NFL Draft 2011: Redskins Select 12 Players In Total, But Don't Pick A Quarterback

The Redskins selected 12 players in all in the 2011 NFL Draft, but most surprisingly, none of those 12 players were a quarterback. Does this mean John Beck could be the starter?

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2011 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins Begin Rebuild, So Why Is Everyone Criticizing Them?

In the 2011 draft, the Redskins added picks, drafted substance over flash and addressed needs. So why is the national media skeptical and critical?


Washington Redskins Choose Substance Over Style In 2011 NFL Draft

Say what you want about the Redskins' draft, but it had a certain feel to it. Gone were the flashy additions meant to bring good press. In their place stood a 12-man class led by Ryan Kerrigan that has a ton of character.


Washington Redskins Draft Results Don't Include A Quarterback, And That's Fine

The Washington Redskins are getting criticized everywhere for not taking a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft. Here's why that criticism makes little sense to us.


Washington Redskins 2011 Draft Picks: A List Of Every Player They Selected

The Washington Redskins' 2011 NFL Draft is over, and in the end, the team ended up with 12 draft picks. They had a pick in every round for the first time since 1995, and they selected more picks than in any year since 1982, when there were still 12 rounds in the draft. Despite all that, the Redskins didn't take a quarterback, which is surprising because many felt that was what they would do.

Instead, the Redskins primarily focused on the defensive front seven and the other skill positions on offense. The first two picks were defensive players, and they also took two running backs and two wide receivers. Here are all 12 of the Redskins' 2011 NFL Draft picks.

First Round, No. 16 (from Jacksonville): Ryan Kerrigan, DE/LB, Purdue

Second Round, No. 41: Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson

Third Round, No. 79 (from Miami): Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

Fourth Round, No. 105 (from Houston): Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska

Fifth Round, No. 146 (from Miami): DeJon Gomes, DB, Nebraska

Fifth Round, No. 155 (from New Orleans): Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska

Sixth Round, No. 177: Evan Royster, RB, Penn State

Sixth Round, No. 178 (from Houston): Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU

Seventh Round, No. 213: Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State

Seventh Round, No. 217 (from Miami): Maurice Hurt, OL, Florida

Seventh Round, No. 224 (from Indianapolis): Markus White, LB, Florida State

Seventh Round, No. 253 (compensatory): Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia


Redskins Don't Pick QB In 2011 NFL Draft, So Is John Beck The Starter?

After it became evident earlier Saturrday that the Redskins were not going to draft a quarterback, people began wondering if the answer to the Redskins quarterback situation could be already on the roster.  

Nobody has to be more pleased with the Redskins draft than John Beck. He is the only quarterback under contract and the thought is he could be in the mix for a starting position, according to, via ESPN:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins are “big believers” in Beck, and that signs point towards him possibly starting for the team next year.  The team reportedly never seriously considered a first-round QB, and never were going to trade up for one.  They reportedly thought Beck gives them a better chance to win.

While that outcome seemed shocking just two days ago, the reality of the Redskins situation has sunk in and perhaps Beck could really get a shot at being the starter.

But we really won't know the Redskins true quarterback plan until the lockout is lifted.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Select Chris Neild At No. 253

With the 253rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Chris Neild, a nose tackle from West Virginia. Neild is the 12th and final player the team selected in the draft, and is the third defensive lineman to go along with first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan and second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins.

Neild is a 6'2'', 319-pound interior lineman that isn't really much of a pass rusher. He had just five sacks in his four-year career at West Virginia, and forced only one fumble. But he is the kind of guy that can occupy multiple blockers and help out in the run game, something any 3-4 defensive team desperately needs. Neild probably isn't going to be good enough to take over the starting spot, of course, but he could be very helpful in certain situations for Jim Haslett's defense.

Neild concludes a busy three days for the Redskins, where they made several trades down to go from eight to 12 picks. 


2011 NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Select Markus White

With the 224th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have selected defensive end Markus White from Florida State. The Skins plan to convert White to outside linebacker in their 3-4 defensive scheme. What do Skins fans need to know about Markus?

The 6'4", 266 pounder was a two year starter as a Seminole, and was regarded as a solid pass rusher. Despite not having first round measurables. White has an impressive burst off the line and a knack for getting to the quarterback.

On the flip side, and this is why perhaps he fell to the last round of the draft, Markus has a tendency to overrun the pocket and his array of pass rushing moves could be described as limited at best. He needs to get stronger and work on his run stopping, but all that being said, he could be quite a steal for the Redskins in the seventh round.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Select OL Maurice Hurt

With the 217th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Maurice Hurt, an offensive lineman from Florida. Hurt is the first offensive lineman selected by the Redskins in the 2011 NFL Draft, which is surprising because that was a major weakness for the team last season.

Hurt is a bit of a surprising pick that flew under the radar on most draft boards. He was overshadowed at times by Mike Pouncey, the offensive guard that was selected No. 15 overall by the Miami Dolphins. But Hurt is particularly effective in a zone blocking scheme, and Mike Shanhan tends to prefer that kind of attack more than most coaches. He was a guard at Florida, and with the Redskins needing help on the interior of their line, he will probably get a chance to play there too.

Hurt's stock was probably affected by him failing a drug test at the NFL combine. Nevertheless, he did end up getting drafted by the Redskins.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Select DB Brandyn Thompson

With the 213th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Brandyn Thompson, a defensive back from Boise State. Thompson becomes the second defensive back to be selected by the Redskins, following Dejon Gomes of Nebraska in the fifth round.

Thompson is a big-play cornerback that certainly is capable of making plays, but also sometimes gets beat in coverage. He's a good fit for Jim Haslett's scheme, though, which focuses on forcing turnovers over all else. Last season, Thompson had three interceptions in 10 games for Boise State. The season before, he had five interceptions. For his career, he has 12 interceptions, 146 tackles and one forced fumble.

