Re-grading the Washington Redskins 2011 NFL Draft class
The Redskins traded a fifth-round pick as part of the Helu trade, but added a fifth-rounder as a part of earlier trades.
The front office selected strong safety DeJon Gomes of Nebraska with one of their picks. He played primarily on special teams and had spot duty as a safety, but his two years with the Redskins was uneventful.
Then, the Redskins added wide receiver Niles Paul – also from the Nebraska Cornhuskers. This pick deserves an extra special mention.
Paul did everything asked of him during his six years with the Redskins. Become a special teams standout? Sure. Add some weight and become a blocking tight end? Gladly. Make key tackles on special teams? Absolutely. Make some difficult catches over the middle? You bet!
Paul never put up spectacular numbers, but he performed all of his assigned duties without complaining. He played for the Jaguars in 2018 and retired in 2019 after an offseason stint with the San Francisco 49ers.
Round 5 for the Redskins was subpar overall, but Paul makes this grade palatable.