Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: July 15, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Supplemental "mock" draft -- my final predictions

Predicting the April draft is difficult enough, but I thought it would be fun to try an educated guess as to which NFL teams will take which of the four eligible players in today's Supplemental draft.

Today's draft, which begins at 1 pm EST, is expected to take 60-75 minutes, as each round is supposed to take 10 minutes. Unlike the April draft which features all of the hype, hoopla and grandiose parading on stage, this draft is done strictly via email between the league, itself, and each of the 32 teams.

The inherent risk in projecting which club will take which player is that I (or others) may be completely right in predicting Team X will take Player Y, but if another team with a higher selection takes the player, we'll never know. The NFL has never released the actual "results" of the supplemental draft in years past. Of course, they announce the "winners," but we'll never know, for example, if there were other teams that also wanted former Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon last year in the 3rd-7th rounds. Washington offered the highest pick -- a third rounder -- last July and, as such, was awarded Jarmon.

Here is what I've learned over the past 24 hours...

Two of the teams I'd previously heard were interested in BYU RB Harvey Unga are clearly not -- the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks did not bring in Unga for a physical, I'm told, and let's face it, with Unga's history of injuries, no team is going to draft him that hasn't had their doctors check him over.

There does appear to be legitimate interest by the Eagles, Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins and Chiefs for Unga.

Detroit, New Orleans and Green Bay appear to be the most interested in defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent.

My final predictions?

Both players go in the 6th round. Unga is taken by the Bucs or Chiefs; Price-Brent is taken by the Lions.

Care to try and beat me? I'd be interested to read your takes. You have two hours (or so) to weigh-in.





Posted on: May 25, 2010 6:06 pm
 

BYU RB Unga, suspended, may opt for Supplemental

BYU running back Harvey Unga, the Cougars' career leader with 3,455 yards, was suspended from the team and is contemplating entering this summer's Supplemental NFL Draft, according to league sources.

Unga withdrew from classes at BYU in April after admitting that he'd violated the school's strict honor code. BYU's honor code calls for students to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, as well as engaging in premarital sex.

Following his withdrawal from classes, Unga re-admitted to the university, but last week the school declined to allow him back in. His career at BYU is over.

Unga, who has earned Mountain West Conference accolades after each of the past three seasons -- including earning MWC Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 -- has limited options if he is to continue his football career.

He can elect to transfer to another college for a year or elect to enter the 2010 supplemental draft.

The supplemental draft was designed for "special case" players who, whether by their choice or not, no longer have collegiate eligibility. Though league sources tell me that the date of this year's supplemental draft has not yet been determined, last year's draft was held on July 16. Only one player -- former Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon -- was selected last year. The Redskins invested a third round pick in the former All-SEC player. Jarmon finished with 8 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defensed as a rookie. The year previous the draft was cancelled , as no players applied for consideration.

The 6-0, 237 pound Unga is a powerful back with natural running skills. He has the lateral agility to sidestep tackles and locates holes in the defense. Unga likely would have been a mid round pick in last April's draft had he come out early.

With teams hesitant to give up future picks for prospects in the supplemental draft, Unga could fall lower than the mid rounds should he elect to make himself eligible.

Some team willing to throw the dice, however, could get a powerful addition to their backfield in Unga in time to make an impact in 2010.
Posted on: April 26, 2010 11:50 pm
 

My all undrafted lineup -- offense

Each year there are players who slip through the cracks into undrafted free agency that, quite frankly, I'm stunned aren't drafted.

Here is my list of players who were undrafted but I feel could find a roster spot in the NFL.

Today I'm highlighting the offensive players (as well as their NFL franchise). Tomorrow I'll list the defensive players.

QB: Jarrett Brown, West Virginia (signed with San Francisco)
RB: Keiland Williams, LSU (signed with Washington)
FB: Rashawn Jackson, Virginia (signed with Carolina)
TE: Colin Peek, Alabama (signed with Atlanta)
WR: Blair White, Michigan State (signed with Indianapolis)
WR: Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State (signed with San Diego)
OT: Casey Knips, South Dakota State (signed with Arizona)
OG: Ciron Black, LSU (signed with Pittsburgh)
C: Kenny Alfred, Washington State (signed with Tennessee)
OG: Jeff Byers, USC (signed with Seattle)
OT: Levi Horn, Montana (signed with Chicago)
Posted on: April 23, 2010 3:07 pm
 

NFC East First Round Comments

Following the conclusion of the draft, I'll be providing grades for all 32 teams. I've begun the process of writing these grades up based on what transpired in the first round yesterday. I'll be posting comments for each team, by their division, in the blog over the next few hours.

