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Redskins Select Leonard Hankerson, WR From Miami

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 9:24 pm

Last time the Redskins traded back to get multiple picks in the second round was in 2008; they took two big wide receivers, neither of whom has really developed as the team hoped. Devin Thomas is gone; Malcolm Kelly is still here but has been dogged by injuries. This year, they traded back in the first to get multiple picks in the second, traded the second one of those to get multiple picks throughout the draft … and now have a third round pick that might offer a chance to make up for the misses in 2008: welcome Leonard Hankerson, a 6-3, 205 pound wide receiver out of Miami.

You want big? Check out this quote from a story by Susan Miller Degnan in the Miami Herald: “His massive hands, once compared by a former coach to Godzilla’s, measure 105/8 inches from the tip of his pinky to the tip of his thumb – the largest of any player at the combine this year.”

And here’s some more from that Herald piece:

Not only did he break the single-season receiving yards record on a team-high 72 receptions ini 2010, his 13 receiving touchdowns broke Michael Irvin’s mark of 11 set in 1986. His career numbers: 2,160 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns on 134 receptions.

“There were talks about whether he would turn pro early,” Doucett said. “We’re talking about a kid who has never, ever had money. I said, ‘What are you going to do?’ He said, ‘I’m staying.’ I said, ‘You do realize you’re passing up an opportunity to make a living?’

“I’ve been living poor for 21 years,” Hank told Doucett. “One more year isn’t going to hurt me.”’

I’m going to be honest: I really like this pick, and especially the value here. Read more »

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After The Second Round….

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 8:36 pm

So there’ve been a whole bunch of trades back, which — if you’re not following on Twitter — you might’ve missed. Here’s what the Redskins have remaining in this draft. (Deep breath.)

  • ONE third round pick (79)
  • ONE fourth round pick (127)
  • FOUR fifth round picks (144, 146, 152, 155)
  • ONE sixth round pick (177)
  • FOUR seventh round picks (213, 217, 224, 253)

So tomorrow should be a relaxing, fun day.
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Redskins Select Jarvis Jenkins, DE From Clemson

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 6:48 pm

With the 41st pick of the 2011 Draft, the Washington Redskins select Jarvis Jenkins, defensive end from Clemson.

Here’s what The Sports Xchange has to say about him:

Jenkins has been overshadowed by Bowers but that hasn’t limited his production. After leading all Clemson defensive linemen with 69 tackles (11 for loss) in 2009, Jenkins backed that up with a first-team All-ACC senior season that included 51 tackles (nine for loss), to go along with 16 quarterback pressures. He also displayed special-teams acumen with a Clemson-record four blocked kicks during his career. Jenkins has excellent size and strength, and will fit in a number of schemes, including outside in a 3-4.

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It's George Allen's Birthday

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 5:49 pm

It’s somewhat ironic that the late George Allen’s birthday falls on draft day, given how loath Allen was to utilize the NFL Draft for player selection when he was head coach of the Redskins.

Nevertheless, I coincidentally stumbled across a couple of old pictures of Allen in a drawer this afternoon, and it seems appropriate to post them here in honor of what would’ve been the 93rd birthday of one of the 70 Greatest Redskins, especially while his son sits in the Redskins draft room and helps to direct the course of the franchise’s future.

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Draft Day 1 Recap

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 3:32 pm

Day 1 of the NFL Draft saw quite a few posts here; I expect Day 2 to see plenty as well. So here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s content, in case you’ve missed anything in the churn. (Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter for even more churning.)

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Ryan Kerrigan's Family Seems Happy For Him

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 2:19 pm

New Redskins draft pick Ryan Kerrigan introduced himself at Redskins Park today. He said all the right things — namedropped his coaches, talked about his enthusiasm for transitioning to linebacker, and seemed honestly excited to be part of the Redskins organization.

Kerrigan’s parents, Brendan and Anita, also introduced themselves at Redskins Park, and they confirmed pretty much everything that Kerrigan himself said.

