adamcaplan> Hi everyone!
adamcaplan> I thought Washington did a nice job in the draft.
adamcaplan> Trading back was actually a smart move being that Thomas was available in the
Vatoothdoc> Welcome Adam...been a follower of yours since your early fantasy footballdays.
adamcaplan> Cool, I'm not involved much in fantasy any more other than the show on Sirius
but I'm in a few leagues.
CounterTrey> We scored with who we picked but the key question among redskins fans seems to
be were they the right postions ie TE and Davis?
adamcaplan> The move raised some eyes but Davis' addition gives them the ability to go
two-TEs more, Plus he'll help their red zone offense. I noticed about 4 teams did that. Took
a TE early when they have an established starter.
Vatoothdoc> Adam overall how would you rate our draft? I know it's early but I thought we
adamcaplan> Solid, I don't ever give grades until 3 years have passed but I liked the plan.
I would expect Kelly to start of Thomas who is raw. Thomas has more upside for down the line.
They have to get Moss protection with a physical presence on the other side.
Rat_Boy> Adam, what do you think of the big deal being made about the Redskins taking 3 pass
catchers despite the needs on the defensive line?
adamcaplan> The DE crop was weak.
CounterTrey> New trend maybe?
adamcaplan> It was interesting but each team wanted to have a good second option at the
position. Look at Dallas. They really didn't need to take one early but did.
CounterTrey> what about jason taylor?
adamcaplan> They didn't offer a first rounder so they didn't get him.
Vatoothdoc> Adam I'm one of the guys who is concerned about the lack of pass rush from our
d-line. Any info on if the Redskins are looking to improve here?
adamcaplan> I don't expect anything significant to come to fruition. They didn't have high
grades on the ones that went in the first two rounds. I can tell you they do like Alex Buzbee.
newshog> Any likely rushers going to be released in June (though that market's dried up
adamcaplan> No one of note expected.
21037dad> Do tou think the J Taylor price drops as camp gets closer?
CounterTrey> So you don't see the possibility of JT's trade stock dropping and the dolphin
staking less for him in a month or so?
adamcaplan> They seem to want to keep him now. Once the draft is over the urgency to make a
Vatoothdoc> Adam is Zorn's version of the WCO going to be difficult to put in...and how
long do you think it will take the team to be good at it?
22JoeWash> And what about Campbell running the WCO?
adamcaplan> Campbell played in the WCO in college so his transition won't be as hard as
first thought. But learning it on the go for the WRS will be a challenge.
adamcaplan> As for Zorn, great teacher for QBs and the scheme will be good once the players
learn it but it's much different from Saunders. Route running is even more essential in this
Carnack> Any views on how the WCO will utilize two TE's in Zorn's offense?
adamcaplan> I would expect Davis to be in more when they go two-TEs, especially in the red
zone. Cooley got manhandled at times and Davis was seen by many as a WCO TE. They'll move
both TEs depending on the formation, down, distance, but getting Davis on the field makes
defenses declare their intention coverage wise.
Vatoothdoc> But the routes are shorter as well///right
21037dad> Did davis play split wide at all?
adamcaplan> he played in it at USC.
Vatoothdoc> Adam by your earlier statement I take it you see Kelly as having a more
immediate impact than Thomas?
adamcaplan> Not really impact, it's about readiness to play. Scouts didn't feel Thomas was
ready to play a big role as a rookie. He needs work in several areas but his upside is big
for down the line. Route running is something he needs to work on
Carnack> Any insights on who may be released at DT of note around the league come June 1?
adamcaplan> Again, not expected to see any names of note post June 1. There rarely are these
days. Most moves were done earlier. It's the most meaningless and overrated part of the NFL
year. Fans go overboard and then feel bad when no names are let go. I usually do a short
column on it a few days before.
newshog> How about our new punter, Durant Brooks--is Derrick Frost out the door, or will it
be a competition?
adamcaplan> He was the top P in the draft. Frost has improved over the years but they need
to get him some competition.
