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ESPN Mock Drafts Project More Guys To The Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on April 6, 2011 – 1:27 pm

I think it’s official: as I sat down to type the headline for this post, acute draft fatigue turned into something like an existential crisis. There are so many analysts at this point, all projecting variations of the same twenty scenarios, that’s it’s all become essentially meaningless. And yet credentialed, well-informed reporters happily report the rambling speculations of a few draft experts as if the news is actually somehow significant.

The best thing I’ve read from a “draft expert” in the last few weeks isn’t even ABOUT this year’s draft (at least not directly): it’s National Football Post’s Wes Bunting owning up to several of his biggest misses in past draft coverage, and explaining what he’s learned from them. That’s some interesting, informative stuff, and it even offers background on Bunting’s methodology, which has an effect on how one might read his 2011 stuff.

Regardless of my existential crises, though, the release of the latest iteration of ESPN’s Mock Drafts — especially multi-rounders! — is big news. And today, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper both put out three round mocks. So, without further ado, here’s how the Redskins made out, along with my reactions: Read more »

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On Selvish Capers And Other Young Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on April 6, 2011 – 12:08 pm

The third installment of the Redskins.com Writers Roundtable is up. It’s me, Gary Fitzgerald, and Larry Weisman, kicking back for a discussion of the Redskins and a little personal abuse; this is our first non-draft-related edition, and given the flood of Mel Kiper conference call tweets, ESPN mock drafts, and Nolan Nawrocki chatter today, that feels like a pretty good decision.

Anyhow, the challenge this week is to predict young players on the Redskins roster who might contribute this season. Here’s a quick sample of what I suggest.

One guy who might contribute along the offensive line is tackle Selvish Capers. The way I see Capers, he’s a straight boom-or-bust kind of guy. His physical skills perfectly suit the offensive system – he’s a converted tight end who’s got incredible athleticism – but the question to me is if he can fully learn that system.

If he can, I think he could be a major contributor, not just a backup; if he can’t … well, that’s not really what we’re discussing here. But he’s had an entire year to learn in a low-pressure situation and he comes across as a solid, level-headed guy in person, so you could count Capers as a guy about whom I’m optimistic.

Plus, think of the positives if Capers really does develop as a starter: selecting two starting offensive linemen would completely validate the 2010 draft class, for one. And his last name offers an incredible panoply of puns for Weisman to work with. You could work with “capers” like the little briny pickled caper berries, or “caper” like a heist film. I mean, there’s really no bad resolution to this caper!

Plenty more — including Malcolm Kelly, Robert Henson, and a surprising number of others for a team that’s generally thought of as aging and bereft of talent — at the Redskins.com mothership. Read more »

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