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KC’S 7-Round Redskins Mock Draft 1.0

2nd Round.) Baccari Rambo, Safety, Georgia

God willing, Madieu Williams will be A.T.C (at the crib) in 2013 instead of in a Washington Redskins uniform. The Redskins safety position still hasn’t recovered from the hole left by Sean Taylor’s untimely death. There will never be another Sean Taylor; the man had the talent and ability to be the best ever to play the position.

Baccari Rambo was suspended the first four games of the season, but came back and did nothing but make plays for the Georgia Bulldogs. The Redskins need a player who can play the single high safety role with instictiveness and range, and Rambo brings both to the safety position. He’s a solid tackler who can come up and play the run. He can also make big time plays in the secondary. Rambo may not replace Sean (no one ever will), but he can help fill the void left by his absence in a big way.

3rd Round.) Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington

I’m not sure the Washington Husky will last this long, but everyone needs a miracle every once in a while. If it’s one thing the Redskins lack, it’s a corner with size; Cedric Griffin is the only lengthy corner the team has, and he may not be back. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are both 5’10″, as is Chase Minnifield if he returns healthy. Richard Crawford is 5’11″. The 6’0″ Desmond Trufant may not seem like that big of a difference, but he’s lengthy; he’s got long arms and legs. he can come up, press and play man, and his ability to change direction means he likely won’t get spun around. His range means that bigger corners won’t simply be able to jump ball him like they can Wilson and Hall. He’d be an instant upgrade to a secondary that continues to struggle defending the big play.

4th Round.) Sanders Commings, Cornerback, Georgia

Sanders is another tall, long corner with long arm and great range. The Redskins double up on corners here to cover their bases and solidify their secondary, making it significantly younger in the process. This would allow D-Hall to play more in the slot and more in the Charles Woodson nickel safety role. The secondary gets a huge boost with it’s first three picks in the weakest area of the defense.

5th Round.) Mychal Rivera, Tight End, Tennessee

The Redskins depth at tight end got thin in a hurry, didn’t it? Fred Davis is coming back from an Achillies injury, Logan Paulsen is a restricted free agent, the Niles Paul experiment is looking to be a dud, and Chris Cooley, basically, can’t run anymore. The Redskins need to add a tight end big time, just to cover their backsides. Rivera is a good receiving tight end that could use a little work on his blocking. But he’s got good hands and runs great routes. He’d be a solid option in the pass game and an even bigger asset if we re-sign Fred Davis and he comes back healthy.

5th Round.) Brandon Williams, Nose Tackle, Missouri Southern State

When Justin for showed me footage of Williams, I immediately went “whoa”. Brandon Williams is a big nose tackle that can definitely move and cave a pocket. Barry Cofield improved a ton in his second year as a nose tackle, but his bread and butter would still probably be playing at defensive end and being used in pass rush packages. Brandon Williams is a nose tackle in the Casey Hampton or B.J Raji mode; he’s a load to move, he caves the pocket, and he’ll command double teams. This 3-4 needs an anchor in the middle; if we can mold him, he’d be a fixture and a fan favorite for Redskins fans for years to come.

6th Round.) Marquees Wilson, wide receiver, Washington State
Wilson quit the Washington State Cougars football team after alledging abuse from their coaching staff. The allegations may hurt Wilson’s draft stock, which is a shame, since he seems like an altogether great kid with a lot of talent. Wilson is not a burner, but he’s big, tall and physical. He has a little trouble separating, but he has excellent body control and excellent hands, which provide a large target for a quarterback. He puts his body in between the defender and the ball. The Redskins are still looking for a guy who can make the tough jump ball type of catches. If developed properly, Wilson can be that guy.

7th Round.) D.J Harper, running back, Boise State

We can’t leave the draft without a running back; it’d basically be sacriledge. Harper is a 6th year senior who’s college football career has been unfortunately hampered by injuries. It also didn’t help that he played behind Doug Martin most of his career. This season was his first year as the fulltime starter and he racked up 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s solid in pass protection, and while he’s a bigger back, even on a surgically repaired ACL he possesses a surprising amout of burst and speed, not to mention breaking tackles after contact.

Other Team Needs:

Linebacker, inside and outisde. Brian Orakpo and Rob Jackson are both free agents, as is Chris Wilson. The depth the Redskins built up in there linebacker core is looking thin again, even at inside linebacker, as no one knows how much longer London Fletcher will want to play. Perry Riley is the obvious candidate to fill London’s shoes, and Keenan Robinson would likely be the man next to him, but still, the Redskins need to secure their depth. Taking someone like a Michael Mauti (LB, Penn State) or Kiko Alonzo (LB, Oregon would fill that hole), while a pick like Quanterus Smith (DE, Western Kentucky) could help us fill out our outside linebacker depth.

Offensive line, particularly right tackle. Mike Shanahan’s approach to the offensive line has always been to take later round picks and develop them into viable starters. It’s hard to forget that Tom Compton is waiting in the wings to possibly take over that role, but taking someone like a Kyle Long, Oday Aboushi or Justin Pugh could not hurt. Like, at all. As long as Tyler Polumbus isn’t in that role.

KC and Justin’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft— Version 1.0

So KC and I felt that doing a joint mock draft where we each did picks would be something cool for the HTTR24-7.com website. With that in mind I(Justin) will be doing the odd numbered picks and KC will do the even numbered picks. After each selection, we’ll have a brief reasoning as to why we chose the player. So with that we hope you all enjoy this article!

