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Draft Class: Rd 2 Recap, Elite 8 Preview

Posted by Chris Herting on March 27, 2013 – 12:59 pm


The Sweet 16 for the Top 32 Draft Classes is winding down as we move full-steam ahead towards the Elite 8 in the latter parts of this week – in case you missed our First Round recap, you can check it out here. Thanks everyone for casting your vote!

If you keep reading, we’ll dive into the current Sweet 16 matchups as well as preview some of the more intriguing potential matchups in the Elite 8.

Plus, we’ll continue to give away an autographed item at the end of each round simply for placing your vote. (Hint: The items will increase in size as the rounds progress.)

If you click here and place your vote before tomorrow at Noon, you’ll automatically be entered to win an autographed mini helmet from TE Fred Davis, QB Robert Griffin III’s favorite target at the beginning of last year!
Here’s a quick glimpse at the voting timeline:

  • Round 3– Thursday, March 28th – Monday, April 1st at 12pm
  • Round 4 – April 1st – Thursday, April 4th at 12pm
  • Round 5 (Finals) – April 4th – Monday, April 8th

You, the voter, decided the matchups for the second round of voting which started on Saturday night and will culminate tomorrow at Noon. We’re here simply to provide an update on how the voting is going and to put a fun twist on the whole voting affair.

Let’s move onto the good stuff, the things we all know that you truly care about including some quick takeaways from the first two rounds based on how you voted.

  1. Voters picked straight chalk to advance to the second round
  2. The 2012 draft class appears to be the early favorite to win it all after the first two rounds of voting and clean sweep of the competition
  3. The closest Sweet 16 vote is currently the #1 seed 1999 (65%) vs. #4 seed 2009 (35%)
  4. If results hold true, the first victory for a higher seed over a lower seed is 2011 (#3) over 2010 (#2)

Under Further Review – Best Chance For A Lower Seed To Advance:

We can’t exactly call it an upset since there’s a reason why each draft class has advanced to the Sweet 16, but as it stands the 2011 draft class (#3 seed) has a commanding 87% of the vote over the 2010 draft class (#2 seed).

Despite the stellar season from OT Trent Williams, rated as one of the best tackles in the NFL, and LB Perry Riley’s emergence as a full-time starter, the 2010 draft class highlighted by LB Ryan Kerrigan appears to be separating itself from the pack. This could be your last chance to make a push for the 2010 draft class!

Most Impressive Results After Two Rounds AKA ‘Train’s-A-Coming’:

We’ll admit that we had our preconceived notions about which draft classes we thought would be in the finals, but two classes in particular have been on a collision course since the start. This could be a matchup for the ages, Duke vs. Connecticut, Villanova vs. Georgetown, Redskins 2012 Draft Class vs. Redskins 1983 Draft Class.

The matchup has become bigger even moreso since the 2012 draft class has been running away with the votes sweeping the first two rounds with not only a majority of the votes, but 100% to 0% in both Round 1 and Round 2. Only 1981 had a 100% vote in the Sweet 16 over its’ opponent.

Enough said. A clean sweep for 2012 as it heads into a formidable foe – 1983 and Darrell Green/Charles Mann. And to that we say, good riddance 2008 and bring it on 1983!

Round 3 (Elite 8) Preview:

If Round Two ended tonight, here’s a quick preview of next round’s matchups in the Elite 8 along with some of the key names from each class:

2004 vs. 2000

#1 Seed (2004): Sean Taylor, Chris Cooley

#2 Seed (2000): LaVar Arrington, Chris Samuels

1981 vs. 1980

#1 Seed (1981): Mark May, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley, Charlie Brown

#2 Seed (1980): Art Monk

1999 vs. 2011

#1 Seed (1999): Champ Bailey, Jon Jansen

#3 Seed (2011): Ryan Kerrigan

And the matchup we’ve all been waiting for…drum roll, please. New school vs. old school, Fastest man in the NFL vs. Griffin III’s 4.38 40-yard time, NFL Hall of Famer vs. Rookie of the Year (and two ROY candidates), the list goes on!

1983 vs. 2012

#1 Seed (1983): Darrell Green, Charles Mann

#2 Seed (2012): Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Kirk Cousins

Redskins Nation, it’s up to you! Have some fun and remember to cast your vote for the Top 32 Draft Classes since 1980 for chances to win big. Plus, see how your Redskins Bracket is faring in the Redskins Bracket Challenge at www.redskins.com/brackets.

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