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Washington Redskins 2008 Draft Class Unfairly Labled a Bust

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 6:  Devin Thomas #11 of the Washington Redskins makes a fingertip catch for a touchdown in the first half against the New Orleans Saints at FedExField on December 6, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Saints defeated the Redskins in overtime 33-30. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Josh McCainSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows that I was (to put it nicely) not a fan of Vinny Cerrato.

In the 2008 NFL Draft when the Washington Redskins had glaring holes on the offensive line, Cerrato used the Redskins' first three picks on pass-catcher, as well as drafting a punter (seriously who does that?).

Despite all of that I'm not as quick as others to label this class a bust just yet.  That isn't to say it won't be a bust of a draft, but I think with them only starting their third season to label them as such would be unfair.

First off here at the picks made by the guru Cerrato:

Devin Thomas (2nd)

Malcolm Kelly (2nd)

Fred Davis (3rd)

Chad Rinehart (3rd)

Justin Tryon (4th)

Kareem Moore (6th)

Durant Brooks (6th)

Colt Brennan (6th)

Rob Jackson (7th)

Chris Horton (7th)

Two of those players (Brennan and Brooks) are already gone and only Kelly ( Injured Reserves), Davis, Thomas, and Moore are assured to make the team.

The rest are on the bubble.

When you factor in that most 6th an 7th rounders don't make a lot of rosters; the draft being a bust or not really falls on Cerrato's first three picks of Thomas, Kelly, and Davis.

Kelly, all and all, wasn't a wise pick; many teams shied away from him because of his knee.  The Skins should have probably waited to see if he was there in the fifth round before pulling the trigger on him.  However, he is a big receiver and if he can get healthy and make the roster next season he could a be a force on this team.

Devin Thomas had a rocky start in his NFL career, mostly because of laziness.  However, he did show what he is capable of in the loss (which should have been a win) against New Orleans last season.  Also Thomas was the Rookie Madden Bowl Champion of 2008, so there's that on his resume.

Mike Shanahan has pushed Thomas and I think this season when he's on the field you're going to see a completely different player, one who is going to make some big plays.

As far as both of these wide receivers are concerned, when they were both on the field they didn't have the best quarterback throwing to them.  Under then head coach Jim Zorn Jason Campbell was always second guessing himself and checking down.  Between the play calling and the quarterback these two weren't really given a fair chance to be truly evaluated.

Under Shanahan and with new quarterback Donovan McNabb, we are going to see what Thomas has to offer this season and hopefully Kelly next year.

This brings us to the Skins third pick Fred Davis, a big pass catching tight end.  This pick made no sense since the team already had Chris Cooley.  Honestly it could have gone to a position that was in more need. 

However, since it did not Fred Davis had turned in to quite the tight end and filled in nicely for Cooley when he went down in week nine last season.

And with so many question marks at wide receiver this year, having both Cooley and Davis out on the field is really going to help move the ball.  Davis, who shouldn't have been drafted at all by the Skins, might turn out to be the best pick of the draft.

I know I'm coming off as a "homer" here, but really these three haven't had a full opportunity to show what they can do.  So honestly I think it's a little early to label them a bust.

Kelly is on IR for the season, but Thomas and Davis really do need to show something this season, and honestly I think they will.

Until next time loyal reader, Go Skins and follow me on Twitter @jomac006.

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