We have located another fan of the Washington Redskins' 2011 NFL Draft. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com rives the Skins a "B" grade, and becomes one of the few media members to actually like the selection of Ryan Kerrigan in the first round. Sure, he mentions the non-selection of a quarterback (apparently a contractual requirement of all writers), but also lauds the Leonard Hankerson pick and a later-round running back selection. In a surprise twist, it's Penn State RB Evan Royster, and not Roy Helu Jr., that Prisco likes. His full thoughts below:
Best pick: I like Ryan Kerrigan in the first round. They traded down, added a top outside rusher, and added extra picks. Nice move.
Questionable move: Passing on a quarterback. Who takes the snaps in 2011?
Third-day gem: I love the pick of running back Evan Royster in the sixth round. He was a productive player in a big-time conference.
Analysis: I'd give them a better grade if they picked a quarterback, but they made some nice moves with all the trades and ended up with some good football players. I like Kerrigan and receiver Leonard Hankerson a lot.
I particularly like Prisco's take on Royster. The thought that being a productive player in an upper echelon college conference will translate to the pros is certainly logical. It certainly isn't always the case, but you'd like to think playing running back at Penn Sate against that level of competition at least gets a guy ready to compete for a job at the next level.