To see what 30 positions are ranked, see the first installment, Ranking the Redskins 21-30. Here are the middle 10 players.
20. Mike Sellers, fullback-I’m not as big a Sellers fan as many are. Sure, he’s a beast but he doesn’t come close to utilizing his, well, beasthood. Look at the much-ballyhooed play where the he mows over Kenoy Kennedy of the Lions. He doesn’t pick up much additional yardage after contact. All Kennedy has to do is lift his legs and trip him up. Sellers might be a valuable short-yardage weapon if he knew how to find daylight instead of trying to power his way for the half yard.
19. Shaun Suisham, kicker-He was starting to become reliable, nearly automatic, until he missed the biggest kick of his life in Seattle. It will take a while before my confidence in him is restored.
18. Rock Cartwright, kickoff returner-He’s a very disciplined returner, rarely going for the big runback but instead following his blockers to maximize each return.
17. Fred Smoot, nickel back-Smoot does an adequate job in coverage, although you’d like him to get back to the knack for making interceptions that he displayed prior to his two-year exodus to the tundra of Minnesota.
16. Jason Campbell, quarterback-So close and yet so far. If Campbell can get to be a fraction of a second quicker in making his decisions, he could well climb up to the coveted #1 spot on this list. Until that happens, he’ll have flashes of brilliance followed up by the critical mistake.
15. Randy Thomas, right guard-He’ll probably never regain the form that could have earned him Pro Bowl honors in 2003-2004 if not for the Skins’ dismal record. Still, he’s a very good performer, one of the best pulling guards in the league.
14. Cornelius Griffin, defensive tackle-The team’s 2004 MVP seems to be fully healthy for the first time since that monster season. At 31, Griffin likely has one or two more good years left in the tank.
13. Casey Rabach, center-He’s still at the point where he’s getting better with age as opposed to just getting older.
12. Ladell Betts, relief running back-The best draft pick of the Spurrier era (not that there’s much competition) is making a preseason statement that he deserves more carries in 2008 than the 93 he got last year.
11. Santana Moss, wide receiver-He has his bad moments (see the Green Bay game) and he’ll disappear from the offense for weeks at a time. But when he’s on, he’s the team’s one true home run threat and most feared offensive weapon.
Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the upcoming book The Redskins Chronicle. You can reach Rich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org