The Redskins wheeled and dealed on the final day of the 2011 NFL draft, picking up 9 players on Saturday. They finished this year's draft with a total of 12 roster additions.
In the fourth round, the Skins traded up with the Houston Texans to grab Nebraska running back Roy Helu, making him the 105th overall pick. Last year, Helu rolled up 1,245 yards with the Cornhuskers, running for more than 3,000 yards in his career. He comes from an athletic family: his father, Roy Senior, captained the U.S. national rugby team.
Shanahan's skill in picking running back talent is well known, so there are high hopes for the very religious 'Husker in the Washington offense.
Redskins scouts must have been impressed by their time in Nebraska, because they took two more 'Huskers with the next two selections. With the 5th pick, number 146 overall in the draft, the Skins took Dejon Gomes, a defensive back. Gomes played safety and special teams for Nebraska, recording 99 tackles and 3 sacks last year.
With their sixth pick, Shanahan and company selected Gomes' teammate Niles Paul, a wide receiver. He's 6'1" and 224 pounds, and has decent but not great speed.
In the 6th round, the Redskins picked up a local talent at the running back position. Fairfax's Westfield High School produced Evan Royster, who became Penn State's all time leading career rusher. He tallied 3,932 yards in Happy Valley. At Westfield, Royster ran for 6,384 yards in his high school career, and scored 90 touchdowns.
They took wide receiver Aldrick Robinson from Southern Methodist with their 8th pick, Boise State corner Brandyn Thompson with their 9th pick, offensive linesman Maurice Hurt out of Florida with their 10th pick, and outside linebacker Markus White of Florida State with the 11th pick. Their final choice of the draft, the 253rd overall selection, was West Virginia defensive tackle Christopher Neild.
The last time the Redskins picked 12 players in a draft was 1985. Although the team's picks buttressed a number of weak points on both sides of the ball, one position the Skins did not draft was at quarterback. Mike Shanahan feels very good about last year's 3rd string quarterback John Beck, who was drafted out of BYU by Miami in 2007. Shanahan said of Beck, "I think the world of him."