He was the Redskins’ second-highest pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, and something of a surprise. He helped bolster the depth of Washington’s interior line, but significant questions still remain about guard/center Josh LeRibeus, whom Washington selected out of SMU last spring with a third round pick.
A guard in college, the 6-foot-3, 315-pound LeRibeus began his Redskins career by learning the center position behind Will Montgomery. But LeRibeus eventually shifted his focus to left guard as insurance for starter Kory Lichtensteiger, who played through injury. In the second half of the regular season finale against Dallas, Lichtensteiger couldn’t overcome an ankle injury, and LeRibeus played 21 snaps in his place. Lichtensteiger tried to play in the postseason game versus Settle but re-injured his ankle, and LeRibeus played 48 (all but seven) offensive snaps.
LeRibeus leap-frogged second-year pro Maurice Hurt, who had started eight games in place of Lichtensteiger in 2011.
Now, as free agency approaches, the Redskins have decisions to make regarding their left guard position.