It’s been a few days since the NFL draft ended, as a partisan Washington Redskins fan, I’m experiencing an emotion I can’t ever recall feeling in the immediate aftermath of the draft—positive vibes.
It’s not just that I like the decision to focus on the offensive line, starting with first-round pick Brandon Scherff, the #5 overall choice out of Iowa, and continuing on to Alabama’s Arie Kouandijo and Austin Reiter from South Florida.
Anyone remotely paying attention could see how badly the ‘Skins needed offensive line help. It’s the organizational consistency that is so pleasantly surprising.
What I mean is this—one of the Redskins’ most notable offseason additions was luring Bill Callahan away from the staff of the Dallas Cowboys to coach the offensive line. Callahan has an outstanding track record. We can go all the way back to the early 1990s, where he coached the first offensive lines for Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin, beginning a tradition of great front fives in Madison. And it continued into last season, when the Cowboy offensive front was the best in the game.