Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan is another guy the Redskins need to keep tabs on at this week’s Senior Bowl. Kerrigan is a 6’4, 260 lbs defensive end, who could seamlessly make the transition to a 3-4 OLB for the Skins.
Kerrigan is pretty solid across the board. He has a tremendous burst off the line and possesses a great deal of power given his size. At Purdue, Kerrigan tied the all-time FBS fumbles forced record with 14. Kerrigan is more athletic than Orakpo or any of our OLBs in terms of underneath coverage. Kerrigan is a phenomenal pass rusher and has active hands when QBs are looking to throw.
He was also the captain of Purdue’s team this year, won the team’s Pit Bull Award (for team tenacity), and is a two time All-Big Ten Academic Team member.
Injury history is a factor with Kerrigan, he broke his foot in the last game of the season in 2009 and was forced to undergo surgery. The injury was re-aggravated during the Spring and there have been some minor lingering issues, but all signs point to him being ok in the future. He also got worked a little by Colorado T Nate Solder during the running drills of the first day of Senior Bowl practice. But he excelled in the passing drills and it shows a lot that these two guys want to go after each other. (PRO)
Projected Pick: Top 10-15, He is another guy to look at along with Cameron Jordan, Von Miller, etc if we choose to go defense at #10.
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Update from Senior Bowl Day 2 Practice (via ESPN)
Purdue DT Ryan Kerrigan isn't standing out, but he's playing well and remember, he's going against the top two OTs here in Colorado's Nate Solder and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi. He showed quickness and power but didn't see the ability to counter once he got caught by those two.