April 25, 2005
Redskins blown away by the draft
Auburn went 13-0, winning the best conference in football. The Washington Redskins used their two first round draft picks Saturday on good players, from a great team. Problem is, especially in the case of their second pick, QB Jason Campbell, the pick makes no sense at all.
So what's the quarterback situation now? Joe Gibbs said last winter that Patrick Ramsey was "his guy," and we know that Gibbs is loyal to his "guys," after he stuck with Mark Brunell for ten weeks even though a quadriplegic could have put up better numbers.
And if Ramsey is "his guy," then why in the world does taking a quarterback make sense? Campbell very well could be a great quarterback someday, but the coaching staff is old. Offensive coordinator Joe Bugel's Social Security number is 4, with Joe Gibbs and two of the Marx brothers ahead of him.
Drafting Campbell seems like a pick for a rebuilding team. But ever since Daniel Snyder bought the team, rebuilding has stopped being an option, and certainly this year. So it appears Ramsey will start.
Then why did it make any sense to take a potential project over a wide receiver, of which the `Skins have none? UAB receiver/amazing Afro model Roddy White was still on the board. And while he may not turn out tot be as good in the long term as Campbell, he filled a pressing need.
Yes, wide reciever is a pressing need. Santana Moss can be a number one reciever, but he's no Laveranues Coles. And among Darnerian McCants, Taylor Jacobs and James Thrash, none of them appears to be a serviceable second reciver. At least White would have given them some immediate return for their pick.
Remember, Aaron Rodgers went one pick ahead of Campbell. There's definitely a wider gap in talent between those two than one lousy pick.
I can't understand why Joe Gibbs would give up three lower picks for the 25th to get Campbell, a guy who probably could have fallen into the beginning of the second round. They blew up whatever was left of their draft to get Campbell. Either he's the best clipboard holder in the world, or the Redskins really messed up.
Actually, instead of White, the Redskins shouldn't have traded with Denver to get the pick in the first place. They gave up a third and fourth round pick this draft and a number one pick next year. They gave up a pick likely to be in the mid-20s at best to the teens at worst, plus two more picks to get the 25th pick. Unless Campbell is Doug Williams, that trade in itself is unbelieveable.
Their first auburn pick was a little better, Carlos Rogers. He was an All-American, and a shutdown cornerback that the Redskins needed. He was the top CB in the best and certainly most pressure-filled conference in football in 2004, and he appears like he can be Sean Taylor minus the crazy.
The Redskins didn't fill their largest void at wide receiver. Washington finished 30th in offense last year, mostly because nobody could catch the football. Now they have no choice but to keep disgruntled WR Rod Gardner, or I'll be expecting a call to be the team's fourth receiver.
I still have faith that Washington will pull some string somewhere and be able to win nine games this year. But I have no clue why the `Skins wasted their best chance to upgrade their Achilles heel. And I am pretty much out of ways to justify picking the Redskins to win 11 games next year.
Joe Gibbs is old, people. Many of the Redskins coaches don't have much more time to get back to the Super Bowl. And even though it's April, they may have just blown their shot to get there in 2005.