I don’t know if the players the Redskins select in this draft will pan out. No one does. I do know, though, that the more selections they make the more likely it is that some of them pan out. Everyone does, except for the Redskins it seemed, until now.
Starting yesterday with a trade down from No. 10 overall, a flurry of deals swung by the Shanahan-Allen adminstration resulted in Washington turning that single pick into six. They are:
1. 1st round, 16th overall — Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
2. 3rd round, 79th overall — Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
3. 4th round, 127th overall — TBD
4. 5th round, 152nd overall — TBD
5. 5th round, 156th overall — TBD
6. 7th round, 217th overall — TBD
So they picked up five additional picks by moving down six spots in the first round. Brilliant. They also grabbed Clemson DE Jarvis Jenkins at No. 41 overall and have 13 total picks in this draft. That’s one more than they had in the past two drafts combined.
That’s how you go about fixing a brokedown team with holes all over the roster, even if there will be holes still. Even if it may not be a quick fix. Especially if it’s not a quick fix.
We don’t say this often, so be sure to say it now: The Redskins got it right.