Here’s how head coach Mike Shanahan views this year’s Redskins draft, as he described it to the assembled crowd at FedExField this afternoon. No interjections from me, just the head coach’s assessment of what the team accomplished today, after the jump.
“I felt we just had a great draft. Obviously, we didn’t have a lot of picks, but when you take a look at it, when you take a look at our first-rounder, in Trent Williams, we felt like we got that offensive tackle that we needed. Very experienced. We feel like he’s got a big upside, and I think he’ll help us for years to come.
“And that second-round pick, I look at our second-round pick is a pretty experienced guy that’s won a lot of games. And that’s Donovan McNabb. Obviously you know what Donovan’s done; we gave up that second-round pick for him and feel very good.
“Next guy, our third-round pick, obviously we didn’t have it in the draft, but Jeremy Jarmon — obviously, he’s comin’ off an ACL, but — we really feel that he could help us at the defensive end position next year.
“Our fourth-rounder was Perry Riley, a linebacker from LSU, inside linebacker that we believe brings us some depth at that position to go with a very strong linebacker corps. Obviously we’ve got some depth.
“Our fifth-round draft choice this year, obviously what we did was we moved down in the fifth round and got Adam Carriker, a former thirteenth pick in the first round that we think can come out and help us at the defensive end position, give us some depth over there.
“Our sixth-round pick: Dennis Morris. A guy that has played fullback, tight end, H-back; a guy that we feel can come in and give us some depth at that fullback, linebacker, tight end position.
“Also, we got three seventh-round picks, one punt returner/kickoff returner in Terrence Austin, and two offensive linemen in [Erik] Cook and [Selvish] Capers. So even though we didn’t have a lot of picks, I think it turned out to be a very great day for the Washington Redskins.”
When you look at it like that, it really is a pretty impressive draft class
Then there was the non-draft-recap portion of his comments, which — frankly — has me wishing the 2010 season would just start already.
“I’m proud to be your head football coach,” Shanahan continued, “and I’ll tell you what: to sit back and have the opportunity with all the tradition, all the Super Bowls, and the things that’ve been accomplished here, I feel very, very excited to come in here, put a new coaching staff together, obviously go through a minicamp, and we’ve got one goal and we’ve got it together, and that’s to win a Super Bowl. And we will get it done.
“To make a statement like that, you have to have a lot of things going for you. We’ve got a great owner that gives me every chance to do the things that a head coach needs to do to be successful, and that’s where it starts. And one of the reasons why I’m your head coach is I believe that I have a person that’ll give me every opportunity to do the things that we need to do to be successful.
“So keep your fingers crossed. It’s a long process, a lot of hard work, but again: thank you for being here. I’m excited to play the first game here against that Dallas Cowboys –“
The crowd interrupted at this point for extended cheering, and chants of “We Want Dallas!” Shanahan chuckled before continuing.
“You know, we got a little work to do before we play Dallas, but I guarantee you one thing: I’m looking forward to it just like you are. Again, thanks for being here, thanks for supporting us, and hail to the Redskins!”
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