Redskins Draft 2017: Washington Selects LB Ryan Anderson at Pick 49

Washington Selects LB Ryan Anderson

Washington Selects LB Ryan Anderson at Pick 49

With their second-round pick (49th overall), the Washington Redskins have selected linebacker Ryan Anderson out of the University of Alabama. Anderson will fit nicely in new Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s more aggressive scheme, and should play a major role with the burgundy and gold for years to come.

“Ryan, we’re very excited about. He brings an attitude to this football team. Having a chance to talk to him in Tuscaloosa, I spent a lot of time with him watching him play,” said head coach Jay Gruden. “Talking to a couple of his teammates – obviously we drafted one yesterday – nothing but high praise for him, not only on the field, but his leadership and his tenacity to get after people to play hard, play physical, [and] bring a style of play here that we’ve been looking for.”

Anderson (6-2, 253 pounds) was the second player Washington drafted this year, both were from the University of Alabama, and both big-time players. The Redskins selected defensive end Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick Thursday night. While Anderson was viewed by some as a 3rd-4th round prospect, others viewed him as possibly the most under-rated player on the Crimson Tide’s defense last season.

“It’s surreal, man. Like I said, it’s emotional,” said Anderson via phone interview. “Like I said, I just want to enjoy the rest of this night with my family… I’m a Washington Redskin.”

In only 13 starts in three years at Alabama (all his senior year), Anderson recorded 128 total tackles, 39.5 for loss with 19 sacks, three fumbles recovered and one interception that he returned 26 yards for a touchdown.

Last season, Anderson earned first-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press following a senior campaign in which he registered 61 total tackles, a team-high 19.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three pass breakups.

“Ryan Anderson is an explosive edge rusher. … He sets a physical edge. He converts speed to power better than any edge rusher in this draft. … He’s a leverage player. He gets underneath you and knocks your jock on the ground. I like him in the run game. I like his energy in the pass game and he’s an all-day sucker. Really good football player.” — Mike Mayock

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