The NFL draft is over two weeks away but Redskins GM Scot McCloughan knows the player he wants to take with his team’s first pick. Of course, he’s not telling us who he is other than to say that he’s a lot like Brandon Scherff, the guy he took in the first round last year.
“He’s not the most flashy guy, he’s not the prettiest guy, but he’s a football player and that’s what I’m talking about with a red,” McCloughan told the Bleacher Report.
What’s a “red”? McCloughan talks of players in terms of being blues (presumably short for blue chip) and reds.
“Blues are like perennial Pro Bowl players,” he said. “Reds are like really good football players.”
His philosophy of building a winning team is pretty simple. “So, if you’re lucky, you have four or five blues and hopefully one of those is your quarterback,” he said. “If you have another 30 who are reds, starters, solid backups, core special teams guys, then you have a chance. That’s how you build your roster. That’s how you build a team.”
McCloughan is looking for another one of the latter type with pick No. 21.
“You wait and see who we take at 21 in the draft this year,” he said. “He’s a red.”
The interviewer asked if McCloughan knew who he wanted to take.
“Yeah, I think. Hopefully he’s not gone,” he said. “But I’m adding the same kind of guy. Toughness, smarts, competitiveness, team. The whole thing.”
There is a lot that can happen before pick No. 21 goes on the clock. McCloughan will like spend a nervous hour or so as the draft pick progress through the teens, hoping that his red-chip guy is still on the board.