• Round 7 - TE Shannon Sharpe*, C Tom Nalen*, RT Harry Swayne (free agent).
• Round 9 - FB Howard Griffith (free agent).
• Round 10 - LG Mark Schlereth* (free agent).
• Undrafted - WR Rod Smith (who would later play in three Pro Bowls), LT Tony Jones* (acquired in a trade).
See? You just need a little imagination.
Sunday in Miami, the Redskins will have to contend with one of the best pass rushers in the game: Cameron Wake, a Pro Bowl linebacker. Wake, who played his high school ball at DeMatha, toiled in Canada for two years before the Dolphins repatriated him. If I were the Redskins, I’d be combing the CFL for the next Cameron Wake. Heck, if I were the Redskins, I’d have scouts monitoring games of touch on the Ellipse.
So take these recent developments — the entrance of Anderson, Balmer, Choice, Johnson and Polumbus and the exit of short-term rental Dominique Byrd and thirtysomethings Donte Stallworth and Darrion Scott — as a hopeful sign. Shanahan and his general manager, Bruce Allen, are at least making more of an effort to acknowledge the obvious: The talent on this team isn’t nearly where it needs to be … and the clock is beginning to tick louder.
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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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