So I don’t know how long it takes for draft talk to go stale, but since we’ve got a few more days before rookie camp begins on Friday, what say we kick around what’s being said about Washington’s rookie pickups?
Our friendly grader Mark Maske gave the Redskins a B and liked their secondary moves:
They didn’t have a first-round pick, thanks to last year’s Robert Griffin III trade. But they made the necessary moves to patch holes in the league’s 30th-ranked pass defense last season, with second-round cornerback David Amerson, fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas and sixth-round safety Baccari Rambo.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano liked the additions of Thomas and Rambo as well:
“[I]t’s not crazy to think either or both could compete for the starting free safety spot this year. But that’s not the main reason they were picked. Shanahan took these players because they represented good value at their slots and played a position at which his roster is thin. He’s playing the percentages with guys who were playmakers in college, and if one of these two ends up being a starter, that’ll help this look like a good draft in retrospect. If both do, he’s struck gold.”
NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk liked the secondary moves too, but also listed some spots where the Redskins missed: Right tackle and inside linebacker.
Tarik El-Bashir at CSN had some insights on the less-heralded picks, the two Seminoles the Redskins drafted in the fifth round and seventh-round RB Jawan Jamison:
“Hearing that he left Rutgers early to support his ailing mother makes you want to pull for him. But a look at his measurables – 5 foot 7 and a sluggish 4.62-second 40 – makes you wonder a bit, doesn’t it?”
Redskins.com rounded up the draft grades from four national draft-watchers, and they weren’t all that kind. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thought it was a B draft. But CBS Sports’s Rob Rang found Washington’s draft to be an A-.
We all know instant grades of drafts only mean so much, and opinion among the biased and unbiased varies. But it’s pretty encouraging when your opponents’ fans respect what you did on draft day, as Giants blog Big Blue View wrote.
And perhaps the most interesting post-draft link of all? BloggingthebEast did a three-part “film” (YouTube) review of second-round CB David Amerson which shows both the good and bad from his play at N.C. State. This is one of Jimmy Kempski’s conclusions:
“The double moves, for me, are the smaller issue. That can be fixed. It was the lack of effort and the total unwillingness to tackle that is more alarming, and a much harder fix. The talent is clearly there, but Amerson is going to have to decide if he wants to play football at a high level. If he does, he should be a good pro. If not, he’ll be out of the league very quickly.”
And remember the site with the “spider charts,” mockdraftable.com? Here are the measurables for six of the seven players the Redskins ended up with: David Amerson | Jordan Reed | Phillip Thomas | Chris Thompson (no link) | Brandon Jenkins | Baccari Rambo | Jawan Jamison
If for some reason you’d found yourself short on reviews of the draft, well now you’re not. Enjoy.
More football coverage from The Post:
D.C. Sports Bog: Baccari Rambo’s name was once ‘Goo Fudge’
D.C. Sports Bog: RGIII’s ESPN the Magazine cover
D.C. Sports Bog: London Fletcher talks about his surgeries
D.C. Sports Bog: RGIII at White House Correspondents’ Dinner afterparty
D.C. Sports Bog: Vinny Cerrato on second-rounder David Amerson