ASHBURN, Va. | Overhauling a roster filled with question marks isn’t easy. But the Washington Redskins took a significant step that direction on the second day of the NFL Draft.
In a dizzying series of moves Friday night, the Redskins traded down three times. They also selected Clemson defensive end Jarvis Jenkins in the second round and Miami (Fla.) receiver Leonard Hankerson in the third.
In exchange for dropping six spots in Thursday’s first round, the Redskins landed an extra second-round pick. They turned that into five additional picks Friday, the third-rounder used on Hankerson, a fourth, two fifths and a seventh.
“You obviously want as many picks as you can get,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “It obviously worked out well for us.”
The selection of Jenkins with the Redskins’ original second-round pick was almost lost in whirl of deals. Picked ahead of touted Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Jenkins brings the speed to rush the quarterback and size to stop the run.
Shanahan called Jenkins a prototypical end for the 3-4 defense, a position that’s difficult to fill outside the first two rounds.
“I’m the kind of guy that does dirty work,” Jenkins said. “As long as we’re winning games, I don’t care what they make me do. If they want me to get on two knees and just sit there I’ll do it.”
Hankerson fills another need for the Redskins. He’s a tall, physical receiver who can play split end or flanker. And Shanahan believes Hankerson’s hands — measured at 10 ⅝ inches — are the draft’s biggest. Those hands grabbed 72 balls for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
After only two pre-draft conversations with the Redskins, Hankerson was surprised to be selected. After a brief media teleconference, he planned to go online and see who else played receiver for the Redskins. He’ll discover his new teammates include former Miami receiver Santana Moss.
“I think I make plays,” Hankerson said. “[I] go over the middle, go up and get the ball. I use my body well. I block pretty well.”
But the trades, not Jenkins or Hankerson, were the story.
First came a deal with the Indianapolis Colts, when the Redskins swapped the No. 49 pick in the second round for the Nos. 53 and 152 picks. Then the No. 53 went to the Chicago Bears for Nos. 62 and 127. Finally, the Miami Dolphins obtained No. 62 for Nos. 79, 146 and 217.
All that movement gives the Redskins the possibility of a selection in each round for the first time since 1995. Entering the draft’s final day, the Redskins have 10 picks remaining. That includes four each in the fifth and seventh rounds.
Needs at running back and quarterback, in particular, remain unfilled. But if championships were measured my the number of draft picks, the Redskins would be well on their way.
“We have a plan,” Shanahan said. “We’re going to evaluate everyone. You’ll just have to wait and see if we draft [a quarterback].”