One other issue with Thompson is that he is just 5'9,'' which is kind of small for a defensive back. That said, he is very good at understanding zone concepts, and Haslett is the kind of guy who tends to like playing zone. 


NFL Draft 2011: Redskins Select RB Evan Royster And WR Aldrick Robinson With Sixth Rounders

The Redskins are loading up on offensive skill positions at this point, thats for sure.

They have selected RB Evan Royster out of Penn State and WR Aldrick Robinson out of SMU with their two sixth round selections.

Royster is a local kid who set the school record for rushing yards with over nearly 4000. He scored 29 touchdowns in his four year career at Penn State, with his yards per carry never falling below 4.9 in any season there.

Robinson is more of a burner. A quick, slippery receiver who ran a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash, looks to fill out a receiving corps that looks to be improved greatly in this draft.

The Redskins are still not done today, as they have four seventh round picks left to go before their draft is complete. They have yet to address the offensive line, and could look to bolster that unit in the seventh round.


How Newest Redskins Draft Picks DeJon Gomes And Niles Paul Fit In Washington

The Redskins have gone Cornhusker wild in the third day of the draft, selecting three players from Nebraska.

The two players they have selected in the fifth round were safety DeJon Gomes and wide receiver Niles Paul. Some are wondering where exactly each can fit in Washington, so we'll take a stab at it.

Gomes was a physical presence at Nebraska, compiling 99 tackles and three sacks from the safety position in 2010. While the Redskins are set at starting free and strong safety, they still need some depth in the secondary. One reason is because the team needs more bodies to feed Danny Smith's special teams unit, the other reason is because Chris Horton and Kareem Moore have struggled to provide good depth for the team.

With the addition of Hankerson in the third round, it didn't look likely the Redskins would select another receiver. But they selected Paul, a receiver who was also a return ace in college. The Redskins already have a return ace in Brandon Banks, but Paul could be used to spell Banks in certain situations to keep Banks healthy while still presenting a threat on special teams. As for the actual receiving corps, there are a lot of interesting young names in the mix. Santana Moss is a free agent, and it remains to be seen whether or not he will come back. But in the event that he doesn't, it looks like the Redskins have found a few answers to the receiver position.


NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Select WR Niles Paul With 155th Overall Pick

With the 155th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Niles Paul, a wide receiver from the University of Nebraska. Paul is the third straight Nebraska player to be selected by the Redskins, following running back Roy Helu and defensive back Dejon Gomes.

Paul is a 6'1'', 224-pound wide receiver that should come in and provide depth at the position, along with third-round pick Leonard Hankerson from Miami. He ran a 4.51-second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which isn't amazingly fast. As a senior, Paul had 39 catches for 516 yards and one touchdown in 10 games, missing the final two games of the season and the Holiday Bowl with a foot injury. As a junior, he had 40 catches for 796 yards and four touchdowns. 

Paul is also a kick returner, so he will have a place on the team there, though the Redskins do have Brandon Banks. The Redskins next picks are at No. 177 and No. 178 overall.


NFL Draft 2011: Redskins Select DeJon Gomes With Fifth Round Pick

With the 146th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft the Redskins have selected free safety DeJon Gomes out of Nebraska. Gomes projects as a safety, which is interesting considering that safety is one of the strengths of the team. However, this is the point of the draft where teams usually try to find people who can help on special teams.

Gomes had 99 tackles and three sacks at Nebraska last year. He is a physical player and can blitz for Jim Haslett, when he is ready to play safety full time.

In the meantime, I would expect that he would come in and compete immediately for a roster spot, and start out on special teams. He could threaten Kareem Moore or Chris Horton's job in the upcoming training camp, so this pick could wind up being valuable later down the road.

The Redskins still have one more 5th round pick in a few spots before moving on to the 6th round.


Roy Helu Drafted By Redskins: How The Nebraska RB Fits Into Offense

With the selection of Roy Helu, Mike Shanahan will hope he struck gold yet again the running back position. He'll certainly need to ,as the team certainly needed to bolster its running back stable.

The 2010 Redskins rushing attacked was up and down, at best. Veterans Clinton Poris, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker did not pan out whatsover, either being cut or suffering season ending injuries. Ryan Torain showed plenty of ability when he got his chance to run the ball, but the over arching concern with Torain has been his health. He runs really hard, but can't stay on the field.

Add that to the fact that the Redskins are in need of a change of pace back, and Helu could fit in nicely. Assuming Torain can stay healthy for most of the season, Torain and Helu could really present a legitimate threat in the running back. Both excel in Mike Shanahan's zone running scheme and could be somewhat of a "thunder and lightning" combination in the Redskins backfield.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Redskins Trade Up With Texans, Select Running Back Roy Helu

The Redskins have traded up in the fourth round to select Nebraska running back Roy Helu. Washington made the trade with the Houston Texans, sending two of their fifth round picks (144 and 157) and received the 105th and 178th selections in the draft.

Mike Shanahan knows his running backs, and if he trades up to get a player, that probably means that running back is pretty darn good. Helu is the type of running back that, although not as physical, still seems to fit the classic Mike Shanahan one-cut-and-go type back. 

The Redskins certainly needed help at running back, hoping to find a compliment to bruiser Ryan Torain. Now they have found their man, and if history is any indication, Helu will likely succeed in here in Washington.

The Redskins still have eight picks left in the draft, so there's still a long way to go before this day is done. 


NFL Draft Grades: Redskins Fans React Mostly Positive To First Three Rounds

It's not just the media applauding the work of the Washington Redskins in the first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven has also chimed in, with what I regard as a generally positive review of the work Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have done so far in the draft.

The Redskins began their work Thursday night by (gasp!) actually trading down, in the process garnering a second round pick and choosing Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan at #16. The fellas at HH speak for most of the DC metropolitan area:

I'm pretty sure everyone reacted exactly like I did when Kerrigan got picked. First of all, we all wondered who that guy on the phone was. (I think I joked, "That better be Mark Ingram's agent.") Then, we all said, "Okay... So we picked a 4-3 defensive end over Prince Amukamara (or Ingram, or Castanzo, etc)?!?

