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Common Ground On Grades For ’13 Draft

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 29, 2013 – 2:17 pm

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Almost 48 hours removed from the annual tradition of Mr. Irrelevant closing out the three-day festivity known as the NFL Draft, hundreds of draft reviews are circulating around the Internet.

Experts attempt to examine each individual pick and then collectively add the grades together to give a draft grade to each franchise.

These grades, however are about as important as mock drafts—meaning they really don’t care any relevance other than individuals giving their thoughts about “winners” and “losers”. They often add disclaimers too to prove that they are indeed meaningless and will no doubt have to stand corrected for some of their choices.

A prime example of that can be the 2012 class for the Redskins that features an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, the franchise’s single-season rushing yardage record holder, and a backup quarterback that can claim to be undefeated as a starter and have a victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

What letter grades were handed out to them last April?

Two B-minuses.

Still, these grades can give you a quick background of these players highlighting their chances at making an impact early. Plus what’s the draft without the grades?

The Redskins 2013 draft class graded as follows:

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Fifth Round Pick Has Some History

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 27, 2013 – 11:38 am

Mike Shanahan

Last night the Redskins made their first two selections of the 2013 NFL Draft when they selected NC State corner David Amerson and Florida tight end Jordan Reed.

For years, the Redskins were one of the top spenders during the free agency period, snatching some of the marquee names off of the board before other team’s could even promote the benefits of coming to their franchises.

However, a shift in the primary focus of building the roster through the draft began in 2010 when the franchise tabbed Mike Shanahan to be the 24th full-time coach in the illustrious history of the Washington Redskins.

During Shanahan’s tremendous 14-year tenure with the Denver Broncos, he quickly built a reputation across the league as one of the best talent evaluators not only of early round talent, but deeper into the draft, to build a competitive winner week in and week out.

Today, Shanahan and company have an additional fifth round pick from the Albert Haynesworth trade from 2011 to work with.

Shanahan’s history shows that this pick may soon being seeing the field at Aloha Stadium at the Pro Bowl.

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2013 Draft Profile: Jonathan Cyprien

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 24, 2013 – 2:05 pm

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[Note-This post does not indicate any plans for the draft. It is merely a more in-depth look at a prospect that has been floated around the No. 51 pick in mock drafts.]

We are a little over 24 hours away from the 78th annual NFL Draft commencing at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of the Big Apple.

While the Redskins are currently on the outside looking in at what will be a frenzy of a first round on Thursday night, that doesn’t mean that this draft is a throwaway.

With starters such as Alfred Morris and Perry Riley being selected after the conclusion of the first round, head coach Mike Shanahan has given Redskins Nation a reason to tune in to every round of the draft.

Yesterday, I looked at Mississippi State safety Darius Slay and what he could bring to the Redskins secondary if his name is called by the Burgundy and Gold this weekend.

Since he played for an SEC school that always fights for a spot in end of year top-25 rankings, chance are that you probably saw Slay play at least once during his two years in Starksville.

Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International University, however, is a little known commodity that could bring a big-play mentality to the Nation’s Capital if his name is called.

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