1. Kansas City Chiefs- Geno Smith, QB , West Virginia

hen you look up and down the Kansas City roster there really isn’t a ton of needs, except the one glaring weakness at the Quarterback position. While the QB class of 2013 isn’t the same as the 2012 class, Geno Smith has certainly solidified himself as the top QB. With new HC Andy Reid in Kansas City, the acquisition of Geno Smith could be one that puts the Chiefs back into the playoffs in the 2013 season.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Jaguars were so desperate for a pass rush this season, they took on the big contract of Jason Babin even though their season was long over. The Jaguars fell off as a team defensively and have had trouble generating a pass rush for several season. Bjoern Werner instantly upgrades their d-line, and should the Jags decide to keep Babin on, they would have one heck of a one-two punch as pass rushers

3. Oakland Raiders- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Oakland has struggled to generate any pass rush and it doesn’t just stem from one area of the DL. With young talent with Lamar Houston, adding in Star at DT would be one of the best moves for Oakland, especially with the talk of moving to a 3-4 D. What makes Star an impressive prospect is his ability to be a multi scheme player. Expect the DL to take off with Star manning the middle.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Quarterback Nick Foles was sacked an astounding 20 times in 5 games as the Eagles starter, and quarterback Michael Vick didn’t do much better behind the Eagles line as he was sacked 28 times and had his season ended early again. Luke Joeckel is the best pure offensive tackle in this draft, bar none, and whomever is the Eagles quarterback in 2013 will do well with this franchise left tackle.

5. Detroit Lions- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

While I can certainly see the Lions here taking a DE, there are many needs in the defensive secondary and with that I chose Milliner for them. Dee provides a strong CB who plays well in man coverage. He should be able to come in right away and compete for the #1 CB job and help provide some stability in the back half of that D. Look for the Lions to address DE in round 2 then.

6. Cleveland Browns—Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

Despite their bad record, the Browns have a team that’s closer to being good than being bad. The inability to get pressure on the quarterback was a consistent problem for them throughout the year, however, as second year defensive end Jabaal Sheard, while showing some progress, never took that next step to become the pass rusher he was meant to be. Jarvis Jones gives the Browns the pass rush they’ve desired, while also helping improve their linebacker core. If things go correctly, Jones could be the drafts’ Von Miller, excelling in passing situations.

7. Arizona Cardinals- Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

While I know the Cardinals need OL help in the worst way, Jordan is too good of a prospect to pass up here for them. Jordan would provide a versatile pass rush threat who would fit very well in the 3-4 D. Since we don’t project trades in this mock I can’t do it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arizona trade down and take Chance Warmack.

8. Buffalo Bills— Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

It’s not a secret that the Bills want to get a quarterback in this draft. Buddy Nix has flat out said the Bills are looking to address their quarterback woes, after Ryan Fitzpatrick failed to live up to expectations. As usual in the draft, quarterbacks all tend to get pushed higher in the draft than expected.

New head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will want to install a high tempo, spread type of offense, and they need a smart quarterback to run it. Tyler Wilson has a strong, accurate arm, sneaky athleticism of the Aaron Rodgers variety, and operated a true pro style attack in college. If the Bills throw their support 100% behind developing this young quarterback, they may have finally solved the answer to the “who can replace Jim Kelly” riddle.

9. New York Jets- Keke Mingo, OLB, LSU

As long as Rex Ryan is the HC I fully expect the Jets to continue to add parts to that D. Barkevious(Keke) Mingo is one of the more dynamic players in the 2013 class, but also had a down year. This is a bit of a gamble pick, but if this plays out correctly, then watch out for the Jets D as they’ll finally have a dominate pass rusher. Look for the Jets to possibly look at WR help here, but if they do so I’d expect them to trade down and acquire more picks. If not I expect them to take one in round 2 and attempt to target a player like DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson.

10. Tennessee Titans —- Matt Elam, FS, Florida

The Titans defense got absolutely scorched last year, in no small part due to poor safety play. Both of the Titans starting safeties Jordan Babineux and Michael Griffin are set to become free agents next year, which leaves a gaping hole in their secondary should either, or even both, leave.

Matt Elam seems like the kind of candidate who will have a Mark Barron-esque rise in the first round. Elam combines the talents of being a hard hitting, firm tackler in the box safety with the range, speed, and instincts it takes to play free safety in deep coverage. That kind of versatility will serve the Titans well.

11. San Diego Chargers- Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

I look at the Chargers here and I see a team that needs to fix a lot of areas between the O and D, but also I see a good need at NT and Williams is one of the best NT prospects in this class. Williams will provide an anchor for the Chargers 3-4 D and provide some stability to that DL. Williams does need to improve on his pass rush technique and still is a raw player at times, but the pay off is a possible 10+ year NT for the Chargers. Look for the Chargers to possibly look at Chance Warmack here or possibly an OT like Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson.

12. Miami Dolphins —- Terrence Williams, WR, Baylor

Ryan Tannehill may have had some of the typical rookie struggles in his first year, but he showed more than enough talent and ability to showcase that he could finally be the Dolphins’ long awaited franchise quarterback woes. Tannehill’s struggles seemed more based on the talent (or lack thereof) around him rather than his own ability. The Dolphins could use an offensive lineman as Jake Long struggled this season before going on IR, and he’s scheduled to hit the free agent market. But with Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan both returning for their senior seasons, the depth at tackle takes a tiny bit of a hit.

The Dolphins absolutely need a playmaker at wide receiver, as Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, while solid, don’t provide a solid, number one receiving option. Baylor’s Terrence Williams proved this season that his production was not solely a side effect of having Robert Griffin III throw him the ball; he lead the nation in receiving yards with 1,764 with 95 receptions and 12 touchdowns. He’s a solid route runner with great hands and ball skills. Tannehill to Williams could get the Dolphins offense rolling in a big way.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Tampa Bay has a pretty solid O and DL, but that secondary does need help as they can’t rely on guys like Eric Wright to be outside starters. Banks has a so-so year for the Bulldogs, but still in my mind is a top 20 pick. The Bucs could go other routes and a trade down here could be a great option for them, but adding in a player of Banks caliber has to be tempting and could help push Tampa back into the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa does look at QB at some point in the draft after another mediocre year from Josh Freeman. Not something they do immediately, but if they find value they could very well select another QB to groom under Josh.

