*(Editor's Note: With the offseason in full swing, the focus is now shifting to the 2016 season, where the Cowboys have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. Not only do the Cowboys face five playoff teams but many of the top players in football. So the writers of DallasCowboys.com have ranked the Top 50 players expected to be on the field this season, including the Cowboys. Today, we kick off the list with Redskins pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan.) *
Name: Ryan Kerrigan
Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 255
Experience: 5 seasons
2016 vs. Cowboys:The Redskins face the Cowboys in Week 2 of the regular season before coming to Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day battle at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 24.
What's the Deal: Ryan Kerrigan is one of the NFL's most consistent players. Not always flashy with stats or production, he has been a steady force for the Redskins' attacking defense.
Whether he's playing defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, Kerrigan can get up the field and make plays in the backfield.
The Redskins like to add players who can get after the quarterback and Kerrigan has been one of those main cogs for Washington in the last five years.
Expect This: Plain and simple, expect Kerrigan on the field. He's played five seasons and hasn't missed a game or start, playing 80 consecutive games since he entered the league in 2011.
Previous Meetings: The Redskins are 4-6 in the 10 games Kerrigan has played against the Cowboys. In those meetings, Kerrigan has recorded at least a half-sack in six games, totaling 5.5 against the Cowboys.
Bryan Broaddus Scouting Report:
- Relentless in the way that he competes. Never quits on a play. Majority of his pressures and sacks come from his effort.
- Outstanding football intelligence. Hard guy to fool when he is on the field. Plays with a closing burst and range. A reactionary athlete in every sense of the word. Plays with lateral quickness and agility.
- There is a little stiffness in his body and change of direction. Will put his foot in the ground and drive to the ball.
- Field strength is just okay. There are snaps where he gets tied up and has a hard time getting off the block.
- Really nice hand use and strike ability with them. Anchors down at the point of attack by extended his hands.
- Very good tackler when he gets in position to do so. Consistent in his technique and result. Comes after his opponent down after down.
- More of a rusher as an outside linebacker than a drop one. Instinctive player against both run and pass. Comes up with big stops when the defense needs them.
- Ability to create turnovers in the pocket. Can line up at several different spots in the scheme to cause problems.
The writers of DallasCowboys.com have ranked the Top 50 players expected to be on the field this season, including the Cowboys.