Welcome back to The B&G Report.It’s an exciting time to be a Redskins fan! Many agree that the Redskins walked away with some potential Mid-Late Round gems during the draft! Now the question will be how quickly they can acclimate to the pro game, while competing with veterans?
Training Camp should breed some healthy competition, but what does the local media think? In March, The B&G Report was lucky enough to have a Q&A session with former Redskins Super Bowl Champion and radio host Rick Doc Walker. We went through such topics as, what to expect with the acquisition of Alex Smith and what to expect from such players as Jeremy Sprinkle & Anthony Lanier.
Today’s Q&A features Doc Walker’s co-host Scott Jackson. As Redskins fans we routinely tune into Inside The Locker Room with Jackson, Walker and Brian Mitchell to get the honest and inside scoop regarding the Skins. Also we can hear Scott Jackson, on the Official Redskins Postgame Show with Clinton Portis.
Jackson often has current and former Redskins players on the shows, who usually contribute inside knowledge into the Redskins. This was another opportunity for The B&G Report to pick the brain of an individual who is close to the pulse of the team. The Draft was exciting as well as fruitful for the Redskins and Jackson offered his post-draft outlook. Without further ado, let’s get to it!
B&G Report– How do you feel the Redskins did in the Draft and how can 2nd Round selection Derrius Guice help this offense?
Scott Jackson– I think the Redskins hit a lot of the need areas and picked up players that can help this season and in the future. That being said most drafts successes and failures won’t be determined for a few seasons. The initial grades are great for fans and media, but really meaningless until they play in NFL games. Derrius Guice is a physical runner that also is explosive and could very well be the Redskins starter week one if he comes in ready to learn and compete. He could add a dimension to the position that has been lacking for quite some time. A potent running game led by Guice could really help first year Redskins QB Alex Smith get some big plays off play action.
B&G Report– Who’s your favorite Mid-Late Round Redskins Draft selection and what do you think their immediate contribution could be?
Scott Jackson-My favorite later selection was DL-Tim Settle from Virginia Tech. He was rated much higher than his actual draft position. He can play the nose and all over the defensive line. He has great size and agility. I love that they took him despite already taking Da’Ron Payne in round one. You can’t have enough quality defensive linemen. He needs to stay in shape, but with Jim Tomsula as his position coach he could do great things.
B&G Report– Do you feel that the Redskins addressed their needs on defense through the Draft and what defensive Draft selection can help the most this year?
Scott Jackson-The only defensive area I think the Redskins might have missed in this draft is Outside Linebacker. That position still seems thin after loss of Trent Murphy and decision not to resign Junior Galette. They added Pernell McPhee who brings some veteran depth if he can stay healthy.The defensive player selected this year that can help the most is Da’Ron Payne from Alabama. He could very well be the week one starter and an immediate prescience as a run stuffer. The Redskins need to be better against the run this year and Payne along with a healthy Jonathan Allen should help in that area.
Thanks for checking out another B&G Report Special Edition. Although the Draft is over and Training Camp is a month away, the B&G Report will be providing everything Skins fans need to know about the incoming rookies, veteran additions/subtractions and much more. Stay tuned for the Undrafted Rookie Review.