14. Carolina Panthers— Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

If Hunter is available at 14, the Panthers will run up to the podium. Cam Newton took a solid step forward in 2012, but it’s clear he still needs pieces around him. Steve Smith is still capable of making plays, but he’s not getting any younger, and Brandon LaFell has showed flashes, but hasn’t proven he can be “the next” guy. A Newton-to-Hunter combination could turn an already potent Panthers attack into an even more explosive one. Hunter has the size, speed and ball skills you want in a number one receiver. Even though he’s got rare athletic ability, he’s a little raw, and he’s still trying to regain back some of his explosiveness, but in the Panthers can develop him, they have a potential All-Pro at the wide receiver position.

15. New Orleans Saints- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

If Richardson(who I believe is a top 10 pick) falls to 15 past the Panthers, the Saints have to be running up the podium to make this selection. Richardson is one of the more dynamic D players in this class with his quickness he has even though he’s a DT. New Orleans this year struggled on D both in the pass game and also in the run game, but adding a player of Richardson’s caliber to collapse the pocket will be huge for Steve Spagnuolo who had a great DL in New York. Richardson needs to work on his ability to become an overall player, but Richardson can come in and provide immediately what the Saints hoped they had back when they drafted Sedrick Ellis.

16. St. Louis Rams— DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

This first pick for the Rams will say a lot about their draft strategy. Sam Bradford was able to remain healthy and played solid if not outstanding football for the Rams. The Rams tried to solve their wide receiver woes in round 2 of the 2011 NFL Draaft when they drafted Brian Quick, but Quick was rarely on the field. They also drafted Chris Givens, who, while a nice surprise as a deep threat, isn’t a number one receiver. Danny Amendola is oft injured and is staring down free agency.

The Rams still need an offensive tackle, but getting Bradford a playmaker like Hopkins could be just the thing to help him take the next step. Hopkinss speed and YAC ability makes him a solid option that can be put in the starting line up right away; it’d be hard to argue you could find another receiver like him later in the draft.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Steelers are starting to get a little older on D, but that offensive line is still one of the worst in the NFL. While adding in DeCastro was a huge upgrade for the Steelers, but now adding in a player of the caliber of Eric Fisher would be huge. Fisher has good feet and is the epitome of a technician. Uses sound technique and makes sure to consistently stay in front of his opponent. This would allow Mike Adams to stay at RT and now the Steelers have the makings of a solid offensive line now. Possible that the Steelers look for a S here with guys like Polamalu getting older in that case I’d expect them to look at a guy like Kenny Vaccaro from Texas.

18. Dallas Cowboys— Kenny Vaccarro, S, Texas

The Cowboys spent a first round draft pick and big time money “fixing” their secondary when they took Morris Claibourne and signed Brandon Carr. Unfortunately, the addition of two solid corners did not make up for poor safety play; Danny McCray and Gerald Sensabaugh were victimized much of the season. So Jerry Jones continues his somewhat surprising trend of making sensible, not-completely-flashy draft picks and takes Kenny Vaccarro. If the Cowboys can find a solid d-tackle and another safety, they could have the beginnings of a very good defense.

19. New York Giants- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

This pick just makes too much sense right? I mean Ansah is another pass rush guy who fits well into what the Giants love to do. Ansah is a raw product and will take time to develop, but just see his development the past 2 years has been remarkable. He has very good awareness already but is raw with his pass rushing ability and his technique. He would be a great fit to sit behind Osi, JPP and Tuck and let him develop slowly, but when he’s ready watch out.

20. Chicago Bears— Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and general manager Phil Emery have both mentioned that they need to get better at attacking the middle of the field; i.e, they need a consistent tight end, and none of the guys they have on the roster are it. Eifert improved as a run blocker, but his role in the Notre Dame offense somewhat shrunk because of inconsistent quarterback play. Still, Eifert has the kind of skillset you dream for in a tight end, and he can certainly make the plays in the middle of the field that guys like Matt Spaeth couldn’t. The Bears have a near continuous need for offensive linemen, but getting Cutler another weapon is almost as important.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

The Bengals have a need at DE and with Michael Johnson set to hit FA this offseason they may be looking to replace him. Sam Montgomery is a gifted pass rusher, but has noted off the field issues as well as some worrisome issues on the field. If there was a DC who I felt could get the most out of Montgomery though it would be Mike Zimmer. Another option here could be Giovanni Bernard from UNC, although I just don’t see a RB going in the 1st round this year. Bengals could go Jonathan Hankins here if they want to develop two of the top DT’s in football, but Montgomery seems to be the better pick here.

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington)— Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The Rams offensive line has given up 35 sacks a season for the past three season. While the Rams could use a left tackle, there’s no one available at this point. They also need help in the interior line. Chance Warmack is the best guard in the draft and the best lineman available. The Rams would be foolish not to take him if he’s there. Their line needs all the help it can possibly get.

23. Minnesota Vikings- Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State

Well the slide for Hankins stops here with the Minnesota Vikings. Hankins is a talented player, but didn’t play well his senior year and at the same time disappointed many scouts with his play against lesser competition. The Vikings need help though with the interior of their DL and Hankins can provide that early on. Hankins needs to provide a better pass rush ability, but early on can be a good run stopping DT. Hankins and Kevin Williams would be a nice tandem for that talented Vikings DL.

24. Indianapolis Colts- Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

Andrew Luck was one of the most hit and most sacked quarterbacks in the league this season. While part of that is due to Colts’ offensive scheme, the Colts o-line lacks talent and depth. They need an upgrade at left tackle to allow Anthony Castonzo to play right tackle, but with the prime left tackle talent gone, they take the next best offensive lineman in Jonathan Cooper, who will have to add some size if he wants to play guard, but could also be a good fit for the Colts at Center.

25- Baltimore Ravens- Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame

The free fall for Te’o ends here as he goes to the Ravens to take over for the retiring Ray Lewis. Te’o had a great story this year at Notre Dame and was a key player for the Fighting Irish, but also a lot of this season overrated Te’o from where he truly should be taken which is in the 15-25 range. Te’o is a very good 3-4 ILB fit and having guys like Haloti Ngata in front of him will allow Te’o to flow to the ball and make plays. Expect Te’o to have a long career in Baltimore.

