April 29, 2009

Big Draft Day For The Skins

So the Skins filled some needs rather than going for the big splash. Sure it wasn't O-line, but something tells me that Brian Orakpo is going to be a special player.

When I saw that he was going to fall to us, I decided I really wouldn't mind if we passed on Oher. After all both tackle and DE were big needs... And Orakpo is the better prospect.

The guy is an absolute monster. He's fast, strong, and plays with a passion that doesn't come around too often. He's a workout warrior who looks like he merits all the hype.

Imagine putting him next to Albert Haynesworth with Andre Carter on the other side. That's a great line. It certainly makes up for the release of Jason Taylor.

Now the Skins have themselves some star power and depth behind it on the D-line. Haynesworth and Griffin have plenty behind them to rotate in while Renaldo Wynn, Chris Wilson and Phillip Daniels will back up at DE. Daniels and Wynn both play the run well meaning Orakpo may see some time at LB on first and second down.

With Rocky McIntosh possibly moving over to replace Marcus Washington at the strong side LB, the Skins picked up a couple of LB later in the draft. Cody Glenn from Nebraska and Robert Henson from TCU will compete for time with veteran HB Blades.

The defense is looking beastly. If the Skins can see this pass rush on paper translate to the field, then this defense could go from being solid to spectacular. They have playmakers all over the field. Deangelo Hall has a nose for the ball and Laron Landry has shown flashes of ballhawking ability. The whole secondary might find it a little easier to generate turnovers with this front seven.

Adding Kevin Barnes was also a great move. He has high upside and could compete for the nickel spot with Fred Smoot.

However, the Skins really didn't address O-line and they need to. I know they added tackle Mike Williams, the former first-round pick out of Texas, but the guy is a bust. He checked into Redskins Park weighing a massive 410 pounds. The guy is lazy and has zero work ethic. He won't make it past training camp and if he does then there's something wrong.

So, in essence, the Skins have sent out a big "screw you" to Jason Campbell. He won't be around next year if his supporting cast fails to step up.

The O-line didn't hold up last year, and they are another year older this year so will there be a change? Derrick Dockery will upgrade the interior, but there's still that pesky right tackle spot. Jon Jansen and Stephon Heyer aren't starting caliber tackles, but they will need to combine to be so if Campbell wants time in the pocket.

Looking long-term, it was great to see the Skins hang on to their picks for next year and avoid Mark Sanchez. The guy would be a cap burden and would have required a bunch of picks in order to move up and select him. Maybe the Jets just saved the Skins from themselves by outbidding or maybe the Skins were simply smart; either way the outcome is good.

The Skins also added punter Hunter Smith this week. This could very well be the most underrated signing of the offseason and I'll break it down in the coming days.

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