*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.22 Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

I can't complain here. The Skins are entering their final year with Pierre Garcon, and even then they could use additional weapons in the pass game. They also got a future pick from Houston to fall back one pick.


2. 53 Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC

Do I know what Cravens is? No. But he is a very fun and versatile player that will find his own package for the skins. He is good at a lot and not elite at really anything.


3. 84 Kendall Fuller, CB, VT

Fuller isn't the best Fuller to come out, but he has a ton of talent and could be a huge steal here. At worst he is a nickle package pro.



Overall a better than usual draft for the Redskins. They addressed their receiver need-both instantly and for the future- and added two very good pieces defensively. I do think that the team is still very far away from competing, but they have three starters drafted early.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.5 Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

Do the Redskins plan to play Scherff at left tackle? If yes then I think they will come to regret the pick. If not then there is no reason to have picked him this early. Even in a bad draft you cannot take Scherff. He is likely going to find his spot at guard, but he may be a right tackle which just isn't worth the 5th overall pick.

With that said I do like that the team is trying to build on offense to try and support what they have in RG3, but they should have gone with an impact player this early.


2.38 Preston Smith, DE/LB, Miss St

Can't complain here. Solid pass rusher and fair value. 


3.95 Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Is he going to play FB? Matt Jones is a huge dude with some talent- but unfortunately he isn't what they need. This is also way early.


4.105 Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke

4.112 Arie Kouandjio, OG, Alabama

5.141 Martrell Spaight, DE/LB, Arkansas

6.181 Kyshoen Jarrett, S, V-Tech

6.182 Tevin Mitchel, CB, Arkansas

6.187 Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State

7.222 Austin Reiter, OC, USF


Eh. I do like that they got a good deal of depth from a lot of bodies, and I especially like their 4th rounders. But they walk away with only two real starters, and I'm not in love with the 1st round pick making a real impact for them. 

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

2.47 Trent Murphy, DE/LB, Stanford

I feel like this is a little bit early for him, and in terms of need they could have done better. Either way not a bad pick.


3.66 Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Phenomenal pick here. Moses could have gone in the first round to a team wanting a monster that can start in a few places.


3.78 Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska

Bleh. He wasn't the best (or 2nd best) guard left, and while I think he could start I'm not impressed.


4.102 Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

Breeland should never have fallen out of the top-100, but he was a quality player, and a great value here.

5.142 Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

6.186 Lache Seastruck, RB, Baylor

Why not? You might not love Lache, but he was so dominating in space that he is more than worth the pick

7.217 Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana

7.228 Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas


I actually like a lot of the picks that the Redskins made, but I'm not sure that they got much better. Their best pick was Morgan Moses who should instantly make their OL better, but I don't know that walked away with a gamechanger that makes them any closer to competing.

*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

2.51 David Amerson, CB, NC State

I love this pick. Amerson is a ball hawk that just couldn't match his production from a few years ago. Some will say that it was a lack of focus, while I believe it was an improvement on teams scouting. Amerson isn't a top-10 pick, but he has a lot of potential to have a pro bowl caliber career either at corner or safety. He also fills their biggest of needs, but this may be a bit early.


3.85 Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

I don't quite see it here. In a draft with other tight ends, I just don't get what the need was to jump on one with bigger needs out there. It also is another pick that went a little early.


4.19 Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

I love this pick. Phillip Thomas is too good of a ball hawk to still be here, and he could easily be the day one starter.
5.154 Chris Thompson, RB, FSU

5.162 Brandon Jenkins, DE/LB, FSU

Watch out for Jenkins in a few years when he is a 10-sack a season guy.

6.191 Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia

Rambo is another guy that should not have been here.
7.228 Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers

I really like this draft. The team got value with all but two of their picks (Reed and Thompson), and they got incredible value with almost every one of their other picks. I see two instant starters with potentially five down the road.
 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 


1.2 Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

I love RG3 and I think that he will have a better career than Luck, but I think the Skins gave up just a little bit too much to allow the team to compete with Griffin for awhile. They do have some talent though now which actually might let them take a big step forward.


3.71: Josh LeRibeus, OG SMU

I don't mind the team going for some protection for their new weapon, but the team severely reached on a guy that probably would have been there in the 5th. There was better value out there, and the team could have traded back a little more and gotten value if they loved LeRibeus that much.


4.102 Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

Cousin's draft range is fine here, but why the hell would you draft another QB. The team is essentially getting an insurance option in case their new stud QB gets hurt or sucks. That's fine in the 7th round, but don't do it in the 4th round with so many other good guys on the board.


4.119 Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas

The Skins got a 6th rounder to move back a bit to grab Robinson who at worst is a great insurance option inside. Good pick.


5.141 Addam Gettis, OG, Iowa

The team gets a guard that I think is actually better than their 3rd round pick. Look for Gettis to get some good playing time.


6.173 Alfred Morris, OT, FAU

There were a few better options on the board, but Morris is still and ok runner. I trust Shanny, but getting a big, slow runner that fumbles a lot scares me. 


6.193 Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota

This is a good value, it was a free pick, and it fills a need to help their two QB's.


7.213 Richard Crawford, CB, SMU

7.217 Jordan Bernsttine, CB, Iowa


I like most of the picks that the Skins made, and they got the QB that they really needed. The fact that they drafted a backup QB with so few picks (including no 1st rounder for two years) gives me the feeling that the Skins will always be a few young tools away from success.  


*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.16 Ryan Kerrigan, DE/LB, Purdue

The team had 307 needs going into the draft, so I loved them trading back here. I don't think this fixes the QB problem, but I can't hate a pass rush.


2.41 Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson

I like the position addressed, but Jenkins went way too early to love this pick.


3.79 Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

Fantastic pick. The team really needed some receiver help for whichever QB starts, and Hankerson is a very good prospect that should have gone sooner.


4.105 Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska

I'm not going to give the spiel about Shanny picking runningbacks, because Helu went too early here.


5.146 Dejon Gomes, S, Nebraska

A good pick, but again it was a reach.


5.155 Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska

Ok, what Husker broke into the draft room and said "overdraft three Huskers in a row!" Paul is an ok receiver, but is a tad early given the rest of the value, and three Huskers raises questions.


6.177 Evan Royster, RB, Penn State

Better pick than Helu and a much better value.


6.178 Alderick Robinson, WR, SMU

I don't mind the team taking three receivers as much as others, but why no QB?


7.213 Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State

Adding CB depth does wonders for teams. Can't complain here.


7.217 Maurice Hurt, OT, Florida

Hurt isn't the best guy available, was he should add good depth on the team.


7.224 Markus White, DE/LB, Florida State

More great depth at the end of the draft.


7.253 Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia

A final addition to the defense, and a backup plan if they cut Albert Haynesworth.


Draft Grade: C-

Remember a few years ago when the team had the best defense in the league and it just needed a few tools on offense to instantly be a great team. Well with a new coach came a 3-4 defense that ruined the existing defense and ruined the 100-million dollar man. The offense declined a ton with the new aging QB as well. So going into this draft where the team had few picks, no offense and no defense the team starts out by collecting picks. The team ended up with 12 picks, but maybe only three starters which is awful. The team is essentially destined now to have Rex Grossman lead the team to the Andrew Luck contest next year. There is no reason that with 12 picks in this draft that the team neglected a QB with every single one of them. 


I do still hate what the organization is doing. The team ruined the best defense in football while trying to change the nastiest inside pass rusher in the league. They then top it off by giving up on a potential top-10 QB. I can't give the team a good grade because they blatantly ignored the QB spot, but I do love the five skills guys they got to plug in on offense.