Although the past Redskins season didn’t unfold as i had expected, there were a couple of bright spots…or at least areas that may appear to be bright if things unfold how i hope they will. The rookie class from last years draft had minimal impact this season, starting of course with the much written about here, Josh Doctson. Most of the kids drafted in April of 2016 didn’t see much playing time due to injuries or roster depth.
Take a quick peek:
- WR – Josh Doctson from TCU
- LB – Su’A Cravens from USC
- DB – Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech
- DT – Matthew Ioannidis from Temple
- QB – Nate Sudfeld from Indiana
- LB – Steve Daniels from Boston College
- RB – Keith Marshall from Georgia
If you look closer at the draft though, the team managed to keep everyone in the organization and didn’t cut them. What that means of course is that the organization felt they did a good job of drafting. Now, who really knows who drafted these guys. Could have been Scott McCloughan or Bruce Allen…or maybe it was Chris Cooley…who knows…! I’m going to keep my hopes up and hope these guys have great futures with the team.
Besides Doctson, i’m really hoping for something great from Su’A Cravens. He’s making the shift from LB to Safety next season. Something that should have been done last year…but who has time to look backwards these days.
Cravens likens himself to a Sean Taylor kind of player…most of the defensive backs that play for the Redskins or wear 21 do, so it’s cool that he gets to fulfill that wish i guess. Taylor was a freak of nature and a complete beast on the field. He also loved football and always went all out when he played…not saying Cravens can’t do that…but…i’m just sayin it’s a lot to live up to.
Not to mention, Cravens likes his social media which i really couldn’t imagine Sean Taylor posting photos of him posing near a waterfall during his vacation…but maybe…who knows. I have hope that Su’A will become a dominant player, only time will tell.
The only other player that really saw much time on the field last year was Kendall Fuller, although it was somewhat short lived. He was coming off an ACL surgery from the prior season, so no telling how healthy he was last season. His impact last year didn’t amount to much, but he seems like the kind of player that will be solid and have some great games. Maybe not an All-Pro, but his blood line is that of an NFL’er…plus the new secondary coach for the Redskins was his DB coach at VTech. So there’s that.
Nate Sudfeld is a bit of a curiosity for me. Is the Cousin’s replacement next season? Is he just a guy that will be a 2nd and 3rd string quarterback? Who is he and what can he do! Only time will tell for him.
Since he’s a QB, i’ve been working to stock up on his autographs like i did with Cousins during RGIII’s rookie year. That was some seriously major foresight on my part. If things don’t work out for Cousins and the Redskins in the future, i’ll have my Sudfelds ready to go and fully invested in!
The other players i don’t have cards for yet are Steven Daniels and Matthew Ioannidis. Daniels was injured during training camp and was placed on IR but had a decent start to his camp last year. Seems like one of those small cannon ball kind of line backers that is everywhere and becomes a field leader…like London Fletcher was for so many seasons. Keith Marshall was another player that was injured and didn’t have an impact on last season.
Looking back on t the draft, you really have to hope that these kids can get and stay healthy or this draft could turn out to be a huge bust. But if they can get and stay healthy, who knows what their future holds for them. Lots of potential and talent for them young’ns.
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