26. Seattle Seahawks— Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Pete Caroll’s first three draft picks were characterized by high risk, high reward players. Before getting kicked out of Tennessee for a positive drug test, Rogers was a near shoe-in to be a first-round draft pick. He’s got rare physical gifts that would make him a huge asset to Seattle’s receiving core, which, while good, doesn’t have a true number one. Caroll and Scheineder took a chance on Bruce Irvin and were able to get solid production out of him, and Caroll was even able to milk a solid year out of “Big” Mike Williams. If anyone can manage to turn Rogers around, it’s the Seahawks.

27. Green Bay Packers- Robert Woods WR USC

I usually don’t know what to project for the packers since they usually play things very close to the vest. Last year they made a great selection with Nick Perry who can become an immediate starter for a long time. Adding Robert Woods would add another dynamic weapon to add to that receiving corps. With the likely departure of Greg Jennings in FA, Woods can come in right away and be a very good player for the Packers. Look for woods to be a potential OROY candidate in this scheme.

28. San Francisco 49ers—Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Last season, the 49ers shocked many people when they chose Syracuse prospect A.J Jenkins in the first round. Jenkins struggled in training camp, struggled more in preseason, and hasn’t recorded a single catch this season; he’s only been active in 3 games this year.

If the Niners are committing to Colin Kaepernick going forward, they will need more explosive players. Tavon Austin is just the guy they need; explosive, great route runner, awesome kick returner. He adds an element to this offense they’re still looking for; downfield speed, to compliment receivers like Michael Crabtree and a (hopefully healthy) Mario Manningham.

29. Houston Texans- Arthur Brown ILB Kansas State

The Texans have a pretty good D, but with the loss of Brian Cushing they just haven’t been the same since. While the secondary does need some help, they can’t pass up taking one of the best ILB prospects in this class. Brown has had a great 2012 and while he isn’t the biggest guy, he makes plays and will always be a force in either a 4-3 or 3-4 D. Look for the Texans to take the a playmaker in the 2nd round to help add weapons to that O.

30. New England Patriots— Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

In all likelihood, the Patriots will probably trade down here, as they only have 5 draft picks, and none in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. But if they do stand pat, they’ll look to continue to upgrade a defense that, while improved, still needs some tweaking, particularly if they don’t re-sign Aqib Talib.

Jordan Poyer has been a favorite of mine and Justin’s for a while, hoping he’d last until the Redskins second round pick. That’s unlikely, as Poyer has all the makings of a potential stud. Good in man or zone, and good as a returner as well, the Pats would love to have a guy like Poyer in their defense.

31. Atlanta Falcons- Zach Ertz TE Stanford

Tony Gonzalez could very well be retiring at the end of the year and the Falcons need to find a replacement for him. Zach Ertz is the top overall TE in this class and provides exactly what the Falcons will love. Ertz is a mismatch problem who will prove to be a long term starter in the NFL. Atlanta could go other routes here if they want to especially DE if they want to upgrade that part of the D. CB is another option if they truly do lose Grimes in FA.

32. Denver Broncos— Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

If it’s one thing the Broncos playoff lost did, it was showcase that the Broncos still need to generate a pass rush. They have Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil off the edges, but they don’t have anyone in the middle of their d-line to create pressure. Kawaan Short was slowed by an ankle injury, but getting someone on the d-line who can shove the pocket around has to be a priority for Denver going forward.

NOTE: This mock draft was created before this weekend’s playoff games so the order has changed.

FILM SESSIONS: ZONE COVERAGE BREAKDOWN FEATURING LONDON FLETCHER AND PERRY RILEY

I was putting the film together for my Redskins 2-4-5 defense review and these plays grabbed my attention. The secondary had a rough day and along with Jim Haslett caught the brunt of the fans anger. The more film I comb through the more the Linebackers are standing out to me as having coverage issues of their own. Lets go to the film and check out London Fletcher and Perry Riley.

Perry Riley- Cover 2

 

 

 

Post snap & the green dots are dropping into their cover 2 assignments correctly,what is the Red dot doing? Perry Riley is the Red dot and for the remainder of this breakdown he will remain the lone red dot. Everyone in Green is in the process of dropping into their coverage zones. Wilson was carrying his WR up the field until Jackson released into his side of the field on a pass route. *Green dot in pic #2 is where Riley began and what his correct path should of been getting into his zone.


Riley has his eyes locked on Sam Bradford which is the norm in zone coverage. The key is to still be focused on completing your assignment while doing so. It appears Riley is thinking that Bowen getting a free rush on Bradford will force the ball to come out to Jackson on the out route. The flat pass would be Josh Wilsons play to make if Bradford wnet to the outlet valve which he does not.

 

At this point Perry Riley is all in and has committed to defending Stephen Jackson in the flat.. Josh Wilson still has outside leverage and would be in perfect position to make a play.

By this point Riley is on his high horse to Jackson while Kerrigan and Bowen are in position to get home on the QB

Kerrigan gets to Bradford but a step late. Remember the green dot and arrow for where Riley was suppose to be ?

Now had Riley been in position this play is changed dramatically IMO. Riley in his zone at depth takes the WR away from Bradford and gives Kerrigan the extra second he needed to get a sack on Sam Bradford. Bowen is also is Bradfords line of sight so who is to say Riley would not have been in position for a hurried pass for a interception ?

That is a hell of a throwing lane created by one out of place LB huh?

Here is Josh Wilson giving his “C’mon man ” speech.
Perry Riley helped the Rams turn a negative situation into a 19 yard gain.

2. London Fletcher- Cover 3

Redskins come out in their 2-4-5 cover 3 zone with Richard Crawford as the inside slot corner. St. Louis will motion Amendola down inside the numbers which gives the CB & SS more routes to think about. M.Williams is on the far hash moving toward his zone coverage area post snap.

