Rocky Tops Skins' List

The Redskins pegged him as the guy they wanted. So when a run of linebackers started, they wanted to make sure he didn't get away.

And they traded up 18 spots to make sure Miami linebacker Rocky McIntosh went from the guy they wanted to the guy they have.

 

Washington traded next year's second-round pick and one of their three sixth-round picks – the 189th overall – to the New York Jets for the 35th pick in the draft.

 

‘'We didn't feel like we were going to get him at 53,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.

 

McIntosh likely will play on the outside, but the reason Washington wanted him is because he can play all three linebacker positions. It's unlikely that he'll be an immediate starter; after all, neither were Carlos Rogers or Sean Taylor.

 

Also, linebackers coach Dale Linsdey, while high on McIntosh, would want to see a lot of him before he'd trust him with a lot of playing time. That's why they re-signed Warrick Holdman, to start until McIntosh is ready.

 

Regardless, he fills a hole. Plus his versatility could enable Marcus Washington to rush the passer more, something the defensive coaches have longed to do.

 

‘'He will give us a lot of flexibility,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. ‘'Another thing about him is that he can pass rush.

 

"He is explosive. He can really run and he is explosive. He covers a lot of ground. You see when he gets matched up covering people like tight ends and backs he does a very good job there. If you see him and watch him play he is an athletic guy is what you would

say."

 

The 6-foot-2, 231-pound McIntosh fits the description the Redskins like: he's smart, tough and is considered instinctive. He's also very quick. Some draft guides considered him a slight risk because of past injuries. But he played in 46 games for Miami , starting 26.

 

McIintosh is the fourth key player from Miami that this coaching staff has brought to Washington , along with Taylor, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss.

 

McIntosh finished his college career with 9.5 sacks – 5.5 came as a senior --  nine quarterback pressures and two fumble recoveries, playing mostly on the strongside. He was named All-ACC honorable mention after leading the Hurricanes with 89 tackles. He was also named to the Super Sleeper Team by the NFL Draft Report.


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