NFL Draft 2011: Lots to Learn from Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen
Allen discusses draft, lockout and quarterbacks
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen spoke with reporters on Saturday at a charity function.
Read through the lines and you almost can detect the team's strategy for the upcoming NFL Draft. For those wondering, my guess: Don't expect them to trade up, and if possible, they'll follow the Green Bay route and be patient with grooming a franchise quarterback.
Allen pointed out to Ryan O'Halloran of CSNwashington.com that there hasn't been lots of trading with the top dozen picks in the last several years, but said the team wouldn't discount moving depending on how players are rated once they have their board finalized.
Vague, I know. Doesn't tell you much, which doesn't shock me. Let's get to the good stuff...
When asked about the quarterbacks, Allen mentioned Aaron Rodgers' story and said, "The Aaron Rodgers story is just one of the great success stories of the NFL. A player that got drafted [lower] than most of the projections had slotted him, sat on the bench for three years and now has become an elite quarterback."
Now there's something interesting. Obviously Allen likes Rodgers, but it seems like he also likes the approach Green Bay took to grooming him behind Brett Favre. If they do take a quarterback, you've got to wonder if they'll try to replicate that.
As for the lockout, Allen said it hasn't altered a thing.
"A lot of people, in previous years, go by the draft board and go by the ratings and don’t try to overreach for a player," he said. "Obviously, if you think somebody is going to go, you might have to take them half a round higher than you project.
"We’re going to follow our draft board. That’s the safest way to do it and if it’s a position we feel we have a need, that will work even better for us."
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