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UPDATE: Redskins Mock Draft Tracker

Posted by Chris Herting on March 19, 2013 – 3:45 pm


Last year, the impact player of the draft was quarterback Robert Griffin III, who joined forces with running back Alfred Morris for immediate rookie impact.

This year, the Redskins will again be looking for a player that can come in and contribute right away. The difference this year is the team will have to wait until the second round to find said player. But have no fear: a playmaker can be found at number 51.

With the release of CB DeAngelo Hall, it goes without saying that the roster is pretty slim in the secondary which means the team will certainly need to address the position in the draft, barring any trades or free agent signings.

The good news for Redskins fans is that this year’s draft is incredibly deep in the secondary with talented players across the board. Consensus among NFL experts is that this draft class has upwards of double-digit safeties and cornerbacks with NFL-starter caliber skills whom could have an immediate impact and should be available deep into the second round.

The uncertainty is what order they will come off the board. So let’s go ahead and take a look at our updated Mock Draft Tracker and a few players the experts think the Redskins may have their eye on. Read more »

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UPDATE: Redskins Mock Draft Tracker

Posted by Chris Herting on March 12, 2013 – 12:10 pm


The Redskins made a splash yesterday re-signing six of their pending free agents and, arguably, some of the team’s key core players to help build off of last year’s NFC East Championship. The team also announced the signing of veteran free agent offensive tackle Tony Pashos (former Cleveland Brown) in addition to announcing that they had released CB DeAngelo Hall.

According to coach Mike Shanahan, yesterday’s roster moves helped the team get back under the salary cap and in position to meet the league-mandated cap requirements prior to the start of free agency today at 4pm. But despite the moves, it doesn’t appear that the team will have enough wiggle room to be a major player in free agency.

It’s possible that front office has something up their sleeves but the most likely scenario is that the team will turn their attention to the draft to help fill certain needs.

Keep in mind that a lot can happen between now and April and, yet again, consensus among the mock drafts below seems to be that the Redskins will lean toward drafting secondary.

Thought remains that this year’s draft class is secondary-laden and that there should be some intriguing prospects at number fifty-one, including some that may peak your interest as draft weekend approaches. So let’s go ahead and take a look at our updated Mock Draft Tracker and a few players that some of the experts think the Redskins should pursue.

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Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight

Posted by Chris Herting on February 25, 2013 – 4:48 pm


Welcome to your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, where we highlight the trendy topics and social media campaigns going on this week in Redskins Nation. Check it out and make suggestions below.

We just returned from a fun-filled, eventful, but frigid trip to Indianapolis for the 2013 NFL Combine. Lucky for Redskins fans, we have regained feeling in our fingers and toes so that we can bring you this week’s “Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight”, featuring burgundy and gold updates from the red carpet at the Oscars, Combine news and player reactions, and bring you up to speed on how Redskins players are spending their offseason!

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Combine Is Key For Redskins Scouts

Posted by Chris Herting on February 19, 2013 – 3:19 pm


Redskins Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell is entering his 27th NFL season and his 13th with the Washington Redskins. Campbell originally joined the Redskins staff in 2001 as Director of College Scouting and in 2008 he was promoted to his current role as Director of Player Personnel.

As son of Marion Campbell, former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and the defensive coordinator for the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (1980), Scott’s NFL background is an extensive one to say the least, serving in numerous roles throughout his tenure in the league.

Fans sometimes look at the NFL season within the microscope of a five month season and yearly April draft. However, for Scott Campbell and the other team scouts, championships are won and/or lost in the time spent off of the gridiron. Read more »

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Compton Adjusts To Balmy D.C. Weather

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 9, 2012 – 3:15 pm


Going out for a drive in a South Dakota winter isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world.

Just ask Redskins offensive lineman Tom Compton, the 193rd pick (sixth round) in this year’s NFL Draft.

Compton recently caught up with ESPN 980 and talked about, among other things, the blistering cold winters in South Dakota, where he attended college for five years.

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The Shanahan-June Jones Connection

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 30, 2012 – 3:09 pm

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Over the last two NFL drafts, Mike Shanahan’s Redskins have selected three players out of the Southern Methodist program coached by Run-n-Shoot savant June Jones.  The Run-n-Shoot is far from a traditional pro-style offense, and players are thought to have trouble adjusting to the NFL game.

