Grading the Draft: Washington Redskins

As long as Daniel Snyder has been the Washington Redskin's owner, the team has been aggressive in the draft and free agency. This season was no different as the Redskins made several moves, adding another selection late in the first round. The team tried make a run at one of the top picks in the draft but stood pat, unable to pull the trigger on a deal. Even with that, most knew what the team's plans were moving towards draft weekend.

Undoubtedly Carlos Rogers was the best defensive back in college football last season. The Auburn cornerback has the size, speed, and athleticism needed to be  a dominant cornerback in the NFL. With a big hole in the Skins secondary, expect Rogers to quickly move into a starting role then hold that spot for years to come.  His college teammate, Jason Campbell, finally blossomed into a complete quarterback as a senior and met the expectations placed upon him by NFL scouts. The Redskins believe that Campbell will eventually take over the starting job from Patrick Ramsey sooner rather then later. UCLA fullback Manuel White should develop into a starter for the team in a few seasons. A triple threat player, White must improve his blocking skills but will thrive as a short-yardage runner and pass catcher out of the backfield.  Robert McCune was great value in the fifth round. The Louisville linebacker, who served in war time situations while in the military, is best as a two down defender, but forceful against the run and should be a demon on special teams. Stanford linebacker Jared Newberry will likely backup Lavar Arrington on the weak side. Nehemiah Broughton, a collegiate fullback at Citadel, is listed as a tailback on the teams roster. Broughton could develop into another punishing short yardage specialist for the Redskins.

It is difficult to argue with Rogers as the teams first choice. Campbell, though good value, was a strange selection considering the presence of Ramsey (a former first round pick in 2002) on the roster. Broughton and McCune could both start eventually while White will see action as a rookie.  Washington added several solid players to their roster but when looking at their draft class one wonders how much it will help the team in the long run.

RD   Pick Player Pos School
1   9 (9)   Carlos Rogers *   CB   Auburn  
1   25 (25)   Jason Campbell *   QB   Auburn  
4   19 (120)   Manuel White, Jr.   FB   UCLA  
5   18 (154)   Robert McCune *   MLB   Louisville  
6   9 (183)   Jared Newberry *   OLB   Stanford  
7   8 (222)   Nehemiah Broughton   FB   Citadel  

UDFA Signings: TE Billy Palmer, WR Rich Parsons, WR Stephen Harris, WR Pedro Holiday, OL Jon Alston, OL Adrian Gonzalez, OL Dominique Richardson,  DT Aki Jones, DT Tyler Luebke, DT Jerome Nichols, DT Charles Howard, LB Zak Keasay


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