Washington Redskins 2012 NFL Draft Grades
The Washington Redskins were disappointing for the second straight season under Mike Shanahan, and almost certainly enter a make or break year for the current coaching staff.
A huge problem has been the quarterback position, which the Redskins addressed immediately. Check out our grade for the selection of Robert Griffin III, as well as Washington’s other selections for the 2012 NFL Draft:
Round 1 (Pick 2) – Robert Griffin III
Washington needed a change at quarterback, and instead of a decent upgrade they land a game-changer for the next level. RG3 has the arm strength, accuracy, and athleticism to instantly make them playoff contenders.
Round 3 (Pick 71) – Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU
LeRibeus has good size and toughness for Washington’s blocking scheme, and could compete for a starting gig early. He has a mean streak and carries solid potential, as well.
Round 4 (Pick 102) – Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Don’t fret, Washington fans, there’s no quarterback competition. Cousins simply provides quality insurance in case RG3 gets hurt, and will end up being traded for draft picks down the road. This is a good problem to have, and it’s crazy that he was available in the fourth round.
Round 4 (Pick 119) – Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
Robinson has elite pass-rushing ability and excellent size, but is still a bit raw. He’ll fit right into the rotation, however, and will have a decent role behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan right away.
Round 5 (Pick 141) – Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa
Another solid offensive lineman the Redskins can deploy in their zone-blocking scheme. Gettis is versatile and uses great leverage. He brings depth at the very least in year one.
Round 6 (Pick 173) – Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic
Roy Helu is probably the guy now in Washington, but there are question marks behind him. Morris is perfect for Washington’s zone-blocking scheme, so he’ll probably stick on the roster and add depth initially.
Round 6 (Pick 193) – Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
Washington grabs another solid offensive lineman here, as the talented Compton slips into the sixth round. He has good size and fundamentals, and helps add needed depth.
Round 7 (Pick 213) – Richard Crawford, DB, SMU
Crawfod is versatile, so he may have a shot to stick as a special teamer and filling in behind the starters at several spots. He won’t make a major impact in his first year, though.
Round 7 (Pick 217) – Jordan Bernstine, CB, Iowa
Washington is pretty set at corner, so Bernstine will try to add depth. He’s far from a lock to make it through final cuts.
Washington got their quarterback of the future and another quarterback who will provide insurance and hopefully a future return. Other than that, this draft was mostly for depth and few impact players should emerge.
Overall Grade: B