Redskins add defensive lineman, receiver

Redskins add defensive lineman, receiver
April 29, 2011, 10:28 pm
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Friday, April 29, 2011, 6:49 p.m. UPDATED 11:12 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff WriterCSNwashington.com

Friday proved to be another eventful and surprising day for the Redskins, who continue to break character with their numerous moves.

They traded down to acquire more picks.

They continued to fill glaring needs.

And they again refused to stray from their board to pick a quarterback.

Of course, only the next few years will tell if quantity will win out over quality, but coach Mike Shanahan says the Redskins are 3-for-3 during the NFL Drafts opening two days, picking three players who can be contributors relatively quickly.

Before and after three trades that added a third-round pick and left them with 10 selections on Saturday, the Redskins drafted Clemson defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (No. 49) and Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson (No. 79).

I was very pleased at the start of the day, we were hoping to get both players, and usually that doesnt happen, especially in the second and third rounds with as many trades as we made, Shanahan said. We got the two guys we had targeted.

The Redskins have been involved in four of the drafts 13 trades.

Jenkins, selected with the pick acquired from Jacksonville on Thursday that included the Redskins moving down six spots in the first round, is described by Shanahan as the prototype 3-4 defensive end.

Hankerson, who has size (6 feet 2, 230 pounds) and showed production (72 catches for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns), brings a lot to the table, Shanahan said.

Both players didnt expect to be drafted by the Redskins.

It was definitely a surprise, Jenkins said. They called me and asked for my phone number, just like any other team was doing. It was not in my mind at all.

Hankerson said: I talked to receivers coach Keenan McCardell at the combine and then he called me one other time and that was it. I had no clue that they were a team I could go to.

Jenkins (nearly 6-foot-4 and 309 pounds) has experience as a defensive tackle and nose tackle but will be sliding outside to end to help a defense that was 31st in yards allowed per game and 26th against the run last year.

Last year for the Tigers, Jenkins totaled 53 tackles and 16 quarterback pressures, and for his career, he averaged 32.8 snaps per game and posted 166 tackles.

Im more of a run stopper, Im physical at the point of attack, I have a quick first step, I can play double teams, I can beat double teams, Jenkins said. I have a little more work to do in the pass rush.

Said Shanahan: I think he fits in perfectly with what we want to do with our defense and those guys are hard to find. Weve really admired how hard he plays and how consistent hes been. It was a great addition for us.

Jenkins had a team-first attitude during a conference call with reporters because of his experience being overshadowed by DQuan Bowers.

Im the kind of guy that does the dirty work, Jenkins said. As long as we win the game, I dont care what they make me do. If they want me to get on two knees and just sit there, Ill do it.

Because of injury issues, Bowers went from sure-fire, top-five pick all the way down to No. 51 and Tampa Bay.

I wouldnt have believed you 10 times if you told me 10 times, Jenkins said of being drafted before Bowers.

Hankerson was a little disappointed, not to go in the second round but once he sees the receivers depth chart in Washington, he should cheer up. Santana Moss is a free agent and Hankerson automatically becomes the second-biggest receiver on the roster aside from Malcolm Kelly.

Hankerson, a father of two, ended his Hurricanes career with 134 catches for 2,160 yards and 22 touchdowns.

I think I make plays, run good routes, make plays over the middle, go up and get the ball well, use my body well and block pretty well, he said. I think I do a whole lot of things that Ill bring to Washington to help them win.

Hankerson ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash time at the Combine, tied for fourth-fastest among the receivers and Shanahan said he believed Hankerson had the largest hands at his position.

We were looking for a wide receiver that has the skills to come in and compete for a starting position and we feel hes one of those guys, Shanahan said. I think he brings a lot to the table.

Before the Redskins were on the clock early in the second round, the run on quarterbacks continued when Cincinnati chose TCUs Andy Dalton at No. 35, and one pick later, San Francisco traded up with Denver to take Nevadas Colin Kaepernick.

With all their picks on Saturday, the Redskins could go quarterback (Iowas Ricky Stanzi, perhaps) and also address offensive line depth.

Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com