Sunday, April 29, 2012

Redskins Draft Recap

Robert Griffin III, above, was the Redskins number one draft selection. (Photo: bettor.com)
Yesterday marked the end of the 2012 NFL Draft. For the Redskins, it was that of a fairly successful draft. Some of their picks made sense and some of their picks certainly raised a few eyebrows.

Their first selection was not that much of a surprise. Everyone on the planet knew it was either going to be Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck. It all depended on who went first. They Redskins finally got their man, however, when they selected Robert Griffin III second overall.

The Redskins did not select again until the third round. A concern for them this offseason has been filling the position of offensive guard. They made somewhat of a surprise selection when then picked SMU's Josh LeRibeus.

The Redskins then made a series of trades with the Steelers, Vikings, and Bills to gain themselves a few more picks to play around with in the later rounds. On day three of the draft, the Redskins had seven total selections.

They had two picks in the fourth round. They spent their first pick on another quarterback. With 102nd overall pick the Redskins selected Kirk Cousins from Michigan State. This pick certainly confuses me and I am sure a number of other people as well. They already drafted RG3, why take Cousins?

17 picks later the Redskins were once again on the clock. This time they returned to the state of Texas to work on the defense. The Redskins selected linebacker Keenan Robinson of the University of Texas. Expect Robinson to move to the inside linebacker position and replace London Fletcher when he finally decides to hang 'em up.

The Redskins next selection came in round five. Once again, the focus was on the offensive line. With the 141st pick, the Redskins selected Adam Gettis from Iowa. He played for the Hawkeyes and will certainly challenge for a spot with the Redskins.

Washington then had two selections in the sixth round. The first was running back Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic. Morris is expected to be used more as a fullback than running back.

The second pick in the sixth round was South Dakota offensive tackle Tom Compton. Compton is a big strong tackle that can easily fill the right or left tackle position.

The Redskins then wrapped up their draft with two picks in the seventh round. Once again, they returned to Texas and selected defensive back Richard Crawford from SMU. While he is not expected to start, he is a solid back-up.

To finish off the draft, Washington went back to Iowa to select cornerback Jordan Bernstein. The former Hawkeye is expected to compete with Crawford for time as a back-up.

The Redskins addressed several key concerns in this years NFL draft. They made a few trades and gained a few more picks and ended up having a successful draft. Stay tuned throughout the week for a a more detailed and extensive look at each and every one of the Redskins selections.