Saturday, April 28, 2012
Redskins add a Redskins-type guard
By Dan Graziano
Offensive line is where the Washington Redskins' focus needs to be at this point, and with the sixth pick in the fifth round of the draft (No. 141 overall), they just took Iowa guard Adam Gettis, who fits in very nicely with what they look for on the offensive line.
Gettis' issue (i.e., the thing that drops him into the fifth round) is size. He's 6-foot-2 and 293 pounds, and he played at around 280 in 2010 at Iowa before bulking up last year and prior to the combine. But he's extremely quick, fast and athletic, with the kind of nimble feet and sound on-the-move blocking technique the Redskins need for their zone-blocking run scheme.
If Kory Lichtensteiger isn't fully recovered from last year's injury, and if Gettis picks up the offense and its terminology quickly, there's a chance he could emerge as a challenger for a starting guard spot in 2012. If not, he could pick up playing time as the year goes on and certainly beyond this year as a blocker for new quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins' ideal offensive guard would be a guy who's exactly like Gettis but a little bit bigger.