Even before Mike Shanahan was hired, you knew that the Washington Redskins organization was going in a different direction (or at least attempting to) as owner Dan Snyder fired general manager and right-hand-man Vinny Cerrato.
Cerrato was responsible for the personnel of the Redskins for a number of years who clearly put more of an emphasis on free agency and high-valued trades versus building a franchise through the draft.
To replace Cerrato, Snyder brought in Bruce Allen (who was responsible for putting together the 2002 Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers) as the general manager and then hired his big-name coach Mike Shanahan.
Despite the now laughable disaster over Donovan McNabb, Shanahan and company have addressed this football team the right way—by not only drafting players with the first-round pick but finding gems in the fourth, sixth and seventh round.
During the three years of Shanahan’s tenure, he has drafted 27 players. Below is a grade for each one of those.