Here’s what NFL draft analyst Bucky Brooks said about the Washington draft: (Washington) quickly (is) rounding into a legitimate contender … another strong class that should help Washington make a push to repeat as division champ.
Grade A 2016 Washington draft class: WR Josh Doctson, S-LB Sua Cravens, CB Kendall Fuller, DT Matt Ioannidis, QB Nate Sudfeld, LB Steven Daniels, and RB Keith Marshall.
Bleacher Report on the Washington draft:
The team got two of the best receivers and the best tight end in the draft … the (Washington) draft may not have been the best, but it was probably the ‘sexiest,’ particularly at the top.”
Grade A minus 2008 Washington draft class: WR Devin Thomas, TE Fred Davis, WR Malcolm Kelly, T Chad Rinehart, DB Justin Tryon, P Durant Brooks, DB Kareem Moore, QB Colt Brennan, DE Rob Jackson, and DB Chris Horton. This is not a learning experience. Anyone of any level of intelligence should realize that nobody really knows anything about who will be a good
NFL player. It is a necessary reminder that what anyone thinks of a draft class hours after their selections means nothing — from anyone, even the geniuses that made the selections. No, make that, especially the geniuses that created the picks. After all, they are their players. This is one of the best processes I’ve been involved in,” Washington general manager Martin Mayhew said. “It’s been a really, really good process.
But stuff happens.
Sports Illustrated gave Washington a B grade for its 2021 class — a solid mark for what seems to be a concrete class — LB Jamin Davis out of Kentucky, OT Sam Cosmi from Texas, CB Benjamin St.-Juste from Minnesota, WR Dyami Brown from North Carolina, TE John Bates out of Boise State, S Darrick Forrest from Cincinnati, long snapper Camaron Cheeseman from Michigan, DE William Bradley-King of Baylor.
DE Shaka Toney out of Penn State and WR Dax Milne from BYU. It sounds like “(Washington) quickly (is) rounding into a legitimate contender … another strong class that should help Washington make a push to repeat as division champ.” There are pronounced differences from the promise and failures of 2008 and 2016 or any other draft classes that failed to translate over the past two decades.
The primary difference is that there isn’t a moron in charge of the personnel — Vinny Cerrato, Bruce Allen — to tear down the excellent work that they may have lucked into during their drafts. In former Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney, former Detroit GM Mayhew, former Indianapolis GM Chris Polian, and others, Washington appears to have the most capable brain trust in 20 years.