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Need to Know: Redskins’ McCloughan outlines his draft pick expectations

Apr 16, 2016, 6:01 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 16, 12 days before the NFL Draft.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 97 days ago. It will be 149 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 2; 2016 NFL draft 12; Redskins training camp starts 103

Hot topic

Here are five of the most popular posts of the Redskins week that was from here and www.CSNmidatlantic.com/Redskins.

Redskins running back suspended indefinitely without pay—Silas Redd may have had a hard time making the Redskins’ 53-man roster but he at least would have had a chance to get some preseason carries and get some good tape out there for the rest of the league. But now his NFL future is in limbo as he’ll be sidelined for at least a year before he can apply for reinstatement. He’s a good guy to talk to, hopefully he will start making smart decisions.

NFL Mock Draft 9.0: The post Titans-Rams trade edition—I’m not so sure about Ben Standig’s first-round pick for the Redskins here. Not that I don’t like the player but I think that a combination of an injury and the value of the position might make McCloughan shy away. I do think it would make a lot of fans happy, however.

Who will start at center for the 2016 Redskins?—A lot of fans have the notion that finding a new starting center should be a huge priority for the Redskins. I’m not under the impression that the organization views it quite that way. I think they know they need to upgrade at some point but they can get by with what they have if they need to.

McCloughan knows who he wants to draft at No. 21—This was a very interesting comment at the end of a very interesting McCloughan interview with Bleacher Report. He said that the player he hopes is there in the first round has all of he key traits—“toughness, smarts, competitiveness, team.’ If you want to know what that’s about, McCloughan suggests you look at last year’s top pick, Brandon Scherff.

Redskins depth chart will undergo some shuffling in the next month—The Redskins started their process of adding and subtracting players in the last few days when they signed CB Greg Toler and cut OLB Jackson Jeffcoat. Between now and the start of OTAs in late May there will be plenty more roster churn; check the details on what to expect in the post.

In case you missed it

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    I think that is too high for K. Joseph, too.

    If we’re talking DT-NT, I could see Jarran Reed, Kenny Clark, Vernon Butler, or Andrew Billings. (I’m guessing Sheldon Rankins is already gone, and A’Shawn Robinson doesn’t seem to have that love of football McGlue prizes).

    Thing is, probably two of those guys are still available at the bottom of round 1/top of round 2. So trading back for an extra pick is pretty attractive.
    ~

  2. colorofmyskinz - Apr 16, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    I know us fans are not connected to the organization. I am having a very hard time with the idea of “getting by” at a key position like center when our running game was horrible. We have no idea if Lauvao will recover to full form, and we know what we have in Kory (average). So for me I see the running game worse this year vs last with Morris departure and no RB depth at all, like zero depth. So we have worse RB depth and questionable starters at LG and Center. We need like 2-3 RBs and a new center to improve at the running game. We went from below average running to worse in my opinion in the run game and now we have to focus some draft resources to repair it where we could have used those picks for defense.

    So getting by at a key position like center in a power running scheme makes little sense to me when our running back depth was decimated. Our options are now place higher draft running backs behind a below average power running center or high draft center with average running backs out of the draft.

    Neither are good options.

    • renhoekk2 - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM

      Agree 100%. What is also does is affect the passing game. Everyone saw what happened last season when they played the better teams with good defenses. NE, CAR, NYJ. They avg like 30yds rushing against those 3 teams. The Redskins could not run the ball at all. When that happens your offense becomes one dimensional and you have to pass. The defense knows it can stop your running game with 6 or 7 in the box so they are dropping guys into coverage, they also don’t bite on any play-action because they don’t fear your run action. I can’t understand how the organization can possibly be OK with what they got from the running game last year. If you can’t run the ball or stop the run it’s very difficult to win. I can’t see how one problem is considered a priority but the other isn’t.

      • wvredskins - Apr 16, 2016 at 10:24 PM

        I seriously doubt that the organization is happy with where the running game was last year and where it stands as of now. Be patient. Scott m. Is a proving talent and will get the ball rolling for us.

