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Iowa guard Adam Gettis goes to Redskins in fifth round

The Washington Redskins continue working to upgrade the interior of their offensive line, drafting Iowa guard Adam Gettis with the 141st pick of the NFL draft Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 293-pound Gettis started all 13 games at right guard in 2011 and earned second team All-Big Ten honors. An ankle injury limited him to only two games in 2010, and he saw time at left guard in both 2009 and 2008.

Gettis said that he served as backup center for his team in practices, but never played that position in a game.

He said he feels comfortable at either guard position, and that he expects to have great familiarity with the Redskins’ zone blocking scheme, because he played in that type of system for Iowa.

“I just want to be able to get on the field and show my abilities and be a part of a great organization,” Gettis said.

Gettis is the second guard taken by the Redskins, who used a third-round pick on SMU’s Josh LeRibeus. Last season Chris Chester started every game at right guard for Washington. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger , who suffered season-ending ACL and MCL tears in the fifth game of last season, is working to come back from that injury in time for the start of training camp.

The Redskins pick again in the sixth round, where they have two picks.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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