The Redskins continued a trend on Friday with their second round selection: drafting Alabama defensive players. This time it was an edge rusher in Ryan Anderson, a pick that surprised many.
Most draft experts pegged Anderson as a third or fourth round pick, and Washington took the 'Bama linebacker with plenty of more notable names still on the board. The biggest knock on Anderson is a lack of speed, his 40-time came in at 4.78.
Beyond that? There is plenty to like.
Despite coming to Tuscaloosa as a five-star recruit, Anderson earned his minutes over time. In four seasons, he incremantally improved, became a starter as a senior and posted his best statistical year with 18.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
What Washington might like most is he is a well disciplined player that plays assignment perfect football. And, oh yeah, he's extremely motivated.
On a conference call, Anderson said his goal is to be the best outside linebacker in the draft. Asked about the pre-draft process, where his lack of speed was highlighted, Anderson was clear.
"I'm not a combine warrior. I'm a football player."
Scot McCloughan famously wanted football players. Though he's gone, that desire likely remains within the halls at Redskins Park.
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