Redskins Draft Defensive End in First Round; Hell Freezes Over


Hallelujah!

I was skeptical when the Redskins signed a huge contract to make a big splash to grab high-priced Free Agent Albert Haynesworth.  I just didn’t think he would be able to turn things around all by himself, and obviously our record of signing big name free agents isn’t exactly perfect. However, the Redskins finally did the sensible thing and avoided the temptation of trading up for USC Quarterback Mark Sanchez.  Instead, the bargain of the draft may have fallen into their laps.  Big name defensive end Brian Okapo fell to #13 and the Redskins wasted a whole 2.7 seconds before pulling the trigger. It might not be as flashy as a Mark Sanchez, but I think it will help the team win and it will help them win THIS YEAR.  I mean, we might have an actual pass rush this year!  I can’t believe I actually just typed that; somebody pinch me!

I think I was more excited than Jets fans when I saw them trade for Sanchez.  While I’m not a huge Jason Campbell supporter, we had much more pressing needs and if we were going to blow a bunch of picks for a quarterback, we’d have been much better off getting a known franchise guy when Cutler was available.  But thank goodness, the Redskins managed to stay reasonably sensible and they stuck to their guns and got a great player and a real need.

So far, so good…

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Tags: Defensive Line Draft Haynesworth Okapo Redskins Sanchez

  • lucas

    the deadskins didn’t simply “stick to their guns.” danny boy and vinnie would have sacrificed more pressing team needs and dug themselves deeper into a hole if they could have afforded to pay the steep price that Sanchez would have required. ditto with respect to Cutler. Circumstances saved danny and vinnie from themselves.

  • Bogart Holland

    You hit the nail on the head. What bothers me most is the fact that Cerruti is always comparing his players to others, but to what standards is he accountable. He is not in the same league as any team that Parcells is affliated with, nor the Ravens, Patriots, Packers, Giants or Eagles and Dallas. When Campbell tries to throw under the Dallas rush,
    it is not fair to blame it on the QB when Janson is being tossed around like a Raggedy Andy doll by Ware. Look at the GIants, probably the youngest team in the league, and they run all over the ‘skins.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    a tackle would have been good, but arakpo is a beast. great pick

  • redskinsguy

    That’s a fair comment Lucas. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than smart. We didn’t have a chance to shoot ourselves in the foot this year, so we did well. If only we could get the Jets to trade up for the crazy things we want but don’t need every year.

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