Round 7, Pick 224: Markus White, OLB, Florida State (148th overall prospect)
Markus White is a raw talent, but his upside makes him a player well worth taking a chance on in the seventh round.
If White puts it all together on the field, he could be a very good situational pass rusher, and a real steal in the last round of the Draft, considering he would have been a quality fifth-round selection.
Round 1, Pick 16: Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue (11th overall prospect)
Initially, I criticized this selection, simply because there were still two fantastic values on the board in California defensive end Cameron Jordan and Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, both of who are top-10 prospects in the draft class, and would have been great fits to fill needs. However, in retrospect, that seems ridiculous.
With needs at virtually every position, the Redskins still drafted one of the best players in the 2011 NFL Draft in Ryan Kerrigan, a very well-rounded player who should be able to make the transition to the 3-4 outside linebacker spot, and gives the Redskins a fantastic duo at outside linebacker with Brian Orakpo.
So while the Redskins may have been able to get an even better talent at a position of greater need, they still made a key upgrade with one of the Draft’s safest picks and top talents, and they should not be criticized for that.
Round 3, Pick 79: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (62nd overall prospect)
The Washington Redskins needed to add a big, athletic wide receiver to their passing game, and got very good value on Leonard Hankerson in the third round. Hankerson has the skills to be a high-quality starting wide receiver in the National Football League, and although the Redskins do not yet have a steady quarterback to pass to Hankerson, he will help their offense.
Round 5, Pick 155: Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska (203rd overall prospect)
With a major need at wide receiver, it made sense to add a second player at the position in this Draft, and as the Redskins clearly left open the Nebraska page of their draft guide for a couple rounds, Niles Paul was a solid choice.
There were many better wide receivers still available, and Paul was a bit of a reach in the fifth round following a subpar collegiate career, but Paul does have an enticing combination of size, athleticism, and playmaking ability, so he was a solid choice late in the fifth round.
Round 7, Pick 252: Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia (268th overall prospect)
The Redskins made a very solid choice in selecting Chris Neild with one of the final picks of the 2011 NFL Draft. Neild is a strong, powerful run stopper who is a good fit at nose tackle in the 3-4 defense.
He will never be a great player, but he should be a solid backup for the Redskins at the key anchor position on the three-man front. Good choice late in the Draft.
Round 2, Pick 41: Jarvis Jenkins, DE, Clemson (72nd overall prospect)
Jarvis Jenkins is an interesting second-round choice from the Washington Redskins. Jenkins has a very good combination of size and quickness, and has talent as both an interior pass rusher and run stopper.
However, he never excelled during his collegiate career, and was a reach above the third round.
He should be a good fit at a defensive end for the Redskins, and has the versatility to kick inside to nose tackle if necessary, but with Oregon State’s Stephen Paea and North Carolina’s Marvin Austin still available, the Redskins could have gotten better value with a better player.
Not necessarily a bad pick selecting Jenkins, but not the best.
Not the Best Pick
Round 4, Pick 105: Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska (117th overall prospect)
The Washington Redskins needed to add a running back, but instead of starting a run on Nebraska players to the Redskins, they should have gone with one of a number of better running backs still available in Connecticut’s Jordan Todman, Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter or Pittsburgh’s Dion Lewis.
Helu is a solid running back with a good combination of speed and power, and otherwise would be a very solid fourth-round pick, but the Redskins should not have left much better value on the board.
Round 5, Pick 146: DeJon Gomes, FS, Nebraska (202nd overall prospect)
With all of the needs the Redskins had coming into the 2011 NFL Draft, the one position at which they had no need was at safety, yet puzzlingly, the Redskins still drafted one.
It is not as though DeJon Gomes, a sixth-round value, was of good value at this point, and while he is a versatile defensive back, he lacks the hip fluidity to be more than a dime back at the cornerback position.
Gomes should be able to contribute as a rotational defensive back and a special teams player, but given the Redskins’ many needs still unanswered, the Redskins could have done much better than drafting Gomes in the fifth round.