I think we all have reason to be a little concerned that Kerrigan has never played linebacker, but it is a position where the transition can be pretty smooth. 3-4 OLB is not that different from 4-3 end, and given the amount of nickel the Skins played last season, it looks like we could count on Kerrigan being pretty comfortable at the line in pass-rushing situations.

At first, I did not like the pick, but the kid has character and great technique, so I've changed my mind. Good pick, better work to get a second 2nd-rounder.

Ah yes, a little hesitation over this pick, but a thumbs up overall. However, the positivity train slighlty jumped a track with the Redksins next selection, Clemson's Jarvis Jenkins at #41:

This guy is a beast. He balled against Maryland and can get into the backfield. Redskins found their NT. This draft has me racing to find the club level ticket phoneline number.

Update: OK, hold the phone. Redskins are projecting Jenkins to be a DEFENSIVE END. I don't get this pick with Marvin Austin still there. I'm going to hold judgement until more info comes though fro the coaches.

Let's just say the strike-through is mightier than the pen. Well played Hogs Haven, well played. And hopefully come practice time the coaches will indeed find a way to utilize Jenkins effectively.

But wait, the Skins did something good again just a round later! HH agrees with me, I think, that the choice of Leonard Hankerson from Miami with the #93 was an excellent selection:

Analysis: Hankerson in and of himself is a good value pick here. Behind Moss (if he resigns) and Armstrong the Redskins depth chart was scary, and not in a Green Bay Packers 'you can't cover us' sort of way. If Moss does resign he can move to the slot, with Hankerson and Armstrong on the outside. While I don't think Hankerson is as good as say Julio Jones or Jonathan Baldwin, I don't think he is too far off either. He should immediately help Washington's depleted receiving corps and with all the extra picks Washington got great value.

So, it appears Skins fans generally like what has been done so far, but I think the bigger step in the process for the Redskins is to hit on over half of their picks today in Rounds 4-7. Otherwise, all of these extra picks acquired in actually playing the draft board property will be for naught, and the positive energy generated by the franchise in the past two days will slowly dissipate as Skins 2011 draft picks fail to make a difference on the field and depth remains an issue for the Washington franchise on both sides of the ball.


Washington Redskins Draft Picks: Team Owns 10 Picks On Day 3

The Washington Redskins own 10 draft picks on Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft. This seems completely improbable, given the team's normal disinclination to the late round of the draft, but it's the case this year after a series of trades made on Day 2. To review, here are they:

-Redskins trade the No. 49 pick to the Colts for the No. 53 pick and a fifth-round pick.

-Redskins trade the No. 53 pick to the Bears for the No. 62 pick and a fourth-round pick.

-Redskins trade the No. 62 pick to the Dolphins for a third-, fifth- and seventh-round pick.

The Redskins have used the No. 16 pick on Ryan Kerrigan, the No. 41 pick on Jarvis Jenkins and the No. 79 pick on Leonard Hankerson. They now own 10 picks on Day 3. Here they are.

Fourth Round, No. 127 (from Chicago)

Fifth Round, No. 144

Ffith Round, No. 146 (from Miami)

Fifth Round, No. 152 (from Indianapolis)

Fifth Round, No. 155 (from New Orleans)

Sixth Round, No. 177

Seventh Round, No. 213

Seventh Round, No. 217 (from Miami)

Seventh Round, No. 224 (from Indianapolis)

Seventh Round, No. 253


2011 NFL Draft Grades: Washington Redskins 'Winners,' According To ESPN's John Clayton

The Washington Redskins find themselves in a rare position after three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft: the "Winners" circle. This according to one seasoned NFL scribe,'s John Clayton:

Washington Redskins: Like the New York Jets, the Redskins often have only three to five selections in some years. Under Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen, the Redskins kept trading back and now have 13 picks. That's fine, but they also got some pretty decent players they liked while making those moves. Jarvis Jenkins, a second-round pick from Clemson, is a big body to put on the 3-4 defensive line. The Redskins considered taking wide receiver Leonard Hankerson with one of their two second-round picks. They ended up trading down and still getting him, in the third round. Ryan Kerrigan, the first-round pick, will be the team's left outside linebacker. And to make it official, the Redskins had no plans to draft a quarterback in the first three rounds. The abundance of young players should add depth and help on special teams words

As Clayton notes, the Skins cannot simply be lauded for acquiring more picks, as their recent draft history indicates they are fully capable of screwing up three or 13 picks. What Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen need to do on the final day of the 2011 NFL Draft is continue to fill holes for a team that needs all the help it can get. Depth on the offensive line would certainly seem like a key area to focus on, and of course no one will cry foul if the Shanahan/Allen braintrust unearthed a dynamic defensive or offensive weapon in Rounds 4-7.


NFL Draft Grades 2011: Washington Redskins Receive B+ From One Evaluation

We have already gone on record saying the Washington Redskins deserve a 2011 NFL Draft grade of "A" for the work they have done in the first two days. Whether the players pan out or not, the Redskins have given themselves tons of chances by trading down and accumulating more picks. For that, we think they should get a very high mark.'s Brian Galliford agrees that the Redskins have done well, but he did not give the Redskins an "A." Instead, he gave them a B+ for their work thus far.

The Redskins have done a great job acquiring more picks and getting value with their selections, as they, too, have come up with three players that should play right away.    

The last part is crucial, in our opinion. Not only did the Redskins get a bunch of picks, but they also got three guys in Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins and Leonard Hankerson that can be on the field right away. We think this gets overlooked when talking about how often the team traded down.


2011 NFL Draft Grades: Washington Redskins Deserve High Mark

The Washington Redskins had an interesting day on Friday at the 2011 NFL Draft. They began the day with two draft picks and ended up using two draft picks. In between, though, they accumulated tons of late picks, allowing them to have a whopping 10 picks on Day 3. For that, we believe their NFL Draft grade thus far should be high.

