My favorite part is when defensive coordinator Jim Haslett met with him after the draft. Writes Svrluga:
Haslett got him for 30 minutes, long enough to sling pieces of the Redskins’ defense at him. He taught him a few basic concepts and the terminology. Then he quizzed him.
“What’s hot?” Haslett said. “Rip, rip, rip!”
“I rush,” Kerrigan responded.
“Liz!” Haslett said.
“I’m dropping, but I don’t know what ‘quarters’ means,” Kerrigan said. He couldn’t know it all. Instantly, though, he mentally fit himself in as a linebacker in a 3-4. For 30 minutes, he mentally became a Redskin.
“In a half-hour, he knew all this stuff I’m talking about,” Haslett said. “In a half-hour.I could do that with another player, with a veteran, and they still wouldn’t know. It’s so much to know.”