The Skins could have gone a number of ways. They could have taken a running back or an offensive lineman to boost the third worst running game in the league. They could have taken a receiver to help rejuvenate an aging and below-average group of pass-catchers. Most of all, they could have taken pass rushers or secondary help to aid the second worst pass defense in the NFL. They did all of these things.
The Redskins did well to trade down and still end up with an impact pass rusher in Ryan Kerrigan. They also bolstered their defensive line with the selection of defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins in the second. The Redskins wanted to focus on getting to the quarterback, and they helped fill some holes and curb the eventual loss of Albert Haynesworth.
I’m a big fan of Leonard Hankerson, who Washington snatched up in the third round. He is good value and he fills a glaring need for the skins. The receiving core for the skins last season was Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong and a bunch of guys. Moss is no spring chicken and Armstrong cannot be counted on as the #1 guy should Moss depart. This was my favorite of their picks.
Roy Helu filled a need at running back in the fourth round, but I thought that there were at least a couple of better backs available. I would have rather taken an offensive lineman at this point instead of waiting until the seventh round. Not that Helu in the fourth is terrible value, but their selection of Evan Royster in the sixth was a better value pick.
There were some other solid picks down the stretch, namely wide receiver Niles Paul, cornerback Brandyn Thompson and guard Maurice Hurt. The Skins set out to fill the three major holes I discussed (more like disgust! Hahaha!) in the opening. Like the Eagles and Cowboys, the Redskins had a solid, but unspectacular draft. I’d put this draft a few fractions above their aforementioned division rivals.
Grade (based on science and facts and other important stuff): B