Post snap Gomes begins his rotation to the deep middle while Wilson and Griffin begin to fall into coverage. Bradford turns his back to the defense and this movement usually freezes the Linebackers as they wait to verify either A. Run or B. Play action. In this case play action pass is the call. London Fletcher appears to have already taken the run bait. Can London make up for this one false step so early?


Richard Crawford gets a nice delayed jam on the wide reciever which will slow his progress to allow the coverage more time to drop in their zones. Perry Riley identifies pass and as indicated by his weight transfer is begining to drop into his zone responsibility. London identifies pass and looks to be dropping into his area like Riley.


On the far hash M.Williams gets in position to defend his zone & get a good delayed reroute on Amendola. Richard Crawford after his jam begins to flare out towards the flat.After the play fake the RB will release from the backfield and this action draws the attention of London Fletcher. Keep in mind Crawford has flat responsibility on this play so the RB running a out route would be his play to make. London at this point has already tipped Bradford to where he is going with the football.


London is locked on to the RB and releasing into the flat along side Crawford. Amendola is about to break into his in route behind the drop of Perry Riley. Coverage is sound on this play except from London Fletcher.

Amendola begins to clear into a open zone which should be occupied by london Fletcher at this point


Amendola flashes right into a wide open zone for Bradford to throw into. The completion is made and Amendola hits the ground running turning this reception into 56 yards.

Secondary has its issues but coverages require the whole defense to be on the same page. When Linebackers don’t get into their zones big plays will happen in the middle of the field.

32 TEAMS, 32 “BOLD” PREDICTIONS

32 Teams, 32 “Bold” Predictions (in order of predicted finish by division)

 

NFC East

Washington Redskins: Fred Davis will be the first TE in Redskins history to gain 1,000+ yards receiving in a single season

 

Dallas Cowboys: Bill Callahan will be named head coach following a week 6 loss to the Redskins that drops them to 2-4. They’ll then proceed to win their next 6 games

 

New York Giants: Eli Manning’s consecutive game streak will come to an end, as Ryan Nassib will get one start due to injury.

 

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles will score 40+ points three times this season…and lose every time

 

NFC North

 

Green Bay Packers: Randall Cobb will lead the NFC in receptions

 

Chicago Bears: By the end of the season, the new offensive mastermind people will be talking about is Marc Trestman, not Chip Kelly

 

Detroit Lions: In a desperate attempt to save his job, Jim Schwartz will bench Matthew Stafford following back to back 4 INT games

 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings’s starting QB for the last 4 games of the season is not currently on the roster…hello Vince Young!

 

NFC South

 

Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta will be the last team to lose a game this season. Week 12 against the Saints

 

New Orleans Saints: Um. I don’t know. Something about Sean Payton’s return

 

Carolina Panthers: Steve Smith will announce that he’s retiring at season’s end

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman will receive a contract extension at mid-season

 

NFC West

 

Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson will be named MVP

 

San Francisco 49ers: They’ll miss the playoffs

 

St. Louis Rams: Stedman Bailey will have a better rookie season than Tavon Austin

 

Arizona Cardinals: Bill Bidwill will petition to move the Cardinals to the AFC West

 

AFC East

 

New England Patriots: Danny Amendola will be a free agent bust, but rookie WR Aaron Dobson will shine

 

Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill will be added to the conversation of great QBs from the 2012 draft

 

New York Jets: Somehow the Jets will avoid the cellar (Doesn’t get more bold than that!)

 

Buffalo Bills: Jeff Tuel will win more games as a starter than EJ Manuel. Neither will win more than 4

 

AFC North

 

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis will be named Coach of the Year. And both OC Jay Gruden and DC Mike Zimmer will be HCs elsewhere in the NFL next season

 

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens will return to the AFC Championship Game

 

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers will finish under .500 for the first time in over a decade

 

Cleveland Browns: Jason Campbell will enjoy a career resurgence under Norv Turner, and then get cut…because that’s just his luck

 

AFC South

Houston Texans: Houston will have the best record in the AFC…and then get bounced in their first playoff game

 

Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker will finally vindicate my support of him and lead the Titans to a surprise 2nd place finish (just missing the playoffs)

 

Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck will endure a sophomore slump when some of his “how was that not intercepted?” passes of 2012 actually become INTs in 2013

 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Denard Robinson will become the first player (I think) to have a passing, rushing, and receiving TD in a single game (Hey we’re being bold here-let’s throw in returning)

 

AFC West

 

Denver Broncos: After Week 2, the Broncos will resign Willis McGahee who will lead the team in rushing

 

Kansas City Chiefs: There will be one blockbuster trade at the deadline and it will involved the Chiefs acquiring a WR

 

San Diego Chargers: Danny Woodhead will be a FA steal

 

Oakland Raiders: Oakland will be the last team to win a game this year, and Dennis Allen won’t be the HC to enjoy it

Bonus:

 

NFC Championship Game: Seattle’s not getting past the Redskins this time

AFC Championship Game: Peyton Manning will deny fans a chance at a Beltway Super Bowl

Super Bowl: Redskins fans will hate me for my prediction

THOUGHTS ON THE FINAL 53 (+ 8)

QBs: Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Pat White

Some people like, @JasonLaCanfora, predicted Pat White over Rex Grossman. Others, like @Abstract_Cool, wanted Pat White over Rex Grossman. But I don’t think anyone, anywhere, thought they’d keep them both. I’ll be honest. He seems like a good kid, and he did do some good things on the field this summer. But I’m not a Pat White fan. I think it’s a bit insulting to RG3 to say Pat White runs the read-option like RG3 does or he’d be just as effective in the pistol formation. That’s ignoring two things that make RG3 elite-his ability to actually read defenses, and his throwing ability. The only time all summer where I even remotely thought White might make the roster is when Cousins went down against Pittsburgh. So I think there are three options at play here: 1) The team is more concerned about Cousins’ injury than they’re letting on 2) They’re looking to trade White and believe they have some potential suitors (I know they spoke with the Titans, per my sources in the Smokey Mountains, I don’t know if the Titans showed any true interest), 3) They’re afraid someone is going to pick him off the waiver wire and pick his brain (keep in mind the NY Giants were one of the teams that showed a lot of interest in signing him this past spring). One final thought in all of this . It’s funny how some fans blast Kyle Shanahan for keeping Rex Grossman on the roster, saying Rex has no business being there and it’s only because he and Kyle are friends. And it should be Pat White in that 3rd QB spot…yet they don’t acknowledge that Pat White is enjoying this career resurrection in large part because of Kyle Shanahan.

