE Jason Jones for Tennessee despite the fact that some might consider it a reach. TE Craig Stevens and WR Lavelle Hawkins did get some help for VY, but still leaves him with no #1 threat. Hawkins has some return potential and could give them some explosiveness they will miss with Pacman in Dallas. DE Williams Hayes was a major teach and they could have filled other needs there as well. Difficult draft to figure out for Titan fans, but Vince Young is not going anywhere and there is always cuts...but this certainly will not satisfy folks in Nashville.
Washington Redskins: A-
Some people might say this is too low for a team that got the two of the best receivers and the best tight end in the draft. However, G Chad Rinehart and CB Justin Tryon were reaches and superior talent was available. I also thought safety should have been a higher priority, particularly when talented safeties like DeJuan Morgan fell. However, the Redskins wanted to help Jason Campbell and new head coach Jim Zorn clearly wants to improve that offense. Fred Davis will give Campbell another seam stretching, red zone target. QB Colt Brennan was an interesting choice and he will be able to learn the offense with Campbell and develop that way. Brennan should be a valuable back up for Campbell and potentially even a serviceable temporary replacement given Campbell's injury problems. Brennan talents fit the schemes Zorn wants to impliment. The Redskins draft may not have been the best, but it was probably the "sexiest," particularly at the top.
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