2011 NFL Draft: The Washington Redskins Do Sensible Thing Instead of Reaching

Josh McCainSenior Writer IApril 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Ryan Kerrigan, #16 overall pick by the Washington Redskins, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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When Blaine Gabbert fell to the 10th pick myself and many others thought the Washington Redskins would pounce on him.

In fact, after Dallas made their pick, I didn't think NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell would get a chance to leave the podium as the Skins' pick was going to be there waiting after he was done taking his photo with Tyron Smith.

However, that didn't happen. Even though it was rumored that the Redskins would try to trade up to get Gabbert, they didn't draft him at all.

There were reports that Coach Mike Shanahan was "smitten" with Gabbert and that Skins would have to figure out a way to trade up to the No. 2 spot in order to get him.

The Skins would have likely had to surrender the rest of their draft to do such a move since they are without a third and a fourth round pick this year.  But when Gabbert fell to them, they swapped first round picks with the Jacksonville Jaguars (moving from No. 10 to No. 16) and picked up the Jags' second round pick (No. 49 overall).

With that No. 16 pick the Redskins grabbed bookend OLB/DE Ryan Kerrigan to help sure up one of the NFL's worst defenses last season and continue the 3-4 movement in D.C.

The Skins still don't have a third or fourth round pick, but now have two in the second (No. 41 and No. 49).

Looking at needs; QB, WR, NT and CB are still major concerns for the second round and this draft is deep in defensive players.

Call me crazy, but since the Skins didn't jump out of their shoes and grab Gabbert with the No. 10 pick does that mean that Shanahan and McNabb may have come to an accord. 

After all, the Vikings were supposedly very interested in McNabb, but instead grabbed Christian Ponder with the No. 12 pick.

Even though teams can't officially trade players until Monday, I'm pretty sure teams are discussing possible trades.

Maybe the Redskins told the Vikings they weren't going to deal him.

I know I'm reaching here, but when it comes to the Redskins and Mike Shanahan, I expect the unexpected.

So, now that the Skins have two picks in the second round, I'm more excited about football than I was just 24 hours ago.

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