“I think you want the best for your child,” Anita Kerrigan said, “and — as a mother — I really was wanting a community that would embrace him, because I know what a good person he is and how he will embrace the community that he’s a part of. And I did really want him to go to a football city, so when the Skins came up it was just, like, this is all perfect. Because … his visit here, he came home — which he hadn’t done any other place — and said, ‘Mom, I can see myself there.'”

Everyone seemed very warm and happy and genuine, so that was nice.

The one thing that surprised me just a little bit was what Anita Kerrigan said when asked about other sports Ryan had played. I expected a basketball story (and was already a little disappointed that I had already posted about the basketball thing), but she went in a completely different direction.

“I guess the thing people don’t know if he was really a good swimmer,” she said. “All of the children are good swimmers and he was a very good swimmer. He swam on the offseason and stuff at Purdue just to stay in shape and what-not.”

She added, “His events were the freestyle — short free — or else butterfly. He was a beautiful butterflier.”

Unlike the basketball thing, though, the swimming doesn’t have a trickle-down effect on Ryan’s performance on the football field — at least, he doesn’t think it does.

“Well, that was about eighty pounds ago, so I don’t know,” Kerrigan said, laughing, when I asked him about the swimming thing. “Swimming was a different kind of shape, because you do things besides just run and hit people. I mean, you run and hit people, but … in swimming all you do is swim. I like football, and I’m glad I chose football.”

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Ryan Kerrigan Meets Sam Huff

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 11:01 am

Ryan Kerrigan is officially in the building, getting shown around in preparation for his noon press conference (which you can watch live on Redskins.com). It seems appropriate that one of the first things the new Redskins linebacker got to see was the NFL Championship ring belonging to a slightly older Redskins linebacker.

“You’ve got a long way to go,” Sam Huff told Kerrigan as they looked at the ring, “but you’ll get it.”

(Huff’s other admonition to Kerrigan? “It’s not fair to bring in a number one draft choice this handsome,” the Hall of Famer said. “We’ll get him ugly before the season’s over.” Coming from Sam Huff, I’m pretty sure that’s a compliment.) Read more »

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Rob Jackson On The Selection Of Ryan Kerrigan

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 9:55 am

As noted earlier, linebacker Rob Jackson was the third guy to arrive at Redskins Park today. I speculated that his prompt arrival might be tied to the selection of a linebacker in last night’s first round of the NFL Draft; before Jackson headed out of the building I had a chance to ask him about the pick, and about his return to Redskins Park.

For those of you without the time or inclination to watch a minute of video, here’s Jackson on his level of surprise when the Redskins selected Ryan Kerrigan. “It’s the NFL.You can’t really be too surprised,” Jackson said. His plan to maintain his position on the team? “Work, work, work, work.” And I still think it’s pretty safe to assume that all that working started just after 8:00 today. Read more »

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Hail! Throwback Grinds It Out

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 9:15 am

Sometimes I feel like writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli‘s comic strips require an introduction; sometimes I assume that the joke will make sense to any Redskins fan. This one falls somewhere in between — the incident referenced took place awhile back, but has been retold enough times to border on myth.

The trickiness is compounded because explaining the crucial reference blows the punchline, so the annotation comes after the strip this week. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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First Guy In The Building Today

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 8:15 am

The second player to arrive at Redskins Park today was Selvish Capers, who has been working out at LA Fitness. Third was Rob Jackson, a pass-rushing linebacker who was probably pretty motivated by the Redskins’ first-round selection of pass-rushing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan last night. Fourth was Lorenzo Alexander, who probably didn’t sneak past the media cordon this time.

But the first guy, somewhat unexpectedly, was kicker Graham Gano. It shouldn’t be a surprise: Gano is a gym rat who has always made the most of the weight room, but somehow it was. Through all the bizarre ebb and flow of this offseason, Gano wasn’t necessarily the first — or second, or twelfth — guy you thought about missing the facility … but he was the first guy back.

Here’s a quick interview in which he explains what he’s looking forward to back at the facility and what he’s been doing while he was away. (HINT: Lifting, in both cases.)

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