2011 NFL Draft Grades | Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins endured an inconsistent 2010 season in Mike Shanahan’s debut season, and now look ahead to a better road in 2011. However, the odd thing is that they’re taking a major step backward.
Washington entered 2010 with Donovan McNabb, Clinton Portis, and Santana Moss starring for their offense, and now 2011 could welcome brand new starters at each main offensive position.
This type of fate should have had Washington fans in a frenzy leading into the 2011 NFL Draft. Take a look at all of the Redskins draft selections as we break down the picks and grade Shanahan and co’s second draft.
Round 1 (Pick 16) - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
The Redskins traded down from No. 10 to No. 16 with Jacksonville, effectively passing on any of the first round quarterbacks. Instead, they take Kerrigan, believed by many to be one of the most NFL-ready players in this class.
Considering Washington’s massive struggles when trying to get to the passer last season, Kerrigan should be a welcome addition.
Round 2 (Pick 41) - Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
Jenkins was surprisingly taken ahead of fellow Clemson Tiger Da’Quan Bowers, but the Redskins were apparently not comfortable enough with the knee of Bowers to make the call.
He was an All-ACC selection as a senior, and also led Clemson defensive linemen with 69 tackles as a junior. He also blocked a Clemson-record four kicks during his career.
Round 3 (Pick 79) - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
Hankerson raised some eyebrows with his workouts during the week of the Senior Bowl, and was able to capitalize on a semi-disappointing career at Miami.
The Redskins could certainly use some upgrades in the receiving corps, so Hankerson could prove to be a nice pick-up.
Round 4 (Pick 105) - Roy Helu Jr., RB, Nebraska
Mike Shanahan traded up to draft Helu, so, clearly, he thinks highly of him. Helu is one of only five Nebraska players to ever rush for 3,000 yards in his career, and, with Clinton Portis gone, the Redskins need to revamp the backfield.
Round 5 (Pick 146) - Dejon Gomes, CB/S, Nebraska
Gomes isn’t the best athlete in the world, but he’s shown a great knack for finding his way to the ball, as he had seven interceptions in 23 career games at Nebraska.
Round 5 (Pick 155) - Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska
Paul is listed as a receiver, but he’ll likely also be able to contribute as a kick returner and defensive special teamer.
Versatile players like this always seem to find their way as NFL players.
Round 6 (Pick 177) – Evan Royster, RB, Penn State
Historically, Penn State is one of college football’s elite programs. Somehow, Evan Royster is their all-time leading rusher.
He’s a big back that isn’t afraid to run between the tackles and take some physical punishment. You need two backs to succeed in the NFL these days, so Helu and Royster could prove to be a solid duo.
Round 6 (Pick 178) – Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU
Robinson is the third receiver taken by the Redskins in this draft, and may be the fastest in the group.
He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine, and caught 65 passes for 1,301 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. Productive.
Round 7 (Pick 213) – Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State
Thompson was the defensive MVP of the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, and he’s been a productive player at Boise State since his true freshman season.
He has a tendency to gamble, but if often results in interceptions. It’s all about making plays.
Round 7 (Pick 217) – Maurice Hurt, OL, Florida
So, Washington FINALLY opts for an offensive lineman in the seventh round.
Hurt has been overshadowed by the Pouncey brothers on the interior of the Gators’ offensive line during his time at Florida, but he has tons of potential to grow.
Round 7 (Pick 224) – Markus White, DE, Florida State
White is listed as a defensive end, but it’s believed that he’ll be converted to outside linebacker as a pro.
He showed leadership qualities at Florida State, and could prove to be a nice late-round choice.
Round 7 (Pick 253) – Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia
Nose tackle is another position the Redskins were projected to have addressed much earlier in this draft, but here they take one with their twelfth and final choice.
He’s willing to get his hands dirty and can make some things happen in the backfield.
Overall Grade: B