Shanahan pleased with Redskins draft

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

The final scorecard on the Redskins draft: Six offensive players; nine players total; two quarterbacks, two guards, one tackle, one running back, one corner, one safety and a linebacker.

And, of course, it was deemed a successful draft.  

“I was pleased at the end result,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

But the story of the day involved the Redskins taking a second quarterback, Kirk Cousins, from Michigan State in the fourth round after taking Robert Griffin III in the first. Clearly Griffin is the quarterback of the future.

“Anytime you get a quarterback like Robert in the second pick of the draft… he’s your franchise quarterback,” Shanahan said. “He’ll be your quarterback for the next decade. I’ve always enjoyed an offense where you can move the quarterback around with the exceptional speed that he has. To be able to drop back as well as throw on the move, that just doesn’t happen very often.”

But he viewed Cousins as too tempting to pass up, despite holes at other positions. Shanahan said added depth allowed him the luxury of taking Cousins.  He also pointed out how many times he’s lost players in games to injuries.

“In that fourth round you’re trying to find people that can make your team,” he said. “We have to have depth to win and you want quality. If you see quality in the fourth round…. Hopefully it doesn’t happen [an injury to Griffin] but you want to be prepared it if does. I thought it was a steal for us at that position.

“Kirk is a very smart guy. I said to him I couldn’t pass you up. I’m sure he knows he’s going to be a backup, but you’re one play away or two plays away from being a starter. I’m hoping Robert for the next 10 years never misses a game.”

Shanahan said he also spoke to Griffin early on Saturday about the possibility of the Redskins taking another quarterback.

“He knows he’s our franchise guy and he knows he’s our future,” Shanahan said. “He was pretty good about it. He understood. He does have a lot of confidence; he’s not afraid.”

Here’s what Shanahan had to say about the rest of the draft picks:

G/C Josh LaRiebus: “He has pretty good size. He does have quickness. He can play center or guard. He’s extremely bright. We’re very happy to get him.”

LB Keenan Robinson: “We liked his speed. One of the reasons why we drafted him is that we had him at the Senior Bowl. He’s a quality young man. I like the way he handles himself. I thought he could fit in well.”

G/C Adam Gettis: “He has the quickness we look for, kind of like Kory. He can play center or guard. He has speed. You never have enough depth on that offensive line. That’s why it was big for us to get three offensive linemen. We’re not sure when they would go. All three of the guys we got we targeted. We’re very happy with the depth on the line.”

OT Tom Compton: “He has great speed and quickness. That’s what we look for in our tackles. He did a great job in our agility drills as well as the 40-yard dash and he has the flexibility to play both sides.”

RB Alfred Morris: “I liked his running style. He has the ability to make people miss. He has great lateral quickness and he can cut on a dime. Now we’ll get a chance to see how he competes with the other backs. A lot of times you need four or five guys. … He’s a tailback.”

CB Richard Crawford and Jordan Bernstine:  “Bernstine is a safety. Crawford has the possibility to play inside in a nickel and is also a punt returner. He has some value.”

Here's a story on the last four draft picks.

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