Feeling Drafty #10: Washington Redskins

April 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

Slim pickings in Washington this season, and while I would have preferred Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall took home Washington Team MVP honors.

As long as Dan Snyder is still in the NFL, any decrepit, washed-up player will have a place to call home.  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, Santana Moss, Joey Galloway, and any running back that they’ve had in the last five years have all played their best ball already.

It looked so promising for about five seconds.  They brought in two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Mike Shanahan, the genius behind the Texans’ powerful offense and Mike’s son Kyle Shanahan, former Super Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, and record-setting running back Larry Johnson.  Promising, until you realize that Mike Shanahan is difficult to put up with and he’s been out of football for over a year.  Kyle is nothing without a good quarterback and wide reciever, both of which he had in Houston, and neither of which he had in Washington.  Donovan has lost his legs and isn’t as dynamic as he used to be.  And Larry was an experiment that Dan Snyder tried that failed horribly (see Shaun Alexander and Willie Parker for further proof).

And their defense wasn’t impressive either.  Albert Haynesworth wasn’t worth the zillion dollars Washington paid him and DeAngelo Hall was only good in one game, and that was because Jay Cutler was being a tard.  All in all, the Redskins are in need of a second overhaul in as many seasons.

Without a solid quarterback left on the board, the Redskins may go with their next biggest need, wide receiver.  Santana Moss had a surprisingly great season with 93 receptions, 1,115 yards, and six touchdowns.  But, he’s 31 years old.  And the Redskins don’t have a lot behind Moss on the depth chart.  If Moss gets hurt or slouches next season, the Redskins won’t have a #1 WR.

Last year, Julio Jones was Alabama's biggest playmaker. He could be a big playmaker next season for Washington.

They can protect against that by drafting Alabama WR Julio Jones.  Jones had a breakout season last year after the Tide decided to go with a more balanced offense.  He took home All-American honors with 77 receptions for 1,133 yards, and seven touchdowns (oddly enough, a similar line to Santana Moss).  Jones and A.J. Green have been in a heated battle for top WR honor.  These two are likely the only WRs to go off the board anywhere near the top 15.  But Washington would be wise to get him off the board before he goes down that far.

But then again, Washington takes a close third to Jacksonville and Oakland as the masters of bad drafting, so you never know with these guys.


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