Ryan Kerrigan to Washington Redskins: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 28, 2011

Ryan Kerrigan possesses all the intangibles that the Washington Redskins would love and the accolades of a first-round lock.

At 6'4" and 267 lbs., the Sporting News All-American defensive end out of Purdue bull-rushed through linemen and harassed passers out of a 4-3. Kerrigan yielded incredible production on the field in his junior and senior years when he combined for 136 tackles and 25 sacks. The first word out of scout's mouths is "relentless."

However, this praise becomes a bit of a double-edged sword when critics suggest he’s already maxing out his talents, and that the high energy and great character are just making up for a lack of athleticism.

New Era Scouting founder Matt Miller disagrees with this notion, claiming, "Too many consider him a 'high-motor' player, which downplays his athletic ability. Can be a bit stiff in the hips when turning the corner. Is too fast for offensive tackles and too strong for tight ends. Kerrigan has the tools to be a force on the edge in a stand-up position. Does a nice job using his hands to create separation. Has one 'good' pass-rush move and must develop counter moves to succeed in the NFL."

As the Albert Haynesworth saga rages on, the Redskins sure could use an effort guy in the front seven of their 3-4 defense just for morale purposes alone. Kerrigan will provide much-needed pass-rushing at outside linebacker in coordinator Jim Haslett's scheme and the perfect complement to their locker room.