Re: Grade Your Team's Offseason
Washington Redskins: (all things considered) B+
With the final year of the cap penalty hindering our opportunities at bidding for free agents, GM Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan did a great job acquiring ball hawking players for a weak secondary in the draft. Although STL had our first rounder from the trade for RGIII, this was the perfect year to not have one as the 'blue chip' prospects were extremely underwhelming.
The Redskins drafted college football's last two season interception leaders in CB David Amerson (13) and S Philip Thomas (8) with great value. Amerson could be a boom or bust in the second round but he plays like Antonio Cromartie but with a better head on his shoulders. The Skins also added a valuable weapon in joker TE Jordan Reed, who has studied under Aaron Hernandez and plays just like him altho with slightly more athleticism.
Bacarri Rambo was a steal in the 6th round and coincidentally was second in INTs the year Amerson led the nation. The Skins obv plan to pressure the QB and get turnovers to get the ball in the offense's hands as much as possible. It's a good strategy.
Although the Skins were hampered by penalties and couldn't sign any big time FAs, we managed to keep our own and return all but I think one starter. The team is young, hungry and now a little more experienced. Shanny also drafted him a couple mo HBs that could develop nicely to spell Morris. Chris Thompson has explosion and great vision, compares to Darren Sproles. Injury ridden past but hopefully that's behind him.
I like what the Skins did and didn't do in the offseason. This was the perfect year to have had to sacrifice a 1st rounder for a franchise QB and the scouting department did excellent to fit needs with good value in the draft. WSH gets a lot of talent back from injuries (Orakpo, Carriker, Davis, Helu, Merriweather, etc.) so from fillin the secondary with young talent with a nose for the ball, I see WSH and NYG favored for the NFC East crown if RG stays healthy and rebounds from surgery the way it seems right now.
Last edited by ROCSteady : 05-28-2013 at 03:02 PM.