Personally, I think Landry was the right choice. The kid can play. They wanted to get the best player available. I think the Skins got the best bang for their buck, and he's as close to a can't miss candidate (none of them are locks) that you can ask for at #6.
Of course, that doesn't mean drafting a star running back when you already have Portis and Betts on the roster, drafting another QB when you already have a lot of time and money invested in Campbell or reaching for a project defensive end is a very smart idea; it's very risky - we're talking a lot of money - yeah, I know when have the Skins ever been wise with their money?
Last year, I think there was a lot more problems on the Skins defense than meets the eye. These media experts take one look at the Skins sack and interception totals and automatically assume that the defensive line was the biggest problem on the defense - they're wrong.
In Gregg WIlliams first year here in DC, the media here HOUNDED HIM, "Gregg what are you going to do with that godawful dline" "Gregg you can't compete in this league with those guys".
If you look at Williams defense during his tenure while he's been in DC, the defensive line has -- from a pass rushing standpoint -- always been the achilles heel of the defense. They've never really had any "stars" on the line - though, some might argue that Daniels and Carter are paid like they are. Yet his defenses produced at at least a top ten level in his first two years.
The biggest problems on the defense last year resided in the secondary.
Springs and Prioleau couldn't stay healthy, while Carlos Rogers was exploited; not to mention the whole mystery revolving around Adam Archuletta and his benching; apparently, he can't cover - I know, the rest of the league already knew this, but it was news to the Skins
What most people seem to forget is that, In the first two years of the Gregg Williams project, the group was solid against the run. Even last year, the line seemed to hold up against the run until later in the games - you know, after Wright and Rumph and ol' Carlos had been torched all afternoon.
He's been able to hide this weakness through blitzing linebackers corners and safeties in the past; when they tried to do that last year, their secondary was absolutely torn apart.
History shows that Gregg Williams defenses can compete at a top level in this league, and I have no reason to believe that the Skins defense will fall completely off the face of the planet, like they did last year, if the secondary can remain healthy and Landry can make an impact.
As far as the rest of the draft, the Skins traded away too many picks to get a good grade.