The Redskins continue to target the interior offensive line with draft picks, as they added Iowa Hawkeye Adam Gettis with the No. 141 overall pick.
Gettis possesses good speed and quickness of the snap, a benefit to overcome his undersized frame. This was his Combine scouting report from NFL.com:
He consistently gets into his man first when pass blocking and is a good overall blocker because of it. He wins with leverage, which is often the only way to gain an advantage on bigger foes.
Gettis is very polished in his hand and footwork, and understands pad and helmet placement’s importance in gaining a blocking advantage. His quick feet allow him to be a very mobile and versatile blocker.
In the lead up to the draft, Profootballtalk.com listed Gettis as a fast-riser in the draft. According to Evan Silva:
Gettis’ two unofficial forty times were 4.91 and 5.00, both impressive for a 293-pound football player. He posted the fastest unofficial 10-yard split among offensive linemen, clearing the first quarter of the forty in 1.65 seconds.
Shanahan prefers the smaller faster linemen for the zone blocking scheme. Gettis may need to bulk up some in the pros, but this was likely good value for the system. Injuries were a major issue on the offensive line in 2012, and they have already selected two interior linemen.
Curious that they have not added anything at offensive tackle, but there’s still time and several picks to go.
Here is Gettis’s draft profile, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly: