RANDOM DRAFT THOUGHTS
- Who knows how Landry will pan out - and the Landry vs. Okoye debate may rage on for years - but give the Skins credit for at least sticking with their board and taking their highest rated D player. No one wanted to trade up with them very badly - all the first-round trade value was in the back-end of this draft - and after being blown away by Landry at his personal workout at LSU a few weeks back he became their top guy, as I have written.
- Projecting the latter rounds of the draft is damn near impossible. But if Oklahoma LB Rufus Alexander is still there in the fifth round I think the Skins would pounce. Also, should this He-Man punter out of Baylor, Sepulveda, drop to the sixth round, I think he would be a real option, too.
- The Ted Ginn pick is baffling to me in that spot. Did you see the reaction Cam Cameron got in his address to the fans? I couldn't imagine Coach Joe getting heckled and derided in public like that if he had announced the Skins had just selected Morris The Field Goal Kicking Mule. Would have loved to have been in that Fish war room, 'cause from listening to Cameron talk about how he's knows Ginn's family for 10 years and all of that stuff, hard not to think he went nuts to get that pick. GM Randy Mueller just went through a personnel death spiral when Joe College, Nick Saban was running personnel stuff, making Mueller essentially a scout if nothing else, and now you kinda have to let the new coach push for his guy a bit and man ... that's just a bizarre pick.
- I think the 49ers are legit. They made what could be a great trade to get that tackle in the late first round, and I wouldn't be surprised if they won that division.
- Had the Bears and Skins actually pulled that Briggs thing off, I think it may have come down to the LB from Penn State, Sears, the offensive lineman from Tennessee, Blalock, the Texas OL, or one of a few corners they liked a lot, including Charles Houston from Arkansas, for what it's worth Within Redskins Park, some people in the building really liked the Turk McBride D-Llineman who went in the second round, and they loved Eric Weddle, the do-everything, play-every-position-possible safety from Utah. I think the Chargers made a real stretch giving up as much as they did to get him, but he had a high-second round grade from some other teams too and one coach I spoke to last week compared him to a Matt Jones/Wes Welker type, only on defense. "There is no doubt you can get that kid on the football field for you right away. He's great on teams, he's coachable, he's a really good kid."
-- Have to wonder if there would have been have some push for Jarrett, the USC WR, at 31 had the Briggs trade gone down, as well?
- The defensive tackle who got kicked off Florida's team, Marcus Thomas, will be a name to watch today. He could end up being a steal in the late rounds and would certainly fit a need for the Skins, but I have heard he is not even on their board due to the serious character concerns, and I can't blame the Skins for that.
- What were the Eagles thinking? Good luck with the Houston QB, you'll need it. Have to think if it doesn't work out as at least a strong backup to fill in for McNabb's inevitable injuries, the QB Coach there will end up walking the plank.
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