I’m feeling that shirt, big fella. (via)
I’m feeling that shirt, big fella. (via)
Two weeks ago I wrote, “This Richard Sherman video reveals Trent Williams is insane.” Turns out that may’ve been foreshadowing (via @granthpaulsen):
Sources: Trent Williams was involved in altercation last night resulting in him needing stitches, being pulled out of Pro Bowl.
Considering the season he’d just had, that’s a damn shame. He’d bounced back from drug suspension in 2011 to emerge as a team leader and one of the best left tackles in football. Yet here he is closing out the campaign by shoving a dude in the face after a playoff game and reportedly getting cut up before the Pro Bowl game.
And who gets in a fight in Hawaii? That’s only allowed if you’re trying to surf North Shore and some locals treat you like a haole.
Either way, it’s not what you want to hear about the second-most valuable player on your roster. Get right, Silverback.
Update: Adam Schefter shares info from Honolulu PD of “a large affray at a night club,” including that “Williams is not a suspect” and “he got stitches in his head and was tasered.” The NFL says he’s a victim of assault.
Update No. 2: Schefter story for ESPN.com has this incredible passage:
Trent Williams […] was Tasered in the back and cracked over the head with a champagne bottle during the melee yet still did not fall to the ground, sources say.
“It was like he was Jason on ‘Friday the 13th’ — man just wouldn’t go down,” one source said of the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Williams.
That’s really something. TMZ says it cost $3,000, which sounds like the going rate for the world’s biggest silverback gorilla tattoo. And I love how the big fella isn’t scary or intimidating in any way. He’s just kind of sitting there, lost in thought. Must be the herb.
Previously: Trent Williams’ $150K Silverback Necklace
Report: Fred Davis and Trent Williams will be suspended for the rest of 2011 after testing positive for marijuana for at least the third time. [The Insider]
Dale Hunter picked up his first win on Saturday night. [Japers’ Rink]
Looking for the ceiling on Jason Chimera’s breakout season. [Caps Insider]
There’s a proposed NHL realignment that would be alright. [On Frozen Blog]
In case you forgot who plays for the Wizards. [Capital Comment]
Jim Riggleman is now manager of AA Pensacola (Reds). [Nats Journal]
Jose Reyes’ $106 million contract may up Ian Desmond’s value. [Nats Blog]
Ben Goessling says goodbye NatsTown, hello Twin Cities. [Goessling Game]
Va. Tech is in the Sugar Bowl, because the BCS is shitty. [SB Nation]
Terrell Stoglin scored 33 as Maryland beat Notre Dame. [Testudo Times]
A to-do list for Randy Edsall and Maryland football. [Testudo Times]
JMU lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs to ND St. [JMU Sports Blog]
I was on the JWalk and Moose Show last week. [D.C. Sports Chat]
Amidst lockout mania, which is all about players and owners bickering over money, Trent Williams’ amazing “Silverback” necklace comes to light. I mean, even the gorilla has a diamond earring. [Bog]
The chain was seen months ago in a jewelry store window. Lisanti Quarterly]
Skins player rep Vonnie Holliday is unhappy w/ the owners [Capital Games]
Skins rookie Leonard Hankerson is unhappy w/ the players. [@HankTime85]
The FedEx Field parking lot will have solar panels now. [Redskins Blog]
Six Redskins may be primed for a breakout this season. [Football Insider]
Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t hit well since returning from injury. [Nats Baseball]
Handing out midseason grades for the Nats pitchers. [Federal Baseball]
Adam Dunn is having an awful season, talks about quitting. [Jeff Passan]
Michael Wilbon is back to ripping JaVale McGee’s ESPYs attire. [Bog]
Kevin Durant has a pretty sweet Curly W tattoo. [The Basketball Jones]
Va. Tech-George Mason is happening in the preseason NIT. [The Dagger]
Some analysis on the Maryland athletic department’s debt. [Testudo Times]
An entire section of fans planked at the D.C. United game. [Deadspin]
106.7 the Fan’s lineup isn’t changing, which is unfortunate. [Bog]
So I’ve got a couple of second degree burns, but I’m surprised my pre-draft post has not been flamed to ashes at this point. I felt like I would go ahead and check back in with my general reaction to the draft. So here it is … after all is said and done, I am happy the Redskins drafted Trent Williams.
