Morocco Brown is leaving the Redskins to become the VP of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns and a lot of Redskins fans are wondering why. Brown’s responsibilities included scouting free agents and Redskins opponents.
There are a lot of fans who believe the Redskins did well in signing free agents this offseason. So again, why would you let him walk. Why is a guy, who was praised by GM Bruce Allen, allowed to just leave? Why didn’t the Redskins elevate him. Below are Bruce Allen’s comments after the firing of Mike Shanahan:
“I see some people who have to be given an opportunity to succeed,” he said. “I think Scott Campbell running a college draft will be as capable as any personnel director in the NFL. I know what Morocco brown can do in free agency. I’ve seen the grades of the player he’s given in free agency. To blame them, I think, would be unfair to not give them an opportunity to succeed.” Source
I would sure like to hear the justification for letting Morocco Brown walk after making statements like the above about him. Granted, Brown had interviewed for several GM positions and wasn’t offered any. We mus also take into account that he has been here since 2008 and he doesn’t really have anything to support why he should be retained. There is however, the comments made by our current GM Bruce Allen and the work that was done this offseason in signing free agents.
The question now is who will replace him? Recently hired Doug Williams, maybe A.J. Smith who has been working part time with the team?
In my opinion the Redskins need to find a young, very good talent evaluator and provide him with room to grow. If what Bruce Allen said about Brown is true, then we just let one get away.
Offensive guard Spencer Long.
Highlight video from Bleacher Report
Offensive tackle Morgan Moses from Virginia
The Redskins finally got on the clock tonight with the 34th pick. They traded that pick to the Dallas Cowboys and received the 47th and 78th picks. With the 47th pick the Redskins selected LB Trent Murphy from Stanford University. This pick comes across as the eventual replacement for LB Brian Orakpo. The question I have is will he get any playing time this year or did we use our 2nd round pick on someone who will sit on the bench? Oh well, let’s see what they do with the rest of the picks
Here is another video
One of our members (skinsfan36) have created three draft scenarios. Scenario #1 has the team staying with each pick. Scenario #2 has the team trading their 2nd round (#34) pick, and Scenario #3 involves Kirk Cousins. Below are his draft scenarios:
Scenario 1: The Redskins stay at each pick and do not make any trades.
2nd (34)–OT Morgan Moses, UVA. The Redskins still want to upgrade the o-line and this is especially true at right tackle. Pauline just a few days ago said, “There is no way Moses gets past the Redskins at 34.” Moses plays a little high at times but this can be corrected, plus he will be on the right side as opposed to the left.
3rd (66)–OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise ST. Lawrence is a polished prospect who can provide pressure from many different places. He can play OLB or rush for inside like Lawrence Timmons. On film it looks like if he hit the weight room then the sky is the limit.
4th (102)—S Ahmad Dixon, Baylor. Dixon is now a household name to anyone who has ever watched a Baylor game since he hits a ton and sometimes too high. However, at the same time he has good range and the Skins could interchange him and Thomas when they become the starters in either late 2014 or 2015.
5th (142)–RB Deanthony Thomas, Oregon. Gruden wants a back with hands that can make plays. Thomas is great with the ball in his hands and will also help in return game when needed. Another weapon for RG3.
6th (178)–OG/OC Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma. Ikard is raw but has a lot of tools to work with. He could surprise and win a job sooner than later at right guard or center.
7th (217)–TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon. This is the huge risk/reward pick. Lyerla is a headcase but he is talented and the risk is small in the 7th round.
Priority free agent–OT Matt Hall (Belhaven), S Nickoe Whitley (Miss ST), ILB Stephon Robertson (JMU)