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Redskins Sign All 12 Draft Picks Prior to Camp

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Minutes before the start of training camp on Friday, the Redskins announced they had signed all 12 of their 2011 draft picks, including top pick Ryan Kerrigan.


With the start of training camp just minutes away on Friday morning, the Redskins completed the signing of first-round draft pick Ryan Kerrigan.

That meant all 12 of the team’s 2011 draft picks had signed with the club and would be on the practice field for the first training camp practice.

The Redskins announced the signings at 8:15 a.m. ET, just 15 minutes before players were due at practice.

Kerrigan, a 6-4, 263-pound linebacker, was the 16th overall selection in last April’s NFL Draft. The Redskins traded down from No. 10 in the draft to acquire Kerrigan six slots later in the first round.

Kerrigan played college football at Purdue. He posted 210 career tackles, 33.5 sacks and tied an NCAA record and set a Big Ten mark with 14 forced fumbles.

Second-rounder Jarvis Jenkins, a 6-4, 309-pound defensive lineman hails from Clemson. He logged 166 tackles, including 31 tackles for a loss, and five sacks in his college career. He also set a school record with four blocked field goals.

Third-round pick Leonard Hankerson, a 6-3, 205-pound wide receiver, played college football at Miami. For his caereer, he recorded 134 catches for 2,160 yards – a lofty 16.1 yards-per-catch average – and 22 touchdowns.

Fourth-round pick Roy Helu, a 5-11, 216-pound running back, compiled 578 carries for 3,404 yards and 28 touchdowns at Nebraska. He also caught 54 passes for 501 yards as a receiver out of the backfield.

DeJon Gomes, a fifth-round safety who stands at 6-0 and 208 pounds, played two years at Nebraska at safety and cornerback. He posted 145 tackles, one sack, seven interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and five forced fumbles.

Niles Paul, the Redskins’ second fifth-round pick, started three years at Nebraska and logged 103 catches for 1,532 yards and five touchdowns. He had a 24.5 average and two TDs on kickoff returns and a 10.8-yard average on punt returns. Paul stands at 6-1 and 224 pounds.

Evan Royster, a 6-1, 213-pound running back, was the first of two Redskins picks in the sixth round of the draft. Royster starred at Penn State, where he had 3,932 yards to become the Nittany Lions’ career rushing leader. He also scored 29 rushing touchdowns. Royster also grabbed 61 passes for 507 yards and three TDs as a receiver out of the backfield.

Aldrick Robinson, a 5-10, 178-pound wide receiver out of SMU, was the Redskins’ second sixth-round pick. Robinson caught 181 passes for 3,314 yards – an impressive 18.3 yards-per-carry average – and 30 touchdowns in his college career.

Cornerback Brandyn Thompson was the first of four seventh-round picks. The 5-10, 177-pounder played at Boise State and posted 146 tackles, interceptions and one forced fumble in four seasons. He returned one of his interceptions 51 yards for a touchdown.

Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt, 6-3 and 320 pounds, was the Redskins’ second seventh-rounder. At the University of Florida, Hurt played in 41 games, with 17 starts, and saw action at right tackle, right guard and left guard.

Linebacker Markus White joined the Redskins as the team’s third seventh-round selection. The 6-4, 262-pounder logged 131 tackles, 28.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and two fumble recoveries in the last two years at Florida State.

The Redskins’ final draft pick was 6-0, 313-pound nose tackle Chris Neild. A three-year starter at West Virginia, Neild posted 130 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and six sacks in his college career.

 

 

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