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Redskins Trade Up, Draft Miami Linebacker McIntosh

The Redskins have selected linebacker Roger "Rocky" McIntosh from the University of Miami with the 35th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

To obtain McIntosh, the Redskins traded the 53rd pick in the second round of this year's draft, the 189th pick in the sixth round of this year's draft and a second-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

McIntosh is regarded as a versatile defender who is a hard-hitting, hard-working player and will fit into the aggressive style of the Redskins' defense.

Regarding the trade, head coach Joe Gibbs said: ""As we went through the draft, we had a game plan laid out. We made up our mind that if it got down to the end of the first round, we would like to try and move. We didn't feel like we were going to get [McIntosh] at 53. We worked real hard on the phone."

McIntosh, 6-2 and 231 pounds, is a versatile defender who has experience at all three linebacker positions. Last season, Miami's defense ranked fourth in the nation in total defense (270.08 ypg) and scoring defense (14.25) while leading the Division I-A ranks in pass defense (152.17 ypg).

"If I had to guess, I would say we would start him out playing outside for us," Gibbs said. "He will give us a lot of flexibility. Another thing about him is that he can rush. We feel like he is a rush guy, too."

McIntosh started 26-of-46 games at Miami. He recorded 266 tackles (127 solos) with 9.5 sacks for minus 69 yards, 32 stops for losses of 124 yards and nine pressures. He had two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and seven pass deflections.

In 2005, McIntosh started 11 games at strongside linebacker and led the team with 89 tackles (50 solo). He also recorded 5.5 sacks for minus 45 yards and 10 tackles for a loss of 56 yards.

Following the season, McIntosh earned All-ACC honorable mention honors for the second consecutive year and was named a Super Sleeper Team choice by the NFL Draft Report.

In 2004, McIntosh ranked second on the team with a career-high 111 tackles (37 solo). He spent the 2003 season as a reserve linebacker.

After redshirting in the 2001 season, McIntosh appeared in 12 games in 2002 with six starts and registered 43 tackles (24 solo).

McIntosh attended Gaffney High School in Gaffney, S.C. He was rated the 15th best linebacker in the country by Super Prep as a senior.

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