IOWA CITY IA - OCTOBER 23: Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi #68 of the Wisconsin Badgers holds the Heartland Trophy with his teammates as they celebrate their victory of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium on October 23 2010 in Iowa City Iowa. Wisconsin won 31-30 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images).
With the 41st pick of Pride of Detroit's 2011 NFL Mock Draft, the Washington Redskins select Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. Trysdor is serving as the Redskins' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
After locking down a big time play-maker in Julio Jones in round one, my immediate thoughts were to go defense in the second. However, when I looked at the players available on my board, one man stood well above anyone else. I had Gabe Carimi valued in the 20s, so to see him here in the second is quite the surprise. Certainly, some other GMs were turned off by the fact that he's very likely going to be a right tackle in the league, even though he'll probably be a very, very good one. As it so happens, though, for the Skins, right tackle sounds right up their alley. Currently, their RT is the fairly mediocre and eminently replaceable Jammal Brown, who is certainly no one to consider passing on a young stud for. Having spent their first rounder last year on their LT of the future, the addition of this big, bad Wisconsin Badger gives the team a pair of potentially elite young bookend tackles, and combined with Julio Jones gives the Skins a great young offensive nucleus for the future.
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