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Redskins draft Clemson defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins with 41st pick

The Redskins addressed another major defensive need this evening by drafting Clemson defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins with the 41st pick.

We’ll find out later this evening from Mike Shanahan whether the Redskins plan on using him at nose tackle or defensive end, but it appears that defensive end is likely.

Former NFL scout Russ Lande, who is currently The Sporting News’ top scouting analyst, had Jenkins rated as the second-best 3-4 nose tackle in this year’s draft, barely behind Baylor’s Phil Taylor.

Here’s Lande’s report on Jenkins.

Jenkins is a big, thick bodied DT who jumped off film when I initially evaluated him in 2009 and then continued impressing with his play in 2010, although he was not nearly as impressive at the Senior Bowl as he was during the season. He has excellent playing strength and when he plays with base/leverage and uses hands well he can jolt and defeat OL blocks consistently. He is a very disruptive and productive force vs the run – Consistently makes tackles and disrupts plays so that the offense cannot run between the TE’s. While he can definitely be a productive starting 2-Gap DT in a 43 scheme, his value is highest as a NT in the 34 scheme, but he would likely need to add 15 to 20 pounds to hold up over an entire season playing NT. Overall, Jenkins may not be viewed by many as highly as we think of him, but we are confident that he has the talent to become a very good starting NT or DT in the NFL and believe he will likely be a 3rd round pick.

Happiest man at Redskins Park right now: defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. He has two new starters to work with.