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Malcolm Kelly Madness

Is there more to the story when it comes to Malcolm Kelly’s issues with making the Redskins roster in 2010?  PFT seems to think so, and for that matter they’re taking it back to 2008 – on draft day specifically – to show why Kelly was a bust then and why they feel he’s a bust now.

Back in March of 2009, Albert Haynesworth was asked to explain why his agent met with Redskins owner Dan Snyder at the NFL Scouting Combine, which appeared to be a crystal clear case of tampering.

The official explanation at the time: Haynesworth’s agent Chad Speck and Snyder were discussing wide receiver Malcolm Kelly.

“Chad told me he met with the Redskins at the Combine,” Haynesworth said. “But they were talking about Malcolm [Kelly] and how he could become the next Andre Johnson and stuff like that.”

Well, the rest of the NFL may get the chance to sign the next Andre Johnson shortly.  Ryan O’Halloran of Comcast Sportsnet Washington predicted on Wednesday Kelly won’t even make the team because of his injury issues and lack of special teams value.

That information makes it all the more ridiculous the Redskins got off the hook for tampering using the Kelly excuse.  It also points out how Washington bungled the second round of that draft.

The team selected Devin Thomas 15 spots ahead of DeSean Jackson, and tight end Fred Davis one spot ahead of Jackson before grabbing Kelly three picks later.  (We like Davis plenty, but they still passed on Jackson twice.)

Vinny Cerrato may be gone, but his legacy continues to live on.

I’ll give you the fact that Desean Jackson has become a standout player in the NFL that teams have come to game plan around, but there is no possible way to insert 20/20 hindsight into a situation like the draft and make any claim to the incompetence of any team’s front office – that includes the Redskins and Cerrato as well.

Not everything boils down to special teams coverage either — and even though traditionally your lower string receivers are expected to contribute there, even liabilities over time can be trained. Before they are ready an extra DB can take Kelly’s place.  I say based on developing a balanced mix of youth and experience at WR, Thomas and Kelly DO make the team as well as Moss, Austin, and I’m thinking Galloway and Wade round out the picture.

McNabb is going to need ample targets – the more the merrier with 6 prospects at WR this season.


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