RBs: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, Darrel Young

The “surprise” here I suppose is Evan Royster. In April, I thought he wouldn’t make the final roster but as we got closer to training camp and the more I thought about it. It just didn’t make sense to me that he’d be cut. Roy Helu is coming off missing nearly an entire season, and Kyle Shanahan has repeatedly said he sees him as a change of pace, not a workhorse, back. Even though he’s “3rd string” Royster is more suited to be Morris’ workhorse back-up than Helu. So yeah, pat on the back to me for saying Royster wasn’t getting cut. @Jsteelznskins stand up!!!

 

TEs: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed

As expected

 

WRs: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson

I suppose some thought there might be a 6th receiver. But when you think about it, three of our tight ends are basically wide receivers as well. It sounds as if Briscoe, had he been healthy, might have earned that 6th WR spot. I get that Raheem likes him, and that can’t hurt I suppose. I get that he has size and youth. But I don’t see what Briscoe brings to the table. He’s not super fast. His hands are suspect. I went back and looked at his “breakout” 2011 season when he had 6 TDs. There was nothing impressive about that season. Just happened to be in the end zone for a few catches. But his YAC was nothing to write home about, nor his catches/target (or whatever the metric is). Guess what I’m trying to say is I can’t believe we even considered him for a roster spot

OL: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, (Maurice Hurt-PUP)

I thought they’d find another veteran for depth. And maybe they still will, who knows. But this group is suspect once you get past the starting 5. Polumbus is probably not as bad as we all believe. But he’s still the weakest link along the line. Compton and Gettis, some have said, showed the most improvement among the players from the end of last year. While LeRibeus went in the other direction. None of them have much game day experience though. So it’s the catch 22. On the one hand, you hope they don’t see the field because they’re so raw. On the other hand, how else will they develop? The starting five started 15 regular season games together. They’ll probably need to start as many together this year.

 

DL: Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Chris Neild, Phillip Merling (Jarvis Jenkins-SUSP)

The surprise here is Phillip Merling, I suppose. Personally, I think the bigger surprise will be that we won’t  really  miss Jarvis Jenkins. We’re all upset he’s out for the first 4 games because he’s another body and he was penciled in as a starter. From what I saw this summer though, I didn’t worry that we were losing Jenkins for the first four games of the season. I worried more about Carriker being done (perhaps for good as a Redskin).

 

LB: Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, Brandon Jenkins, Darryl Tapp, Bryan Kehl, Nick Barnett (Rob Jackson-SUSP)

 Worried about this unit going into 2014. Luckily, we’re going into 2013. Orakpo healthy will make a huge difference. And I’m really intrigued by Haslett’s plans for a 6-LB “Swift” defense. I thought Darryl Tapp was going to be nothing more than a camp body. But he made a very strong transition from end to LB. And I think even if Keenan & Rob were available to start the season, the team would have been hard pressed not to give Tapp a spot on the opening day roster.

 

DB: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson, EJ Biggers, Jerome Murphy, Jordan Pugh, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty, Brandon Meriweather, Jose Gumbs

Y’all laughed when I said keep an eye on Jerome Murphy. When I said “the ‘last’ DBs on the roster you’re looking at guys who can play teams. And Murphy is a strong teams player.” Well, who’s laughing now?!! Look, in all seriousness I do like Murphy’s game. His greatest weaknesses is probably poor ball skills. We saw that this summer where he dropped a couple of seemingly easy interceptions. His effort has also been called into question at times. Though I don’t worry about that with Raheem coaching him. I don’t necessarily see him as an everyday  starter in this league, but a solid contributor. Of course, Murphy took fan favorite Chase Minnifield’s spot. In April, I didn’t think Chase would make the final roster. Largely because I wasn’t confident he was healthy. From reports, it seems his knee wasn’t as big a concern as his special teams play (I’m telling you! Don’t overlook the importance of guys who can play on teams). Kudos to anyone who even knew who Jose Gumbs was before training camp began.

 

K: Kai Forbath; P: Sav Rocca; LS: Nick Sundberg

 As expected

 

 Practice Squad: RB Jawan Jamison, DB Chase Minnifield, DT Domonique Hamilton, OT Xavier Nixon, OG Tevita Stevens, LB Will Compton, WR Lance Lewis, WR Nick Williams

 What’s most interesting to me here is the squad is comprised fully of homegrown talent. In the past, we’ve taken one or two guys from other rosters. Jamison is an ideal Mike Shanahan back. Patient, good vision, one cut and go type of back. Chase we talked about above. Will Compton attracted the attention of the likes of many including @Manny_PPI and @John_Keim. Where would we be without our University of Nebraska pipeline? I’d like to see him develop. Because I worry about our linebacker situation going into 2014 (as mentioned above). Side note, we’re signing Koa Misi in the offseason (do the math people, do the math). Lance Lewis had some bad luck against the Titans in the preseason opener, if not for that @BurgundyBlog’s guy probably would have had a better chance than Briscoe of being the 6th receiver. I like his game. He plays big, he fights for the ball, and he goes all out on teams. The team has an option on Morgan after this season. As valuable as I think Morgan is to this offense, with many other decisions to make it wouldn’t totally surprise me if they give Lewis an opportunity to take on a bigger role next year and let Morgan walk. If you don’t know what I think of Nick Williams, you haven’t been following me on Twitter for the last several months.

