2011 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins Select Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan With No. 16 Pick

By Dan Parzych

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins–who originally had the No. 10 selection before swapping first round picks with the Jacksonville Jaguars–selected Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

Many expected the Redskins to focus on drafting a quarterback or wide receiver in the first round, but focusing on a defensive player wasn’t a bad idea. The addition of Kerrigan should boost a defensive unit that ranked 25th in 2010 with just 29 sacks considering he recorded 25 sacks over the last two seasons with the Boilermakers. Not to mention Kerrigan has been praised for his leadership skills–which the Redskins could definitely use on defense.


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