The Redskins continue to target the interior offensive line with draft picks, as they added Iowa Hawkeye Adam Gettis with the No. 141 overall pick.
Gettis possesses good speed and quickness of the snap, a benefit to overcome his undersized frame. This was his Combine scouting report from NFL.com:
He consistently gets into his man first when pass blocking and is a good overall blocker because of it. He wins with leverage, which is often the only way to gain an advantage on bigger foes.
Gettis is very polished in his hand and footwork, and understands pad and helmet placement’s importance in gaining a blocking advantage. His quick feet allow him to be a very mobile and versatile blocker.
In the lead up to the draft, Profootballtalk.com listed Gettis as a fast-riser in the draft. According to Evan Silva:
Gettis’ two unofficial forty times were 4.91 and 5.00, both impressive for a 293-pound football player. He posted the fastest unofficial 10-yard split among offensive linemen, clearing the first quarter of the forty in 1.65 seconds.
Shanahan prefers the smaller faster linemen for the zone blocking scheme. Gettis may need to bulk up some in the pros, but this was likely good value for the system. Injuries were a major issue on the offensive line in 2012, and they have already selected two interior linemen.
Curious that they have not added anything at offensive tackle, but there’s still time and several picks to go.
Here is Gettis’s draft profile, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly: Read more »
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For the second year in a row, the Redskins have selected a Southern Methodist University Mustang, this time targeting offensive guard Josh LeRibeus.
A 6-3, 312-pound specimen, he is ideal as a run-blocker and excels in the zone-blocking scheme. Here are some of his mentionables, according to his Combine Draft Profile:
Leribeus returned for his senior campaign after being academically ineligible to play for SMU during his junior season. He returned to be the scrappy, reliable inside blocker that he has been throughout his career.
He has the size and technique inside to play early at the next level or be a reliable backup, which gives him fifth-round value as a guard or potential center.
Taken in the first half of the third round, LeRibeus will be expected to fill a role in improving the Redskins offensive line in 2012 and beyond. Coming from the Run-n-Shoot offense, he shouldn’t have the transition time to the Pro Style offense that plagued Aldrick Robinson, but his adjustment from Conference USA competition could take time.
LeRibeus missed a season of college because of academic ineligibility, but sounds like he’s re-dedicated himself to football and academics since then. He was also born and raised in Texas, and says he hated the Cowboys as a kid.
Here’s an interview from his Pro Day earlier this spring. By all reports, he’s a funny, easy-going guy: Read more »
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On January 10, 2010, Mike Shanahan was hired to be the new head coach for the Washington Redskins. One of his first official moves was signing several players to future’s contracts, including little known offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger, a former Shanahan draftee in Denver.
Lichtensteiger had taken the long road to Washington (via Denver and Minnesota), and looked to be a player looking for his last, best chance. After a rookie season in which he appeared in 16 games for Shanahan’s Broncos, Lichtensteiger didn’t appear in a game in 2009.
Reunited with Shanahan in Washington in 2010, Lichtensteiger was installed as the starting left guard in Week 3, where he started the final 14 games.
After battling back from a traumatic knee injury early, Lichtensteiger has been tendered a contract for next season, and appears to be an example of a ‘diamond in the rough’ type of player.
It turns out that Kory has been considered “a hidden gem” since high school, when he was a hometown hero in rural Ohio: Read more »
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