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Since the drafting of Brian Orakpo in 2009, the Redskins have begun slowly transitioning to a 3-4 defense. When Mike Shanahan became the head coach, he brought Jim Haslett in to install the 3-4 defense. One of the key pieces in an effective 3-4 defense is the outside linebacker. With pro bowler Brian Orakpo and last year’s first rounder Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins are pretty well set for starting outside linebackers. Still, you can never have enough pass rushers, and the possibility of more sacks is very enticing.
One of the top outside linebackers in this year’s draft is West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin. Irvin has been regarded as a double-digit sack artist in NFL, which will have many teams salivating. The Redskins need to put an “X” over this player and move on to the next player.
While Irvin has impressive skills on the field, he appears to gather more attention off the field. Irvin has a criminal history that includes vandalism, destruction of property, drug dealing, and robbery. Teams are often willing to forgive one or two mistakes, but Irvin has a patterned history that does not seem likely to change. The Redskins would be wasting a pick on Irvin, as he will likely end up arrested and suspended within his first years in the league.