Since Mike Shanahan became the coach of the Redskins, there has been a major emphasis on acquiring talent through the draft. That has been particularly true over the past two drafts where they selected a combined 21 players, the most in the NFL over that time.However, they are recovering from over a decade during which the organization had a propensity to try to build a winner by whipping out the checkbook for free agents and by trading away draft picks for veteran players. They have a long way to go before they can say that they were build through the draft.In fact, in 2011 no NFL team had fewer games started by its own draft picks than the Redskins. Of a total of 352 starts (22 starters times 16 games), draft picks made 121 of them.In contrast, 266 of the Panthers starts were by their own draftees as were 264 of the Steelers and 257 of the 49ers.There does appear to be a link between being successful and having home grown players make up the bulk of your starters. The top 10 teams in terms of starts by their own draft picks had a combined record of 89-71 while the 10 teams with the fewest drafted starters went 72-88.It should be pointed out that this is not any kind of ironclad rule. The two Super Bowl teams, the Giants and Patriots, ranked 20th and 26th in starts by their own draft picks, respectively.
Injuries are pummeling the Redskins offensive line as both starting center Kory Lichtensteiger and left guard Shawn Lauvao are out for Washington. Redskins PR announced Lichtensteiger injured his calf and Lauvao injured his ankle.
The injuries forced some bizarre substitutions for the 'Skins. Spencer Long came in to play center, and without another backup giard on the active roster, veteran Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams moved to left guard. Ty Nsekhe then took Williams' spot at left tackle.
Watching Williams at left guard is going to be odd for Redskins fans accustomed to 71 on the outside. For Kirk Cousins, working with Spencer Long is also a unique challenge.
Should the Redskins sustain another offensive line injury, there are no more offensive line substitutes available. A tight end would likely have to come in and play tackle, or something more bizarre and unusual.
Moments before the two minute warning in the first half of the Redskins game against the Giants safety DeAngelo Hall was helped off the field. It appeared Hall could put no weight on his right leg and was seen grasping his knee.
Redskins PR announced that Hall sprained his right knee and will not return to the game.
In nine years with the Redskins, Hall has started 94 games though this year he was converting to free safety after playing cornerback his whole career. A veteran leader for Washington, any absence for Hall will be a blow to the team both on the field and in the locker room.
With Hall out, the Redskins will need more from Will Blackmon and possibly Duke Ihenacho at safety. Deshazor Everett also could get snaps alongside David Bruton.
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