Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:00 AM
By Rich Tandler
It takes four to five years to be able to evaluate an NFL teams draft. By then, the hits have established themselves and the misses have gone on to earn a living in other pursuits. Today, well look at the draft class of players who have five full seasons under their belts. Next week, the 2007 class will go under the microscope.
The Redskins traded away their first-round pick in this draft to Denver the year before as part of a package to get a first-round pick in 2005 to draft Jason Campbell. Their third-round pick in this draft also went to the Broncos as part of the deal. The first-round pick ended up being the 22nd overall (Denver traded the pick to the 49ers, who took linebacker Manny Lawson). Campbell had an up and down career with the Redskins before being traded to the Raiders during the 2010 draft. In the second round Washington held the 53rd pick but they wanted to move up. The Redskins sent the Jets their 2007 second-round pick along with their own second-rounder to move up to the third pick of the round, the 35th overall. With that pick they took linebacker Rocky McIntosh. His play at outside linebacker in the 4-3 defensive scheme occasionally was of Pro Bowl quality but it appears that he is not a good fit in the Redskins current 3-4 defense. With the fourth-round pick gone to Denver in the Campbell deal and the third-rounder having been dealt to San Francisco for wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, the Redskins did not pick again until the fifth round. With pick number 153, they took defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery. He was a serviceable reserve, playing in 42 games, starting 22 of them, in his four years with the team. The Redskins had two picks in the sixth round and they put both of them to pretty good use. With No. 173 overall they tabbed safety Reed Doughty, who has been exactly the sort of reserveroleemergency starterspecial teams player you want to get in the sixth. Defensive tackle Kedric Golston, taken 196th, has played in 73 games, starting 43 including the first 13 in 2010 before being shelved with an injury. Their two seventh-round picks did not pan out at all. Guard Kili Lefotu (230) spent most of 2006 and 2007 on the practice squad before being released. The Redskins gambled that linebacker Kevin Simon (250) would be able to overcome knee injuries that hampered his college career at Tennessee. They lost that bet, as Simon was cut at the end of training camp and never played in the league. 2006 draft grade: C- If you count in Campbell and Lloyd, a total bust who cost the team a 2007 fourth-round pick and a big contract in addition to the third in this draft, you have 216 starts, no Pro Bowls with the Redskins (Lloyd finally played up to his potential this year with the Broncos and is Hawaii bound) or any other similar honors. They took some chances with players who had significant injuries in college including McIntosh (back), Golston (broken leg, broken shoulder blade), and Simon. Campbell and McIntosh were the cream of the crop and with the exception of a few stretches of games for each of them, they have been nothing special. You would like to get at least one or two long-term contributors but the Redskins could well end up with no players out of this draft class on the 2011 roster as McIntosh, Doughty, and Golston are all unrestricted free agents. You can reach Rich Tandler by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @RealRedskins. Join Rich for a chat during both of the conference championship games this Sunday, Jan. 23. We can talk about the games, try to figure out how the Redskins beat both of the NFC finalists, discuss the Redskins prospects in free agency and in the draft, and anything else you want to chat about. Things will get underway at www.RealRedskins.com when the NFC game kicks off at 3:00 and go all the way through Jets-Steelers whenever that may end. See you there!