Carnack> What is the word around the league regarding R. Colvin...
adamcaplan> Still coming back from a broken foot.
Carnack> Is there concern over his repeasted injuries? He is still relatively young.
adamcaplan> The concern is when he'll be able to play.
22JoeWash> what do you think of Chad Rinehart?
adamcaplan> I thought he may have been selected a round or so later. He's a developmental
OL--can play G or RT.
Monkster> What is your take on the Colt experiment?
adamcaplan> He's an arena league QB. Nothing more. He won't play at the NFL level.
Carnack> Many of the OG's in this draft went very late or not at all. Is there any you see
as particular values?
adamcaplan> The G/T types like Baker and Duane Brown went well earlier than expected because
of the OT run. Those two were the lowest rated of the late round 1, early round 2 guys.
That's why they went earlier than expected. Much earlier actually.
21037dad> Any UDFA stick
Vatoothdoc> I had heard that Ainge was the QB draft target but got taken ...leaving Colt
any truth to that?
adamcaplan> Not sure, he [Ainge] has a decent yet unaccurate arm. I'd be shocked if Brennan
starts a game at the NFL level.
Carnack> Which of our Day Two selections do you see with the biggest upside, outside of
adamcaplan> Kareem Moore is a very interesting player.
newshog> What is it about Colt's game that you see that will keep him from the NFL?
adamcaplan> Arm strength. Ability to make stick throws.
Carnack> I wanted to compliment you on your work with Sirius. You have really found your
groove and have brought a steady hand to the Fantasy segments.
adamcaplan> Thanks, the fantasy show starts in July, I'm on every Friday now 8-11 pm EST on
Vatoothdoc> WHat are you hearing that Zorn liked so much about Colt then?
adamcaplan> Probably a good value there.
Monkster> expand a bit on Moore please
adamcaplan> Good size for safety position, nice developmental prospect
Carnack> You may find this of interest but the only drafted Day two player Blache mentioned
specifically was Moore.
adamcaplan> I haven't read any of the transcripts of late but Moore was a small school
player that I thought could stick. And they need depth at safety.
Carnack> Blache likened his game to that of Taylor; re. hitting ability and sure tackling.
adamcaplan> He has size, 215 area.
Carnack> What was his timed 40?
adamcaplan> I don't recall
Carnack> Does he have Pro range?
adamcaplan> He's a big hitter. That's why they drafted him.
Carnack> or strictly SS...
adamcaplan> I would think a box player-SS. Training camp will tell a lot
adamcaplan> there is literally nothing in free agency at DE, so they will have to look from
within. Possibly a trade at the end of August when rosters are set
Vatoothdoc> Adam one of the big debates with the fans is Vinny Cerrato. What is his
reputation around the league and is he a good evaluator of talent?
adamcaplan> Lets say that his rep wasn't great before this draft. But they did a nice job.
Carnack> I know very little of the CB we drafted, any insights?
adamcaplan> Tyron is small, projects to dime. Maybe nickel down the road.
22JoeWash> We all like Zorn so far. What do you see as his future as a HC?
Vatoothdoc> How do you think Zorns first year will go.....
adamcaplan> As a teacher of offense I think he will be good. The issue is how he is
managing people. That I can't evaluate yet. That's really going to be a huge issue for him. Lots of assistants have trouble going to the head job from below.
Ramseyqb> How do the players feel about Zorn?
adamcaplan> It's a little too early to judge that. The first test is in training camp/pre-season. See how he handles the stuff that goes on.
Vatoothdoc> Adam that's true...but I really get a good feeling about Zorn's chances. He
seems to be really taking charge..
Vatoothdoc> The first weekend together really went well by most reports.
adamcaplan> It's almost hard to not look good now as a head coach. He won't be put to the test for a while.
newshog> Thought he did pretty well, given how late he came into the picture.
adamcaplan> That's all the time I have, we'll do it again soon, little earlier next
[Many Thanks from all chat participants.]
Adam Caplan Chat Transcript: 5-6-08
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