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A Redskins Mock Draft Takes Trading Back To The Extreme

Posted by Matt Terl on April 8, 2011 – 12:25 pm

Trade back. It’s one of the most popular fan suggestions for what the Redskins should do in the upcoming NFL Draft: move back from tenth overall to acquire picks that would essentially replace the missing third- and fourth-rounders. Personally, I go back and forth about how well this would work — sometimes in the space of a single column. But even at the moments when I think trading back seems like a horrible idea — mainly whenever I review the team’s 2008 draft — I understand how much of a hold the idea has on the fanbase.

So when I stumbled across Josh Buchanan’s Redskins mock draft class from the MockOne mock draft, I figured it was worth writing about.

The main reason I’m frustrated with the seemingly endless parade of draftniks and pre-draft chatter is that they all just seem to be shuffling the same fifteen guys through the same ten spots, giving the same ten reasons for it. But … well, that’s not a problem with Buchanan’s mock. The group blog format — a different person drafting for every team — allows for (and in some ways encourages) trading picks, and Buchanan took full advantage of that opportunity.

By the time the draft was over, Buchanan had made four trades and walked away with a whopping sixteen players PLUS an extra fifth round pick in 2012. He selected no one in the first round, but took one guy in the second; three in each of the third, fourth, and fifth rounds; one in the sixth; and five guys in the seventh round. (Check out the MockOne site for a full description of Buchanan’s draft class and all his trades.)

This is the trade-back philosophy taken about as far as it could possibly be expected to go, and I was intrigued enough that I contacted Buchanan to get him to explain his approach.

What I didn’t realize, when I reached out to him, was that Josh Buchanan is far from an amateur in this field. Read more »

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Hail! Goes Throwback To The Sonny/Billy Days

Posted by Matt Terl on April 8, 2011 – 9:35 am

Today, writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli explores yet another part of the Redskins’ Days Of Future Past with Hail! Throwback: the now-legendary QB controversy between Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer. There are a few different references in this one that might be unfamiliar to some of our younger readers — not least the bumper sticker mention in the first panel — so let me point you at this article from Washingtonian magazine, which gives at least a cursory background to everything here.

One other thing I’ve learned from these Throwback episodes: Cartoon Me’s hairstyle is shockingly timeless. I mean, it fit in with Sammy Baugh in the 1930’s, it fits in with Sonny in the 1970’s … I mean, that look transcends fashion, really. My real hair … not so much.

Anyhow, as always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.
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