Redskins Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
2nd- Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
3rd- Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL)
4th- Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska
5th- Dejon Gomes, CB, Nebraska
5th- Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska
6th- Evan Royster, RB, Penn State
6th- Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU
6th- Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State
7th- Maurice Hurt, OG, Florida
7th- Maurkus White, OLB, Florida State
7th- Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia

Synopsis:
Head coach Mike Shanahan didn’t have much to work with in his first draft, only having two selections in the first four rounds (1st and 4th). The rest of his picks were 6th and 7th rounders that either ended up on the practice squad for most of the season or traded away (Dennis Morris). The Redskins came into the draft needing a quarterback to build around as well as help on their front seven on defense.

Best Selection:
Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan was a top ten player for me. I loved his relentlessness, strength, and balance when turning the edge in his pass rush. I believe he’ll be as good or better than Clay Matthews.

Biggest Risk:
Choosing to pass on a quarterback. Instead of taking a chance on Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder, or Andy Dalton, Shanahan decided to trade his pick to Jacksonville and gain more picks. I like the deal, but he should’ve considered a developmental passer at some point.

Sleeper:
Aldrick Robinson. Robinson has ideal speed and quickness and isn’t much different from former teammate Emmanuel Sanders (3rd round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers). He has dynamic qualities with the ability to be productive early in the slot.

Grade: B+
I thought Shanahan did a great job working the board for extra picks. Even his late round selections have the ability to stick in the NFL (Aldrick Robinson, Evan Royster, Maurice Hurt, Markus White, and Chris Neild). It was a very productive draft for Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins.


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