The NFL has announced that, for the second consecutive year, retired players will announce each team’s second round picks in the draft. The honor of calling the designated Redskins pick** is four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Ken Harvey.
Harvey played 11 years in the league, and his last five with the Redskins. His breakout season in 1994 had him second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks, and he finished with a total of 41.5 during his time in Washington. He was elected All Pro in each of the three seasons from 1994-96.
Harvey was a leader for the Redskins on and off the field, and has continued to be an ambassador in the DC community. He is a person and player who embodies much of what the Redskins are looking to recapture in Washington.
Last year, Redskins great Doug Williams announced the selection of second-round pick (41st overall) Jarvis Jenkins. As the classy Giants fans booed at Radio City Music Hall, the Redskins added perhaps their best player in a solid draft class. They will look to duplicate that mid-round success in the 2012 NFL Draft.
**The Redskins traded their 2012 second round pick to the Rams as part of the package to land the No. 2 overall pick and are not scheduled to select in the second round. If this remains the situation on Friday evening, Harvey will be one of the four alumni currently scheduled to announce their teams’ pick in the third round.