    • celeoinc - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM

      TW- SL – S Long – BS – Moses I have no doubt they are moving Spencer to Center. I hope the draft order (first 4) goes like this: DL – Safety – wide Receiver – Running Back. Not because of need necessarily , but Because I believe we can get good value if we use that that order.

      • celeoinc - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM

        Add a guard with the 5th pick. I believe CL is gone. SL could be gone too if he is not 100% by training camp.

    • bk70 - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM

      Here’s a solution:

      Round 1st Choice 2nd Choice
      1 Ryan Kelly C Alabama 6-4 311 Jaran Reed DT Alabama 6-3 311
      2 Vernon Butler DT Louisiana St 6-4 325 Jeremy Cash SS Duke 6-1 212
      3 Miles Killebrew SS S Utah 6-2 219 Nick Martin C Notre Dame 6-4 296
      4 Kenyan Drake RB Alabama 6-1 210 Nick Vannett TE Ohio St 6-6 257
      5 Jihad Ward DE Illinois 6-5 296 Blake Martinez ILB Stanford 6-2 239
      6 Jake Coker QB Alabama 6-6 236 Romeo Okwara DE Notre Dame 6-5 266
      7 Josh Forest ILB Kentucky 6-3 245 Nate Sudfeld QB Indiana 6-6 236
      7 Jake McGee TE Florida 6-5 252 Jordan Walsh OG Iowa 6-3 290

      Get a “starting center” from the draft with a middle rounder RB. Also address the defensive needs.
      All average players from the 2015 roster must prove they can beat out the 2016 draftees and FA during OTA’s and training camp or “see ya later”.

      • James McFullan - Apr 16, 2016 at 12:40 PM

        With that list I’d go
        Ryan Kelly
        Vernon Butler
        Miles Killebrew
        Kenyan Drake
        Jihad Ward
        Jake Coker
        Josh Forest
        Jake McGee

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 16, 2016 at 2:36 PM

      Well, the thing is, if we take a first round center we will be doing worse than “getting by” at other positions.

      We have a pro bowl LT and a RG who was the 5th overall selection. Then we also sunk two thirds and a fourth over the past two years. That’s 4 picks in the first four rounds over the past two years plus a high price free agent LG (Lauvau) and Williams. We have invested heavily into the Oline recently. That’s not even including Leribus. Too much investment in one position group can cause erosion in other position groups. What have we invested in the defensive line recently? Hm? Some of these young Olinemen should be able to transition to center and do a good job. We have no defensive linemen like that. None. No prospects drafted reasonably high who have a decent chance of becoming a “red chip” someday. None.

      I’m all about building in the trenches. But there’s two lines. Not just one. Our offensive line is in much better shape that just a bit every other position group on the team. Plus Bill Callahan to smooth the rough edges.

      Where a good Oline helps the passing game through pass protection and a better run game: A good defensive line hinders the other teams passing game through stopping the run and creating pressure. It also takes pressure off the defensive backs, who also need a lot of help.

      If we take an early center he better be head and shoulders better than the other players available. Because it’s really not a big need. We have a good situation with our Oline. The run game was great until Lauvau went down. He should be back. It got worse when Kory went down (but people still don’t see his value) and Scherff should be even better. Good guard play can help Kory. We should also be using more two TE sets, and they’re an extension of the Oline.

      We can have an amazing Oline and absolutely terrible Dline and defensive backfield (I’m not including the OLBs here). Or we can try to strike a balance by diversifying our picks. We need real talent in the middle of our defense so, so much worse than a new center.

      Need proof and not opinion? Washington’s offense ranked 17th overall, 10th in points, 11th in passing yards, and 20th in rushing yards from 2015. While the definese was 28th in the league. 26th in rushing and 25th in passing. Or offense is in better shape than the defense. And we lost quite a few pieces on defense but retained our offensive players plus will get guys back from injury.

      • hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 4:52 PM

        Your of course right about the difference in performance between the offense and defense. I also agree that the D needs lots of love this year. My preference for Kelly in the first is that he is in my mind far better than the other prospects. The run game nose dived when lavoua went down for sure but it wasn’t there in the atl game when we had Lichtenstein still, tho he did get hurt at some point in that game. Imagine tho if we did have a run game that could keep the opposition of the field. The Giants game 2 we had a 20 point lead but they kept getting the ball back in the fourth and scored two quick tds. Same with the Chicago. My other reason is that IMO all the DL that will be available when we draft are 2 down players and you can get that type in second and third rounds. Just my two cents.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:31 PM

          No run player changed what happened in the performance of the run game. The defense adjusted and the offense failed to react to the adjustment. The injuries complicated matters but it’s the persistent and obvious short game with little production in YAC that foiled the rushing attack. You can go back in the films and see defenses playing much tighter on front and in many cases there many cover 0 assignments.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 17, 2016 at 4:08 AM

          @Hail: I get your point man. It’s very possible that a decent DT will be available in the second. So much of this stuff is opinion, that was just mine.

          My only point about Kory was the the run game got even worse when he left. Not that it was great when he was in.

          But I also agree with RedskinsName that a lot of what happened with the run game had to do with scheme. Teams knew what we were generally going to do. I think Gruden was very intentionally trying to keep things quick and simple for Cousins. Kind of treated him like a rookie to develop his skills and build confidence. It seems like it worked, but we paid a price too.

          If McCloughan thinks Ryan Kelly is that much better than the other players available at 21, then we should draft him. I just don’t believe that’s true. And if we’re going for positions then I would still put DT, CB, RB and WR ahead of center.

        • hail74 - Apr 17, 2016 at 7:18 AM

          I agree about how it was obvious at times when we were going to run and coaching had a lot to do with that. However I also feel that personnel did as well. Morris was more the back for rush plays and of course when Compton and or Nyscke would line up as TE.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:27 PM

        Very well stated and thought out comment here! The focus needs to be D-line in this draft and as Trey stated, unless the center is far superior it’s not worth a selection in the 1st. I do like Kelly but I’m not sure he is a home run pick at center. I do think he’d make the line much better in two year but at what cost to the D-line?

      • wvredskins - Apr 16, 2016 at 10:27 PM

        Great post. I 100% agree.

    • wncskinsfan - Apr 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

      well, we’re talking about a team that had no depth due to bad drafts from bad managemt, a huge trade for a QB, crap FA moves, and took a massive cap hit. This team is in year two of a rebuild mode that involved a coaching/scheme change,new mgmt and a new philosophy, and more needs than draft picks/money. Although i do hope they can pick a C, I keep in mind that this year will be a lot like last year. I don’t think we will start seeing full benefits of good depth and most if not all key positions covered until next season at the earliest. patience. At least we are trending up, and the games are not excruciating to watch. HTTR

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:21 PM

      The scheme is the issue with the running game! Sure more players are needed now with one major contributor gone and another that IMO should be cut after a suspension. However, line had a very capable group of starters providing some great blocks. Schreff looked very capable getting out to the second level early on as well. However, defenses adjusted early in the season after a few very successful rushing weeks. The offense did not and then bailed on the rushing in favor of the short pass. Make a serious effort to stretch the field more and you’ll seen the rushing game improve. I’m tired of the whining about the rushing last season when the issue stared you in the faces for most the season and so many played a blind eye to it. Commitment to the run is a big deal in the NFL and when teams see you bailing on it then they make you one dimensional which is what happen last season.

      • hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:46 PM

        Disagree, to an extent. Early on, even in the first game, when we were leading the league in rushing it was mostly to the left. Scherff and Moses weren’t generating much push and the backs were not hitting the holes. They got better later but not to the point needed. I also don’t agree with they just abandoned the run. Watch the games in the middle of the season. They were trying to run with no luck, too much. If your getting 0-2 yards on first down consistently you go to something else. I’m not saying Kelly must be the pick but think the value is better. Just my opinion. Now if any of the DTs in the first can develop a pass rush and stay on the field for more than 35% of the time than they would be a good pick too.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 16, 2016 at 7:05 PM

          I’ll go back and hopefully show you the actual numbers on rushing in the first two games via football outsiders. The right side was holding it’s own. You are correct in that the left side is where the heavy rushing was going. However, Schreff was the guy providing the second level on the left side. He really was key in aiding the huge holes that gave both Jones and Morris huge running lanes. It was a tremendous to see how fast that guy can get to the second level.

          The coaches did without little doubt fail to manage reacting to the adjustments defense made in stopping the run early in the season. It should be much improved this season with running the ball on the right side. However, the key is that the offense scheme can’t continue to be overly dependent on the short passing game.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 16, 2016 at 7:16 PM

          Statistics disagree with your notion the right side didn’t product in run blocking.

          TEAM—– ALY—-Rank–ALY—–Rank—ALY—-Rank—ALY—Rank—ALY—-Rank
          WAS——-3.56—17——3.37—-25——-3.58—29——3.87–15—-3.90——-10

          This is a statistic on the overall season. The right side produced better average numbers than the left. However, I’m sure the left was at a disadvantage because the number of attempts to that side. The point is 3.87 and 3.90 is not such a poor average to bail on running the ball. Many teams had far worst averages but ran to that side more often than Washington last season.

        • hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 7:34 PM

          Honestly just remembered the Miami game about L vs R. Another stat tho is that we were 14th in rush att but 29th in avg yds. It’s hard to advocate more rushing with that. Yes they faced a lot of 7-8 man fronts but so did some of those teams that rush well. Actually all the teams that rush well. It would be an obvious defensive plan. It’s exactly what we were attributing the poor passing performances of years past too. We could run so teams would load the box. I was surprised more teams didn’t follow Dallas’ example and just blitz the A gap all day. We tried to run in that game too, more than Dallas did, with terrible results.

        • hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 7:37 PM

          I do agree with the adjustments reference you made. Hopefully that improves this year. A lot of our third quarter woes are obviously a result of that. A little quirk about this season tho was that we lost most of the coin tosses and the other team deferred a lot giving them essentially an extra possession in the third.

    • John - Apr 19, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      The trams best card last year was when the spread teams of with an empty backfield or a single back and 4 receivers. The running game suffered from a line that was banged up (Kory & Lavau) and having 2 similar backs (Alf & Jones) with comparable styles. Jones was injured (foot & hip) and fumbled which limited his play. Alf just was not getting the job done, when the opportunity was there. For a guy who was solid for 3 seasons he looked like he forgot how to run.

      Sure, they threw short a lot but they had no deep threat for the first half of the season. Sorry but Garcon is no deep threat, Roberts has been totally unreliable and Ross while he is fast, he’s no Desean. For those that cry because they threw short a lot, you have to have a guy who can get deep that the defense respects, fears. We just did not have that. Why waste plays? As soon as Desean came back, they were hitting the big play with regularity (Tampa, Carolina, NY, Buffalo) or did everyone forget all ready?

      They need to solidify the line, but drafting Kelly in round 1 is not a good idea. You draft tackles and guards in the first round and centers in later rounds and there are several good ones coming out this year (MSU, USC, Mizz, Wisc, etc.).

      If the team can pull it off, they should try to get Cody Whitehair and the Martin brother. Both could start for this team. They should also get that running back from Notre Dame. He at least has a style that contrasts with Jones and should be more durable than Thompson.

  3. bangkokben - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Somehow Hatcher retiring didn’t make the five. Bummer that the Redskins can’t get any of the dead cap money back. Oh well. That is part of the process.

