By Mike DeFabo
The Redskins took another step to shore up the offensive line Saturday by selecting Iowa right guard Adam Gettis in the fifth round.
Gettis (6’2”, 193 at the combine) played left and right guard at Iowa where he earned the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award in 2011.
“That’s what football is all about,” Gettis said. “Getting after it, working hard, putting people on the ground and getting up and doing it again.”
This is the first time since 2000 that the Redskins have spent two picks in the first five rounds on offensive linemen. He joins left guard Josh LeRibeus, who was taken in the third round Friday out of SMU.
Unlike LeRibeus, who came from a man-blocking scheme, Gettis said he is familiar with the Redskins zone-blocking.
“That fits perfect,” said the 141st pick. “That’s what we do at Iowa. It could be an easy transition.”