And with the 85th selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Jordan Reed Tight End, University of Florida. This pick in the third round has Redskin Nation buzzing, and scratching their heads. With talented defensive back help still on the board at this juncture, and not all of the holes filled with David Amerson from North Carolina State, why are the Redskins picking a back-up Tight End here?
One only needs to look at history to understand what head coach Mike Shanahan is up to here. Shanahan has made a living in the world of offense, and has the theory that if he has holes in the defense, he can put an offense on the field that can out-score the opponent. After all, what difference does it make in the NFL, if you win a ball game 10-9, or 35-34? In college, it’s a big deal, but not the NFL.
James Dudko, a featured columnist at The Bleacher Report is suggesting Mike Shanahan is looking to add some depth behind Alfred Morris at Running Back late in the draft, possibly with the last pick. Dudko is suggesting the Redskins could possibly select Miguel Maysonet out of Stony Brook.
Maysonet is a lot like Alfred Morris, he can run from a single back set, and can make up field cuts. He is familiar with the type of schemes the Redskins run, and would be a great pick to be on the bench when Morris needs a breather. Even though Maysonet runs a little too upright at times, he is a consistent performer, and did not miss a game in the past three seasons. He is not a flashy player, and doesn’t have a lot of experience in catching the football, but fits the proto-typical Shanahan running back mold that was apparent when he was winning Super Bowls in Denver.
Redskin Nation needs to have a little faith in the Shanahan system here. We have a great quarterback in Robert Griffin III, but we also have a great backup, in Kirk Cousins. Shanahan knew the risk of drafting a running quarterback, but had a spare on the shelf that could fill in when necessary. He has turned a 6-10 season when he came on board in 2010 into a 10-6 season in 2013, so let’s give him some support in his picks. We all scratched our heads when he picked Cousins last year, but when Griffin went down, Cousins was ready to play, and win.
I totally agree with Colin Cowherd on ESPN’s In The Herd, you win championships with great quarterbacks handing off, and passing to, great running backs, and great receivers, not great cornerbacks.
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