Clearly it's not fair to immediately dismiss the class moments after the 2011 NFL Draft ended. Some of the choices for losing drafts could turn out to be winning draft. But for now, they sure don't look good.
Just settle down Redskins fans. This is in alphabetical order.
General manager Gene Smith is a risky drafter who believes in his scouts. He better be right this year with the team taking WR Cecil Shorts, S Christopher Prosinski and CB Roderick Issac on the third day. The Issac pick had even the nerdiest of draft nerds Googling. The trade to get Blaine Gabbert was a good one. The rest of Jacksonville's draft is a risk at best and a reach at worst.
Not much needs to be said here. The Raiders drafted speed as usual in Demarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa and Taiwan Jones. Oh, Al Davis. The other pieces they added are nothing to get excited about.
San Diego Chargers
After round one, the Chargers had plenty of picks that were odd reaches. None were bigger than linebacker Jonas Mouton in the second round. He was projected as a fifth- or sixth-round pick. Cornerback Marcus Gilchrist seems like he should have been a third-round pick. Stretches like those in the second round are reminiscent of the Cleveland Browns draft in 2009.
If each of Seattle's first two picks – offensive tackle James Carpenter and guard John Moffitt – were taken a round later each, this would be a great draft. The Seahawks didn't take a lot of high potential players in this draft. Instead, they went with low-risk, low-impact players. It's not a bad strategy, but the picks didn't have value.
The Redskins kept trading back and trading back and trading back. In a draft where they should have traded up to get a quarterback early, they didn't. Now they're looking at Rex Grossman or John Beck being the starting quarterback. Ryan Kerrigan doesn't look like a great fit at linebacker. Defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins was overdrafted. While the team did well on the third day of the draft, and getting Leonard Hankerson in the third round, those first two picks are head scratchers.