Bruce Allen Discusses Draft Strategy

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Today, Bruce Allen held a press conference in Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA.  This presser had the sole purpose of addressing the team’s direction for this years NFL Draft. Allen was loose and candid about the what the team would do.  Taking the best player in the draft is something he has talked about quite a few times. Even eluding to taking a quarterback is something he discussed.  Jason Reid, Redskins Insider, shared my feelings while hearing Allen speak.

But Allen, who is as skilled as any NFL executive at concealing his draft plans while also playing the misdirection game, revealed little, if anything, about the Redskins’ intentions.

That I totally agree with.  In years past, most fans would even know what direction the Skins would be going, weeks in advance.  I believe he and Shanahan know what they want, but do not want to clue in the rest of the world.  The Redskins only have four picks, while a majority of league has at least double that, they must choose wisely or be willing to entertain offers in exchange for picks.  Remember, the Redskins traded their second round pick for Donovan McNabb, so they only have one pick in the first hundred.  But don’t worry the Skins are happy with their trade for McNabb.

“we’re very pleased to get Donovan McNabb,” Allen said. “When the 37th pick [the second-round selection Washington sent to Philadelphia] comes up in our draft room, there’s going to be a nice cheer that we selected Donovan McNabb this year. We’ve evaluated the players based on the Redskins’ board. And we’re going to go by the Washington Redskins’ draft board.”

Look for something to go down this weekend.  Allen confirmed that discussions in regards to Jason Campbell have been made, but nothing eminent would be taking place. With the draft looming heed these words:

“History will tell you that there’s not much trading in the top four picks,” Allen said. “We’ve looked at it a number of different ways. But in the recent years, there’s not a lot of movement up there. We are listening. The phones will be open. We have a listed phone number, in case someone wants to make a trade, but it’s hard to project what’s gonna happen.”

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