by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Bruce Allen and the Washington Redskins should get two thumbs up for this year’s NFL Draft, according to Mike Florio.

The face of Pro Football Talk thinks the decision by last year’s NFC East basement dwellers to trade back in the second-round was a smart move — and it wasn’t one that took him by surprise.

The Redskins had been fielding offers from teams leading up to the second day of the draft, according to Florio who joined the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning.

“They were just waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger because they knew the offers would get better throughout the day,” Florio said.

And although the trade was eventually made within the division, it was still a good thing for a team that didn’t have a first-round pick. The Redskins swapped second-rounders with the Dallas Cowboys and also received a third-round pick in exchange for the No. 34 overall selection.

Washington would draft linebacker Trent Murphy of Stanford with the later second-round pick and used the additional third-round selection on guard Spencer Long of Nebraska.

Florio’s grade is limited to how they operated the draft board, not his expectations of the players moving forward.

Common sense, as Florio points out, will tell you that many will be draft busts and it’s far too early to make any judgment on their pro careers.

“Half of the guys are not going to become good football players at the NFL level,” he said, noting there’s no way to tell which half it will be.

As for the journalists attempting to grade the players before they set foot on a pro football field, Florio doesn’t put much stock in their reports, no matter how respected of a journalist they are.

Recently, he went back and reviewed a few draft grades for the Seattle Seahawks from 2012. The comments provided quite the entertaining read.

“Why would you take Russell Wilson when you have Matt Flynn?”

48-months we know the comment should have read: “Why wouldn’t you take Russell Wilson when you have Matt Flynn?”


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