Honestly, I never had so much as a sip of the Jason Campbell Kool-Aid. I never thought that the Redskins would go make this deal to get a quarterback when they have a four-year veteran—who oh, by the way, they had spent a first-round pick on just a few years ago—who has shown some flashes of brilliance. I have to say that I just don't get it.
Not that Campbell's not a good quarterback. He has a good, accurate arm, good mobility and excellent leadership skills. He represents decent value at the #25 spot.
It's just that this is a team that is building to win in the next couple of years and taking the quarterback of the future or making sure you have a good backup should Ramsey go down seems to be something of a luxury for a team that finished 6-10 and, sorry to be redundant, had the #30 offense in the NFL.
Time to digest and reflect. Back at you later.
The positions to watch now are WR and DE. The premiere players at each position are now off the boards, but the second tier has yet to be tapped in to. For the receivers, that means Oklahoma's Mark Clayton, Roddy White of UAB and Reggie Brown of Georgia. We know that Clayton and White have talked with the Redskins, although it's unlikely that Clayton will fall to 25.
The ends still on the board include David Pollack of Georgia, Marcus Spears of LSU, Justin Tuck of Notre Dame and Erasmus James of Wisconsin. At this point, the best DE left on the board at #25 is likely to be a better player than the best WR there at that time. But we have that little situation of a #30 offense and a #2 defense and the first pick has been used for defense.
It's Carlos Rogers. Certainly, a need pick. He's a good blend of size and speed, a corner with catch-up speed who won't be terribly outsized by most NFL receivers.
Complete analysis of Rogers to follow between now and when the Skins use the #25 pick.
It's decision time for the Redskins.
Offense or defense? It's fair to say that all of the predraft talk of taking Carlos Rogers at #9 was based on the perception that Mike Williams would be off the board by now. Do they go with Mike Williams to bolster the #30 offense in the NFL or do they try to replace a key ingredient in their #2 ranked defense from last year and take Carlos Rogers?
The defense "won" the first-round debate last year when Sean Taylor was drafted rather than TE Kellan Winslow.
The possibility of a trade down is still there, but this makes it considerably more unlikely.
Now, Minnesota is the only realistic destination for Williams in between now and when Washington drafts. Regardless, as things unfold, a trade down is looking more and more like a good option should there be a team willing to move up to #9. Only one WR and no cornerbacks have been taken yet and that's where this draft is deep and those are the team's two primary areas of need. This will give them the luxury of moving back and still getting a highly-rated player at one of those spots later in the first round.
If the legion of Redskins fans out there has a collective breath, it just emitted a collective sign of relief. A reasonable estimate would put those opposed to trading up for Edwards with an advantage over those who advocated the move of at least 10 to 1.
Of course, we don't know how much of the trade up talk was smokescreen and how much was genuine. The view here is that the interest was genuine, but they didn't have enough in the way of assets to pull it off. They may have had enough to get to #4 had Cleveland passed on Edwards, but that's a moot point.
It appears now that the only thing between the Carlos Rogers wearing Burgundy and Gold next fall is each of the five teams drafting ahead of Washington passing on Mike Williams.
Benson to the Bears. For all the talk of surprises and wheeling and dealing, it's been all chalk so far.
This is the key moment here. A trade for Edwards either happens here or it doesn't happen at all. If Miami doesn't trade the pick, they'll probably take Edwards. Even if they pass on Edwards, Cleveland won't.
The Niners are on the clock, as they have been since January. The Skins don't have the ammo to trade all the way up to #1 even assuming that the 49ers really are in a frame of mind to deal it. They're fielding calls from every team, we're being told breathlessly by Sal Palantonio. That hardly qualifies as "man bites dog" news. What team at #1 doesn't field calls in the minutes leading up to the pick?
Now, given the recent animosity that has existed between the Post and the Redskins organization, which one do you think is getting better information?