As I wrote earlier today, the Redskins had an extra fifth round draft pick in this year’s from a 2011 trade and used it on Florida State linebacker Brandon Jenkins.
Jenkins was the second Florida State player selected by the Burgundy and Gold in the fifth round. Just eight picks earlier, the Redskins took FSU running back Chris Thompson.
Jenkins was a preseason All-American and All-ACC candidate in 2012 before suffering a season-ending foot injury. If the former Seminole plays up to his top pick potential before being sidelined, the Redskins just got another late round steal–a Mike Shanahan specialty.
Here’s a little video to get you jacked up for Jenkins arrival in the Nation’s Capital.
Jenkins’ strengths according to NFL.com:
Possesses very good initial quickness, eats up grass with long strides, and has the flexibility to turn the corner as a pass rusher. Has length and upper-body strength to rip off blocks and throw quarterbacks and running backs to the ground. Also displays the power to get lesser linemen on their heels. Not contact-shy playing the run, will stick his shoulder to keep leverage against single blocker and double teams to hold the line.
And NFL Draft expert Mike Mayock thoughts on a selection that he had graded well above fifth round levels.
While Jenkins is on the road to recovery from his injury it will be interesting to see how he fits in.
But one thing is for certain—he has some pretty amazing mentors to work with.
Hail to the Redskins!
Tags: Brandon Jenkins, Brian Orakpo, chris thompson, london fletcher, perry riley, ryan kerrigan
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