Inside Slant--Draft Review
Not that the Redskins built last year's NFC semifinalists through the draft. The 2005 Redskins had only eight homegrown starters -- H-back Chris Cooley, tackle Jon Jansen, tight end Robert Royal, tackle Chris Samuels, guard Derrick Dockery, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Sean Taylor, and Royal has since signed with Buffalo.
They might have raised that number back to seven, however, with Miami linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who they traded up 18 spots to choose No. 35 overall, in the second round. The Redskins gave the New York Jets picks No. 53 and 189 (a sixth-rounder) and next year's second-rounder for LaVar Arrington's possible successor.
McIntosh is the kind of versatile athlete that assistant head coach Gregg Williams loves at linebacker (see strong-side star Marcus Washington and middle man Lemar Marshall). And the Redskins have a fondness for Miami players (Taylor, record-setting running back Clinton Portis and Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss).
Trading on the first day is no surprise for Washington. Two years ago, in their first draft since the return of coach Joe Gibbs, the Redskins traded for a third-round pick and chose tight end Chris Cooley. Last April, Washington gave up this year's first-rounder to move into the first round and take quarterback Jason Campbell.
As for Washington's five second-day picks, history says not to expect much impact. Not only do the Redskins return the vast majority of last year's playoff team, but the 14 players chosen on the second day during vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato's five previous drafts have combined for five starts in Washington.
Williams, who has produced top 10 defenses during both of his years in Washington, obviously carries a lot of weight with Gibbs, as the Redskins used their five of their six picks on defense. They virtually ignored the offense, which is under the direction of new associate head coach Al Saunders.
None of the second-day picks has a chance to start and all will have to fight to make the roster.
A closer look at the Redskins' picks:
Round 2/35 -- Rocky McIntosh, LB, 6-2, 231, Miami
The Redskins gave up a sixth-rounder this year and a second-rounder in '07 to get the versatile Hurricane, who should win the WLB job.
Round 5/153 -- Anthony Montgomery, DT, 6-5, 312, Minnesota
A 295-pound QB as a high school senior, Montgomery is obviously athletic, but he must toughen up to make the roster.
Round 6/173 -- Reed Doughty, S, 6-1, 210, Northern Colorado
The straight-A student might just make the grade in the NFL with his all-out hustle, reminiscent of late Cardinals S Pat Tillman.
Round 6/196 -- Kedric Golston, DT, 6-4, 300, Georgia
Golston managed just 95 tackles in four years at Georgia, where he teamed in 2002 with Redskins DE Nic Clemons and LB Chris Clemons.
Round 7/230 -- Kili Lefotu, G, 6-5, 315, Arizona
Versatile four-year starter will compete with free agents Mike Pucillo and Tyson Walter and 2004 draftee Jim Molinaro to be a backup.
Round 7/250 -- Kevin Simon, LB, 5-10, 236, Tennessee
Quotes and Notes
--DT Anthony Montgomery, Minnesota, fifth round. At first glance, Anthony Montgomery is nothing special. After an unspectacular career at Minnesota, he was picked midway through the fifth round.
However, Montgomery has the kind of story that Redskins coach Joe Gibbs loves: raised in the projects of Cleveland, first in his family to attend college. And Montgomery, a high school quarterback at the staggering size of 6-foot-5, 295 after gaining 105 pounds between his freshman and senior years, has the athleticism and the body -- he's now 6-5, 312 -- to make the defensive coaches smile.
"My visit (to Redskin Park) was about two weeks ago and from the time I set foot in the door, it felt like home, like where I was supposed to be," said Montgomery, who didn't get that same feeling during his other pre-draft visit, to Green Bay. "(Receiver Antwaan) Randle El was talking to me like I had been on the team forever."
The Redskins followed with two picks in the sixth round, Northern Colorado safety Reed Doughty, No. 173, and Georgia defensive tackle Kedric Golston, No. 196 and two in the seventh, Arizona guard Kili Lefotu at No. 230 and Tennessee linebacker Kevin Simon at No. 250.
Montgomery, admittedly not the hardest worker early in his college career, was named a captain and dropped 30 pounds before his senior season. He produced nearly identical numbers -- 41 tackles (nine for losses) and three sacks.
Pro Football Weekly's draft preview was none too kind to the 22-year-old, noting his lack of quickness and tendency to play too high and wear down quickly. Scouts Inc., ranked Montgomery 33rd among defensive tackles, 15 spots behind Golston, whose instincts and lower body strength were criticized. The 6-4, 297-pound Golston was suspended for the 2005 opener after being arrested for hitting a police officer while breaking up a fight in a bar.
Both Montgomery and Golston could have an uphill battle to push Cedric Killings or Ryan Boschetti out of a backup tackle spot behind starters Cornelius Griffin and Joe Salave'a.
--Safety Sean Taylor's trial in Miami on assault and battery charges, postponed until May 8 after the forced withdrawal of prosecutor Michael Grieco on April 12, is expected to be pushed back again now that Judge Mary Barzee has been relieved on an interim basis by Leonard Glick and Grieco has been replaced by Abe Laeser. Taylor faces up to 46 years in a Florida prison on three charges of brandishing a firearm and one count of simple battery stemming from an incident last June 1.
--Tackle Jon Jansen, who broke both of his thumbs last September and played most of the season with one or both protected by splints, had more surgery on the right one on April 28 and will have it in a splint for six weeks. Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said that the splint won't limit Jansen much in the off-season conditioning work.
--Vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said that the Redskins will sign 11 undrafted rookies as soon as the draft ends to bulk up their numbers for this weekend's rookie mini-camp.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I can promise you there are going to be some great players that come out of this draft from the fifth (round) down. Those are where the home runs are. Could we be the team that hits a couple of those?" -- Coach Joe Gibbs, whose Redskins had five of their six picks in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds
The Redskins cut return specialist Antonio Brown and defensive tackle Aki Jones on April 28. Brown, who was impressive in a late-season look in 2004, was cut after fumbling a kickoff in the 2005 opener. He was re-signed in November and beat the Arizona Cardinals with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Jones played in four games last year as a rookie free agent out of Fordham.