First, congratulations to Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen for eschewing the glitz of a rookie glamour-guy quarterback in favor of a value player who can help the Washington Redskins win now.
Second, kudos for pulling off a trade down deal.
The Redskins went defense in the NFL Draft after swapping placed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The ‘Skins selected Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan with their first pick (16th overall) and they get the Jaguars’ second round pick (49th overall).
The Jags used the Redskins No. 10 pick to select quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who Washington might have taken if they held on to the spot.
Funny quirky fact: Gabbert was widely expected to go earlier than 10th, but Kerrigan was a consensus 16th pick. See the Mayock Mock, Optimum Scouting Mock, Bloguin Mock, NFL.com Mock. Those sites expected Jacksonville to select Kerrigan and Washington to jump at the chance for Gabbert.
Greg Trippiedi ranked Kerrigan 15th on his big board. Talk about consistency!
Quick Kerrigan Profile from Redskins.com
“Kerrigan, 6-3 and 267 pounds, was among the elite pass rushers available in the NFL Draft.
“As a defensive end for the Boilermakers, Kerrigan posted double-digit sacks each of the past two years–11 as a junior in 2009 and 12.5 as a senior. He finished his college career with 37.5 sacks.
“Head coach Mike Shanahan expects to transition Kerrigan to outside linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 scheme.”
Read the rest of the story here.
College nickname: Superman, for his strength and work effort. Senior who has played since his true freshman year.
Purdue Boilermaker profile here.
The Redskins will introduce Kerrigan at a news conference at Noon EDT Friday at Redskins Park.