First, the trades. The Redskins moved down again and again from No. 49. First, they took the Colts' fifth-round pick in exchange for moving down four spots. Then, they took the Bears' fourth-round pick in exchange for moving down to No. 62. Finally, they took the Dolphins' fifth- and seventh-round pick to move down to No. 79. The end result is that the Redskins have a fourth-round pick, four fifth-round picks, a sixth-round pick and four seventh-round picks. That's huge for a team that has many holes. Anytime you can add more darts to throw, you get a better chance at a bullseye.

Now, the players. Jarvis Jenkins isn't a household name, and the Redskins may have reached a bit to take him at No. 41, but he's a perfect fit to be in the two-gap in the Redskins' defense. They can also move him around to defensive end, which gives Jim Haslett a lot of flexibility. But the real winner of the day was with the No. 79 pick, when the Redskins selected Leonard Hankerson of Miami. The wide receiver really should have been picked higher. As we noted, he may have had the single best season in Miami history for a wide receiver, and Miami has had a ton of great wide receivers. He's going to immediately get a chance to play, and he deserves it.

So, in the end, the Washington Redskins have earned an A thus far. Let's hope they make these picks count.


Leonard Hankerson Drafted By Washington Redskins: How Miami WR Will Fit In On Offense

After the Redskins stopped wheeling and dealing in the second round, they actually settled down and decided to pick a player early in the third. They selected Leonard Hankerson, wide receiver out of the University of Miami, with the 79th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

In 2010, the Redskins offense lacked playmakers. Plain and simple. They did not have many players that struck fear into opposing defenses. As a result, most teams learned defend the run first against the Redskins, then once the running game was stopped, they would pin their ears back and get after the QB.

Now that Hankerson is in the fold, things could change. Hankerson is a long, lanky receiver who has explosiveness and can get vertical on opposing secondaries. While he was said to have issues catching the ball consistently, I tend to look at his statistics. He finished his career with over 2,000 receiving yards and 22 receiving TDs. He also shown he could be a playmaker after the catch, averaging nearly 17 yards a grab.

For the past few years, the Redskins pass offense always went through Chris Cooley and Santana Moss. Now, with the addition of Hankerson (in addition to Anthony Armstrong's emergence), the Redskins offense could look quite different in 2011.


NFL Draft 2011: Redskins Select WR Leonard Hankerson With 3rd Rounder

The Washington Redskins finally selected a player, and it was wide receiver Leonard Hankerson out of Miami with the 79th pick of the draft.

The Redskins were wheeling and dealing throughout the second round, but this time they decided to stand pat and start getting value for players. This time they got Hankerson, whom many draft experts pegged as a second round talent.

At Miami, Hankerson was the first receiver in school history to notch over 2000 receiving yards, and was also the first receiver to get 1000 yards receiving in a single season. Seeing as how the U has had plenty of good wideouts over the years, that is a pretty impressive stat.

It looks like the Redskins got good value, and that trading back constantly in the second round yielded not only a player with second round talent, but additional picks.

The Redskins, for now, are done for the day unless they trade back into the 3rd round.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Trade Down With Dolphins

For the past few years, the Redskins fanbase have pleaded that their team trade down in the draft to stockpile picks.

Well, right now, Redskins fans, the team is fulfilling that wish, and then some.

The Redskins have yet again trade down in the second round, this time with the Miami Dolphins, to pick up the 79th pick (3rd round), 146th pick (5th round) and the 217th pick (7th rounder).

So, after a 2nd round in which the Redskins kept trading and trading, let's once again take a look at the Redskins remaining draft picks:

First round, No. 16: Ryan Kerrigan

Second round, No. 41: Javaris Jenkins

Third round, No. 79

Fourth round, No. 127

Fifth round, No. 144

Fifth round, No. 146

Fifth round, No. 152

Fifth round, No. 155

Sixth round, No. 177

Seventh round, No. 213

Seventh round, No. 217

Seventh round, No. 224

Seventh round, No. 253

Got that? Good.


Washington Redskins Draft Picks After Trades At 2011 NFL Draft

The Washington Redskins have been trading down like a frenzy in the 2011 NFL Draft, having picked up several additional draft picks after starting with eight. First, they traded the No. 10 pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the No. 16 and No. 49 picks. They used the No. 16 pick on Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue. Then, they traded the No. 49 pick to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 53 and No. 152 picks. Finally, they traded the No. 53 pick to the Bears for the No. 62 and No. 127 picks.

That's a lot of trades, and it gives the Redskins the kind of depth they need. In essence, the Redskins turned the No. 10 pick into the No. 16, 62, 127 and 152 picks. That's a nice bit of work if I say so myself.

After a series of dealing, here are the picks the Redskins have right now.

First round, No. 16: Ryan Kerrigan

Second round, No. 41: Javaris Jenkins

Second round, No. 62

Fourth round, No. 127

Fifth round, No. 144

Fifth round, No. 152

Fifth round, No. 155

Sixth round, No. 177

Seventh round, No. 213

Seventh round, No. 224

Seventh round, No. 253


NFL Draft 2011: The Redskins Trade Down Twice In The Second Round, Pick Up Extra Picks

The Redskins are wheeling and dealing in the second round of the draft.

The Redskins were sitting at pick number 49 after yesterdays trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars in which the Jags sent their first and second round picks to Washington in exchange for Washingtons 10th overall pick.

But then the Redskins traded the 49th pick and went down four spots, after trading with the Indianapolis Colts. In exchange for the 49th pick, the Redskins received the 53rd pick in addition to the Colts 5th round pick. 

And just when you thought the Redskins were done trading, they kept going. They made an additional trade with the Chicago Bears and went down yet again. They traded the 53rd pick in the draft for the 62nd pick and 127th pick, which is a 4th rounder.

As it stands now, the Redskins still have a 2nd, a 4th, three 5ths, a 6th, and three 7th round picks.


