Redskins Add QB Brennan To Their Hit-or-Miss Haul
Monday, April 28, 2008
After focusing exclusively on receivers on the first day of the NFL draft, the Washington Redskins addressed other needs yesterday, selecting Northern Iowa tackle-guard Chad Rinehart and Arizona State cornerback-kick returner Justin Tryon with their highest second-day picks. Washington also drafted Hawaii's record-setting quarterback Colt Brennan with one of their last picks in the two-day process.
The day after drafting wide receivers Devin Thomas of Michigan State and Malcolm Kelly of Oklahoma and tight end Fred Davis of Southern California on Saturday, the Redskins took Rinehart (6 feet 5, 311 pounds) with their first pick in the third round (No. 96 overall). Washington then traded its fourth-round pick (No. 103) to the Tennessee Titans for a fourth-round pick (No. 124) and a fifth-round pick (No. 157), selected Tryon (5 feet 9, 190) and traded the 157th pick and the 228th pick to the St. Louis Rams for two sixth-round picks (Nos. 168 and 180).
The Redskins, who have age and injury concerns along the offensive line, were seeking to add a versatile lineman who could challenge for time at guard next season and eventually start at tackle. With cornerback Carlos Rogers recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, the Redskins were eager to add depth in the secondary.
With the second pick in the sixth round (No. 168), the Redskins chose punter Durant Brooks of Georgia Tech although they had re-signed Derrick Frost in March.
Because the team had only three safeties on the roster entering the draft, they turned their attention to that position with the 180th pick, drafting Kareem Moore of Nicholls State.
Washington used the 186th pick on Brennan, who played in a run-and-shoot offense in college. The Redskins are committed to Jason Campbell as the starter and Todd Collins as the backup quarterback, so Brennan will compete to fill the No. 3 job.
With the 242nd pick, the Redskins selected defensive end Rob Jackson of Kansas State. And they added another safety with their final pick (No. 249) in the seventh round, taking Chris Horton of UCLA. The Redskins drafted no interior defensive linemen and no linebackers.
Coach Jim Zorn said Washington would seek to sign undrafted rookies to complete the roster, with Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson, among others, a player the Redskins could sign for depth, according to league sources.
"We covered a lot of positions" in this draft, said Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations. "We were able to fulfill a lot of the things that we went into the draft looking for."
Although Rinehart started at tackle in 37 of 40 games he played for Northern Iowa, he said he is ready to move to guard if asked. Cerrato and Zorn said Rinehart also would work at center. "Really, I will play anywhere on the line I can contribute," Rinehart said in a conference call with reporters. "I went down to the Senior Bowl and played guard for the first time. By the end of the week, I felt comfortable playing it. At the same time, I played tackle in college, so I feel like I'm pretty versatile."
As for Tryon, he "is a tough kid," a scout said. "He works out better than he plays. He will hit, but he needs work on the deep ball." At least two teams had Tryon graded as a fifth-round pick, league sources said. Considered Arizona State's best cover cornerback, Tryon started all 26 games the team played during his two seasons in school.
"I bring wisdom to the game, I bring heart to the game, I was made for this," he said. "I was made to play football. I was made to be in this game like this. I bring love to the game and passion to the game. This is what I do.