There was one thing that Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan wanted to make sure that everyone knew about the 10 players he selected during last week’s NFL draft.
He led off his draft wrap-up press conference with a statement about what he was looking for in the players the organization selected.
“We hit what we wanted to hit from the standpoint of not just good football players on the field but off the field as well,” he said. “That’s very important to me and I think the character off the field plays into a player going from good to great and from great to special. It was very important to me, especially my first draft to let the Redskins community and fans and everybody else out there know that well all take pride in this and we all take ownership in it and we got better because of that. It’s just the whole character and some really good football players.”
There were 10 players picked by Washington and there are no media reports of any of them ever having been arrested or failing a drug test at any point.
McCloughan was asked about one player in particular who carried a few red flags into the draft. Nebraska edge defender Randy Gregory was linked to the Redskins with their first pick in many mock drafts but it appears that a positive test for marijuana at the NFL Combine and some other issues pushed Gregory down the Redskins’ draft board.
They took a long look at the situation, according to McCloughan.
“We definitely had many, many discussions about him because he is a talented player,” he said. “I don’t want to get in on background on him . . . It did not play into it from the standpoint that each time we picked we had a player on the board that fit being a Redskin.”
The Redskins had two shots at Gregory, with their first- and second-round picks but they went with offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and edge defender Presto Smith, respectively. The Cowboys ended up taking Gregory late in the second round with the 60th overall pick.
Perhaps Gregory could have helped the team win some games this year. But McCloughan is looking at the big picture going forward.
“Like I said, character is very important to me,” he said. “First and foremost it’s the football player on the field, needs to produce. But as you get through it, this is my first draft. I want to build a core of guys from now going forward that are the whole package, who want to be a Redskin, knows what being a Redskin is about and mold them that way. Talent’s very, very important but also the whole package to me is important.”