Mendenhall has never consistently proven himself. He has had the odd nice game, but never has he shown that he is a first rounder type guy.
- In the '08 draft, most were predicting that Carolina takes Mendy and J Stewart would fall to us.....better scenario.
- Jerry Jones went to his alma mater to draft backup Felix Jones one pick ahead of Mendy.....no difference
- CJ2K was chosen one pick after Mendy.....better scenario
- Had we laid off of RB and gotten caught up in the OT rush we could have drafted Duane Brown (who was projected to go around the third but everyone was jumping on tackles and we needed one) and waited for a RB.....much better scenario, Brown has become a very good OT despite getting schooled by Harrison his rookie year.
- If we draft Brown in the first, letting a top RB fall, the next RB taken was Forte at 44 (but could have fallen to us at #53 in the second if Bears go Mendy), or Ray Rice, who went 2 picks after Limas Sweed.
That being said, I was full on board with the Mendy and Sweed picks at the time, but how things could have worked out had we not gone that way........
1. Couldn't highpoint the ball and outleap defenders
2. Just average adjusting their routes to the ball in flight
3. Can't fight defenders for ball or fight through tackles
I think the discussion is pretty much over about whether Wallace deserves a Top 5 WR contract. Even his biggest athletic supporters can't make the case for his season to justify taking the risk of paying him those kind of dollars.
The Skins are 3rd in the NFL in rush defense...they have allowed 981 yards on the ground this season (89.1 per game).
Let's compare them to another team, shall we?
The Ravens are 26th in the NFL in rush defense...they have allowed 1413 yards on the ground this season (128.5 per game).
Obviously, the Skins have a WAY BETTER rush defense than the Ravens, right? After all, they allow nearly 40 YARDS per game less than Baltimore. To even suggest that the 26th ranked Ravens might have a better rush defense than the 3rd ranked Skins defense would be preposterous, right?
Except when you look at the fact that the Ravens defense has faced 351 rushes this season, compared to the Skins paltry 240. Ten extra rushes against you per game explains that nearly 40 yard per game difference. When you look closer, the Ravens are actually slightly better than the Skins (the 26th ranked Raven rush defense allows 4.0 yards per rush, while the 3rd ranked Skins rush defense allows 4.1 yards per rush).
There you go...I bothered to use facts in my assessment. :p