Redskins 2011 Draft: Grading The First 6 Picks

I must admit, I like love what the Redskins did in this draft. They definitely filled some holes and at the very least have made an effort to add some depth. Most importantly, they didn’t do anything remotely close to being stupid…what a refreshing change.
Here’s my thoughts on the first 6 draft picks:

Rd 1 – Ryan Kerrigan DE/OLB

Grade: A

Absolutely love it. We needed an OLB to complement Brian Orakpo and Kerrigan will fill this need. Lots of talk about his “high motor” and ‘high character”, music to my ears. I think he’ll play quite a bit at DE as well. I can see the Kerakpo duo totaling 20+ sacks. Bonus was we traded back and added extra picks.

Rd 2 – Jarvis Jenkins DE

Grade: B-

I’m up in the air on this one. On one hand I love the idea of him playing NT in our 3-4 defense, however word is the Redskins plan on him playing at DE. My guess is he’ll play a little of both (like the Redskins prefer of their D-lineman) and add some much needed depth to our D-line.

Rd 3 – Leonard Hankerson WR

B

I feel really good about this pick. A big body WR who has a nose for the end zone (his 13 TD’s last season broke Michael Irvin’s record). He may have been a steal and fills a true need for the Redskins…possible starter this year. Bonus points for having peeps at his draft party wearing Redskins gear!

Rd 4 – Roy Helu RB

A

Love it! This guy is a perfect fit for Shanahan’s running scheme and I predict he starts at least 8 games in 2011. I like Ryan Torain but he’s injury prone and the rest of our RB’s are journeymen/practice squad types.

Rd 5 – Dejon Gomes SS

C

Ok with this pick. He played LB/SS in college and I assume he’ll be a back up safety for the Skins. He may become a dominating special teams player…but when you have 6 picks left should you be looking for special teams players? I like the fact that he has a nose for the ball, caused 12 turnovers in his college career.

Rd 5 – Niles Paul WR

B

I like this pick. Paul comes from a run-first offense at Nebraska but he made the most of his opportunities. He showed playmaking skills in both the return game and WR during his college career. Could have an immediate impact at KR.

Cheers and Hail

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