The Redskins finally decided to make some picks in a NFL Draft instead of trading them all away for veterans and they found some nice players for the future. Here is a look at how the rookie class did in 2011:
23-year old OLB Ryan Kerrigan was the Redskins’ first round pick last April. Kerrigan played in all 16 games for the Redskins last year and he had 63 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 4 passes defensed and a interception that he returned for a TD. Kerrigan is going to be a beast on the Redskins’ D for a long, long time.
23-year old DE Jarvis Jenkins was a 2nd round pick last April. He was a beast in the pre-season before suffering a torn ACL and spending his rookie season on I.R. The Redskins hope he can stay healthy next season as he has a huge upside.
22-year old WR Leonard Hankerson was a 3rd round pick for the Redskins. He played in 4 games for the Redskins last year and he caught 13 passes for 163 yards (12.5 avg). His season was cut short due to injury, but the Redskins like what they saw out of him in 2011.
23-year old RB Roy Helu was picked in the 4th round by the Redskins. He played in 15 games for the Redskins last year and he carried the ball 151 times for 640 yards (4.2 ypc) with 2 TD runs. Helu also caught 49 passes for 379 yards (7.7 avg) with 1 TD grab. He looks like another steal for head coach Mike Shanahan, as he likes looking for RBs late in the draft.
22-year old safety Dejon Gomes was a 5th round pick by the Skins. He played in 15 games as a rookie for the Redskins last year and he had 35 tackles and 2 passes defensed. Gomes could be a starter down the road for the Redskins.
22-year old WR Niles Paul was also a 5th round pick by the Skins. He played in 13 games for the Redskins in 2011 in which he caught 2 passes for 25 yards (12.5 avg) and carried the ball 1 time for 7 yards. Paul also returned 1 kickoff for 15 yards and 1 punt for 0 yards.
24-year old RB Evan Royster was picked in the 6th round by the Skins. He played in 6 games for the Redskins last year and he carried the ball 56 times for 328 yards (5.9 ypc). Royster also caught 10 passes for 76 yards (7.6 avg). He will likely battle it out with Roy Helu for the starting RB job in training camp.
23-year old WR Aldrick Robinson was picked in the sixth round by the Redskins. He didn’t play in any games in 2011.
22-year old CB Brandyn Thompson was picked in the 7th round. He played in 6 games for the Redskins last year and he had 2 tackles.
24-year old OG Maurice Hurt was picked in the 7th round by the Redskins. He played in 8 games (all starts) for the Redskins last year as he was a major steal for the Skins so late in the draft.
24-year old LB Markus White was picked in the 7th round by the Skins. He played in 2 games but didn’t make any tackles.
24-year old NT Chris Neild was a 7th round pick too. He played in all 16 games for the Redskins last year and he had 10 tackles and 2 sacks. He was a nice find so late in the draft.
GRADE FOR 2011: B+
GRADE FOR THE FUTURE: A+