2011 NFL Draft Results: Jarvis Jenkins Selected By Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins have selected Clemson defensive end Jarvis Jenkins with the 41st pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Redskins looked like they were trying to trade down yet again in the second round, but instead stayed put at that spot and addressed yet another need along the defensive front seven.

Jim Haslett is having a heck of a firt two days of the draft. Not only did the team address a glaring need at outside linebacker with it's first pick of Ryan Kerrigan, but the team again addressed the front seven by adding the Clemson product. 

Jenkins has good size and could project to being a 3-4 nose tackle. If so, the team may have finally found it's answer at a position they have been sorely lacking since Albert Haynesworth came to town., 

That being said, the Redskins aren't done yet. They still have another pick in this round, the 49th pick in the draft, and could again go in a number of different directions. With Ryan Mallet still on the board, that could be a possibility, as are the rest of the top skill position players available.


NFL Draft 2011 Second Round Time, TV Schedule: Redskins Have Two Picks

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is now complete, and the Redskins ended up with Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan. Now, we turn our attention to the second round, which will take place Friday night. The second round will begin at 6 p.m., and we'll go all night until the second and third rounds of the draft are complete. There will be seven minutes between picks in the second round, and that number drops to five in the third round.

As of right now, the Redskins own two second-round picks and no third-round picks. The Redskins had the No. 41 overall selection, and acquired the No. 49 overall pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars as a throw-in to trading down six spots. There are reports that the Redskins are looking to move down again and get a third-round pick, which would certainly make sense.

The Redskins could certainly target a number of players at either spot. They still need a quarterback, and could use some help on the offensive and defensive lines. They also could use a running back or a wide receiver, and there are several of both possibly available, including local products Torrey Smith and Ryan Williams. We'll find out for sure starting at 6 on ESPN.


NFL Draft Trade Rumor: Redskins Looking To Trade Down, Acquire Third-Round Pick

The Washington Redskins have already made one trade down to acquire an additional pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, sending the No. 10 overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the No. 16 pick and the Jaguars' second-round selection (No. 49). That gives the Redskins two second-round picks (No. 41 and No. 49). But that might not be the only trade-down the team does. ESPN 980 is reporting that the Redskins are interested in dealing one of those picks to acquire an additional selection in the third round.

Sources tell ESPN 980 that the #Redskins are trying very hard to dump out of the #41 spot in the 2nd round, to acquire at least one 3rd/4th round pick - perhaps more. San Francisco (#45, #76 (3rd), #108 & #115 (4th's) + New England (# 33, #56, # 60 (2nd's) + #74, #92 (3rd's) + #125 (4th) are possible dance partners.    

The Redskins do not currently have a third-round pick, having lost it in the Donovan McNabb trade. They also do not have a fourth-round pick, thanks to a trade with the Saints for Jammal Brown last year. The Redskins do have two fifth-round picks, a sixth-round pick and three seventh-round picks.

It is unclear who they might be targeting with a trade down. 


Ryan Kerrigan Press Conference: New Redskins Draft Pick Says He 'Couldn't Have Asked' For Better Situation


The morning after being drafted by the Washington Redskins with the No. 16 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Ryan Kerrigan was introduced as the newest member of the team at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA

Kerrigan and his family were excited to be apart of an NFL franchise, and will now look forward to making an instant impact on the defense. Here's a transcript of some key quotes form the presser:

On adjusting to the 3-4: "I think it's just seeing the game from a different perspective. You'r standing up, you can see the whole field, where as when youre in the three point stance, [you only have] straight ahead vision. I think that will be the biggest adjustment, but I think with a lot of time I can make that adjustment pretty smoothly 

On his emotions: "It’s been an awesome experience. I couldn’t have asked to come to a better organization and when I got the phone call yesterday I was extremely thrilled and really glad to be apart of this organization"

On his hunch that he could come here: "I had a good couple of meetings with [the coaches], I really like what the coaches were doing with their defensive scheme and thought I fit very well here, especially being opposite of Brian Orakpo"

On what the coaches told him: "They just told me that I was someone who can come in and make an impact on their defense and special teams, and someone who could be a good playmaker for their defense.

On his football IQ as a DL: "I just think knowing what everyone else is doing will make for a better defense as a whole. It makes you that more sure of your assignment because you know if you’re supposed to be in one spot, then your teammate is supposed to be in another. "

On how the combine was important in improving his confidence at OLB: "It was very important. I wanted to be as valuable as I could in the draft and I really wanted to show that I am athletic enough to play the outside linebacker position."

On his skillset:"I’m someone who’s going to give you all I got on every play. My first play is going to look like my last play, I’m going to go hard on every play. I’m someone who’s going to be good against the run and get after the QB"

On if he has followed the NFL labor negotiations: "I can't control anything that's going on with that. I'm happy to be here in Washington and happy to be drafted. I couldn't have asked to come into a better situation. The only things I can control now is how I stay in shape and how I work from here on out."


Washington Redskins Could Pick One Of Several Positions In Second Round Of 2011 NFL Draft

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books, and now, we turn our attention to the second round. By virtue of a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Washington Redskins now have two second-round selections: No. 41 and No. 49. Which player could they select with those picks?

The Redskins have a lot of needs and will possibly look at a quarterback, nose tackle, wide receiver or even a running back with those two picks, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. TCU's Andy Dalton and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick lead the remaining quarterback prospects, though Arkansas' Ryan Mallett is also available. At nose tackle, Oregon State's Stephen Paea is the top remaining prospect. If the Redskins elect to go with a running back or wide receiver, local prospects Torrey Smith of Maryland and Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech remain possibilities.

Of course, this is all based on the draft projections. As Redskins Blog's Matt Terl noted on Thursday, no mock draft had the Redskins picking Kerrigan. Clearly, this is all guess work.


