Washington Redskins: 2010 Draft Grade
First Round Pick: Trent Williams, OT
There has been a lot of talk this week from various analysts about how the Washington Redskins made a risky move by selecting Williams at number four overall. Why didn't they pick the consensus best tackle in the draft, Russell Okung?
One thing you can bank on: Mike Shanahan knows how to select offensive linemen. Trent Williams has a much higher upside than Okung; his potential is limitless. Okung may already be as good as he will ever be, but Williams will only get better as time passes.
Of all the offensive linemen in the draft, only Bruce Campbell had more athleticism than Williams. Williams is perfect for the zone blocking scheme of Shanahan, because he moves very quickly for such a large man.
Second Round Pick: Donovan McNabb, QB
The Redskins traded this pick to the Eagles for McNabb, so he is essentially their second round pick. Nobody will deny (except, maybe Dallas fans) that a Pro Bowl quarterback with plenty of gas left in the tank is a great pickup for a second rounder.
Third Round Pick: Jeremy Jarmon, DE
The Redskins gave up a third-round pick in the supplemental draft last year for the right to select Jarmon. In limited action last year before he tore an ACL, Jarmon showed flashes of good potential.
If he plays like he did before the injury, Jarmon will be well worth his third-round cost. It will be interesting to see if the Redskins convert him to a linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
Fourth Round Pick: Perry Riley, LB
While Riley is on the small side (6'1", 239 pounds) and the slow side (4.7-40), he will provide some needed depth at linebacker. It is doubtful he will develop into a starter, but he could fill a need on special teams.
Fifth Round Pick: Adam Carriker, DE
Giving up their fifth-round pick to the St. Louis Rams, the Redskins picked up Carriker, a favorite of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Carriker has good potential, but he has been slowed by injuries in the past two years. If he stays healthy, Carriker could develop into a force as a 3-4 defensive end.
Dennis Morris (TE) and Terrence Austin (WR) don’t have much of a chance at making the roster unless they prove they can be standouts on special teams. The Redskins don’t have much room on the depth chart for tight ends, but Austin might have a chance to replace Marko Mitchell.
Eric Cook (C) and Selvish Capers (OT) could provide some depth along the line, but both are also long shots to make the roster.
Overall Grade: B+
The Redskins did the best they could with the amount of picks they had at their disposal. Trent Williams and Donovan McNabb will instantly transform the offense into a constant scoring threat, while Jarmon, Riley, and Carriker add good depth to a defense that should be once again stout in 2010.
The only reason you can't give the Redskins an 'A' for this draft is because they needed more picks. They definitely could have used a couple of more high selections of offensive linemen. But there is always next year, and after the 2011 draft, the Redskins line should look like the Hogs of old.
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