I had a chance to ask Ryan John Estorninos of Riggo’s Rag a few questions about the Washington Redskins 2011 draft, here is what he had to tell me about how the Skins fared:
AI: What were the best selections of the 2011 draft for your team?
RJE: My favorite two selections are Leonard Hankerson and Ryan Kerrigan in that order. Hankerson, coming from Miami,
has the size and ability to make an immediate impact. His size is something the Redskins WR core lacked, and he should be an effective day on starter.
Ryan Kerrigan, meanwhile, may not have been the best “talented” player in his position, but his work ethic and intensity should really pay off dividends for the Skins and opposite Brian Orakpo at outside linebacker.
AI: How do you rate the job of your organizations front office/scouts/coaching staff?
RJE: I give the front office/scouts/coaching staff an 8 out of 10. I say this because they managed their picks well, did not go for the sexy draw, and filled key spots. Started out with roughly 10 and getting 12 picks. Could they have done better? Sure. They could have filled more holes, but did a good job with what they had and made more out of less.
AI: What positions still need to be addressed in free agency?
RJE: Offensive line, a veteran running back, and quarterback (NOT VINCE YOUNG)
AI: Biggest sleeper draft choice?
RJE: Leonard Hankerson. It is amazing he fell as far as he did. He will be an immediate impact.
AI: Your biggest fear heading into the 2011 season surrounding the state of your team?
RJE: None. They are not expected to do well next season, and rightfully so. My only fear is they do not develop as a young team in this go round and further stunt and retard their growth. Otherwise, the only place they have to go is up.
AI: Do you see Kerrigan and Jenkins getting plugged right into the Defense in 2011 and expected to start?
RJE: Yes and yes. I think Kerrigan and Jenkins are plugged into the OLB and DE positions from the get go and get started nods as well. Kerrigan will get favorable match-ups opposite Brian Orakpo and Jenkins is confident in filling the one and two gaps.
AI: Is Leonard Hankerson going to be that #1 WR threat the Redskins have been missing, and who is going to be throwing the ball in 2011?
RJE: Hankerson will be at least the #2 WR at minimum. The only question is if Santana Moss is resigned. If so I expect Moss in the slot with Hankerson and Anthony Armstrong on the outsides. Finally the Skins have speed and size at the corners. Who will be throwing them the ball? At this point, John Beck. Not much on him right now. Great pedigree but not enough regular season experience. Not enough to write on him now.
AI: Will Haynesworth be a Redskins in 2011 or are they waiting to deal him?
RJE: I think Hayensworth will be gone, that is for sure. This has gone long enough. The ship has sailed for them getting something in return that is even remotely “fair”. I think he will be released outright, and another team will also have to assume his legal problems.
AI: I liked Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen realizing they could get a few more picks by trading down, is this officially a new era in Redskins football?
RJE: I hope that it is. They are not committed to “winning now”, they are committed to winning regardless of how long it takes. They are building the core, and building on their youth. In the NFL you can go from bad to good in one year. Could the Redskins be good this year? Probably not, but if they are….IF….then it is because they are building the team the right way.