|Washington Redskins 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue (6-4, 267);
2 - Jarvis Jenkins, DE, Clemson (6-4, 310);
3 - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami-Florida (6-1, 209);
4- Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska (5-11, 219);
5 - Dejon Gomes, S, Nebraska (5-11, 208);
5 - Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska (6-1, 224);
7 - Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State (5-9, 189);
7 - Maurice Hurt, OG, Florida (6-3, 318);
7 - Markus White, OLB, Florida State (6-3, 266);
7 - Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia (6-1, 319)
Top Picks Analysis: The quarterback-needy Redskins passed on Missouri prospect Blaine Gabbert with their original first-round pick (No. 10 overall), instead opting to trade down six spots with a possible eye on Florida State's Christian Ponder. When Ponder surprisingly went to Minnesota at No. 12, the team switched gears and took Kerrigan, a high-motor player who racked up 13 sacks as a defensive end at Purdue last season. Though there are questions as to whether he's fluid enough to be able to play in space as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Washington plans to start him alongside pass-rushing terror Brian Orakpo immediately. Jenkins, picked 10 spots ahead of more heralded Clemson teammate Da'Quan Bowers, should also see time as a rookie on a defensive line that needed a stout run stuffer who's young. Hankerson gives head coach Mike Shanahan's offense a desired big-bodied receiver, but struggled at times with drops during his college career.
Best Value Pick: Helu, the first of three consecutive Nebraska players chosen by the Redskins, is a big back with cutback skills that make him well-suited for Shanahan's zone-block scheme. He'll give the brittle Ryan Torain a run for his money to be the team's feature back this fall.
We Question Why: GM Bruce Allen traded down four times in the first two rounds in an attempt to stockpile picks. While there's no doubt the Redskins have to get younger, Allen also missed out on landing some potential impact players in his quest to add a bunch of fifth and seventh-rounders to the roster.
Summary: This was the antithesis of a typical Redskins draft, with Allen continually dealing down to acquire more young players instead of following the old regime's lead of squandering valuable picks for veteran stopgaps. While the Redskins did bring in some rookies who can surely help, there seems to be more quantity than quality and Kerrigan's a questionable fit as a linebacker in a 3-4. And there's also the fact that Washington is still without a quarterback.
FINAL GRADE: C