So what inspires the attraction to former Mustangs?

After drafting Aldrick Robinson in 2011, it was revealed that head coach Mike Shanahan spoke at length with Mustangs’ head coach June Jones, with whom he had a professional relationship dating back 25 years (via PonyFans.com): Read more »

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Griffin Brings ‘A New Dimension’ To NFL

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 29, 2012 – 1:46 pm

Until a player actually performs on an NFL field, we rely on comparisons to envision how he’ll respond.  New Colts quarterback Andrew Luck reminds many NFL experts of John Elway or Peyton Manning.  New Buccaneers running back Doug Martin reminds others of Ray Rice or Maurice Jones-Drew.

Does that mean that these players will look the same on the NFL gridiron or share the same success?  Probably not, but it’s a starting point to gauge their pro success.

But what do you do if there is no comparison?  What if that player changes the way the game is played?  Former NFL executive Bill Polian told Judy Battista of the New York Times, he thinks Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the type of playmaker that ushers in a new era for the NFL: Read more »

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Alfred Morris Is A Classic Shanahan Back

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 28, 2012 – 5:42 pm

Starting with Terrell Davis in Denver, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has earned his reputation as Running Backs Whisperer, taking obscure picks and developing them into electrifying playmakers.

That’s precisely what he’ll try to do with Florida Atlantic back Alfred Morris, who comes to the NFC East out of the Sun Belt Conference.  He comes to the Redskins as an Evan Royster type who isn’t the best at any one thing, but is a well-rounded serviceable back.

This was his review and attributes, courtesy of his draft Combine page:

Morris runs low and can get to the hole with a decent burst. He is a natural runner between the tackles who can feel and avoid pressure or wait for his seam to develop.

He is deceptively agile in short areas to avoid clean hits on him through the initial three yards of a play, and he plays much faster when tasked with finding daylight in a short area. He is capable of blocking in pass protection at the next level if his willingness matches his ability.

As every running back under coach Bobby Turner will tell you, “if you can’t pass protect, you’ll never see the field.”  Morris seems to possess that ability, and he’ll have to show it at the pro level if he expects to be the next Davis.  Scouts compare him to a runner in the mold of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

I think the Redskins would take that kind of production.

Here’s a highlight video from his Pro Day at FAU: Read more »

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Redskins Pad O-Line With Adam Gettis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 28, 2012 – 3:57 pm

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The Redskins continue to target the interior offensive line with draft picks, as they added Iowa Hawkeye Adam Gettis with the No. 141 overall pick.

Gettis possesses good speed and quickness of the snap, a benefit to overcome his undersized frame.  This was his Combine scouting report from NFL.com:

He consistently gets into his man first when pass blocking and is a good overall blocker because of it. He wins with leverage, which is often the only way to gain an advantage on bigger foes.

Gettis is very polished in his hand and footwork, and understands pad and helmet placement’s importance in gaining a blocking advantage. His quick feet allow him to be a very mobile and versatile blocker.

In the lead up to the draft, Profootballtalk.com listed Gettis as a fast-riser in the draft.  According to Evan Silva:

Gettis’ two unofficial forty times were 4.91 and 5.00, both impressive for a 293-pound football player. He posted the fastest unofficial 10-yard split among offensive linemen, clearing the first quarter of the forty in 1.65 seconds.

Shanahan prefers the smaller faster linemen for the zone blocking scheme.  Gettis may need to bulk up some in the pros, but this was likely good value for the system.  Injuries were a major issue on the offensive line in 2012, and they have already selected two interior linemen.

Curious that they have not added anything at offensive tackle, but there’s still time and several picks to go.

Here is Gettis’s draft profile, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly: Read more »

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Shanahan’s Welcome To Redskins Fans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 28, 2012 – 1:39 pm

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Even though Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t be at FedExField this afternoon for the Draft Day party (he’s a little bit busy in the Redskins War Room), he was able to treat fans at FedExField to a special message from Redskins Park.

After his Thursday night selection of quarterback Robert Griffin III, that smile on his face might be permanent.

[Editor’s Note: Coach Shanahan chose a poor time to be soft-spoken.  It translated well to the crowd in the stadium, but not on the audio here.  Transcript follows the video.] Read more »

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