NFL Draft Grades: Washington Redskins Get B- For Picking Ryan Kerrigan

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books, and the newest member of the Washington Redskins is (now former) Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins took Kerrigan with the 16th overall pick in the first round after trading back in the first round from the tenth overall pick. The guys over at SB Nation handed out grades for every team picking in the first round, and they gave the Redskins a B-. Here is their rationale.

DE Ryan Kerrigan, who will move to OLB in Jim Haslett's 3-4, is an interesting playing style complement to Brian Orakpo. There will be rough patches for Kerrigan, however, who is somewhat limited athletically.

First of all I think Kerrigan is a better athlete than he is given credit for, and he showed that at the combine. I also don't know if they factored in the Redskins trading back, and the second round pick they received as a result of it. They should get extra points for that, even if it's just because of how rare that is.

I think Kerrigan is a solid fit for the Redskins. You can never have enough guys who put forth the kind of effort that Kerrigan will. The fact that they also got the 49th overall pick as a result of trading down is icing on the cake. I'm not completely sold on Kerrigan (I might have preferred Cameron Jordan if I was making the pick myself) but I do think it was better than a B- grade.


NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Kerrigan Says He'll "Never Forget" The Moment Shanahan Made The Call

Shortly after being selected by the Washington Redskins with the 16th pick of the NFL draft, Ryan Kerrigan spoke to local media via conference call. Here are some of the quotes, via redskinsblog:


Ryan Kerrigan is checking in via conference call."I'll never forget that moment" of Shanahan calling him.

Kerrigan on Cooley: "He was kinda disappointed I cut my hair, but that's about it."

Kerrigan on his haircut: "There comes a time when you've just gotta part with some things."
To get the rest of the Kerrigan audio, go to :

From everything you hear and read about Kerrigan, he seems to be a hard worker who loves the game of football and will do whatever he can to improve his game.

Kerrigan will be introduced tomorrow at Redskins Park in a noon press conference.

With the Redskins having two picks in the second round, it looks like Kerrigan won't be the only one they introduce in the next few days, either.


NFL Draft 2011: Mike Shanahan Happy With Redskins Drafting Ryan Kerrigan, Trading With Jaguars

The Washington Redskins have selected Ryan Kerrigan with the No. 16 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after trading down from the No. 10 spot, acquiring the No. 16 and No. 49 picks from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Afterwards, Mike Shanahan said he felt the team needed another pass rusher.

Via Matt Terl of Redskins Blog:

"We need somebody opposite Rak on the other side, put some pressure ... we'd like to have another dominating pass rusher."    

As for the trade, Shanahan said it was the Jaguars who initiated conversation with the Redskins with six minutes left on the clock. When asked why the Redskins passed on the opportunity to take Blaine Gabbert at the No. 10 spot, Shanahan responded that he felt the Redskins had bigger needs. Shanahan added that Kerrigan was receptive to moving to linebacker when discussed. 

Shanahan also indicated the Redskins would not move back into the first round, though they could move up in the second round. 


Redskins Draft Ryan Kerrigan: How Washington's Newest Draft Pick Affects Rest Of Defense

Well, the wait is over, and we finally know who the Redskins drafted. The team selected defensive end Ryan Kerrigan with the 16th pick  of the draft.

SO what does this mean for the rest of the defense? 

Although he played defensive end in college, it's very possible that the Purdue product might be converted to an outside linebacker in Jim Haslett's 3-4 defensive scheme. Kerrigan has the size and frame to excel in that pass rushing role opposite of Brian Orakpo.

Simply put, Kerrigan was a sack master at Purdue. He compiled a total of 37.5 sacks in college, never amassing less than 7 sacks in any of his four years. 

Jim Haslett has been lobbying for a compliment to Orakpo since the latter half of the 2010 season. He will now get his wish with Kerrigan coming in and filling a key need along the front seven. 

During the season, Orakpo was the only player capable of providing a solid pass rush. Now he will be paired with someone who can provide at the very least a competent pass rush that will make things tougher on opposing offenses.

With so many needs along the defensive front seven, the Redskins did the right thing by going defense.


NFL Draft 2011: Washington Redskins Select Ryan Kerrigan With 16th Pick

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have selected Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end from Purdue University.

Fans breathed a sigh of relief when the Redskins were able to trade their 10th pick of the draft down six spots, picking up another second round pick. It gave the team a chance to get better value, despite a run on QBs early in the first round.

With a mid first rounder, the Redskins went with the safe pick and went defense, when QB Andy Dalton was still on the board. 

What's next for the Skins? They still have two second round picks, and if they choose to trade back into the first round, they still have ammunition to do so.

They will hope to get a quarterback at some point in the draft, the question is, will they get one in the second round now that most of the QBs have been taken?


2011 NFL Draft Trades: Redskins Trade With Jaguars, Acquire Second-Round Pick

For months, people have speculated as to what the Redskins will do with their first round draft pick. A lot of observers suggested the Redskins should trade back. And sure enough, that's what happened. The Washington Redskins traded their first round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Jacksonville's 16th and 49th pick, giving Washington an additional second round pick.

The Redskins had a tough decision at their original tenth pick. Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert was available for Mike Shanahan but the team chose to trade back rather than pick the potential franchise QB.  The question is, where does the team go from here? The team could go in a number of directions at 16, with plenty of defensive talent left on the board. 

Something else to look out for is the Redskins to potentially move back into the first round to grab someone late. 

The last few picks have been unpredictable, and from this point forward, who knows who will be the newest member of the Redskins.


NFL Draft Trade Rumors: Patriots Interested In Trading Up To Redskins' No. 10 Pick

The Washington Redskins have long been reported to be interested in trading down in the 2011 NFL Draft. Now, it looks like that may be a possibility. With the NFL Draft upcoming, the latest NFL Draft trade rumor suggests the New England Patriots may be interested in trading for the No. 10 pick and then selecting Robert Quinn from North Carolina.

Via Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe.

So [Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk[ reports the latest rumor is Patriots to 10 for Quinn if he's still there.    

