All things big four D.C. sports (Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Capitals)
Author: Robby Fletcher
I'm a Multimedia Journalism major at Virginia Tech where I'll be graduating in the Spring of 2020. I'm the head sports editor at The Collegiate Times, Tech's school newspaper, where I cover football, basketball and soccer predominantly. I hope to make a career out of my writing, and one day cover a beat in the D.C. area.
I don’t know about you, but I came away very pleased by Washington’s draft this past weekend. The team managed to make the right decision on Day 1, pick up an intriguing playmaker on Day 2 and fill out the roster with a variety of interesting talents that both provided need and versatility on both sides of the ball.
I think Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith did a fine job in their first draft together, and what I loved the most out of this virtual draft experience was just how open both of them were throughout the entire process. It never felt like there was a disconnect on either side, and what we ended up seeing was two guys work together to bring players onto the roster that could contribute in some way almost immediately. Needless to say, if you weren’t already excited about this new beginning in Washington, then you will be now.
So today we will be taking a look at every pick of the team’s draft, seeing where these guys fit, how they might contribute and what I think of the pick overall. I won’t get into undrafted free agents just yet as we’ll save that for another day once those signing start to pile up.
Guys, we are just a day away from the NFL Draft, how crazy is that? It seems like so long since my last mock draft, but really it’s only been about a month. That, to me, is just crazy. By now, we should have a clearer picture of each team’s needs after free agency, and hopefully these smokescreens don’t impact my assessment too much, but at this point in the offseason, it gets really hard to determine what’s real and what isn’t.
But, let’s kick this mock draft off with two picks that I refuse to change from my last mock because I simply cannot see a possibility of them being anybody else.
Thank god, it’s draft week. After weeks of sports-less existence, we finally get one of the most exciting sporting events that doesn’t involve a single point scored. Today, we’ll be looking at this year’s crop of tight ends entering the draft. This group doesn’t have any generational talents at the position, but there are plenty of high-ceiling guys that are worth looking into to. Let’s take a look.
While I’m still hard at work on my next ranking of the ten best tight ends in the 2020 NFL Draft, I thought it’d be the right time to breakdown my thoughts on what the Redskins should do during the three-day event.
What comes with any team picking in the top five of the draft is the most intense form of smokescreens you’ll find. That’s no different for the Redskins, who have been the topic of discussion for months by T.V. pundits and bloggers like myself, particularly in regards to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who many see as an upgrade over 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. We’ve also seen a lot of discussion over the trade value the pick holds because of Tagovailoa as well as Chase Young, who has been regarded as the best overall player in the draft. Continue reading “2020 NFL Mock Draft: Redskins Edition”→
The NFL Draft is now just over a week away, and draft season has upped its game with more smokescreens and gossip with each passing day. In preparation for the draft, we’re going to be looking at this year’s running back class. While not necessarily front-loaded, Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift looking probably like the two most likely first round candidates, there are a ton of truly talented backs in this class that I think are more going to step in and immediately contribute on the big stage.
So, let’s start this list in style with the record-breaking Badger running back Jonathan Taylor.
Welcome to The 10, a new series were we’ll be discussing the top-10 prospects at each position in the 2020 NFL Draft. First, we start off with the good stuff: quarterback. While not a particularly deep class at the position, there are a handful of intriguing high-end prospects that have massively high potential at the position. Let’s take a look at how this class stacks up.
We’re now two week into free agency, and while the Redskins have yet to make a blockbuster move that this franchise is generally associated with, they have put an emphasis on building depth. The team has particularly shored up the trenches with three moves to build up the offensive line as well as at linebacker, where the team has brought in three players as they transition into a 4-3 defense.
Despite not getting some of the major players they were linked with early in the offseason (See: Austin Hooper, James Bradberry, Amari Cooper), there’s still a lot of time left for them to make some big-time moves in the next few weeks.
Let’s see how newly-hired Ron Rivera has fared so far in his first offseason as head coach.
Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. While the NBA and NHL seasons have been put on hold, the NFL is about to be in mid-offseason form. The NFL combine is over, free agency starts on March 18 and smokescreen season is back and better than ever. With all that, comes one of my favorite past times: making NFL Mock Drafts because I have a lot of time on my hands, and my passion for the NFL Draft has yet to wane.
Even though free agency will undoubtedly disprove a lot of my predictions on this particular mock, I think it’s the perfect time to start breaking down team needs and see where some players out of this incredibly loaded draft might end up.
So, let’s kick it off in style with a quarterback prospect that everyone and their grandma has essentially nominated as the golden boy of the 2020 NFL Draft: Joe Burrow.
It’s been a rough season all around for the Washington Redskins. The team’s dealt with front office ineptitude, a star player that refused to ever play in a Redskins uniform ever again and, of course, just plain bad on-field performances.
It’s arguable this was the worst season in franchise history, yet this offseason doesn’t feel quite so hopeless.
With 2019 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what made this a truly mediocre decade of Washington Redskins football.
Sure, there were good times in the last 10 years, the two division titles stand out the most, but the majority of Redskins fans would agree that the bad times outweigh any positive moments enormously.
And that’s why we are here today, to reflect on the moments both on and off the field that were truly a part of this organization’s unique brand of dysfunction. While I tried to keep it down to just 10 moments, I’m sure there are plenty that I also missed which just goes to show exactly how bad this organization has been this decade.
So, let’s kick off this list in style, and look towards the next decade as a means for hope, and a chance for better days.