FINAL 53-MAN ROSTER PREDICTION

The grind of the long offseason is finally over, it’s time to remember names & jersey numbers. The Final 53.

Quarterbacks (3)

1. Robert Griffin III

2. Kirk Cousins

3. Rex Grossman

No change here, Pat White made a push to be the 3rd QB but Rex Grossman did nothing to lose his standing, solid veteran #3 QB.

Running Backs (5)

1. Alfred Morris

2. Roy Helu

3. Chris Thompson

4. Darrel Young

5. Evan Royster

Roy Helu looked the best & healthiest he’s ever looked as a Redskin this preseason, solidified his role behind Morris. Chris Thompson had a shaky start his first two games fumbling, but Shanahan shook that off saying it was “correctable”. Proved himself as a valuable returner with the injury to Richard Crawford. Evan Royster’s last preseason game may have been just enough to keep him around.

Wide Receivers (5)

1. Pierre Garcon

2. Josh Morgan

3. Santana Moss

4. Aldrick Robinson

5. Leonard Hankerson

Nick Williams made a strong case for the team to keep 6 WR’s. Just think with the injuries on defense, it was hard to keep 6 wideouts with 3 pass catching TE’s on the roster.

Tight Ends (4)

1. Fred Davis

2. Jordan Reed

3. Logan Paulsen

4. Niles Paul

Probably the only position group that’s been a lock all offseason. Davis & Reed will line up in a lot of two TE sets, Logan is the blocker & Niles valuable on special teams.

Offensive Line (9)

1. Trent Williams

2. Kory Lichtensteiger

3. Will Montgomery

4. Chris Chester

5. Tyler Polumbus

6. Tom Compton

7. Josh LeRibeus

8. Adam Gettis

9. Tony Pashos

Tony Pashos the wildcard here, they could opt to go with 8 OL, & use the roster spot on a position in the defense.

Defensive Line (6)

1. Barry Cofield

2. Stephen Bowen

3. Kedric Golston

4. Chris Baker

5. Phillip Merling

6. Chris Neild

With the suspension of Jarvis Jenkins & the injury to Adam Carriker, this group selection wasn’t very hard. Merling had a very solid preseason.

Linebackers (8)

1. London Fletcher

2. Brian Orakpo

3. Ryan Kerrigan

4. Perry Riley

5. Brandon Jenkins

6. Darryl Tapp

7. Nick Barnett

8. Bryan Kehl

The linebacker depth looked stronger than I thought they would in preseason. 8 guys here until Rob Jackson returns.

Defensive Backs (10)

1. DeAngelo Hall

2. Bacarri Rambo

3. Brandon Meriweather

4. David Amerson

5. Josh Wilson

6. Reed Doughty

7. E.J. Biggers

8. Tanard Jackson

9. Chase Minnifield

10. Jordan Pugh

Injuries to Phillip Thomas & Richard Crawford paved the way for Minnifield & Pugh to make the roster. Tanard Jackson is a wildcard here, but if reinstated I think the Redskins work him in.

Special Teams (3)

1. Kai Forbath

2. Sav Rocca

3. Nick Sundberg

As if there was any doubt about this position group.

Injured/Suspended

1. Rob Jackson (Suspended 4 games)

2. Jarvis Jenkins (Suspended 4 games)

3. Adam Carriker

4. Richard Crawford

5. Phillip Thomas

6. Keenan Robinson.

Practice Squad

1. Jawan Jamison

2. Nick Williams

3. Skye Dawson

4. William Compton

5. Xavier Nixon

6. Lance Lewis

7. Dominique Hamilton

8. Jose Gumbs

There is some good talent in this practice squad. A guy like Nick Williams could be “poached”. But definitely could see anyone from Jamison, Williams, Dawson, Lewis or Gumbs being called up at some point due to an injury.

Comments welcomed/appreciated.

CONTINUITY IS KEY TO THE REDSKINS SUCCESS

During the first decade of Dan Snyder’s ownership of this team, members of the media and fans began preaching that the Redskins would not succeed until they were able to benefit from stability and continuity. It was nice to say, but proved tougher to accomplish. For one reason or another, something was always changing:

Charlie Casserly was fired as general mananger. Norv Turner was fired as head coach.  Marty Schottenheimer was hired, then fired, as both. Steve Spurrier was hired as head coach and Vinny Cerrato was hired as the personnel man. Joe Gibbs was brought in to coach after Spurrier quit. Even within the short-term stability of Coach Gibbs’ second tenure here, the offense was completely changed after two years. Cerrato stuck around to lead the personnel decisions and Jim Zorn became the head coach. During those two seasons he was ineffective and, at times, undermined by the front office.

Finally, near the end of the 2009 season, Snyder hired Bruce Allen as the general manager and then, once the season ended, they hired Mike Shanahan as the head coach. Shanahan proceeded to hire Kyle Shanahan to run the offense and Jim Haslett to run the defense. Why have I spent two paragraphs covering something that we all know? Because, lost in the hype of some exciting new players and events on the field, what has been overshadowed is that the Redskins are now entering their fourth year with that exact same structure: Allen/Shanahan/Shanahan/Haslett.

The continuity of a franchise is important from the top all the way down. The top layers are able to work with the coaching staff to define an organizational philosophy. This allows for much easier personnel decisions. Allen knows during the draft and free agency periods what types of players fit the schemes and the goals of the offensive and defensive coordinators. No longer is Schottenheimer trying to run a conservative offense with a roster full of players who were acquired to excel in Turner’s aerial offense. When a franchise changes its identity every couple of years, it’s stuck having to try to fit square pegs into round holes.

That leads to the second advantage. Over four off-seasons, the roster is now completely filled with players that Allen and Shanahan want here. We’ve gone through the roster growing pains (having to purge the bad fits, aging veterans, malcontents, etc.) and now there is a distinct purpose for every player. No longer is Haslett being asked to play Albert Haynesworth out of position because we just cannot afford to cut him. Our current team is no longer attempting to win with someone else’s players. Everyone who makes the 53-man roster is a fit for some aspect of our offensive or defensive goals. This depth is also important since most teams lose important players during the year due to injury. The quality of your backups (Rob Jackson seamlessly filling in for Brian Orakpo, for example) can be the difference between 8-8 and 11-5.