The Patriots own the No. 17, No. 28 and No. 33 picks in the NFL Draft, and own nine picks altogether. Six of those nine picks are in the first three rounds. The Redskins own just eight picks, and only two in the first four rounds. They certainly appear to be ideal trade partners on the surface, but of course, this is the NFL Draft, so you never know. 


2011 NFL Draft: Andy Dalton Stock Rising, Redskins Reportedly Could Take Him At No. 10

T minus and hour before the draft starts, and there are plenty of rumblnig as to who's stock is rising and falling just before teams get on the clock.

One guy who is apparently rising up the draft boards is red headed QB Andy Dalton out of TCU, according to

eep an eye on TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.  Peter King of already has reported that Dalton (and Jake Locker) will be top-20 picks.  For Dalton, the zone to watch begins with pick No. 7 and ends with pick No. 16.

Teams that could take Dalton include the 49ers at No. 7, the Titans at No. 8, the Redskins at No. 10, the Vikings at No. 12, the Dolphins at No. 15, and the Jags at No. 16.

The Redskins need help at a lot of positions, and QB is certainly at or near the top of the list. Will they be tempted to draft either Locker or Dalton with the 10th pick? We're about to find out really soon.


2011 NFL Draft Order: Washington Redskins Have Eight Picks

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft will take place at 8 p.m. on ESPN on Thursday night. The full NFL Draft will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Therefore, here is your friendly reminder that the Redskins have eight draft picks over the course of the weekend, at least as of right now. Certainly, they could add or subtract some if they make any trades.

Eight seems like a lot, but of course, that number is a mirage. Due to the trades for Donovan McNabb and Jammal Brown last season, the Redskins will not have a third- or fourth-round pick. This means that they will make one pick -- their first-round pick -- on Thursday, one pick on Friday, then will not pick until late Saturday. That is, of course, unless they trade into the third or fourth round, which is possible if they elect to trade down in the draft.

Here are all eight of the Redskins' picks:

First Round, No. 10 overall

Second Round, No. 41 overall

Fifth Round, No. 144 overall

Fifth Round, No. 155 overall (from New Orleans, via the Jammal Brown trade)

Sixth Round, No. 177 overall

Seventh Round, No. 213 overall

Seventh Round, No. 224 overall (from Indianapolis, via Justin Tryon trade)

Seventh Round, No. 253 overall (via compensatory picks)


NFL Draft 2011: Mike Shanahan Says Redskins Could Trade Down

The Redskins hold the tenth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday. But after that pick, the Redskins don't have much of an opportunity to make a significant impact on the Draft. But they could change, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. The Redskins could be interested in trading down int he first round, as a way to acquire some extra picks in the middle of the Draft.

“If somebody comes up and all of a sudden at that 10th pick they have something they want and we can move back and pick up additional picks, yeah that could be a real reality,” Shanahan said. “Especially if we’re able to get real value.

This is my surprised face. Trading down is something that the Redskins very rarely do, and it is something that helps build a football team. They have a lot of holes on their roster, and trading a shot for one outstanding player for a chance to get two or three very solid players is a smart play. But then you have to hit on your draft picks, of course.


NFL Draft 2011: Mike Shanahan Press Conference: Coach Stays Close To Vest, Says Quarterback Class Is Deep


When the media descended here at Redskins Park, the thought was that Mike Shanahan was not going to reveal much of his plans for the 2011 NFL Draft. Now that it's over, that's pretty much true. Shanahan spoke about the draft, but didn't reveal much of his plans, as expected. When asked about making a draft day trade, he talked about how it's really unpredictable to tell in any draft. 

"I've been in situations where we haven't had a lot of picks, then all of a sudden, here comes the phone calls. [Other times] you're sitting there hoping someone will call and no one does"

Other quotes:

On whether or not they view trading up as an obstacle because of a lack of picks:

"That's very possible, [it's] very realistic [to view it as an obstacle]"

One thing that was interesting to hear is if he believed there is one guy the team was keying on at that 10 spot. But with the unpredictability of any draft, it's hard for him to really say right now.

On the QB depth in this draft:

"This [class] is deeper. Much deeper than what I'm accustomed to."

On if the team has pinpointed a particular guy at 10:

"There's always differences of opinion. You go through these mock drafts because you're never really sure what's going to happen. There's one scenario where we say 'hey, that's our guy'. There's another scenario that where that guy is gone and another guy is gone. Usually at ten you have a pretty good idea of a few choices."

On if there is a consensus within the organization at 10:

"There's about three or four guys that could wind up there that we talked about. I've talked about the possibility of moving back and getting extra draft pick(s). We've gone through all the different scenarios"

On the biggest need of the team:

"We can go a lot of different directions. We have a lot of depth at the tight end position and the safety position, with the addition of OJ and Laron. With our three tight ends who played last year, we got some depth at the tight end position. Other than that we [need help]"

On Cam Newton:

"It only takes one person to like you ..... Everyone sees the type of what type of an athlete Cam Newton is. He's an off the charts athlete, and time will tell how successful he is."

On his players organizing workouts:

"That just shows you what type of guys we've got. We've got some great leadership out there and they take initiative....seeing that puts a smile on your face."


NFL Draft 2011: Redskins Looking To Move Up For Blaine Gabbert, According To Report

The latest 2011 NFL Draft rumor has the Washington Redskins moving up, not down. Despite having few easy-to-identify assets to trade, the Redskins are rumored to be talking to the Denver Broncos about moving up to the No. 2 spot. The Redskins would then draft Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

This is all via Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

Several GMs I've talked to believe Skins will move to 2 to make sure they get Gabbert. I think he'd likely be there at 10

The Redskins' need for a quarterback in the wake of the Donovan McNabb disaster is well-documented, but many believe it is Washington's Jake Locker, and not Gabbert, that Shanahan covets. However, Locker would almost certainly be there at No. 10. Gabbert, meanwhile, is rated higher by most teams. He is projected to be the No. 8 pick in the latest SB Nation 2011 NFL mock draft. Keep in mind that there will be rumors flying as the draft comes closer.

