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Redskins have the least young talent in the NFL?


(By John McDonnell - TWP)

Earlier in the week, I noted that the Redskins have the NFL's oldest current roster, and are projected by at least one beat writer to have an older 53-man roster than they did a year ago. In the never-would-have-guessed-it category, here's the reverse side of that: ESPN.com and Football Outsiders's Bill Barnwell believes the Redskins have the least amount of young talent in the NFL. Here's his analysis, based on players who will be 25 or under on Sept. 1.

Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have inherited a wasteland from Vinny Cerrato, who used his draft picks to acquire "has-beens" and "never-weres." As a result, the Redskins only have four "young" starters, and two of them (wideout Devin Thomas and safety LaRon Landry) have been professional flops. Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo was extremely effective last year, and rookie tackle Trent Williams should start on the left side from Day One. The only notable young players behind them are tight end Fred Davis and backup linebacker H.B. Blades.

No Colt Brennan? (Note: Brennan will somehow be 27 years old when this season starts. News to me.)

Anyhow, yikes. I knew Landry had struggled recently, but I hadn't given him the Flop label in my mind, nor had I realized that strong teams like Baltimore have four elite 25-and-under starters, just on offense. This is why the Future is Now.

Barnwell also ranks the NFL's top 25 breakout candidates (who must be low draft picks on rookie contracts with fewer than five career starts, and he includes cornerback Justin Tryon at No. 5. Advanced stats show that Tryon was surprisingly effective in 2009, and Barnwell thinks he could take Carlos Rogers's job before the end of the season:

While DeAngelo Hall allows countless completions and LaRon Landry overruns play after play, the team unearthed a bona fide starting corner in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. Tryon only started two games during his second year in the league, but he played like he belonged in the Millionaires' Club. According to the Football Outsiders game charting project, Tryon allowed 5.8 adjusted yards per attempt, nearly a half-yard better than any other Redskins corner.

Tryon, believe it or not, recently turned 26, so he doesn't help in the young talent rankings.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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Comments

I think you made a mistake. This is a post about the Redskins that doesn't mention Albert Haynesworth in any way. I'm confused.

Posted by: Terry_Allen | July 15, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Tryon would credit Darrell Green or if he got other help.
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/10/AR2009081002781.html)

Posted by: boywaja | July 15, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The Ravens will be a very good team this year and could end up in the Super Bowl.
With the receivers they acquired and Flacco with another year of experience, the offense will be very good.
I wish them well. The folks in Baltimore are good people and good fans.

Posted by: chopin224 | July 15, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

DUH!

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 15, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

jeremy jarmon, chris horton?

Posted by: mopp04 | July 15, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Basically any starter on a team under 25 made that list. Was kind of irrelavant. Pains me say it but if you include depth, the Eagles would be on the top of that list.

Posted by: saltine182 | July 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Remove the word "young" from the headline...

Maybe lose the question mark too.

That about sums it up

Posted by: Scoonie97 | July 15, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I got nothing against Tryon as a person or whatever, but...dude ain't good.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | July 15, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Remove the word "young" from the headline...

Maybe lose the question mark too.

That about sums it up

Posted by: Scoonie97 | July 15, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse


Wow, Donovan McNabb is only a hall of fame QB.

London Fletcher is a perennial beast at LB. Brian Orakpo was a ROTY candidate.

Guess every team has idiots for fans.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 15, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

meh, glass half empty attitude. You could say the Redskins have the most experienced team in the NFL.

Posted by: mordrud | July 15, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Uhh. what about Chris Horton? Dude was awesome two years ago and injured and woefully underused last year. Horton got game I am looking forward to him having a big year.

Posted by: Terrapinjoe56 | July 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to agree with the Chris Horton assesment; the kid made SportsCenter two weeks in a row as a rookie (and a 7th round draft pick); he should be healed up by training camp (hopefully)

Posted by: guisher | July 15, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I did a quick lookup once on what the average number of draft picks during the Vinny Cerrato era (i think 2003-2009). It was about 5.5 which was by far the lowest in the league.

In my opinion that is not how a dynasty is created. You need to take your chances on the young guys too and not just older free agents.

Posted by: larrydag | July 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Landry is a total flop. He's awful. What games are you watching him play?

Posted by: Rex91 | July 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Landry is a total flop. He's awful. What games are you watching him play?

Posted by: Rex91 | July 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd give him one more chance this season, I'd give a lot of people one more chance this season. Look at the management from the past 2 years, can you honestly give a credible player evaluation based on this? My answer is "NO".

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 15, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

complete 180 of what this front office told us where were going build the right way well getting rid of more draft picks for older vets ring a bell to anyone same story different people

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | July 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

complete 180 of what this front office told us where were going build the right way well getting rid of more draft picks for older vets ring a bell to anyone same story different people

Posted by: cjdwolfpack

Right, the teams was awful last year and had been heading downhill for the last couple of years. They talk rebuild but everyone who comes here tries to put an 8-8 team out there so they look at least average as coach/and or manager.

What makes the Redskins think they are so above an drastic rebuild.

Posted by: millineumman | July 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, are you math challenged or what? If the Redskins have the oldest projected roster, it stands to reason that they don't have very many young guys. Duuuhhhhh.

Posted by: Rational_Man | July 15, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

tryon can't tackle..and makes a lot of mistakes....hall doesn't tackle neither does rogers....with landry over running or taking wrong angles is it any wonder why folks get so many long runs against us.

Posted by: outrbnksm | July 15, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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