NFL Draft 2011: Should Mike Shanahan and Washington Redskins Stay Put?
Or would Washington be smart to move down?
I like the idea of Washington gunning for Blaine Gabbert.
As a longtime card player who's enjoyed a trip or five inside some casinos in New Orleans, I like that high stakes, gambler's mentality. When you go for broke, though, sometimes you get burned and lose a ton in the process.
Which is why I'd stand my ground stay put at No. 10. Washington simply doesn't have enough chips to play with this time around.
I know in today's world, we're impatient and we want immediate gratification. We want our Lombardi trophies tomorrow. With Daniel Snyder at the top, though, that's just not going to happen. The 'Skins have been impatient for far too long and tried for the quick fix instead of the steady, patient approach to building a consistent winner.
I look at what Green Bay's done under Ted Thompson and seen pick after pick showing sound decision making in the draft process.
Of course, if more teams tried to follow New England's approach to stockpiling draft picks like baseball cards they'd probably see an improvement as well.
I think Mike Shanahan and the 'Skins could do a mix of both in this draft. It makes absolute zero sense to move up and just hand out extra picks when you've got so many other holes to address.
It's going to take time for Washington to reach the level that Green Bay, Baltimore or Pittsburgh is at. The latter two are gold standards when it comes to building thriving, healthy winners, but what they have in common is that both are brilliant when it comes to the draft and know how to use their picks wisely.
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