The 2012 NFL season is winding down and now is as good as time as any to go back and evaluate each team’s draft class. This year we’ll be giving grades based not only on performance from each player, but also their potential to improve in the next few seasons. Today we examine the draft of the Washington Redskins who gave up a lot to move up to the second overall pick. Below will be the grading scale and the grading curve.
Round 1 – Each player is evaluated on a 0-5 Scale.
Round 2 – Each player is evaluated on a 0-4 Scale
Round 3 – Each players is evaluated on a 0-3 Scale
Round 4- Each player is evaluated on a 0-2 Scale
Round 5 – Each player is evaluated on a 0-1 scale
Rounds 6,7, undrafted – Each player given a point based on production, no penalty for missing on pick.
Bonus points are given to any player who exceeds their draft position.
Fractional points are also given.
98-100 – A+
94-97 – A
90-93 – A-
88-89 – B+
84-87 - B
80-83 – B-
78 – 79 – C+
70-73 – C-
68-69 – D+
64-67. – D
60-63. – D-
59 – 0 – F
Round 1: Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor
The Redskins were proven wise to move up and get this electric playmaker to lead their offense. He was productive as a passer with 3200 yds in the air with 20 TDs. On the ground he was also a force having rushed for 826 yds with 7 TDs. His potential to be elite is very high but he suffered ACL and LCL injuries and his durability could be the only thing that holds him back.
Production Grade: 6/5
Potential Grade: 4.5/5
Round 3.: Josh LeRibeus G, SMU
LeRibeus appeared in five games but didn’t start any of them. The Redskins will hope he can improve in the offseason so they get some value from their third round choice.
Proudction Grade: .5/3
Potential Grade: 1/3
Round 4: Kirk Cousins QB, Michigan St.
This pick surprised many after the Redskins got RGIII in the first round. Cousins proved his worth by filling in admirably for the Redskins when called upon. With Griffin’s recent injury the Redksins have to be even more relieved they have a solid backup option in this smart Spartan. In a year or two they may even be able to recoup some of the draft picks they lost in the Griffin trade if a team wants to invest in Cousins as their full time starter.
Production Grade: 2.5/2
Potential Grade: 2.5/2
Round 4: Keenan Robinson OLB, Texas
Robinson appeared in 11 games this season before injuring his pec and getting placed on I.R. The Skins hope he can come back heatlhy next season and add some depth to their linebacking corps.
Production Grade: .25/2
Potential Grade: 1/2
Round 5: Adam Gettis G, Iowa
Gettis made no impact during his rookie year and will battle for a roster spot in 2013.
roduction Grade: 0/1
Round 6: Alfred Morris RB, FAU
I rarely give out two bonus points, but Morris was such a steal in the 6th round that I felt I had to in this case. He used his physical running style to lead all rookies with 1610 rushings yards with 13 TDs to boot. He didn’t bring much in the passing game, but Morris looks to be the feature back in Washington and is an excellent compliment to the explosiveness of RG3.
Production Grade: 2/0
Potential Grade: 1/0
Round 6: Tom Compton OT, South Dakota
Compton didn’t do much of anything during his rookie year so he gets a big fat 0. Should be inline to compete for playing time next season.
Production Grade: 0/0
Potential Grade: .25/0
Round 7: Richard Crawford CB, SMU
The Skins got a little production out of this seventh rounder on defense as well as some decent punt returns. Could become the teams primary Punt Return man in 2013.
Production Grade: .5/0
Potential Grade: .5/0
Round 7: Jordan Bernstine CB, Iowa
Bernstine didn’t do anything for the Redksins this year, due to blowing out his knee. His future is now in question.
Production Grade: 0/0
Potential Grade: 0/0
Final Grade: 22.75/26 = 88% B+
The Redskins had a very good 2012 Draft. They gave up a lot to get RGIII and while he is a dynamic player, he is also going to be an injury risk his entire career. Alfred Morris was arguably the biggest steal in the entire draft and is set to be a long term solution at tailback. Kirk Cousins was also a solid pick and will be a high end backup to Griffin or could eventually be swapped for more picks. The team missed on a lot of their other picks but will hope a few of those guys can step up and contribute in the future.
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