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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Defensive Studs Washington Redskins Must Target
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The 2012 NFL draft will be pivotal for a Washington Redskins team looking to finally emerge from the NFL cellar. 

2011, despite being yet another down year for the burgundy and gold, saw first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan emerge as one of the premier young linebackers in the NFL. Kerrigan, alongside wide out Leonard Hankerson, running back Roy Helu, Jr. and defensive tackle Chris Neild rounded out a rookie class that was more successful across the board than most in recent memory.

With that said, Mike Shanahan is entering year three in Washington and needs to orchestrate a huge turnaround before the fanbase in DC concedes to all-out mutiny.  

While the quarterback search is dictating most of the headlines in Washington, defense is still in need of young, talented rookies to help fill out a roster loaded with veterans and free agents.  

Here's my take on five defensive players the Redskins would do well to go after in the 2012 NFL draft.  

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