Redskins email report: Lande on draft; Q&A with Texas DC

Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

Russ Lande used two phrases quite a bit when talking about the Redskins' draft: "I liked the pick of ..." And "I loved the pick of ..." In fact, of the Redskins nine-member draft class, there were really only three players he didn't see much of a future for: Tom Compton, Richard Crawford and Jordan Bernstine.

And, yes, he talked about the Kirk Cousins' selection for the email report. I can now update my little survey of what people who either are involved in the draft process or have been think about this pick. Of the eight people -- ranging from GMs to scouts and coaches -- six now had no issue with the pick. That should tell you something.

"If you’re sitting there in the fourth round and according to everyone else they had a late first or high second-round grade, how do you not pick him?" Lande said. "You can’t pass on that guy. I think it’ll make both Kirk and [Robert Griffin III] better. It will make both guys have to step up."

And he likes third-round choice Josh LeRibeus, saying, ":He has the talent to challenge for a starting job as a rookie. He’s a real athletic kid. If he has the weight thing under control he’s going to be a really good player. He can move his feet."

University of Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz provided insight into fourth-round pick Keenan Robinson, an inside linebacker. Diaz coached Robinson one season.

"He’s done a better job of being more aggressive and playing more and more vs. the run, which is what he’ll have to do," Diaz said. "And he’ll have to continue to improve on using his hands and shedding blocks, but he’s willing and coachable."

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