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With Robert Griffin III In The Fold, Redskins’ Focus Shifts To Rest Of Draft
ASHBURN – The easy part is over for the Washington Redskins. Now comes the hard part.
After selecting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick Thursday night – a foregone conclusion for the better part of the last six weeks – the team will need to embark upon addressing its other needs when the second and third rounds take place Friday.
The Redskins don’t have a second-round pick, having sent it to St. Louis as part of the deal that netted the No. 2 pick from the Rams. But it does hold the sixth pick of the third round, No. 69 overall, as of this morning, and has needs on the offensive line, in the defensive backfield and potentially at linebacker and running back to address.
“We’ve got a third, two fourths, a sixth and a seventh,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “You can always move up. You can always move back. But what you want to be sure of is you have some quality players, and you always have a game plan. You have a game plan in free agency. You have a game plan in the draft.”
The Redskins were noted for their multitude of moves in the draft last year, when they started with seven picks but, with five trades, increased their haul to 12. They kept all 12 of the players they took, and all but one – defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, who tore his right ACL in August and missed the entire season – dressed for at least one game.
Shanahan didn’t rule out the possibility of doing so again to pick up the players he wants at the right price. He also kept an eye to the future, knowing the value of selections a year from now.
“Even a year from now, the draft is going to be deep last year in corners and tackles, so sometimes that will affect the direction you go, depending on what’s coming out a year later,” Shanahan said. “[There are] a lot of intangibles that we look at, but you’re always obviously trying to get some depth and put the best football team you can on the field.”