You’ll be hard-pressed to find the Washington Redskins or their fans to show much anxiety about dealing their 2013 NFL Draft first-rounder away as part of the deal for last year’s Robert Griffin III pick. Mike Shanahan and Co. attempted to make their hay in the later rounds as they did in 2012 with snags like running back Albert Morris.
I spoke with ceaselessly HTTR-ing ‘Skins fan and D.C. resident Joe Quaranta about his take on this first-rounder-less draft haul.
“In 2012 we had to trade up for RG3, so going in that put us in a tough position with no first-round pick. Offensive line would’ve been nice to address, but we added free agents in the offseason to help patch up the right tackle spot, hopefully. The third round may have been the good time to boost that area, but we went with the best talent available instead.”
“As far as needs go they addressed the top priority, being the secondary. It’s hard to really count on Brandon Meriweather or anyone at the safety spot as being a quality starter so we grabbed Phillip Thomas in Round 4 and Bacarri Rambo in Round 6. Second-rounder David Amerson had the second most interceptions in a season in NCAA football history and that’s a great value at the 51st pick.”
“Jordan Reed can give us a lot of options especially in the Shanahans’ offense, hearing he’s sort of the Aaron Hernandez type. I liked that they grabbed a late-round running back again with Chris Thompson in Round 5.”