Joe Gibbs just concluded his briefing on Rocky McIntosh, the linebacker from Miami the Skins moved up to draft. Washington traded its second round pick next year and one of its sixth-round picks from 2006 to move up from 53. Gibbs said McIntosh was the LB they coveted and "our guess was at 53 we were in trouble."
Mcintosh had very high Wonderlic test scores, Gibbs said, and is "explosive and athletic." McIntosh can play all three LB positions, but would seem a natural to push journeyman Warrick Holdman on the weak side, with Lemar Marshall and Marcus Washington excelling already in the other spots.
McIntosh has the ability to rush the passer, and could also help free up Marcus Washington to get after the quarterback more from the strong side. The Redskins clearly targetted a linebacker in this draft, and Gibbs said they are unlikely to move up any more to get another pick in the first three rounds today.
The Redskins have a fifth, two sixths, and a seventh round pick remaining, and don't be surprised if they deal a pick or two more to move up on Sunday, maybe even into the fourth round. This is a deep draft for secondary and tight end depth, and they are in the market for both.
McIntosh, 23, started 26 games for Miami and was honorable mention all ACC. He has a quiet demeanor - some scouts have said he does not have the stereotypical personna from "The U" - and was a high school standout in South Carolina.
By Jason La Canfora |
April 29, 2006; 6:27 PM ET
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