RG3 Trade Still Rippling Down through the drafts for the Washington Franchise
St. Louis Rams
Still stocking up talent as a result of the RG3 trade 2 years ago, GM Les Snead put the last of those draft picks to work over the weekend. The Rams went on the clock with the Redskins #2 overall pick and selected Auburns Tackle Greg Robinson. A large an athletic Tackle will add some serous power to the Rams run game. The Rams also weren’t going to let talented Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh fall any further when they selected him at Number 13. Fishers defence didn’t have particular need at defensive tackle but Donald was too good to pass up. Corner Back Lemarcus Joyner of Florida State and Running Back Tre Mason of Auburn were both extremely solid picks for the Rams in the 2nd and 3rd round respectively. One can only assume now the weight will fall on Sam Bradford to finally produce and get this highly talented team to the play offs or the Rams may be selecting a Quarterback high in the first round in 2015.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs made a splash in free agency, addressing needs all over the roster. This left Lovie Smith and Jason Licht in the enviable position of drafting guys that wanted rather than guys they needed. Nowhere was this more evident than in the first round. Some argued that the Bucaneers needed to draft the QB of the future. They have already picked up Josh McCown in free agency and after a very impressive spell filling in for Jay Cutler in Chicago last year McCown is the guy they need right now. The QB they want wasn’t in this draft. Mike Evans out of Texas A&M was the 7th overall pick. On draft night Mike Mayock said the 2014 Bucs are going to be Basketball on grass. Evans is 6’5 231lbs. McCown had a lot of joy throwing to Brandon Marshall and the host of monstrous receivers in Chicago. It looks as though Smith is trying to build a similar set up in Tampa. They didn’t stop there taking 6’5 262lbs Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins in Round 2. Seferian-Jenkins has the size and bulk to push around most linebackers in the NFC South. Smiths love in with the biggest guys he could find continued to round three. Running Back Charles Sims out of West Virginia is among the best pass catching backs in the draft and stands at 6’ and 214lbs. The Bucs now probably have both the biggest and smallest backs in the NFL. Spending their remaining 3 picks on offence Lovie Smith now has the tools on offence to cause worry in Atlanta, New Orleans and Carolina. McCown may not be the long term solution at quarterback, but should they find one, this Bucs team is only one or two pieces away from glory.
The word that comes to mind regarding the recent past of the Tennessee Titans is ‘meh’ That carries through to the 2014 Draft class. Not terrible but nothing special. Titans GM Ruston Webber signed Michael Oher in the offseason and Left Tackle Michael Roos, although in his 30’s, is far from a problem. So what did Mr. Webber do in Round 1, thats right singed a tackle. Taylor Lewan out of Michigan is an impressive tackle but at the 11th pick there was still a few game changing, franchise igniting picks available. Especially if your franchise is as dull as the Titans. With Chris Johnson and his mega contract now safely in the Titans rear view they did attend to the running back position in the 2nd round. With the value of running backs sliding every year the Titans perhaps managed to bag a steal in Bishop Sankey. Chris Johnson he is not but this guy can handle a lot of touches and get the job done as evidenced during his time Washington. Interestingly the Titans used 6th round pick on QB Zach Mettenberger. Locker has struggled and only a year left on his deal. Mettenberger could be the starter in Tennessee in 2015 as a lot of scouts had him ranked in the 2nd round until a poor combine saw him slip. He’s not a high risk pick being selected in the 6th round and the current management inherited Locker. Watch for them letting him continue to struggle with a view to either developing Mettenberger or drafting a replacement high in 2015.
Washington “NFL-Ireland does not endorse racism” Redskins
reset button has been pushed in the Capital, cap limitations and draft restrictions, due to the RG3 trade, have finished in Washington and missing their first round (2nd overall) pick, wasn’t an ideal situation for a team in full refresh mode. Washington made the intelligent move, trading back in the 2nd round to pick up an extra 3rd rounder. They need help rushing the passer and Trent Murphy out of Stanford will help them in that regard. Morgan Moses and Spencer Long in the 3rd round will give them help on the O-line and should create some good competition there. Wide Receiver Ryan Grant and Tight End Ted Bolser in the later rounds will deepen the Washington receiving corps already improved by the arrival of De’Sean Jackson. Bolser at 6’5 and good speed is an interesting prospect. Over all a solid draft for Bruce Allen.