One day and two rounds after selecting quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins rejoined the NFL draft Friday night and resumed trying to improve the talent of the players they’ll put around their new franchise quarterback. The Redskins selected Josh LeRibeus, a guard from Southern Methodist University, in the third round.
The Redskins, who didn’t have a second-round choice, picked LeRibeus on the eighth pick of the third round, the draft’s 71st overall selection. That came after a trade with the Buffalo Bills in which the Redskins moved down two spots and add a seventh-round pick from the Bills. The draft’s final four rounds will be held Saturday.
Fortifying their offensive line was a top priority for the Redskins in the draft’s middle to late rounds. In LeRibeus, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 311 pounds, they added a lineman who could compete for playing time at guard. LeRibeus started every game at left guard last season for SMU after he missed the 2010 season because he was academically ineligible.