Redskins Go Defense in Round One with Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan

The Redskins, who made a move with the Jaguars earlier in round one, have gotten themselves a pass rusher with the 16th pick as they took Purdue’s DE/LB Ryan Kerrigan, who will play mostly LB for the Redskins in 2011 and beyond.

Here’s our Scouting Report on Kerrigan:

Strengths: Kerrigan has good size for the position but plays bigger than his measurables. Shows good quickness off his release to get the edge and win the corner. Very smooth once he flattens down to close on the quarterback; bends his shoulder and is able to keep good balance in his pass rush. Has light feet with a good array of pass rush moves, showed an arm & under, rip, swim, lock-out & tug, bull rush, and stays very active with his hand use. Plays with power and flashes explosion; overpowers bigger defenders when he anticipates the snap count. Showed he could drive offensive tackles into the pocket with extended arms, low pad level, and strong leg drive. Consistently split the interior line with a quick first step.

A non-stop motor and gives 110% effort on every snap; chases plays to the opposite side. Has the playing strength to stack the edge in run support against one-on-one blocking and shed to make a play on the ball carrier. Very good instincts; locates the ball and understands blocking schemes, wasn’t easily fooled on screens or misdirection. Sound, wrap-up tackler with very good strength at the point of attack. Showed he could be effective rushing from the stand up position. Voted team captain and MVP. Leaves Purdue with 14 career forced fumbles (Big Ten record), 45 tackles for loss, and 25 sacks.

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