    As for the other five:
    -Silas Redd wasn’t going to make the team last year by all reports. What has our RB coach done? Running backs don’t seem to improve and some like Morris seem to get worse. It’s clearly not all coaching but isn’t some of it? Chris Thompson may have improved but he’s made out of glass.

    -At one point (Sean Taylor’s third season) safety seemed like it was crawling out of the shadow of the other defensive positions and becoming a necessary part of defense with Ed Reed, Troy Palamalu, Bob Sanders, and Sean Taylor. Now it seems like it’s back in the shadows and considered by some the appendix of the defense. Yet the Redskins haven’t had anyone play either safety position at a high level for two straight seasons since Taylor’s death or Laron Landry’s injury issues. My response to thinking the position doesn’t warrant a 1st round pick in this draft isn’t disagreement but rather WWSMD. What would Scot McCloughan do? Picking Brandon Scherff at number five indicates that he doesn’t subscribe to conventional wisdom.

    -I”m in complete accord with Rich on this one. I don’t get the impression that this is as urgent for the FO as it is for us fans.

    -This sounds ballsy. Either McC is so convinced that “our guy” is so far down on the other teams boards, or he’s got a list of five “football players” that fit the description.

    -Depth chart musical chairs has started. This is where I personally feel bad for professional athletes. Guys who are on future contracts since January, suddenly find in April that they are no longer under contract and worse they are now behind every college draft pick and undrafted free agent, meanwhile collecting nothing and spending what little money they have on personal trainers so that they have a chance in May OTAs. But it is because of guys like this that this league is not any danger from head injuries. There are literally thousands of men who will take the place of those who no longer want to take the risks.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 16, 2016 at 2:46 PM

      I think the need for a center has been blown way out of proportion. There’s some rival blogs who seem obsessed with it. A center and trading out of the first. I agree that there doesn’t seem to be any indicator for the front office that all this hype is warranted.

      I truly hope we go BPA at 21. Just get us a stud from the first round to be on this team for 5 years at any position. But if we’re going to let that be significantly affected by need, center doesn’t seem to be it.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 16, 2016 at 3:14 PM

        I think the need for better play at center than we got last year is clear. Maybe we can get that from a guy on the roster now, maybe we can’t.

        I don’t think the solution is to use a 1st round pick on a guy who isn’t nearly the likes of Alex Mack (to name a center actually belonged in the 1st ) doesn’t make sense to me.

        By all accounts, Ryan Kelly is a McGlue kind of guy.

        But a mauler in the run game, he isn’t. Not yet, anyways. That’s why I’d rather see us wait until the 3rd round for Graham Glasgow (for instance) if we decide to use a higher pick this year on the position.
        ~

        • hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:49 PM

          I’ve heard a lot of people mention Glasgow tho I’m not a fan of anyone who messes up while on probation. What are his priorities? In the mid rounds I personally like Boehm.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:43 PM

      I call BS on Chris Thompson being made out of glass. Yes he has some major past injuries but he runs harder than many folks realize for a guy his size. He’s very capable and yes the team needs to insure they have someone step up if he gets injured only because of the type of injuries he had incurred in college. I was happy with Chris’ performance last season and I think he could be in for an even better season this year.

      As for if coaching had anything to do with the lack of run performance? Hell yes but I hold a different opinion on what coaches did. They bailed on the run and favored the short passing attack. The coaches became one dimensional but all this BS about it had to be done due to lack of production is just plain wrong. Many teams have strong rushing offenses even with players are injured on some running back is not hitting the holes as well as in the past. Matt wasn’t used enough is a big reason. The point it is you don’t make it easy on NFL teams by bailing on running the ball, it’s plain and simple in that respect. Rushing the ball needs repetition which fell off significantly in the second half of the season. It’s hard for running backs to improve during the season if there isn’t enough commitment to running the damn ball.

      • bangkokben - Apr 17, 2016 at 9:58 AM

        Glass was a bit of an overstatement. I too like Thompson and think he was a surprise for us last year. But I doubt he is active for all 16 games ever in his career.

