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Pro Bowl Travesty

Pro Bowl Travesty

December 22, 2004

It’s a travesty.

It’s a sham.

It’s a mockery.

It’s (all together now) a traveshamockery!

The Washington Redskins have statistically the best defense in the NFC. Are you ready for the list of players off of that defense who have been selected to play in the Pro Bowl?

  • Marcus Washington

That’s it.

The most egregious slight was to Cornelius Griffin, the Redskins’ player of the year. He’s been a one-man wrecking crew in the middle. The success of the team’s defense starts with him. And Mr. Griffin is the fourth alternate for the Pro Bowl team at defensive tackle. Think about it. There are two starters and three other alternates in front of him, so by this logic he’s the sixth-best defensive tackle in the NFC. Something tells me that the guards and centers who have lined up against him this year would beg to differ.

Stats aren’t the main measuring stick for defensive linemen, but they’re a good starting point for comparison. Thanks to Rat Boy at the site this blog proudly calls home, WarpathInsiders.com, for compiling these numbers for Griffin and the two players selected at DT for the NFC:

DT Shaun Rogers:

Defense's Rank: 11th out of 16 teams.

Tackles: 47 Solo

Sacks: 4

Stuffs: 6

Pass Defenses: 5

DT La'Roi Glover:

Defenses' Rank: 10th out of 11 teams.

Tackles: 30 Solo

Sacks: 5

Stuffs: 3

Pass Defenses: 1

And your 4th Alternate:

DT Cornelius Griffin:

Defense's rank: 1st out of 16 teams.

Tackles: 52 Solo

Sacks: 5

Stuffs: 14

Pass Defenses: 5

Among the others snubbed were Fred Smoot and Shawn Springs, arguably the best CB tandem in the NFC. They also are alternates, along with some others. The complete list of Washington alternate selections from Redskins.com:

First Alternate

Clinton Portis, RB

Sean Taylor, S

Second Alternate

Antonio Pierce, MLB

Fred Smoot, CB

Tom Tupa, P

Third Alternate

Shawn Springs, CB

Fourth Alternate

Cornelius Griffin, DT

It will be argued that players from bad teams don’t make the Pro Bowl and that certainly can be demonstrated to be true. But the whole darn NFC except for one or two teams isn’t very good. If that form was followed they’d be sending the Eagles and Falcons to Honolulu and let them split up the positions.

Anti-Redskins conspiracy or bias? Probably not. For whatever reason, the defense did not impress those who vote for the Pro Bowl as much as it impressed those of us who watch it week after week. But it’s annoying nonetheless.

As we try always to emphasize the positive here, hats off to Washington, who the defensively-challenged Colts inexplicably let get away right into the waiting arms of Gregg Williams and the Redskins. What makes him special is his ability to make the big play but rarely get caught out of position. He’s a solid citizen, too.

And kudos to Sean Taylor as well. He’s overcome come some adversity, much of it self-inflicted, and is beginning to play to his monster potential. A lot of “experts” said that Taylor was the best player at any position in last year’s draft; this could well turn out to be one of the rare instances where the experts turn out to be right.

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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on offense. Will look at the defense a little later this morning.

Offensive line

G Dorian Johnson, Pitt—The Redskins probably would want him to add a few pounds to his frame, as at 6-5 he currently carries “only” 300 pounds. He’s smart, tough, and athletic.

G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State—At 6-4, his weight is about right at 319 pounds. A three-year starter with a great power game and pass protection skills that will need to be coached up.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Tight end/receiver

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech—He’s big enough to be your blocking tight end and athletic enough to line up split out wide.

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma—One of the most productive receivers in the country and a Heisman finalist. He’s a little small at 6-0, 178 but he has excellent deep speed.

Running back

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma—As a true freshman in 2014 he set the national record by rushing for 427 yards in a game against Kansas. He probably doesn’t have that kind of monster game in him at the next level but he will be a solid, reliable back who can handle a heavy workload.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State—A very productive runner and pass catcher who posted over 2,200 yards of offense last year.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Quarterback

QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt—Nobody would have batted an eye if he had gone off the board in the third or maybe even the late second round. If the Redskins are concerned about Kirk Cousins leaving as a free agent, Peterman carries a very similar set of skills.

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami—Another QB many thought may be off the board by now, Kaaya has the mental makeup to succeed at quarterback but his game needs a lot of polish.

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Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 29, 25 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

At Redskins Park—Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft; conference calls with players selected; Gruden will speak to media shortly after Redskins’ final pick.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 13
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 25
—Training camp starts (7/27) 89
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 134

The Redskins’ best late-round picks since of the last 10 years

While no aspect of drafting in the NFL is easy, it is much harder to find key contributors on the last day of the draft than it is in the first three rounds. The Redskins will have seven picks in this afternoon's draft to try to find one or two of them. 

Since the 2007 draft the Redskins have taken 56 players from the fourth round on. Of those, 45 played in at least one NFL game but only 12 of them were the Redskins’ primary starter at their positions for at least one season. Here are the five best of those players.

QB Kirk Cousins (round 4, 2012)—He was probably the most controversial pick on this list since the Redskins had just drafted Robert Griffin III a couple of days earlier. History proved Mike Shanahan right.

RB Alfred Morris (6, 2012)—This pick came a few hours after and with much less noise than the Cousins pick did. Many believed that the Redskins were set a running back with Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Morris not only surprised many by making the team but he lined up as the Week 1 starter. He went on to break the team’s single-season rushing record by piling up 1,613 yards rushing.

LB Perry Riley (4, 2010)—He didn’t get into the lineup until midway through his second season. Riley was always solid for four-plus seasons as the starter but never spectacular. The team let him go last year in training camp and he played well for the Raiders after they picked him up.

CB Bashaud Breeland (4, 2014)—Breeland started 15 games as a rookie. At first he was in the slot but after DeAngelo Hall was injured in Week 3, Breeland moved to the outside and he has stayed there ever since. He has seven career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

WR Jamison Crowder (4, 2015)—At 5-9, many teams thought Crowder was undersized and he didn’t run a great 40 at the combine. But he was big enough and fast enough to break the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season and then to lead the team in touchdowns with eight last year.

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