For more on Gabbert, check out our 2011 NFL Draft scouting report of him.


NFL Draft 2011 Odds: Julio Jones Favored To Be Redskins' No. 10 Pick

The latest 2011 NFL Draft odds have come out on, and there is a clear favorite for the Redskins' No. 10 pick. According to the latest odds, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones is the likely pick.

Jones has a 4-5 odds to be the selection, which is pretty high if you ask me. The betting line for Jones is -125, which doesn't seem like great odds if I'm in this position. For entertainment value only, of course.

Besides Jones, the other top candidates are North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn (2-1, +200), Wisconsin defense end J.J. Watt (7-2, +350) and Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith (9-1, +900). Washington quarterback Jake Locker, who is being listed as going to the Redskins in several mock drafts, is not among the possibilities. 

As we've noted before, projections are futile when it comes to the NFL Draft, so there's a good chance that someone other than those four players ends up being the pick.


NFL Draft 2011: Redskins Late Round Picks Aren't Worth Much

As I'm sure you are aware, the Redskins don't have any picks in the third and fourth rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. So after they make their pick in the second round (41st overall), they'll have to wait until the third day of the draft to make a pick in the fifth round.

There is always the chance that they could trade up into the third and fourth rounds, but the problem is that they don't have a ton of ammunition in the form of later draft picks to do so. According to Mike Jones at the Washington Post, the picks that the Redskins do have later in the draft don't carry much value.

Say the Redskins use the 10th pick and wanted to try to move back into the first round because they were worried a Jake Locker, Andy Dalton or Phil Taylor wouldn’t be left by the time their second-round pick came around. Well, that 41st pick with a collection of fifth-, sixth- or seventh-rounders aren’t very attractive. Third- and fourth-rounders are a different story.

If the Redskins had kept their middle round picks they would have a pretty good opportunity to trade back into the first for one of those players. Of course, they can mortgage the future with a pick in next year's draft, but the pick isn't worth as much as an equal round pick would be this year.

Because they moved those picks already, the Redskins will likely have to just stay where they are and make due with their picks. The opportunity always exists however to trade back into the first round and acquire more picks that way.


NFL Draft 2011: Why Redskins Must Draft A Quarterback, Preferably Early

With a high first round draft pick and possibly the deepest quarterback class we've seen in years, the time is right for the Redskins to try to find the franchise quarterback that the team so desperately needs.


NFL Lockout Ruling May Open Possibility Of 2011 NFL Draft-Day Trades

Judge Susan Nelson's decision to lift the NFL lockoutmeans we could have a unique situation on our hands when it comes to the 2011 NFL Draft. Prior to the ruling, the league was prepared to go through with the event, but not allow players under contract to be traded. Now, there's a possibility that changes.

It all depends on when the owners receive a stay of Judge Nelson's ruling. The owners have requested this in order to allow them to appeal to the 8th circuit. A stay keeps the lockout temporarily in place, and it would mean there would be no change to the proceedings. The owners are expected to receive that stay in the coming days. 

But when will they receive it? What if they do not receive it? If so, that opens up an interesting small window where trades and free-agent signings may be allowed, one that could extend through the 2011 NFL Draft. It's not clear whether the league would set new rules to prevent this loophole, but as of now, it looks like the league would just fall back to 2010 rules while not officially having a new CBA. That could create a strange situation this weekend, as Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar writes:

Depending on whether the stay is granted pending appeal, we could have quite the little Wild-West situation going on in the days leading up to the draft. It's possible that teams could rush to sign and trade free agents, and it's also possible that the owners could refuse to sign or trade anyone, which would probably lend credence to the collusion case that the NFLPA already has going.    

Maybe this means some of those Redskins you want gone will actually be gone this weekend. Who knows. The whole situation is incredibly unique, and nobody really has any idea how it will play out. 


NFL Draft 2011: Current Redskins Linebackers Aren't Worried About The Team Drafting One

The Redskins have a lot of holes that they could potentially fill in the 2011 NFL Draft, and not that many picks with which to do it. We don't know which positions they will target yet, but according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the current Redskins linebackers doesn't think it needs to be linebacker.

“All they need to do is keep 95 in the game,” he said referring to his jersey number. “We’re stacked at OLB. That’ll be a waste of a pick.”

Jones asked the linebackers, including Kris Wilson and Lorenzo Alexander, if they were worried about the Redskins potentially bringing in some competition for them, but they all seemed comfortable with their standing on the team. One such player that has been a popular projection for the Redskins is North Carolina's Robert Quinn. He would be a good fit for the Redskins, and a pretty significant amount of competition if he is brought on.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.


NFL Draft 2011: 25 Players To Be In Attendance Thursday Night

The 2011 NFL Draft will take place on Thursday night, and there will be a record number of players actually in attendance. The league has announced that 25 players will be there on Thursday, and in all likelihood, not all of them will actually be picked. Cam Newton, of course, headlines the list, which also includes Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams.

In the past, the NFL invited only a few players to the actual draft, but it has been increasing that number in recent years, culminating in this year's record. Many of the players invited are projected to be second-round picks in many of the latest 2011 NFL mock drafts.

Here is a list of all the players who will be in New York on Thursday:

  1. Prince Amukamara
  2. Akeem Ayers
  3. Adrian Clayborn
  4. Randall Cobb
  5. Marcell Dareus
  6. Nick Fairley
  7. Blaine Gabbert
  8. A.J. Green
  9. Mark Herzlich
  10. Mark Ingram
  11. Julio Jones
  12. Cameron Jordan
  13. Von Miller
  14. Rahim Moore
  15. Cam Newton
  16. Patrick Peterson
  17. Mike Pouncey
  18. Aldon Smith
  19. Tyron Smith
  20. Phil Taylor
  21. Danny Watkins
  22. J.J. Watt
  23. Corey Liuget
  24. Ryan Kerrigan
  25. Ryan Williams

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