It’s been hard to say this recently but this appears to be a pretty great move by the Redskins. Coach wasn’t sold on Gabbert and thankfully didn’t freak out and pull the trigger when he was sitting there at 10. The Redskins were able to trade back 6 spots with the Jacksonville Jaguars and picked up a second round pick in the deal as well (#10 for #16 and #49). The Redskins need young, talented bodies and picked up another chance to get an immediate contributer with pick 49. The Skins used pick 16 to snatch Purdue OLB Ryan Kerrigan, a hardworking, turnover machine, born and bred in Indiana. While he may not have the name recognition or prestige of other players that were still on the board, Kerrigan is a player, who will immediately improve this defenses pass rushing AND run stopping ability. The key to what possibly makes Kerrigan a better fit for the Redskins than a Robert Quinn is his physical ability to help out in the running game as well as provide a pass rush.
Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of this pick…
- 14 career forced fumbles (Big Ten record), 45 tackles for loss, and 25 sacks over his four year career at Purdue
- A+ character guy, relentless worker, and nonstop motor (here’s a post-pick quote “All I’ve been taught to do is to play hard ’till the whistle. You’ve got to keep pushing throughout the whole play”)
- Smart Kid – All Academic in the Big Ten
- Not flashy, like usual Snyder Era picks
- The only real concern is the sometimes elusive (ask Andre Carter) transition into an OLB when you have traditionally played defensive end (while only one concern, it is a big one)
All in all, I love the pick, and I love the fact that we have an extra pick, the question now becomes…Can the Skins continue to please on day two? We’ll have to wait and see, but here’s to a great round 2 tomorrow.