        As to bailing on the run. There is overwhelming statistical evidence that is counter to that argument. That argument had legs after 2014 but they stuck to the run way too long last season. Perhaps you don’t remember running it and losing big leads against Chicago and the Giants. Even against the Bills and Saints the run pass ratio was extremely high favoring the run in the 2nd half of those games. “Rushing the ball needs repetition which fell off significantly in the second half of the season. It’s hard for running backs to improve during the season if there isn’t enough commitment to running the damn ball.” Do the work then, look at Redskin carries in the 2nd half compared to the 1st half – especially on 1st and 2nd down. Then come back to me. As of now, you stand alone in that belief.

        • Rich Tandler - Apr 17, 2016 at 12:57 PM

          Games 1-8 181 rushing att., 3.45 yards/carry

          Games 9-16 201 rushing att., 3.73 yards/carry

  4. pyroman99 - Apr 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    I’m 100% in on focusing on improving the D with the 1st and 2nd picks – we need solid young starters. We got killed last year by teams running on us, and the only D position group that looks truly solid is OLB. DT is considered especially good in the #21 range – why try to outsmart ourselves? Then, BPA at DB in the 2nd round.

    After that, I see Scot dealing for more picks, and generally going BPA. IMO, C is a need behind RB, and maybe even behind a big WR.

  5. hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    I’m all for BPA at all picks. I think the mistake people make is assuming just drafting a guy in the first means he will play like first round talent. While I’ve already said I’d want Kelly, that’s only because he seems like the type Scot likes, would fill a need and I assume Buckner, Rankins and Billings will be gone and don’t see much difference between the likes of reed and jones who could be had in the second.

    • pyroman99 - Apr 16, 2016 at 7:08 PM

      I just don’t think Reed will be available at #53, and probably not Jones either. Is Kelly that much better a C than Reed is as a DT? And, given our roster, is C that much more important than DT?

      While all college players should be judged on production, there’s also the “raw material” aspect. Virtually no-one is an All Pro out the gate, so a draft pick has to be judged on NFL potential. Somebody like Reed wasn’t used as a pass rusher in college, but he seems to have the required physical traits and could be coached to be an effective 4-3 DT on passing downs. Anyway, that’s IMHO.

      One thing to consider is that in every draft there are runs on particular positions – the madness of crowds. It’s one thing to put together a draft board, and another to execute it in real time while other teams aren’t following previous assumptions. So, anybody Scot favors could either go much earlier, or fall to us.

      • hail74 - Apr 16, 2016 at 7:24 PM

        I don’t think Reed will be there at 53 either, just someone comparable. I like Reed and wouldn’t be upset if Scot took him but I am cautious about how both he and Robinson, widely considered first round talent each, played next to each other but he only managed one sack per season. Pressure is pressure and it’s not all about sacks, I know, just would’ve thought he’d would’ve been more of a force if he had the ability and it’s not like Alabama is lacking capable coaches.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 18, 2016 at 2:07 AM

        The run on positions is an interesting topic I haven’t seen discussed much. Every GM knows there’s a ton of defensive line talent in this draft but less top talent in the WR, Safety, and CB pools. Maybe RB too.

        So they could go for the thinner positions early and plan of getting a good defensive linemen in the second. That could push some guys down to us that we expect to be gone. Or maybe McCloughan does the same thing and takes a thinner position higher. You never know.

        I’m getting more and more okay with the idea of a first round WR or CB if it’s not a reach. But still no center. It’s just truly not that big of a need and there are other very good centers in this draft who will be available later. If we even take one.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 16, 2016 at 9:18 PM

      I don’t think Billings will be gone.
      ~

  6. goback2rfk - Apr 16, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Jarren rEEED all day plays

  7. timmythetoothnyr - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    I personally don’t understand the constant references to a botched draft pick. Leonard Williams should have been the pick at #5 last year. Heck of a lot easier to find a guard, at say oh pick #21, as opposed to being the idiotic organization that takes a guard in the top 5 picks….
    Horrendous decision.PERIOD.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 17, 2016 at 6:07 PM

      Well you don’t understand because you’re in the minority there. Many fans are happy with the pick.

