Washington Redskins: Why the Post-Draft Hogs Are Not as Bad as Advertised

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Washington Redskins: Why the Post-Draft Hogs Are Not as Bad as Advertised
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As whispers of a new CBA ring louder and louder by the day, football fans (myself included) are as giddy as school girls hoping to soon be asked to the prom.
I for one can't wait until there's more to talk about in the sports' world beyond women's soccer and disgruntled litigation.

As a new deal gets closer to finalization, you can be sure the Washington Redskins are ready for the mad house that will be the 2011 NFL free agency period. There are many holes to be filled and it remains to be seen what course of action the Redskins' front office will pursue.

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Washington Redskins fans have patiently wandered through the desert of mediocrity, having been led from path to path, being promised at each turn that the fabled "Promised Land" and "Glory Days" are just around the corner. The fact of the matter is since Vinny Cerado took over team operations, this team has been anywhere from bad to dreadfully mediocre.

But a new day has arrived!

Today we see a new administration willing to make smart decisions for this franchise (i.e. actually allowing a desired player walk away from Redskins Park without a contract), while making intelligent personnel decisions without breaking the proverbial bank (See: O.J. Atogwe, Trent Williams) and the brilliance that was the 2011 NFL Draft, leaving no one to question the long-term direction of this team.

Furthermore, the team that is today the Washington Redskins (or will be, once they're allowed back on the team's premises) is not a bad football team.
Sure the 6-10 record last year was wholly uninspiring. But the football team was competitive all season (excluding the game which will not be spoken of; In which, Mr. Madden Cover '04 made the Washington defense look nothing superior to a video game defense set to "Rookie," but I digress).

Give the team another touchdown more per game and it's a 12-4 season. Heck, even another field goal per game and 11 of the games are won or taken into overtime.

The Redskins overcame their first major obstacle this off-season by amassing an unusually high amount of draft pics and using them on players who have the potential help the team greatly moving into the future. With the the draft in the books, the following slides will focus on each position and mark possible improvements which Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen could take advantage of in free agency to continue the development of the Washington Redskins moving forward.

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