Here is how I saw the action from the NFC East perspective:

Dallas Cowboys:
Jerry Jones was known to be very high on Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, and as suspected he traded up to get him when the talented wideout began to slip. Bryant is the playmaker that the Cowboys thought they were getting when they traded for Roy Williams, but in trading up to get a weapon for Tony Romo, the team may have lost their chance at getting a tackle who could protect their Pro Bowl quarterback.

New York Giants:
No team believes in building through the defensive line like the New York Giants and they reinforced this mantra with the selection of the talented, but raw pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round. Pierre-Paul only started seven games at the D-I level, but has a tantalizing combination of size and explosiveness and can be developed slowly on a team that already features a strong rotation up front.

Philadelphia Eagles:
A year after spending great resources on improving the playmaking ability of their offense, the Eagles aggressively traded up to land defensive end Brandon Graham in an effort to improve their defense. While the 6-2, 270 pound Graham is a proven pass rusher who led the country in tackles for loss and won the Senior Bowl Defensive MVP honors, his selection was a surprise for the Eagles, considering the team had previously traded for another undersized pass rusher in former Seattle Seahawk Daryl Tapp.


Washington Redskins:
Though there was plenty of speculation that the Redskins might go in another direction, in the end the team took offensive tackle Trent Williams. Williams’ athleticism makes him an ideal fit in Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. Williams will need to play with a greater sense of urgency in the NFC East, however, where he’ll be going up against the NFL’s best vision of pass rushers in an attempt to protect the newly arrived Donovan McNabb.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 7:52 pm
 

Suh to Detroit, McCoy to Tampa easiest picks

It is rare to say this, but I was more worried about the Rams taking someone different with the first pick of the draft than the Lions with the second.

I've been emphatic and unrelenting in my support of Ndamukong Suh as the best player in this draft. He fills an immediate need for the Lions up front, though I can see why some would make the argument that protecting Matt Stafford was the even greater concern. Still, comparing a very good Russell Okung or Trent Williams to a simply dominant player like Suh is what made this pick so easy.

Similarly, Tampa needed an infusion of talent along the defensive line if they are to make gains in the NFC South. McCoy fits their scheme beautifully and is as much a lock to go No. 3 (considering that Suh is off the board) as the big Nebraska DT was to go to Detroit a pick earlier.

Where things could get interesting is with the Washington Redskins and the 4th pick. I believe they'll pick Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams.
Posted on: April 22, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Some talk Rams could trade Bradford post-pick

I've been told that the St. Louis Rams have been on the phone discussing trades for much of the day.

I'm being told that despite taking Sam Bradford, as expected, with the first overall pick, the Rams will continue to hold negotiations with teams following the pick.

This was last done in 2004 when the San Diego Chargers made Eli Manning the first overall pick but traded him moments later to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers.

The Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, according to sources, remain interested.

Watch closely to see who these clubs take with the fourth and seventh overall selections, respectively. Should they do something odd, a trade for Bradford might still be in the works.
Posted on: April 22, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Philly "on the phone with everyone" to move up

The Philadelphia Eagles are actively searching for trade up opportunities, contacting several teams in the top half of the draft, according to various league sources.

The belief by many is that the team is considering a monster package to move into the top six to get Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

The Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks have all been tied to Berry. I've been told that Berry's former defensive coordinator at Tennessee, Monte Kiffin, has been calling teams signing Berry's praises.

It is easy to see why the Eagles would want Berry. The team missed Brian Dawkins' ability on the field and his leadership off it last year. Berry, in my opinion rates behind only Ndamukong Suh as the safest pick in this draft.

The concern for teams drafting him -- or any other safety -- this high, however, is not only financial, but potentially physical.

Berry has been durable throughout his three seasons at Tennessee, but the the undersized safeties he's often compared to -- Baltimore's Ed Reed, Pittsburgh's Troy Polamaula and Indianapolis' Bob Sanders -- all struggled with injuries last year. In fact, the three missed a combined 27 games just last season.

Posted on: April 20, 2010 5:13 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Trading of Carriker opens hole for Suh or McCoy?

Tuesday's trade of defensive tackle Adam Carriker to the Washington Redskins (for only a switch of fifth round picks - 135 & 163) suddenly opens up a gaping hole in the middle of the Rams' defense that could be filled by either Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy with the first pick.

Previously it had been believed that the Rams could not or would not take either of the defensive tackles with the first pick of the draft due simply to the fact that they'd placed so many dollars already into the defensive line.

By trading Carriker, the former 13th overall selection of the 2007 draft, the Rams, however, don't have the same restrictions.

Though some grade McCoy higher based on his athletic potential, Suh's greater strength, consistency and overall production makes him the logical candidate for the Rams, should they elect to ignore Sam Bradford with the first overall pick.

The move also is intriguing on the Washington end. Carriker's 6-5 frame and great upper body strength make him a natural candidate to play end in the Redskins' new 3-4 alignment.
 
 
 
 
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