Lastly, the schemes can evolve and become more intricate. After four off-seasons of establishing the fundamentals of what offenses and defenses are designed to do, coordinators can now start to innovate. They can begin adding wrinkles to base packages to put the best players in ideal situations. When a team is learning a new offense, coaches must devote most of their practice time to pure X’s and O’s. The players need to learn the basics so there is less time to advance to the next level. Currently, the Redskin staff can spend more time analyzing the strengths of the players and drawing up new ways to highlight them. Maybe it’s getting Fred Davis down the seam against a linebacker or making sure that Aldrick Robinson has single coverage on the outside. The point is, instead of simply executing basic plays, coaches and players are free to continue to grow and expand the sophistication of the playbook.

Both the continuity and depth were very much on display to me this past Monday night. The Redskins seemed to outplay the Steelers in all aspects of the game. Washington had the look of a relatively deep team which was firing on all cylinders. The fact that the Redskins acquitted themselves so favorably against a team like Pittsburgh is that much more encouraging. For years the Steelers have been the example of stability and continuity. It appears that the Redskins are intent upon following that example to re-establish themselves as a perennial contender under this current regime. Coming off of a division title, having a stable front office and coaching staff, and boasting an increasingly deep and talented roster, the Redskins seemed poise to take another step toward a NFL championship.

T’S THREE THINGS: STEELERS AT REDSKINS

First let’s take a look back at the 3 Things I was watching out for last Thursday night.

I thought Helu looked really sharp. Yes he played better against 2nd string than 1st string. But a) he’s not our starting RB anyway and b) I was actually more interested in how he was after the game. And so far so good. He looks healthy, he’s making people miss. I think he’s-excuse me Rob and Adidas-all in for week 1.

Hankerson was solid. No complaints, but let’s see him keep that up.

I must not have been paying attention to the kickoffs. Because I don’t remember any of them.

On to Monday Night:

1. The Forgotten Draft Pick: I call Josh LeRibeus the forgotten draft pick because I think many fans, probably more so non-Redskins fans, remember the Redskins drafting RG3 with the 2nd overall pick and then immediately after taking Kirk Cousins. They forget that in between those two they selected OG Josh LeRibeus in the 3rd round. Which at the time many people thought was a bit high, but that “controversy” got swept under the rug with all the “Why did they draft Cousins” talk. Anyhow, a few weeks back I tweeted out that I didn’t think Gettis (another pick that year) wasn’t safe. Someone else, can’t recall who, replied that it was probably Ribeye who was more in danger. I dismissed that, saying they wouldn’t give up on a 3rd round pick so quickly. Well, I’d like to apologize to that person. Report after report I’ve heard (both on and off record) indicate that JL is playing very poorly and showing no improvement from last season. So I’ll be watching him. Our depth on the interior OL is a concern to me. I’d like to see someone-Gettis, LeRibeus, Matthews-step up and give me confidence.

2. The Luckiest Man Alive: Probably an exaggeration. And I know no one is ever happy with an injury to a teammate. Well probably A-Rod, but that’s a different sport for a different day. Still, you can’t tell me Dejon Gomes didn’t breathe a huge sigh of relief when Phillip Thomas was lost for the season. And I mean I can’t blame him. He had to know he very much on the bubble, and now he gets a reprieve. And he’s been working with the 1st team this week and may likely start on Monday night. Let me see what you got Gomes. Because right now I see both Reed Doughty and Jordan Pugh as better options at SS than you. Let me see you recognize those pass routes, hit those angles right. Because unless we hit the waiver wire, you’re probably making this team. But making it and earning it aren’t the same thing

3. The Greatest QB To Ever Grace A Redskins Uniform: The #5 jersey’s glorious journey must come to an end. Step aside Heath Shuler, move over Donovan McNabb, out of the way Colt Brennan. The #5 jersey belongs to Pat “I’m so badass they call me Walter” White! Ok, back to reality. I do want to see how White plays on Monday night though. I think he’s realistically got zero shot to make the final roster. And I thought his performance was way way overrated, as illustrated here. But it’s the preseason and it’s fun to dream. So this summer, we’re all Pat White fans

Bonus: Watching clips from RG3: Will to Win at halftime

What will you be watching for?

T’S THREE THINGS: REDSKINS AT TITANS

So I’m gonna do something new this season, where I’m going to look at three things I’m going to being paying attention to for the upcoming game. Then after the game, we’ll see what the results were (the results for some may come after a couple days, like tomorrow night’s game for example)

Let’s kick things off with the preseason opener:

1. His Health. He’s key to this offense reaching its maximum potential. They say he’s healthy, but I’m still skeptical. He’s probably my favorite Redskin so I’d love to be proven wrong. But until I see him get back out there on the field and take some hits I’ll still have doubts. Of course, the guy I’m talking about is Roy Helu.

2. Leonard Hankerson. I have a feeling Mike and Kyle are going to test and target Hankerson early and often this preseason. And, like most other fans, my patience has run thin with Hank Time. He’s in that critical 3rd year. So is Robinson, but he’s beasting in training camp. So all eyes are on Leonard. That Hankerson had a better % of passes caught than Robinson last year is often overlooked. And rather irrelevant, all things considered. Hankerson had some easy passes that he flat out dropped . That plus his reputation of not having the best work ethic during the week makes many fans think he’s fortunate that guys like Briscoe haven’t stepped up themselves. So this is your time to prove us all wrong Leonard.

3. Kai’s Kickoffs. I get the importance of hang-time, distance, etc. on kickoffs. What I don’t get is using two roster spots for a kicker. So I want to see Kai show improvement on his kickoffs and end this John Potter experiment sooner than later.

What will you be watching for?