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Assorted Media Members Predict The Pick After The Presser

Posted by Matt Terl on April 27, 2011 – 5:15 pm

Head coach Mike Shanahan held the traditional pre-draft press conference today, which contained the tradtional abject lack of any information. (It’s always struck me as strange that there’s an annual press conference held on the day that the actual disclosure of information is LEAST likely, but I’m assured that it’s a longstanding and reasonable tradition.) Gary Fitzgerald has the intricate details of the presser over on the Redskins.com homebase if you’re interested.

Personally, I found myself more intrigued by the what the local media would take away from the presser — the first time the coach has spoken in a while, and the only real chance to get a glimpse of his draft plans — so I surveyed a few folks after Shanahan finished speaking. This is the result:

(Full disclosure: there’s actually a longer version that’s been lost to technical difficulties, so this is actually a much shorter result. I’ll post the full version if I can manage to recover it.) Read more »

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Lorenzo Alexander Contemplates The Redskins Drafting A Linebacker

Posted by Matt Terl on April 27, 2011 – 9:50 am

About a week ago, I transcribed Lorenzo Alexander’s appearance on Comcast SportsNet talking about what the Redskins might do in the upcoming NFL Draft. Multiple mock drafts have the Redskins selecting a pass-rushing linebacker to take Alexander’s spot, so I find his take on the situation particularly interesting.

Today, Alexander offers an even more thorough explanation of what he’s thinking at his own SportsBuzz blog. An excerpt:

I am not naive to the business of the NFL. I understand that when a team drafts an athlete high in the draft you have to play him because there is a lot of money invested in him being successful. Although I will push him like no other, I am confident again that I have created a niche in the league for myself. My goal as the “One Man Gang” is to always make myself a valuable asset to the team, not only because I can play OLB, but I can move inside on our fast nickel packages, play inside linebacker and I also pride myself on being on the verge of a pro bowl caliber special teams player.

There’s plenty more at the link, and it’s an interesting insight into how current players handle one of the largely unseen pressures of draft day.
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