PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins don’t believe they surrendered too much in their trade with the St. Louis Rams to acquire the second overall choice in this year’s NFL draft, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.
“When I think back to when the Broncos got John Elway, I don’t think anybody looks back and says, ‘Did we overpay?’ ” Shanahan said.
The Redskins sent the sixth overall pick in this April’s draft, their second-round selection this year and first-rounders in 2013 and 2014 to the Rams to move into position to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III or Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
“We think we got a franchise quarterback with one of the [top] two picks, and that gives you a chance to reach your goal,” Shanahan said. “They don’t fall off trees.”
Most NFL observers expect the Redskins to take Griffin after the Indianapolis Colts select Luck with the top overall pick.
Of Griffin, Shanahan said: “This guy is bright. This guy is passionate. He’s got everything you look for.” He said Griffin had researched the Redskins’ roster and could recite to Shanahan the roster of his Super Bowl-winning teams in Denver.
But a team also must have a strong supporting cast around a young quarterback to be successful, Shanahan cautioned. The Redskins have secured just 11 victories in Shanahan’s two seasons but he said he feels much better now about the depth of the team’s roster than he did when he arrived.
“You’ve got to build it the right way and that’s what we’re doing,” Shanahan said.
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