The bottom line is that neither Williams nor Russell Okung look like bonafide can’t-miss blue chip franchise left tackles. And when you are picking at #4, it would be nice to think you are getting a sure thing. But I have been screaming for the offensive line to be addressed in the draft for years, and I am glad they finally took a step in that direction. If they are choosing between Williams and Okung, I will defer to the paid professionals to determine which one best fits their scheme. But I still don’t think anyone should expect Williams to step in and be Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden or Tony Boselli.
Now of course, here I am giving my amateur bloggy opinion earlier in the week and Rick Maese has to come in post-draft and get all professional with his journalistic integrity and start throwing around statistics in the Washington Post! I did see the statement in his article that Williams was penalized only 5 times this season. Like I said, I didn’t dig through all of the stats. But I did watch every Oklahoma game this season, and it sure felt like more than 5 penalties to me over the course of the season.
Looking at the Nebraska game stats alone, Williams racked up 2 false starts and 1 personal foul. So if he truly only got flagged two other times all season, that is awesome and I will happily eat my words. The offensive line was a weak point for Oklahoma this season, and maybe I unfairly targeted Williams more than I should. He had seemed like a rock at right tackle for years and just was not at the same level on the left side.
The point I was trying to make was that I don’t think he is a guaranteed plug-and-play franchise left tackle. I think you would find that most other Oklahoma fans or people who watched most of the Oklahoma games this season would agree with that. Boswell’s column today says that the Redskins plan to pencil him in at left tackle “in the beginning,” which suggests that his versatility was a consideration. Which is great if he doesn’t work out at left tackle or needs to get his feet wet at another spot on the line.
As I stated in the original post, I will be happy to root for Williams. I do not dislike Williams. He has gone from my favorite college team to my favorite pro team. And I firmly believe in building from the inside out. So if Shanahan thinks he was the best offensive lineman available in this draft for the zone blocking scheme, so be it. I sincerely hope that all of the concerns I had are thoroughly invalidated.
In the end, the Redskins made an attempt to address their most glaring need and took the offensive lineman that they had rated the highest on their board. I am not going to complain about that. I think they had to go offensive line. As awesome as Berry looks, it is hard to imagine using another top-10 pick on a safety right now.
See what we did there? We mocked ourselves with the headline, because the Skins actually drafted Trent Williams about 16 hours ago. I could give you the reasons why we haven’t posted about this until now, but you don’t give a shit. So away we go …
Trent Williams isn’t a quarterback. Despite all the rumors post-McNabb trade centering around the Skins going with a lineman, there was still that lingering fear that Jimmy Clausen’s name would be announced at No. 4. Thankfully, it was not.
Trent Williams is an offensive lineman. I won’t pretend to know enough about Williams or Okung to say if either will be a franchise-type LT in the NFL, but this much I know: The Skins had to go with one or the other at No. 4, even if neither is necessarily a fourth-overall caliber player. Based on things I’ve heard and read from people who actually know stuff, I would have preferred Okung. But let’s not get too greedy: The Skins drafted one of the two best left tackles available, and that’s really as much as we could ask for.
His nickname is Silverback. We may have to alert the t-shirt shop employees.
Trent Williams may not actually be a left tackle. He played the majority of his career at Oklahoma at right tackle.
Okung was probably the safer pick. By most accounts, Okung seems to be the more polished left tackle, but Williams has more athleticism, which equals the proverbial “upside”. The problem with “upside” is that it is a hypothetical measure of effectiveness, which may never come true.
Eric Berry. I’m only speaking for myself, but I’ll admit it: I kinda developed an affinity for Eric Berry. Aside from o-line, safety is probably the Skins biggest need, and Berry is not only the best safety in this year’s draft, but possibly the most NFL-ready, sure-fire player, overall. In other words, needs aside, if it was Berry vs. Williams vs. Okung, I’d take Berry.
Again, apologies for the delay. But please feel free to discuss your thoughts on Williams below.