Round 6, Pick 177: Evan Royster, RB, Penn State (264th overall prospect)
With a second-round value in Connecticut running back Jordan Todman still available, reaching for Evan Royster in the sixth round made absolutely no sense, especially considering the Redskins had already drafted one running back, and could have filled another need with this pick instead.
Royster is a decent power back, but for a team with many decent but unspectacular backs, they really did not need to another in Royster.
“What The …?” Picks
Round 6, Pick 178: Aldrick Robinson, WR, Southern Methodist (334th overall prospect)
Yes, the Washington Redskins needed receivers, but with such a vast array of needs, the Redskins did not need to draft three of them.
Once again, it is not as though they got good value with this selection; Aldrick Robinson never met his potential at SMU, and should have been a seventh-round selection at best.
The Redskins did not need to add another slot-type receiver.
Round 7, Pick 213: Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State (Not in Top 400)
By coming up with a few opportune plays in big games during his career at Boise State, cornerback Brandyn Thompson made a name for himself, but that did not mean he should have been a drafted player.
Thompson is a very inconsistent defensive back who has more coverage lapses than he does big plays, while he has no spectacular skills for the position.
The Redskins could have drafted for another need here, or added a much better cornerback prospect in Kendric Burney, rather than waste a seventh-round selection.
Round 7, Pick 217: Maurice Hurt, OT, Florida (Not in Top 400)
Unfortunately for Maurice, his surname is much too accurate...he was often Hurt in his time at Florida.
Even when he was healthy, he was an unspectacular player, and he really lacks athleticism, even for an offensive lineman.
There were better options still available on the offensive line, such as Auburn offensive tackle Lee Ziemba, than selecting Hurt here.
The Picks They Traded
Round 3, Pick 72 was traded to the New Orleans Saints in June 2010 in exchange for offensive tackle Jammal Brown.
This trade has worked out fairly well for the Redskins. Jammal Brown immediately became the starting right tackle, and he has been re-signed by the team, so the Redskins ended up with one of the NFL’s better right tackles out of this trade.
The best right tackle the Redskins could have gotten at this point in the Draft would have been Pittsburgh’s Jason Pinkston or UCF’s Jah Reid, so this trade is a win for the Redskins.
Round 4, Pick 104 was traded along with a 2010 second-round selection in April 2010 in exchange for quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Oh, how the Redskins would like to have this trade back. Donovan McNabb’s lone season in Washington was an absolute disaster. As typical of McNabb, he started out the first few weeks of the strong, but his play quickly deteriorated, and by the end of the season he had been benched in favor of Rex Grossman.
Now, McNabb has been traded away for a sixth-round selection, so the Redskins traded a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick for one awful season out of a quarterback, then a sixth-round pick. This trade looked bad from the beginning, but it ended up being even worse than even I would have thought.
The Washington Redskins came into the 2011 NFL Draft with many needs, more than they could possibly meet all of them.
In the first round, the Redskins added one of the best pass rushers in the draft class is Ryan Kerrigan, a great addition. Jarvis Jenkins was a solid addition to the defensive line, although the Redskins could have gotten better value, but they made a very good third-round selection in Leonard Hankerson.
The Redskins did use their original third-round pick from this draft last year to get a very good right tackle in Jammal Brown, but their fourth-round pick was a complete waste as a casualty of the Donovan McNabb debacle.
On Day 3, with a plethora of picks, the Redskins’ draft strategy went downright puzzling. They selected three Nebraska players in a row, none of which were great selections, and doubled and tripled up on players at same positions, which neglected other needs such as offensive line, inside linebacker, and oh yeah, the Redskins still do not have a quarterback other than John Beck or Rex Grossman... that could be a problem.
Adding Kerrigan is a big addition to the Redskins, as is Hankerson, but with many puzzling picks of poor value, as well as neglected needs, the Redskins grade out with a C- for this Draft.