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Redskins 2011 Draft Grades - Around the Internet

Below are draft grades from sports writers around the internet/country. Matt Terl from the Redskins Blog put them all together in one place. (http://blog.redskins.com/2011/05/01/rounding-up-the-redskins-draft-grades/)

 

Who? Mark Maske, Washington Post
Grade? C
Why?

 

There's nothing exactly wrong with the Redskins trading down to take LB Ryan Kerrigan in the first round. He fits into the defense well. But it's a QB-centric league and the Redskins passed on their chance to take Gabbert when he dropped to them at 10th. They'd better be right.

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Who? Mel Kiper, ESPN.com (Insider only, I'm afraid)
Grade? C+
Why?

We know the Redskins need help at quarterback, but I'll give them credit: They realized there wasn't a quarterback in this draft who can help them in 2011, and they moved out of the spot that became the Gabbert pick. They clearly have concerns about their defensive line, and should get help in the pass rush from Kerrigan. Jenkins was an OK value, a bit of a surprise in Round 2, but the Hankerson selection at No. 79 was in the neighborhood of a steal. He gives them something they really don't have on the roster now. You have to assume Mike Shanahan thinks a lot of Helu, given the trade up to get him. The Skins added players at pretty much every need outside of quarterback, where they clearly have other ideas in mind. Fair enough. I just don't think impact will be significant.


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Who? Adam Caplan, FOX Sports
Grade? B
Why?

The Redskins added a lot of selections as the draft progressed, and they made the most out of them by addressing several needs. The big issue, however, is whether Kerrigan can make an impact on defense by playing standing up at outside linebacker.


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Who? Brian Galliford, SB Nation
Grade? B+
Why?

The Redskins have done a great job acquiring more picks and getting value with their selections, as they, too, have come up with three players that should play right away.


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Who? Steve Serby, New York Post
Grade? B
Why?

Mike Shanahan can now send OLB Ryan Kerrigan after QBs Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick, opposite Brian Orakpo. WR Leonard Hankerson adds size and huge hands to munchkin receiving corps. One question: Rex Grossman throws to him? RB Roy Helu is perfect one-cut-and-go fit for Shanahan's system.


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Who? Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
Grade? B
Why?

I'd give them a better grade if they picked a quarterback, but they made some nice moves with all the trades and ended up with some good football players. I like Kerrigan and receiver Leonard Hankerson a lot.


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Who? Clifton Brown, Sporting News
Grade? C+
Why?

Instead of trading picks, they acquired some and the philosophy worked. Ryan Kerrigan will aid the pass rush. But they still need a quarterback.


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Who? Evan Silva, Rotoworld
Grade? A-
Why?

The name of the game for Washington was trading down to recoup picks lost during the forgettable Vinny Cerrato era. But it's not like the Redskins didn't come away with good players. Entering the draft with the NFL's worst-looking roster, the Skins emerged with upwards of seven rookie-year starters. That's exactly the kind of rebuilding movement Washington needs to undergo. Kerrigan, Hankerson, and Helu were extremely productive per-play collegiates. In the late rounds, White and Neild stand out as rock-solid picks. The only reason Mike Shanahan's club doesn't get a full "A" is because it didn't pick up a quarterback..


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