Conventional NFL wisdom will tell you that it’s unfair to judge a draft class after one season on the team. Sure, the great drafts in Redskins history (see 1981, 1983, 1999) had early indications of greatness, but most players don’t blossom in their freshman year.
The 2011 Redskins draft class has the potential to be a historic draft, simply based on its size. With a dozen picks, the Redskins were able to address a lack of depth at some positions, and upgrade the talent at others.
Their collective play has caused Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan to abandon the prevailing theory on judging a draft class, as he explained to Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael at the Combine:
“You can always judge a draft after one year. But if you have a lousy draft and nobody’s doing good, then you wait two more years and you say, ‘Well, at least there’s hope.'”
“I feel very good. I feel very good about our draft, and we got a lot of depth on our football team. We need that kind of draft this year. We need a good, solid draft, as well as free agency, like we did on defense last year at a few key positions.”
“Hopefully, we can have that kind of success…It’s exciting, and you gotta have a gameplan.”
Hear more about it, below:
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