Akh Blog: 2012 Draft Review
#2: Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
*Clean, advanced mechanics.
*self aware and worked to improve his flaws
*played well in tough, critical situations
*Handles a rush well
*spread attack in college
Grade: A+. The best QB prospect that the skins have taken high…maybe ever.
Who he’ll remind you of: If he develops right, John Elway. At worst, I think that the skins are getting a low rent Steve McNair.
Comment: He’s the franchise, and now every for the next 6 or so seasons turns on his development.
3rd: Josh LeRibeus OG SMU(after a trade down)
*weight and intelligence issues
*not an athlete
*not particularly strong
*bad value pick
Who he’ll remind you of: A low rent Roberto Garza with weight issues
Comment: I understand the concept of taking a LG who can fit in with a ZB system with Maurice Hurt backing up Lichtensteiger coming off a knee injury. It just seems like that the skins could have done much better, value wise, in accomplishing that goal. Taking Gettis in the 5th round tarnishes the little value this pick could have had(or vice versa).
4th: Kirk Cousins Qb Michigan State
*Better in in the shotgun then under center
*struggles badly when rushed, especially up the middle.
Grade: F. Almost purely on value.
Who he’ll remind you of: Matt Hasselbeck with less overall talent.
Comment: Mort is reporting that the skins only took Cousins to pump and dump him onto another team. So, he’s not the long term replacement for Grossman. If true(and this is the most logical explanation of the pick that I’ve heard), why didn’t they do this trade when the pick was coming up with a Qb needy team? A draft pick is like a new car, once you make it, the value drops. And with next year’s draft class being heavy in QB talent, the skins are going to have to showcase Cousins against 1st and 2nd stringers in the preseason(and hope that he plays extremely well) but those reps should be going to RG3 for his development. Zarquan, this pick still makes zero sense.
4th: Keenan Robinson LB Texas
*Can’t shed blocks
*forget about any blitz ability
*lazy at times
Who he’ll remind you of: Poor man’s Michael Boley
Comment: Needs shaping badly, but this could be a good pick for the future if they stick with the 3-4. I like his tools and that he can cover and honestly I don’t expect much of a pass rush from the ILB spots.
5th: Adam Gettis OL Iowa
*uses his leverage well
*undersized, almost to the point of it being an issue
*doesn’t run block well
Who he’ll remind you of: Weaker Mike Pollack
Comment: I like Gettis, I had him as a potential late round pick for the skins awhile ago. But I have 2 general problems with the pick: 1-He’s not a good run blocker, and he’ll have to be so in the pros especially for Shanny. And 2-this steps on the LeRibeus pick. Both should be LGs in the pros, so unless one is moving to the right side then the value from either pick has been muted.
6th: Alfred Morris RB Florida international
*straight line runner
*straight line runner lol
Grade: No grade, I don’t like the pick but Shanny’s record is too good with Rbs so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt here.
Who he’ll remind you of: A smaller Royster
Comment: Shanny knows him some Rbs. We’ll see if that pattern holds.
6th: Tom Compton OT South Dakota
*great in the second level
*didn’t face top competition
*struggles with technique.
*maybe a RT/LG
Who he’ll remind you of: Poor man’s Rodger Saffold maybe with less technique.
Comment: A classic boom/bust flyer pick. Compton needs work, but you can see the talent there. If they can’t even squeeze a quality backup out of his tools, then they need to find a new Oline coach.
7th: Richard Crawford CB SMU
*good physical tools across the board
*questionable coverage skills
Who he’ll remind you of: Guys like him are a dime a dozen
Comment: Meh. He’ll have to make it as a returner, but he’s going to have to outshine banks to even have a chance.
7th: Jordan Bernstine DB Iowa
*good straight line speed
*can return the ball, special teams ace
*not much range
*doesn’t ball hawk
Who he’ll remind you of: Erik Coleman/DeJon Gomes
Comment: He has a chance as a special teamer, but its going to be hard to see him ever seeing time at safety.
Eain Smith S WVU: SS/special teamer. Don’t expect much else.
Michael Shaw RB Michigan: Tall with some cut back ability.
Chase Minnifield CB Virginia: Struggled with injuries, a decent cover CB prospect otherwise
Lance Lewis WR ECU: I’m a fan, Lewis is an undersized Y with slick receiving skills.
Brian McNally DE New Hampshire: hard worker, but has no position in the 3-4.
Darius Hanks WR Alabama: Meh. Won’t make the roster because he’s far too raw.
Lenny Creer RB La Tech: Kind of a douche who fought with coaches in school repeatedly
Vaughn Meatoga DT Hawaii: Strong and quick+hard working. 2 down NT at best if he bulks up
DJ Holt LB California: smart, good tackler but plays softer then he could.
Grant Garner C Oklahoma State: Undersized, quick ZBS OC. Struggles in Pass pro too much.
Kelvin Bolden WR Southern Miss: Slot slasher, undersized and with questionable route running/intangibles.
Marcus Hyde DE William & Mary: Fast/quick, but undersized for the 3-4
Overall: The draft rises and falls on RG3. Almost no matter what else, if Rg3 is as good as hoped, no one will actually give a crap about the rest of the picks. I do think Shanny is making progress as a drafter, I’m fairly excited about the Compton, Gettis, Minnefield and Lance Lewis pickups(and Rg3 of course), but Shanny still gets stuck into his “taking guys several rounds too high” memes and too many guys with glaring red flags. And the Kirk Cousins pick still makes me question his sanity. If Cousins struggles in the preseason at all, Shanny’s plan to flip him for a better pick is all for naught and the skins passed up a chance to add depth or a potential starter.
Grade: A+ if RG3 becomes Elway 2.0, D if not(and the skins will be paying the price for a decade).