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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Grading the Washington Redskins Draft Picks

How Did the Washington Redskins Do in the 2011 NFL Draft? 

The Washington Redskins surprisingly did not draft a quarterback. Several people think Donovan McNabb won't be with the Redskins for much longer. If that is true, will Rex Grossman really be the starting quarterback for Washington? I would hope the Redskins bring in someone via trade or free agency because Grossman is not deserving of an NFL starting quarterback job. 

The Redskins were wheeling and dealing in this draft as they dropped down in the first round. They moved back to the 16th pick in the draft where they took Ryan Kerrigan from Purdue. The sack machine that Kerrigan is will pair very nicely with Brian Orakpo on the edge. Finally the Redskins will have more than one threat to rush the pass. 


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Washington may not have addressed the quarterback issue, but they did fill some big needs. Drafting Jarvis Jenkins, Leonard Hankerson, and Roy Helu are all good picks. Those three draft choices give the Redskins extra depth on the defensive front, at wide receiver, and in the back field. 

Grade: C+ 

The Redskins didn't make any spalshes here, nor did they address their top need at quarterback. However, Hankerson is a steal at No. 79. He will be a solid wideout for the Redskins, but they must figure out who will throw him the ball. 

Washington has often suffered injuries to their backfield so drafting Roy Helu as well as Evan Royster was a wise choice. Helu has the power and Royster has the speed for passing plays. Both will serve as good back-ups to Ryan Torian.

The Redskins first round pick is the key to their draft. The opted out of a quarterback and went with a defender. Kerrigan will give this team much needed pressure on quarterbacks. 

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