With the 16th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins traded down earlier in the draft, dumping the No. 10 pick on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected Blaine Gabbert, and picking up the 16th pick and a second round pick for it. Kerrigan is a physical specimen and performed well at the NFL Combine, turning in strong measurables that sold the Redskins on his abilities.
Kerrigan will likely play as a stand-up outside linebacker in the Redskins' 3-4 defense. Though he played out on the edge at Purdue, he's shown the ability to work as an outside linebacker and can get after the quarterback coming off the edge as a linebacker.
But it's an intriguing choice for the Redskins, who could have taken Cameron Jordan at No 16. Many 2011 NFL mock drafts had Kerrigan as a late first round pick, making Washington's choice a bit of a reach. He is a scheme-fit, however, which appears to have weighed heavily on Washington in this instance.
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