      The biggest question Washington had before the 2015 draft was at QB. That question was hard to answer because of bad OLine play for years. McCloughan knows that you have to have a QB to win. That QB needs protection to succeed. Especially when we’re talking young guys who are still developing. So he took a mammoth player with the attitude, bill of health, and work within he desires. A guy who could end up being a top offensive linemen in the league for a decade if he stays in his current trajectory.

      Scherff was also drafted to be a tackle. And he still might play tackle someday. The only position with a harder transition from college to the NFL than QB is offensive linemen. So, we had the luxury of being able to start Moses at RT and Scherfd at RG. That’s a good thing. Developing players instead of starting them before they’re ready is a good thing.

      And Williams wasn’t a perfect prospect. There were question marks there too. If I remember correctly he had some work within questions and potential issues with his knees.

      I wanted Williams at the time too. But it wasn’t a botched pick. Scherff had a great rookie season. We won’t really know if Williams or Scherff were good draft picks for a couple more years. But even if they both turn into very good players, it’s not a botched pick. Maybe different than what you preferred. But not botched

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 17, 2016 at 9:36 PM

        Sorry for all the auto correct errors in there. It changed “ethic” to “within” multiple times.

    • John - Apr 18, 2016 at 12:18 AM

      Scott M was prepared to take either the Linebacker from Florida or Amari To omer, but after they were taken, his pick was Brandon Sheriff. A guard might not have been your choice but then that’s how it worked out.

      Sheriff came here out of an Iowa program that gas produced several excellent offensive lineman in recent years. Beyond that the coach, Kirk Ferenz has been an NFL line coach. While Sherff was drafted with the thought if playing tackle, his natural position is guard. Thanks to the development of Morgan Moses, Brandon was able to go to his more natural spot. It also solidified the right side of the line and those two could be together for ten years assuming they stay healthy.

      While taking Sheriff was not a sexy pick, it was the right pick. The Skins of the 80s were built up front with Grimm and May being drafted in 1981. Bostic and Jacoby were free agents and George Stark was here all along. Grimm is in the Hall of Fame.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 18, 2016 at 2:00 AM

        It was also time to cash in on Trent William’s talent. We have to opportunity to truly have an elite unit. It was right to build on that.

        Some people have a hard time adjusting to change. But you have to be able to pass the ball to succeed long term in today’s NFL. That involves more than just the QB. A solid offensive line is key for the run and passing game. Especially if you don’t have a top 5 QB.

        Now, it would be nice to have a more solid defense to take pressure off the offense too. But that pick made sense at the time. Scherff is a special kind of big and nasty that isn’t available in every draft.

        I personally believe it’s important to build both lines big and nasty. But with all the QB issues we were having, Scherff just made sense. Especially with all the 2014 free agency moves. I came to accept that even thought I wasn’t happy at the time. Now we can focus on rebuilding the DLine. Rebuilds are a multi year process. It’s all good.

  8. Tony Greene - Apr 17, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Jackson Jeffcoat good football player… hope we replace him with a good football player.

    • bangkokben - Apr 17, 2016 at 5:08 PM

      He didn’t seem to get a lot of playing time once Barry became the defensive coordinator — even in preseason.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 17, 2016 at 5:56 PM

        I have a hard time calling someone a good football player based off such a small sample size. Especially when a lot of it was preseason. Same goes for Bates. They each showed some flashes, but not enough. And against what level of competition?

        Let’s remember neither of them could unseat Murphy. I was asking Rich for an update on what the future may hold for those two. What the coaches thjnk of them and all that. Got my answer a couple days later with Jeffcoat. I don’t think we outright cut a pass rusher if he’s a good football player.

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