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Rounding Up The Redskins Draft Grades

Posted by Matt Terl on May 1, 2011 – 8:20 am

Let me get the obvious preamble out of the way quickly: draft grades are pointless. We all KNOW draft grades are pointless. In almost every case below, the writer has made sure to admit that the grades are all but meaningless. They’re meaningless because no one really knows how these picks will do, and they’re meaningless because all the grade is really saying is “Here’s how well the team’s evaluations matched my own.” I could go through and dredge up years of inaccurate draft grades coated in irony, but instead let’s just take all of that as given.

Still, these grades do give a quick snapshot of how various media folks view the team at the moment, and they can provide a glimpse at the likely narrative that’s being assigned to the team’s season. Also … it just wouldn’t feel like a draft without posting the draft grades. So here we go; my quick response follows each publication’s grade.
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Who?
Mark Maske, Washington Post
Grade? C
Why?

There’s nothing exactly wrong with the Redskins trading down to take LB Ryan Kerrigan in the first round. He fits into the defense well. But it’s a QB-centric league and the Redskins passed on their chance to take Gabbert when he dropped to them at 10th. They’d better be right.

My thoughts: Saying “they’d better be right” about a pick (or skipped pick) might mark a new level of pointlessness in draft grading, even given all the stuff in my preamble about the level of pointlessness inherent in the activity. Of course they’d better be right — and if they are, it’s an A.

What the grade seems to actually mean: “They didn’t use the first-round pick as I would’ve, and I don’t really care about the rest of the draft.”

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Who? Mel Kiper, ESPN.com (Insider only, I’m afraid)
Grade? C+
Why?

We know the Redskins need help at quarterback, but I’ll give them credit: They realized there wasn’t a quarterback in this draft who can help them in 2011, and they moved out of the spot that became the Gabbert pick. They clearly have concerns about their defensive line, and should get help in the pass rush from Kerrigan. Jenkins was an OK value, a bit of a surprise in Round 2, but the Hankerson selection at No. 79 was in the neighborhood of a steal. He gives them something they really don’t have on the roster now. You have to assume Mike Shanahan thinks a lot of Helu, given the trade up to get him. The Skins added players at pretty much every need outside of quarterback, where they clearly have other ideas in mind. Fair enough. I just don’t think impact will be significant.

My thoughts: How do you add TWELVE PLAYERS “at pretty much every need outside of quarterback” and have an impact that’s not going to be significant? That seems unlikely to me.

What the grade seems to actually mean: “Despite getting a much-needed second pass rusher, a steal at the need position of wide receiver and a running back they like, I don’t feel like giving this draft class a positive review.”

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Who? Adam Caplan, FOX Sports
Grade? B
Why?

The Redskins added a lot of selections as the draft progressed, and they made the most out of them by addressing several needs. The big issue, however, is whether Kerrigan can make an impact on defense by playing standing up at outside linebacker.

My thoughts: Seems fair, actually. I have nothing cranky to say about this.

What the grade seems to actually mean: Just what it says, really.

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Who? Brian Galliford, SB Nation
Grade? B+
Why?

The Redskins have done a great job acquiring more picks and getting value with their selections, as they, too, have come up with three players that should play right away.

My thoughts: Also reasonable. I wonder if it’s coincidental that I’m less cranky about the people that I agree with. Hm.

What the grade seems to actually mean:
Again, it’s pretty direct and to-the-point.

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Who? Steve Serby, New York Post
Grade? B
Why?

Mike Shanahan can now send OLB Ryan Kerrigan after QBs Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick, opposite Brian Orakpo. WR Leonard Hankerson adds size and huge hands to munchkin receiving corps. One question: Rex Grossman throws to him? RB Roy Helu is perfect one-cut-and-go fit for Shanahan’s system.

My thoughts: Clearly written before Shanahan’s press conference last night, since the new skeptical question would (apparently) be: “One question: John Beck throws to him?”

What the grade seems to actually mean:
“I am able to overlook my skepticism regarding Rex Grossman and view the draft class on its own merits.”

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Who? Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
Grade? B
Why?

I’d give them a better grade if they picked a quarterback, but they made some nice moves with all the trades and ended up with some good football players. I like Kerrigan and receiver Leonard Hankerson a lot.

My thoughts: I’m a little troubled by the idea of saying “if they picked a quarterback” — like, really? Any quarterback? Do you really believe that a seventh round rookie chosen more or less at random is going to automatically be superior to Grossman or Beck? I realize that a lot of fans believe exactly that, but … it just doesn’t seem likely to me.

What the grade seems to actually mean:
“My skepticism regarding Rex Grossman and/or John Beck somewhat clouds my ability to view the draft class on its own merits.”

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Who? Clifton Brown, Sporting News
Grade? C+
Why?

Instead of trading picks, they acquired some and the philosophy worked. Ryan Kerrigan will aid the pass rush. But they still need a quarterback.

My thoughts: I understand that quarterback is — or is thought to be — a need on this team. But … shouldn’t the grade be given on the players that were drafted, not the ones who weren’t? Maybe not. Must consider further.

What the grade seems to actually mean:
“My skepticism regarding Rex Grossman and/or John Beck renders me completely unable to view the rest of the draft class on its own merits.”

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Who? Evan Silva, Rotoworld
Grade? A-
Why?

The name of the game for Washington was trading down to recoup picks lost during the forgettable Vinny Cerrato era. But it’s not like the Redskins didn’t come away with good players. Entering the draft with the NFL’s worst-looking roster, the Skins emerged with upwards of seven rookie-year starters. That’s exactly the kind of rebuilding movement Washington needs to undergo. Kerrigan, Hankerson, and Helu were extremely productive per-play collegiates. In the late rounds, White and Neild stand out as rock-solid picks. The only reason Mike Shanahan’s club doesn’t get a full “A” is because it didn’t pick up a quarterback..

My thoughts: SEVEN “rookie-year starters”? I have to admit, even I’M not sure that there are seven out-of-the-gate starters in this draft class. Still, I admire his enthusiasm, and his willingness to put that out there.

What the grade seems to actually mean: “I think very highly of Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson, and at least five other guys in this draft class.”

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If you see any draft grades that I missed, let me know.

[UPDATE: Through the magic of cut-and-paste, I had inadvertently listed Silva as giving a grade of C+. It has been corrected to the A- he actually gave. Apologies to all.]


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