With their final pick in the 2011 NFL Draft — and the second-to-last pick overall — the Redskins finally selected a nose tackle, just like everyone predicted they would 11 picks earlier. The guy: Chris Neild, out of West Virginia. And I’ll tell you what: I know the point of a profile like the one below is to hype a guy up, but … man, this guy seems like a heck of a grinder, that’s for sure. (The Metallica music in the background helps create a mood of seriousness and reflection, which is appropriate for the end of this marathon of a draft.)
Speaking of the end of the draft, here’s the final tally for the Redskins: twelve picks, six on either side of the ball. Two linebackers, two defensive linemen, two defensive backs for the defense. Three wide receivers, two running backs, and a guard on offense. No new quarterback, despite literally MONTHS of pre-draft hype. And, because of the labor uncertainty, no immediate post-draft influx of undrafted free agents.
I’m not even remotely going to try to assign a grade to all of that, but I’ll say this: as a fan, I’m pretty excited to see what these guys can do, and I feel oddly sure that there are at least four or five immediate contributors in the bunch. I certainly hope so.
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