2006-05-01 / Sports

McIntosh picked in second round

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Sports Editor

Former Gaffney standout and University of Miami star linebacker Rocky McIntosh thinks he has found a home with the Washington Redskins.

"I'm very excited about playing for the Redskins," said McIntosh, who was selected by the Redskins with the third pick of the second round.

The Redskins traded up to get the linebacker they coveted. The Redskins got the pick by giving up their second round pick and sixth pick in this year's draft as well as a 2007 second-round pick.

Redskins legendary coach Joe Gibbs said he liked McIntosh's speed and athleticism.

"This is a player we really think fits with us," Gibbs said.

McIntosh, who watched the draft with his family and friends at his father's restaurant in Killeen, Texas, will be in for a slight position change. McIntosh, who played strongside linebacker with the Hurricanes, said he will play weakside linebacker with Redskins.

He'll likely replace Redskins all-pro linebacker Lavar Arrington, who signed with the New York Giants.

McIntosh is expected to fly to Washington, D.C. today to meet with the Redskin officials and press.

The 2001 Gaffney graduate verbally committed to Clemson before signing with the Hurricanes.

McIntosh's Gaffney teammate, Jeff Littlejohn, was undrafted and is looking to sign as a free agent. Littlejohn was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year at Middle Tennesse State.

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