NFC East Round 4 Recap

Redskins select Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan St: The Redskins are going to get absolutely slammed for this pick by a lot of people, but here’s what you have to keep in mind about Day 3 of the NFL Draft.  You are not filling holes at this point, or at least you shouldn’t be. You’re drafting players with the long view in mind.  Next year, Rex Grossman will be gone, and John Beck will probably be gone this year.  The Redskins can now groom two rookie QB’s… simultaneously… and be set at that position for at least the next 4 years.  Cousins can push RG3 (not that there’s any threat to take his job), and vice versa.  Cousins is outstanding value at this stage in the draft.  The big knock on Cousins is his arm strength, but I saw a live arm at the Senior Bowl.  On on play that stands out in my head, Cousins launched a ball 50 yards, into the wind, to a streaking Marvin McNutt down the sideline.  McNutt dropped it, but the ball was on the money.  Impressive throw.

But here’s the part that, if I were a Redskins fan, would be most encouraging about this pick.  Mike Shanahan is in Year 3 of the Shanaplan.  So far, the Redskins are 11-21 in his tenure.  It’s only natural to wonder if they would be drafting with the selfish intent of finding players that might contribute more immediately, as opposed to taking a player that makes the most sense in the long view.  This pick shows that the Redskins very much have the eye on the long-term prize.  I love this pick.

Cowboys select Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest: I have to admit, for the second time in as many Cowboys picks, I have very little knowledge of this player.  I’ll need to do some homework before I can add any worthwhile commentary.

Redskins select Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas: Another nice pick for the Skins, at an area of need.  I would project him at ILB in the Skins’ 3-4 look.  London Fletcher turns 37 in May, and the Skins have virtually no depth behind him and 3rd year pro Perry Riley.  The Redskins got a long look at Robinson at the Senior Bowl.  He was a player on the South Team, which was coached by the Redskins’ staff.  Athletic kid, was highly recruited out of high school, and was somewhat of a disappointment in college.  Decent value in the 4th.

Eagles select Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia: I really hate to sound like a homer here, but the Eagles are absolutely killing this draft, in my opinion.  Again, let me go back to my analysis of Boykin from the Senior Bowl, where, like Vinny Curry, he made the list of 15 players that impressed me:

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia – I think the general sense at the Senior Bowl was that Janoris Jenkins was clearly the best CB there.  I agree that Jenkins probably was the best corner there, but I didn’t see much of a gap between him and Boykin.  Boykin showed excellent speed and quickness, and was very physical when jamming receivers at the line.

Boykin will compete with Joselio Hanson for the slot corner position, and if he can stay healthy, he’s a player that can contribute immediately.  Amazing value at the end of the 4th round.

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Giants select Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati: Again, I just don’t know enough about this player.  Apparently, according to Mayock, he’s a “raw slab of clay.”  I think that means he’s got a ton of ability but isn’t really a football player at this point (ie, project with bigtime upside). More homework for me.

Giants select Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn: Nice value for the Giants here. Mosley played a wide variety of positions before coming to Auburn.  According to my boy Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz, Mosley is an athletic convert to OT:

Interesting background.  2-year starter at OT after coming over from JC, where he split time at DE and TE. Was a TE/LB in high school.  Auburn was his first time on the OL and he did a very good job considering that.  Not a polished player, as you would imagine, but has good size and is a natural athlete.

More good stuff on Mosley from Tommy here.

Cowboys select Matt Johnson, S, East Washington: Stop taking players I’ve never heard of, Cowboys.  Seriously.  You’re making me look like I don’t know what I’m talking about.

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  40. [...] Redskins drafting Kirk Cousins makes perfectly reasonable sense to me.  The ESPN panel of Herm Edwards, Ron Jaworski, Tedy Bruschi, and Suzy Kolber, however, are [...]

  41. CulDaddy says:

    Plus, Boykin gives the Eagles a superb return man. FIN-A-LLY! Get the timid (and rightfully so) D-Jax off punt returns. He’s too valuable as a receiver. Boykin can turn he’s short stature into a positive by getting lost in the mix and then exploding through a hole to get some nice yardage or take it to the house. LOVE this pic!

      1. CulDaddy says:

        Cox and now McNutt?! We got mad ball skillz yo! hahahahaa

  42. AustonianAggie says:

    I’m surprised you hadn’t heard of Tyrone Crawford, he was on a pretty good Boise State D Line

    1. I have the sleeping pattern of a 90 year old. Typically in bed by 8 or 9. On the East coast, I’d catch Boise for a a quarter or two, then fall asleep. Did homework on the Top 100 or so prospects, and Crawford was sort of on that fringe, so I missed him.

  43. brisulph says:

    The TE seems completely like a Giants pick (but maybe a bit early to take him, unless they thought he would not survive the 5th and most of the 6th). The Tackle seems like a good “groom for RT” pick, hopefully he pans out.

  44. Mike says:

    “You’re making me look like I don’t know what I’m talking about.”

    You shouldn’t have criticized the Claiborne pick! Now they’re determined to show that nobody can take your draft analysis seriously. Next up is John Smith, Lineman (offense or defense, nobody knows) from Generic University.

  45. Forgot about Cowboys pick at the bottom of the 4th. Matt Johnson, SS, Eastern Washington. Guessing haven’t heard of him either. I know I haven’t!

    1. Refresh the page, ha.

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