The NFL draft has come and gone, and after taking a look at the Redskins draft class, I graded them out with an A. This was the first draft in which I felt they actually did well from top to bottom.
The defense needed to address the outside backer position and interior line immediately and they did so by using their sixteenth and forty-first pick on a Big Ten defensive player of the year Ryan Kerrigan and Jarvis Jenkins DE/DT.
Kerrigan has as impressive a motor as anyone in this years draft, he loves the game and seems to be a smart young man, which is obviously very important.
By addressing the defense and trading to acquire more picks, the Redskins’ moves were not only brilliant but more importantly sensible. Those extra picks allowed the team to bring on some players who will also help on offense.
On my afternoon radio show on WJFK (106.7 FM), I discussed how Leonard Hankerson would be the steal of the draft in terms of receivers, and the Redskins were able to get ahold of him in the third round. He has the ability to make athletic plays down the field. Fans will learn his name very quickly once the season gets going.
Evan Royster is a very good pick because of the versatility he brings at running back. He can catch the ball; he’s elusive; he’s also a very polished back he holds the career rushing record at Penn State. This kid has a tremendous upside and also will contribute on special teams right away.
All things considered, I was impressed by the Redskins ability’ to overcome no free agency and a lack of picks to still be able to load up with some young solid talent in the draft.