Report: Shanahan eager to find a QB in the draft

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From The Washington Post:

The end of the Super Bowl marks the beginning of the NFL’s offseason, which figures to be a busy time for the Redskins’ new management team.

Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen have revealed little publicly about their plans for a team coming off consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC East. But it seems obvious the roster needs to be improved after last season’s 4-12 debacle in which the Redskins had one of the league’s least effective offensive lines, no running backs with “home run” potential and gave up too many big passing plays because of breakdowns in the secondary.

The Redskins currently hold the No. 4 overall pick in the three-day draft (April 22-24). In addition to Washington’s No. 1 pick, it also has selections in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh rounds. In order to select defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon in the previous supplemental draft, the Redskins surrendered their third-round pick. Their sixth-round pick went to the Miami Dolphins in the Jason Taylor trade.

The offensive line would seem to be an obvious place to start for Allen and Shanahan, especially with the expected retirement of Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels because of a severe neck injury. But Shanahan is eager to draft and develop a young quarterback, a league source familiar with his thinking said recently, and former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford has been linked with the Redskins in most early mock drafts. Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen also often has been listed as a possible top pick of the Redskins.

A Redskins contingent will be in Indianapolis for the combine that begins Feb. 24, and free agency and the trading period begin March 5. Regardless how they attempt to fill needs, the Redskins appear to have glaring deficiencies along the offensive line and at cornerback behind top corner DeAngelo Hall.


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